Austin has taken a variety of medications over the last few years, but he suffers side effects.
"I don't want to take the medication," Austin says. "I hate life because I take it."
His mom wants him off the drugs. "When he's on the medication, Austin has no appetite. He's lethargic. He will be a zombie," Nicole says. When he went off
But Austin's school sees things differently. "His teachers have always told me that he needs medication to stay in school. I feel like I don't have any other choices," she explains.
Nicole wants to know if there is an alternative to giving Austin drugs.
[AD]Dr. Phil asks Nicole what Austin is like when he is not on the medication.
"He doesn't focus in school. It's hard for him. He's a bully," she tells him. She is confident that he has ADD/ADHD because she
Dr. Lawlis confirms that the medical analysis indicates Austin's ADHD patterns.
Dr. Phil also points out that Nicole's house is a lot like Lynn and Doug's. She yells, screams and gives into Austin's tantrums to avoid confrontation.
"It hurts me to discipline him," Nicole admits.
[AD]"You have to be willing to visit the structure. You have to be willing to bring the predictability, the consistency and the discipline," Dr. Phil says to Nicole. "It's not something you should feel guilty about, you should feel guilty if you don't do it because he needs the structure. He needs the guidance. He needs the order. He needs the rhythm. He needs all of the things that are necessary to give him a chance to have a flow to his life."
Dr. Phil points out that Austin does much better behaviorally when he's with his father, and his father's house is more structured than Nicole's.
Dr. Lawlis says that if parents are hyper-vigilant about what they feed their child, they can stop the hyper behavior. He came up
He has Austin hold two of his fingers together very tightly so he can't undo them. If you're holding foods that aren't good for you, your grip won't be as strong. Dr. Lawlis has Austin hold a variety of foods including, chicken strips, grapes, a cucumber and others, as he tests his grip.
[AD]In his book and in person with Austin, who was hooked up to an EEG, Dr. Lawlis explains how a child with ADHD can actually control his brain wave patterns and activity. With the help of a psychologist or a psychiatrist who does biofeedback training, a child can control his brain without medication.
He also suggests that she watch Austin's diet, keeping him away from processed foods, sugar, high carbohydrates, and fried foods.
Nicole says that she will embrace these ideas and apply them with Austin.