Alternative Prescription Drugs for ADHD Mitchell SD

Stimulant drugs, such as Ritalin and Adderall. Almost 4.5 million children between ages 4 and 17 are diagnosed with ADHD, and nearly half of them take prescription medications, often for years. Long term, these drugs may be physically and psychologically harmful, and side effects such as sleep disturbances, poor appetite, weight loss, and mood disorders can require further medication.

Leland Wayne Dennis, MD
2200 N Kimball St
Mitchell, SD
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Psychiatry
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Ok Coll Of Med, Oklahoma City Ok 73190
Graduation Year: 1989

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Ramesh Babu Somepalli, MD
(605) 668-3100
3515 Broadway Ave
Yankton, SD
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Psychiatry
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Male
Education
Medical School: Guntur Med Coll, Univ Of Hlth Sci, Guntur, Ap, India
Graduation Year: 1979

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Alan K Brevik, MD
(605) 668-3100
PO Box 200
Yankton, SD
Specialties
Psychiatry
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Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Lial Lee Kofoed, MD
(605) 745-2021
14 Waters Edge
Hot Springs, SD
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Psychiatry
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wa Sch Of Med, Seattle Wa 98195
Graduation Year: 1977

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Sarah Ann Flynn, MD
(908) 851-8610
525 E 21st St
Sioux Falls, SD
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Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
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Female
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Medical School: Univ Of Sd Sch Of Med, Vermillion Sd, 57069
Graduation Year: 1998

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Tamara L Vik, MD
(605) 322-5735
1925 E Briar Den Ct
Sioux Falls, SD
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Psychiatry
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Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Victoria R Cobb Gerhart, MD
Sioux Falls, SD
Specialties
Psychiatry
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Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1974

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Thomas Lee Jewitt, MD
113 Comanche Rd
Fort Meade, SD
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Sd Sch Of Med, Vermillion Sd, 57069
Graduation Year: 1977

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Chung-Hao Tuan, MD
(605) 665-6326
1402 Maple St
Yankton, SD
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Natl Defense Med Ctr, Taipei, Taiwan (244-03 Eff 1/1971)
Graduation Year: 1962

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Francis D Koss, MD
(320) 231-5100
123 19th St NE
Watertown, SD
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Psychiatry
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Male
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Medical School: Creighton Univ Sch Of Med, Omaha Ne 68178
Graduation Year: 1987

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Alternative Prescription Drugs for ADHD

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By Diana Reynolds Roome

Josh Goulding was diagnosed with attention deficit–hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in second grade, after his impulsive and disruptive behavior frequently landed him in the school principal’s office. “Over several years, I was put on a whole gamut of drugs, and nothing worked well,” says Goulding, now 24. By his second year at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, Goulding was still struggling to concentrate in classes and complete his work, and his medications were causing mood swings and irritability.

The Conventional Rx:
Stimulant drugs, such as Ritalin and Adderall. Almost 4.5 million children between ages 4 and 17 are diagnosed with ADHD, and nearly half of them take prescription medications, often for years. Long term, these drugs may be physically and psychologically harmful, and side effects such as sleep disturbances, poor appetite, weight loss, and mood disorders can require further medication.

The Alternative Rx: Transcendental Meditation (TM). In the first study on ADHD and TM, middle-school–age children who did twice daily nonreligious meditations for 10 minutes reduced their stress levels by over 50 percent—resulting in fewer ADHD symptoms. “TM helps children focus on a special mantra or sound, which helps the child transcend mental busyness and stress,” says Sarina Grosswald, EdD, coauthor of the study. “This allows the child’s body to completely relax and his mind to stay fully awake without effort. The results are improved behavior, grades, creativity, and inner stability.”

The Outcome:
Just before turning 21, Goulding attended a talk on TM and signed up to learn the technique. First, he started sleeping better. Then, finding it easier to focus and relate to others, his grades improved. When Goulding returned to his doctor, his blood pressure was lower (it had been borderline hypertensive before he started TM) and, even after he stopped taking ADHD medications, his grade-point average continued to rise.
——Diana Reynolds Roome

Author: Diana Reynolds Roome

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