ADHD Diet Kansas City MO

Here is a truth about the parents of a child with a disability: We are relentless. Nothing fuels determination like listening to your child cry herself to sleep at night, or hearing her ask, yet again, if she'll ever be able to talk like other kids.

Michelle Birdsell
(913) 338-0400
4770 North Belleview
Gladstone, MO
Business
Kansas City Psychiatric Group
Specialties
Psychiatry & Psychology
Insurance
Insurance Plans Accepted: BCBS, Cigna, Aetna, several others. NOT a medicare provider
Medicare Accepted: No
Accepts Uninsured Patients: Yes

Doctor Information
Residency Training: Rush University
Medical School: Rush University College of Medicine,
Additional Information
Languages Spoken: English

Data Provided by:
John David Hubbard, MD
(770) 682-5636
2301 Holmes St
Kansas City, MO
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 1984

Data Provided by:
James Robert Batterson Jr, MD
(816) 234-3674
2401 Gillham Rd
Kansas City, MO
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mo-Kansas City Sch Of Med, Kansas City Mo 64108
Graduation Year: 1987

Data Provided by:
Maria Cristina Davila, MD
(816) 234-5905
600 E 22nd St
Kansas City, MO
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ De Buenos Aires, Fac De Med, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Graduation Year: 1989

Data Provided by:
Timothy D Dellenbaugh, MD
(816) 512-4081
1000 E 24th St
Kansas City, MO
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1990

Data Provided by:
Marina Marchak, MD
104 E 28th Ter Apt 4
Kansas City, MO
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Donetsk Med Inst, Doneck, Ukraine
Graduation Year: 1986

Data Provided by:
Dr.Debra Willsie
(816) 234-3674
2401 Gillham Road
Kansas City, MO
Gender
F
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Hlth Sci, Coll Of Osteo Med
Year of Graduation: 1986
Speciality
Psychiatrist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
RateMD Rating
5.0, out of 5 based on 2, reviews.

Data Provided by:
Robijn Kerst Hornstra, MD
(816) 471-3000
600 E 22nd St
Kansas City, MO
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mo, Columbia Sch Of Med, Columbia Mo 65212
Graduation Year: 1984

Data Provided by:
Shahbaz Muhammad Khan, MD
(816) 404-6019
2211 Charlotte St
Kansas City, MO
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Dow Med Coll, Univ Of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1991

Data Provided by:
Mohammed Fasihuddin, MD
(816) 471-3000
600 E 22nd St
Kansas City, MO
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Kakatiya Med Coll, Univ Hlth Sci, Warrangal, Ap, India
Graduation Year: 1977

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The ADHD Diet

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By Melanie Haiken

The day my daughter refused to eat even her favorite food—peanut butter and honey on toast—was the day I lost it. Bursting into tears, I pulled open the medicine cabinet and swept all three of the medications she was taking into the trash.

Linnea, then seven, had spent the previous year on three different powerful psychotropic drugs, one after the other, as we waged a desperate battle to control her stuttering and the facial tics that went with it. Not only did the medications (a tranquilizer, a blood pressure drug prescribed off-label, and an antidepressant) leave her tics as rampant as ever, they caused a host of side effects including depression, lethargy, and an almost complete loss of appetite.

Always a skinny girl, Linnea had become thinner and thinner, at one point dropping below 50 pounds. And I had become a drill sergeant, standing over her while she tried to eat, alternately commanding and cajoling as I measured the circumference of her tiny arms with my eyes. Instead of the medications controlling her tics, it seemed that her tics were controlling us.

So into the wastebasket went the bottles of clonazepam and clonidine and desipramine, and off I went into full research mode. There must be something out there, I thought, that can help my daughter without wreaking such havoc on her young body.

The Search Begins
Here is a truth about the parents of a child with a disability: We are relentless. Nothing fuels determination like listening to your child cry herself to sleep at night, or hearing her ask, yet again, if she’ll ever be able to talk like other kids. Doctors and schools characterize us as demanding and difficult—yep, it’s true. We will do anything—anything—to help our suffering children lead a normal, happy life. And yes, this dedication makes us easy targets for all the hucksters and charlatans out there touting the latest miracle in a bottle. But it also makes us powerful advocates, unshakable in our pursuit of the breakthrough that might make all the difference to the child we love.

It had been a long road up to this point. Linnea first started stuttering when she was just three, and the problem has become progressively more severe, characterized by what are called complete blocks—when her throat closes up and she gets trapped in a tense, tight-throated silence. As she struggles to get her words out, she goes into a multitude of tics—grimacing, blinking, throwing her head to one side. It is disconcerting and disturbing; even those who love Linnea dearly sometimes have to avert their eyes when she is trying hard to talk.

Shortly after the peanut butter incident, I sat down at my computer, cruised some email newsgroups, and discovered a vast and hugely knowledgeable resource: my fellow parents of kids with behavioral disabilities. I quickly learned from these dedicated people that there are nondrug treatments that can make a real difference for children with disorders like Linnea’s. It was a vas...

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