Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Updated: May 2, 2018
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is characterized by poor attention span and excessive activity and/or impulsiveness that interferes with normal functioning and development. ADHD has been associated with learning difficulties and/or lack of appropriate social skills. Onset usually occurs before age 4, while the average ages for diagnosis is ages 8-10.
ADHD has no known specific cause, but numerous suspected risk factors.
Differentiation between ADHD and other conditions has been challenging for physicians, leading to overdiagnosis.
Although considered a disorder in children and always starts in childhood, about 50% of ADHD cases persist in adulthood.
Diagnosed 10 times more often in boys than girls.
Physicians use questionnaires completed by parents and teachers as well as observations to make a diagnosis.
Signs/Symptoms of ADHD
Inattention, poor concentration
Possible Causes and Exacerbating Factors
Genetic predisposition, biochemical, and behavioral factors
Pregnancy risk factors - Low birth weight, exposure to toxins (lead, alcohol, cocaine, tobacco), head trauma, brain infection
Food additives and sugar
Heavy metal toxicity
Malnourishment, food allergies
Naturopathic Treatment Approaches
Identify and remove exacerbating factors
Identify and treat co-morbid health conditions
Exercise to stabilize mood & attention
Eliminate food allergens & toxins
Dietary modifications to stabilize mood & attention
Ensure necessary nutrients for proper brain development
Botanical & nutraceutical supplements to stabilize neurotransmitters & hormones
Higher force intervention and/or specialist referral, if needed
For further information, we suggest you to make an appointment with our naturopathic doctor.
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