2022, Vol. 6 Issue 4, Part A
Management of adhd-related behaviours in children using homoeopathic medicines selected based on prenatal maternal mental state
Author(s): Shamsah Jamal and PR Sisir
ADHD is the most common childhood neurodevelopmental illness that significantly impacts individuals, families, and society. This study was intended to assess the effectiveness of Homoeopathic medicines selected based on the maternal prenatal mental state in managing ADHD-related behaviours in offspring and to analyse maternal prenatal mental states contributing to ADHD pathogenesis.15 children having ADHD-related behaviours were identified symptomatically and diagnosed by the Vanderbilt ADHD Diagnostic Parent Rating Scale & Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) from OPDs of SKHMC, Kulasekharam. Prenatal maternal psychological state and adverse events were recorded by giving a questionnaire to mothers of ADHD children. The homoeopathic medicinal intervention was made considering the maternal prenatal mental state as a causative modality. After Homoeopathic intervention, all cases improved with which 2 cases with marked improvement (>80% improvement), 11 with moderate improvement (40-80% improvement), and 2 with minimal improvement (<40% improvement). On analysis of maternal prenatal states contributing to ADHD pathogenesis, it was observed that mothers reported brooding in grief, sadness, crying alone, anger, depression, suppressed anger, irritability, guilty for anger, forsaken feeling, fear, hatred, restlessness, sleeplessness, anxiety, suicidal thoughts/attempt in response to various adverse life events during pregnancy. The study concluded that Homoeopathic Medicines selected based on the maternal prenatal mental state can effectively manage ADHD- related behaviours in children. Study findings highlight the significance of early pregnancy screening for stressful events to offer prenatal psychosocial support to mothers.
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