Cup a Joe? Parents Turn to Home Remedies for ADHD

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Cases of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are on the rise. Nearly 10 percent of American children suffer from ADHD, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

However, when it comes to treatment, some parents are bypassing the doctor and turning to home remedies.

Although seven-year-old Rowan Haskell was never diagnosed by a doctor, his mother says it's obvious her son has ADHD.

"Not being able to keep his hands to himself. Talking when he's not supposed to talk. And at home, there was a lot of just, hyperactivity, lack of concentration, ability to concentrate when he needed to," Christie Haskell explained.

Instead of a doctor prescribing Ritalin or Adderall, the leading prescriptions used to treat ADHD, she treats her son with coffee -- regular, home-brewed coffee, four ounces, twice a day, which she says works beautifully.

"He doesn't over react if we ask him to pick up Legos, rather than screaming and throwing himself on the floor. And if we ask him to sit down and do homework, he can actually do it," Haskell said.

Coffee is actually similar to Ritalin and Adderall in that they're all stimulants They stimulate the frontal parts of the brain to filter out distractions as they should.

However, doctors do not recommend parents diagnose and treat their children.

"Caffeine is not the answer for real bonified ADHD," said Dr. David Rosenberg, a child psychiatrist. "I don't want parents to be deluded into a false sense of security that if I just go to the local Starbucks, I'm going to cure my son or daughter's ADHD."

Haskell doesn't advocate that all parents treat their child's ADHD with coffee. She just says it works for her son.

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