Raising awareness for mental health ! We can beat the monsters !
First of all I want to thank follower/friend/blogger Krafting Thoughts for helping me raise awareness for my cause ! Wow I am grateful. Thank you from the bottom of my heart ! I am looking forward to see your writings on this topic and will reblog them here !
The reason why I became a life and mental coach is because people always tell me their story, even strangers !
Some tell me their deepest secrets. I don’t even have to ask them these things, I seem to invite them unwittingly, unknowingly to open up their heart and to let their truth come out….
The other reason why I became a life and mental coach is because I want to encourage people to come out of their box mentality. We are always labeling ourselves and others and we are always identifying ourselves with our diseases.
We put children in a box at an early age. Diagnozed with ADHD and ADD, we give them drugs to “control their condition”.
Even kids who are HSP are considered dysfunctional and are hardly understood by their environment. I happen to be higly sensitive and my child inherited it aswell but we never saw it as a condition. It is just part of who we are !
I want to share our personal story today to prove that our boxes are imaginary boxes, in most cases, unnecessary kept alive by our ignorance, our resistance to truth and maybe our fear of alternative healing methods.
A big part of my mission lies in raising awareness for this, to speak up for our children and to offer them tools to empower themselves and make them resilient to life’s challenges without drugs !
When my son was 8 he was experiencing some problems at school. His teacher told me he often looked absent, he dreamed away instead of keeping up with the lessons, he even skipped whole exercices on his tests or left whole pages blank. When she confronted him with that, he didn’t know what to say.
One day when he slipped in dream mode in class again, the teacher confronted me. Wasn’t it about time I considered seeing a doctor and give him medication ?
I was surprised, I was even perplexed to hear this. I have never been fond of pharmaceuticals and I barely have them in the house. My doctor knows I am very hesitant towards them and I only take them in case of emergency !
A colleague of mine told me her horror story of her experiences with a daughter on ritalin, I was in contact with a pharmacist who had worked in a mental institution for years; this man, – now retired – warned me how addictive all these drugs are and how they are destructive to a little child’s brain. Not to mention the need to increase doses on a regular basis. I wasn’t considering this option at all !
I started some research on my own to find alternative methods to help my son. I kept him home from school one day and told his teacher I was going to see a psychologist, I drove to my natural health therapist instead and had my son tested.
He informed us we had to cut the sugars in his diet, also the hidden sugars in the food. He told us he was intolerant to wheat so we switched to spelt instead.
We reduced time spend on television and gaming. He wasn’t allowed any device in his room while he slept and we switched the wifi off at night.
We went to see an osteopathic physician, apparently he had a craniocerebral birth trauma, she even pointed it out to me so I could see for myself how “out of alignement” he was. She exclaimed : “No wonder he has difficulties concentrating !”
Other spine issues that block the cerebrospinal fluid can cause headaches and migraines. Children are often benefited with craniosacral therapy. You can find an interesting link here.
After two weeks the school contacted me, saying the teachers were happy I decided to give my son the proper medication. I left them perplexed when I told them he had never swallowed a pill !
Proudly I emailed them a whole essay, asking them to take all these tips in consideration to help other parents. It worked well, our osteopathic told me she had a boost of children in her practise…
If you like to spread awareness for my case, have a personal story to tell about your issues, or you have other useful tips or information for children and adults, please do share them while using the hashtag #confideinme in your blog or put a link to your blog in the comments.
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