The Nationwide Adderall Shortage: Is There a Better Alternative?

As parents, we all want the best for our children, including their academic success. However, for kids diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), daily tasks like studying, focusing in class, and completing homework can be a great challenge.

Adderall has been the go-to medication for treating ADHD for decades. However, currently the nation is experiencing a shortage of this prescription drug, creating significant concerns for parents and patients alike.

What is the Adderall Shortage, and What Causes It?

A recent USA Today article highlighted the nationwide shortage of Adderall, a prescription medication that helps people with ADHD symptoms. Since this medication is widely used, a scarce supply of Adderall inevitably leads to an increase in its prices. The article explains that the shortage is due to several factors, including:

– Raw ingredient sourcing for these drugs has become costlier due to increases in tariffs imposed by the US government.

– The FDA has issued warnings to the pharmaceutical companies because they have failed to comply with sterility conditions in their manufacturing plants. Thus, production is often halted, leading to less supply.

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Why You Need To Pay Attention To Your Children’s Nutrition

As parents, we want the best for our children, and it’s our responsibility to make sure they get all of the nutrients they need for healthy growth and development. Nutrition is crucial for young children’s mental and physical well-being.

Unfortunately, busy lifestyles make it easier for parents to feed their kids junk food, which isn’t helping with the nutritional deficiencies we are seeing in kids.

Additionally, research has shown that nutritional deficiencies can cause many mental health issues that we see pop up in kids,

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Children Need Vitamins, Minerals, and Micronutrients, Too

When we talk about vitamins, minerals, and micronutrients, we have already established that the standard American diet is not sufficient in providing these very important elements to our bodies. This is one of the main reasons behind the continuing rise of vitamin and nutrient deficiency rates as well as diet-related disease.

When discussing diet and deficiency issues, though, many people focus solely on adults. But the fact of the matter is that getting adequate vitamins, minerals, and micronutrients are just as important for children as well.

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Your Child’s Brain Will Thank You For More Fruits & Veggies

As we enter into the holiday season, people all over the country will count their blessings and be mindful of what they’re thankful for during Thanksgiving. The holidays also bring along with it delicious treats and excess eating, but that’s a topic to discuss another time.

Today we’re talking about the youth of the nation and their eating habits. As we recently discussed on the Truehope blog, the American diet is broken, with less than 3 percent of Americans living what is considered a “healthy lifestyle.” And,

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Osteoporosis: “Childhood Disease with Old-Age Consequences”

Osteoporosis is “a childhood disease with old-age consequences.” 

NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases adds that “the health habits your kids are forming now can make, or literally break, their bones as they age.” How is this possible, you ask? Mayo Clinic reminds you that “your bones are in a constant state of renewal– new bone is made, and old bone is broken down. When you’re young, your body makes new bone faster than it breaks down old bone,

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Children & Anxiety: The Unwanted & Heartbreaking Duo

Anxiety.

This seven-letter word is one of the most unsuspecting destroyers of confidence, self-esteem, and overall self out there. As the CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, points out, there are several different types of anxiety disorders commonly found among children:

  • Separation anxiety: being afraid when away from parents
  • Phobias: having extreme fear about a specific thing or situation, such as dogs, insects, or going to the doctor
  • Social anxiety: Being very afraid of school or other places where there are people
  • General anxiety: Being worried about the future and about bad things happening
  • Panic disorder: Having retreated episodes of sudden,

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Pets: Children’s Saving Grace Both During & After COVID-19

“The researchers found that parents in dog-owning families were 30 percent less likely to report conduct and peer problems with their toddlers in comparison to families that don’t own dogs.”~ Concerned About Your Kid’s Social Development? Getting a Dog Can Help

“Researchers evaluated 643 children for signs of anxiety. They found that only 12 percent of kids who have dogs met the clinical criteria that would prompt health care professionals to further screen for anxiety… Being with dogs can lower levels of cortisol (which is associated with stress),

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Screen Time: A Child’s Teacher or Nemesis?

Is screen time, which is the time spent in front of a digital screen such as TV, video game players, handheld digital devices and computers, a babysitter for your children or the occasional entertainment or educational tool? Answer this question honestly because if your answer is the former, babysitter, your children are at risk of becoming obese, experiencing sleep issues, and of developing depression, anxiety, and attention problems.

Video Game Screen Time

According to The Center for Parenting Education,

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Negative Body Images: We are Failing Our Youth

Allure asked girls, ages 6 to 18, to talk about body image. Here are a few of their disheartening reflections:

“Honestly, I just don’t really feel comfortable in my own skin sometimes.” She goes on to mention her height and facial structure upsets her and since she can’t change those things, she avoids mirrors. ~ Mia, 11

“I know a term nowadays is slim-thick. So even if some parts of you are slim, other parts of you have to be full.” She shares that the perfectly balanced body,

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Gummy Vitamins: Less Yabba Dabba Doo, More Yabba Dabba Don’t

“I do not recommend gummy vitamins.”

The moment my children’s dentist said this my mind raced to the container of Flintstones gummy vitamins sitting in my kitchen cabinet, now feeling more like contraband than an amazing start to my children’s day. Although it occurred to me over the years that the gummy vitamins clearly resembled sugary fruit snacks, I gave them to my children diligently every morning because I believe in the power of vitamins and didn’t question the mighty moneymaking machine that is the gummy vitamin train.

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