As a child I suffered from ADHD I still rember all the times I was told to think before I acted, I remember the family therapy sessions we all had to go to and the drugs I was forced to take because people couldnt handle being around me. I was a pain I understood that but I hated those drugs, I was a very active child but whenever I had to take the pills I would turn into a zombie I no longer was myself, I didnt want to play I would just sit undercover whilst all the other children played. I remember my mum telling me I hope one day you have a child just like you! Well you guessed it, it happened! God help me was it really this hard for my mother? I somtimes feel like a horribble parent because sometimes I just cant deal with her and at times I may even let some vulgar language fly at her because shes just done another outrageously stuipid thing. So I can understand why frustrated parents would turn to ritalin or similar drugs, but as previously mentioned I had to take these myself so I know what it feels like to be on it and refuse to put her on it. A few months ago I was reading a medical research report into ADHD and they trialled the use of coffee on affected children with quite positive results, So me me quite curious decided to give it a go. It actually worked really well I gave her a cup of coffee when she was jumping around the loungroom at 8pm at night I was actually quite nervous that this would make her worse so anxiously I waited watching for the next 10mins and would you believe it calmed her down almost instantly! I have been using it ever since and it seems to work quite well and its a better option than the shock collar I was going to get ( just kidding).If you are in my situation give it a go see for yourself. Also if you have a crazy kid like me hang in there it does get better kids eventually grow out of it I was 15 myself before I stopped getting in trouble at school then I actually became quite an active listener.
Thanks for reading!

Posted by mom91070, 24th August 2014

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  • wow – THANKYOU <3 my Daughter has ASD/ADHD. I do however use Ritalin (a small dose) FOR SCHOOL DAYS ONLY as she is unable to concentrate.. its a slow release and she dont turn into a zombie on the weekends since her mind isnt drained and her energy zapped with school I dont give her the ritalin I let her BOUNCE of the walls and roof all day long… yes she is a little harder to control but I choose to do this as I like her body getting a little break from the drugs. I am very interested in the coffee idea tho. For sleep. has your child been told about melatonin? my daughter is her ASD/ ADHD can NOT go to sleep her brain wont switch off so this is a NATURAL medicine that makes her drift off to sleep and keep a normal sleep cycle… best thing! just thought id mention it. a Pead can perscribe it. But thankyou for letting me be aware of what you went through I see things differently through your.her eyes xxx


  • Funny things help sometimes – good luck in the tough times.


  • Great words of wisdom. Thankyou for posting a very human story


  • I have no words to thank you so much for this article. My son had ADHD. It’s nice for somebody to post an article like this, I’ve been waiting for such an article. I feel like I’m not alone reading this. I’m going to look into your suggestion and maybe try it. My son for now not taking any medication. He is in the 50% of people who don’t require it, but that could change at any time. Thanks again.


  • Thanks for sharing your story you never know you may of just helped a mum that was at her wits end with her child.
    Hope the coffee trick continues to help your daughter


  • I admire your courage in forgoing medications for your daughter, as it can’t be easy dealing with a child with ADHD, even with the medication. Interesting about the coffee, I’ll have to do some Google research into this.


  • Thank you for sharing your story. My eldest son was diagnosed as a 6 year old & dexamphetamine was prescribed & it did allow him to concentrate & not be disruptive in class. He is now a married man with a beautiful 5 year old daughter & has managed to have a successful career. He still requires the medication & he just accepts he will most probably need to for the rest of his life. I was interested in your theory regarding the caffeine, I wonder if this has been tested yet?

    • I should have said “trialled in Australia yet”.


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