Caden’s success story: bipolar, ADHD, OCD, ODD

Nikki’s son Caden was diagnosed when he was 4 years old with bipolar, ADHD, OCD, and ODD. For the first 3 years, doctors prescribed him over 30 medications to manage the disorders, but nothing worked. Since switching to EMPowerplus in 2006, Caden’s life (and his family’s) has changed forever. Gone from his life are the rages, defiance behaviour, mood swings, depression, anxiety, hyperactivity and bizarre behaviour.

Read Caden’s success story in the words of his mother, Nikki:

Since February 28, 2006, the day which my six-year-old son Caden started the EMPowerplus vitamins from Truehope, our lives have changed in ways that are unimaginable. Caden was diagnosed at the age of three with early onset bipolar disorder, ADHD, OCD and ODD. Over the next three years he was prescribed an alarming number of medications to try and “treat” these disorders. Thirty-plus medications were tried; nothing worked. Which lead me to Truehope. Where else was I going to turn at this point?

We began to slowly taper Caden off of all four medications that he was on, one being a red-flag medication. It was an absolute nightmare while this was happening. There were some extremely frightening moments, to put it mildly. But I’m proud to say that we, and everyone involved, made it through with flying colors.

Caden took his last dose, +/- 2.5 mg of Adderall XR, the last medication that he was on, May 26, 2006; just three short months after introducing the vitamin regimen. Since then, he/we have begun the journey to healing.

The violent rages are no longer. The defiant behavior is gone. The mood swings are a thing of the past. The depression has been lifted. The anxiety has been forgotten. The bizarre behavior is no more. He’s no longer this hyper, manic child that bounces from wall to wall. And the absolute best part: HE SLEEPS! It’s a miracle straight from God!

He played football this past season and did incredibly well. He listened to the coaches, participated fully and had a blast doing it! He was sad when the season was over and can’t wait until next season when he can play again with all of his new friends. This was something that would never have been an option in the past.

He has also been 100 percent mainstreamed with a general education first grade class. As of November 2006, he no longer qualifies for Behavioral Services. The Emotionally Disturbed coding has been deleted. And he has made the A Honor Roll all year. He is on grade level or above grade level in every subject. This to me is amazing considering the chaos he was dealing with his first two years of school.

Everyone who comes in contact with him, especially those who had been around him in the past, is dumbfounded. I have received numerous compliments on how well-behaved he is. His bus driver describes him as “one of the most laid-back and respectful kids he knows and an absolute delight to have on his bus.” His teachers always tell me they are shocked that he was ever in a behavior class or had such severe behavior problems. One teacher told me that I must be lying to her; that there was just no way!

His little body just could not handle the medications. Period. I should have known since I also am unable to tolerate medications. Who would have thought that treating with vitamins and nutrients would be the answer? Live and learn.

He is such a beautiful, well-mannered, happy little boy. I am finally enjoying motherhood for the first time in a very long seven years. Thank you, Truehope; especially Catherine, for everything that you did in saving my family. You have given me my child back; and for that I am eternally grateful!