If I could go back 10 or 20 years ago and see my future self nodding at the potential benefits of giving some five-year-olds medication for ADHD, I wouldn't believe it. That's just nuts, I would think.
But after 12 years of researching this topic and meeting thousands of people with ADHD, I have to say that, after all other options have been tried, medication can be extremely helpful.
It's not something you want to rush into with a young child. But neither is it something you want to postpone until the child reaches the teen years. By then, some developmental windows will be shut as the teen brain "re-wires" itself. And certainly self-esteem and even core self-identity can be very fragile by that point.View Thread
I guess that means your son is doing well? Or, do you mean you didn't have luck with the medications?
Sometimes physicians aren't as careful as they should be in both selecting and titrating medications. That means parents give up, often too soon.
Of course, all humans need essential fatty acids for brain health as well as healthy skin, hormone support, etc.
But there actually is no evidence that fish oil has a mitigating effect on ADHD symptoms. Here's a blog post on the latest research, excerpted here:
"Results from this well-conducted study provide clear evidence that EPA supplementation is not a helpful treatment for a general sample of children with ADHD. This conclusion is based on the finding that the primary outcome examined by the researchers — the sum of parent and teacher ratings on the Conners rating scale — showed absolutely no difference between treatment and control groups. There is thus no basis for recommending EPA supplementation as a general treatment approach for youth with ADHD."