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Thursday, September 30, 2010

[AlternativeAnswers] Re: Child with anxiety


Hi Tara, as someone else replied, I see both sides too re meds and no meds.

That said, I'll pass along some ideas that *might* work, it's trial and error. And don't start too many things at the same time, trial one and see if any benefit, etc., so you will know what is, or isn't, helping.

I have a son with OCD, so am just passing along things I and others have tried; some have been helped, some no effect.

Inositol powder may help with the anxiety and any type OCD compulsions. The dosage really varies, you want to use (with anything) the least amount that will help. When we used it for my son (severe OCD) we had him on around 13-14 grams a day. Some have been helped with 5 or 6 grams a day. Like I said it varies. So start low (and go slow, can upset stomach until he adjusts to it) and slowly build up over weeks. To take *grams* you need the powder, would be way too many tablets to swallow. Just mix it in with some juice (but not apple, doesn't mix well with it). It supposedly has a sweet taste so hopefully he won't notice it in there, etc.

I have another son who suffers with some anxiety. He has used Kali Phos (a tissue salt) to help when he starts feeling panicky. (My OCD son won't try it!)

Some parents have felt a couple Native Remedies products have helped. MindSoothe was one, I think the other was Pure Calm.

Some have found benefits going to a homeopath.

Always notice I said *some* because what works for one, doesn't work for all.

We've gone through a lot of alternative products with my son. The inositol powder did help him for quite a while. His OCD returned later and we've tried it since, even at higher dose, and no help. But that would be my first choice to try for your son. Just from my experience, I found the Source Naturals brand to mix the best with liquids.

Hope this helps!

Chris in NC
single mom, 3 sons

--- In AlternativeAnswers@yahoogroups.com, "Tara" <geminitd6769@...> wrote:
> Hello,
> I have an 11 year old son who seems to have a lot of anxiety. He has started seeing a psychologist and she, in fact, says he has an anxiety disorder and may have compulsions as well. He has always had a lot of fears, and he is very sensitive and intuitive. The psychologist suggested he go on Prozac and Zoloft, but I will not do that to my son.
> I'm just wondering if anyone can suggest some natural remedies that could help him.
> Thank you very much,
> Tara

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