When anger is not expressed, it may turn inward and morph into self-destruction or depression. Children’s frustration and anger need an external outlet, and they may internalize these emotions when teachers, parents, and other adults belittle or punish them for self-expression. All this “stifling,” if you will, of their frustrations makes them feel they have nowhere to turn, and then bullying and violence can erupt suddenly . . . from any child.
Anger and its consequences can make children fearful, which makes them unable to learn. The brain will protect itself from trauma and may scramble input or output, which can be a key component of learning disorders.
In extreme situations, we hear of suicides by those we least expect, people who hid parts of themselves and put on their happy faces. Emotional and behavioral issues that accompany dyslexia may also be a reaction to frustration or anger with home, school, or social situations. The child may feel anger toward either school or home and release it when he is away from that situation.
With treatment such as Books Neural Therapy™, children can release their normal, typical anger and prevent it from turning into something more serious.
Self-destructive tendencies and the medication that doesn’t always help
One of the physical tests I perform can show self-destructive tendencies. As I begin asking simple and gentle questions, children feel safe to express themselves and their emotions. The stories I hear from these kids would positively shock their parents, who often don’t know anything about what is going on with their kids. Often, these children have a hard time concentrating and are diagnosed with ADHD or anxiety.
The Ritalin-type and anti-anxiety drugs are prescribed far too often. When we put children on these drugs, they do become more docile and quiet; however, they also lose their joy, childlike wonder, and effervescence. These medications effectively kill the brain’s play and bonding centers, and that energy has to go somewhere. Often this innocent childhood energy turns into violence. It doesn’t have to be this way–natural, non-invasive therapy can manage ADHD and anxiety.
We’ve seen many instances where children have killed classmates and teachers, and evidence shows that many of them were on Ritalin. This begs the question: if those children were unbalanced in some way, was a Ritalin-type drug the best medication? I submit the answer is “no, never.”
Depression and Bipolar
Another serious condition that affects learning and typically requires medication, depression may accompany dyslexia or ADHD, or it may appear alone. Antidepressants are the typical treatment of mono-polar depression. “Situational depression” is a common form of sadness or depression that is due to a particular situation and not necessarily a chemical imbalance. This type of depression often accompanies dyslexia and goes away with natural treatment, but too often, it is medicated just as if there were an imbalance.
Manic depression, or bipolar, does not respond to antidepressants, and the challenge with treating bipolar is that the person often wants to stop the medication when he or she is on the manic end of their disorder. Bipolar and ADHD can look similar, and simple allergic reactions can look like bipolar and / or ADHD.
So what can you as parents do? Before allowing your child to be medicated, get a second, and even third, opinion from a doctor of chiropractic (DC), doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO), a naturopathic doctor (ND), or a certified clinical nutritionist (CCN). He or she can help you explore natural means to help your child. Or contact me directly for more information about Books Neural Therapy™.