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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.

Key Points

  • 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

  • Impulsivity, impatience

  • Hyperactivity

  • Mood swings

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

  • Food allergies

  • Heavy metal toxicity

  • Malnourishment, food allergies

Naturopathic Treatment Approaches

  • Identify and remove exacerbating factors

  • Identify and treat co-morbid health conditions

  • Behaviour management

  • Lifestyle modifications

  • 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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