Q:  Is my child’s disorder permanent?
A:  If your child has a diagnosed brain disorder, and their behavior is not caused by another medical problem, it may last a few years to a lifetime. It is likely that, with treatment, most symptoms can be reduced or go in “remission.”.

Q:  Can it ever be healed or cured?
A:   It can be improved but rarely “cured”.

Instead, it’s possible the person will have no symptoms if they being treated.  Or, symptoms can often be minimized with a variety of life changes in combination with therapy and medication.  A few people have been known to show no symptoms from stopping medications after being on them for many years–10 years or more.  It is believed the drug helps the brain rewire itself.

Effective treatment is much more than medication. A person also needs emotional and social support; zero substance abuse; enough sleep and exercise; healthy gut microbes, and a brain-healthy diet that may include extra nutrients like Vitamin D.  Naturopathic medicine offers dietary recommendations and other treatments that support treatment with medication and therapy.  Mindfulness training and yoga are also very beneficial.

Q:  What can  cause mental disorders or behavior problems?
A:  Many things can cause behavioral disorders:

  • Thyroid dysfunction and blood sugar problems
  • Brain tumors
  • Brain injuries
  • Brain infections (fungal, parasitic)
  • Toxins, including fetal exposure to toxins
  • Epileptic seizures
  • Genetically inherited mental illnesses
  • Psychological trauma such as physical or emotional abuse, a major stressful event
  • Stressful living conditions, bullying
  • Illicit drug use: street drugs, prescription drugs, THC from marijuana
  • Poor diet, allergies

All of these conditions should be considered before settling on a mental health diagnosis.

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You Can Handle This.

You Can Handle This.

You are not alone. It's no one's fault. Behavior disorders are disabilities! Troubled children need a very different parenting approach than 'normal' kids.

Care for yourself first, then set new goals:
1. Physical and emotional safety for all
2. Acceptance of the way things are
3. Family balance, meet the needs of all
4. One step at a time, one day at a time

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