ADHD

Overview

ADHD Affecting Both Adults and Children

This disorder is characterized by an inability to pay attention, concentrate, or complete tasks. Three main varieties are identified:

  1. Inattentive ADHD
  2. Hyperactive-Compulsive ADHD
  3. Combination of above ADHD

About 1-6% of adults meet the diagnostic criteria, but more commonly this is diagnosed in children. Approximately 3-7% of children are currently diagnosed with this disorder, with boys affected about three times more commonly than girls.

There may be some cases that show signs of ADHD due to a different event. Some of these children may have been sexually abused, and sexually abused children may exhibit some similar symptoms to ADHD. Other entities that have to be considered include bipolar disorder. Differentiation between the two is usually based on hyper sexuality and parental conflict in the latter. Children with Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome, children who have been physically managed, and children who take in large amounts of caffeine all show signs of ADHD.

The number of ADHD patients has been growing over the years; however, many of the side effects of traditional managements have continued to grow as well. The Houston Wellness Clinic's doctor can help manage this issue the natural way and in return, an overall healthier body and lifestyle can be achieved.

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Symptoms

The Behavioral Symptoms of ADHD Include:

Hyperactivity, visual attention loss, oversized or sustained smile, excessive fidgeting, and constant hand and leg movements

The Attention Symptoms of ADHD Include:

Procrastination, impulsive talking, difficulty starting and finishing tasks, low educational level, extreme disorganization, and dependency on a rigid schedule

The Mood Symptoms of ADHD Include:

Bursts of anger, frequently interrupting conversation/actions, inappropriate social behavior, anxiety, depression, feelings of hopelessness, and low self-esteem

The Addiction Symptoms of ADHD Include:

Alcohol abuse, drug addiction, criminal offenses, and difficulty maintaining a career or relationship

Physical Makers

There is often a genetic association where a deficiency of the dopamine-receptor gene exists. These patients suffer from low levels of neurotransmitters, especially Serotonin. An underlying "reward deficiency" syndrome may exist, whereby not enough dopamine is released from the pleasures of eating, love, or reproduction. Often these individuals migrate to various addictions to compensate for this inappropriate dopamine secretion.

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Management

Stimulant drugs, although often administered, are short-term and not the appropriate way to approach the management of this condition. These patients may actually form addictions to substances such as Ritalin, one of the most popular stimulant drugs of choice. This specific drug actually belongs to the cocaine family, and some individuals may even go as far as to snort it like cocaine.

These drugs may also cause multiple unintended side effects such as insomnia, anxiety, fatigue, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, headaches, facial tics, and meaningless compulsive activities -the very actions they are trying to stop. Children as young as 10 years old may develop a type of bipolar disorder while on these stimulant drugs. Complications such as raised blood pressure, stunted growth due to loss of appetite and malnourishment, liver damage, and a troubling side effect is the development of an addiction to these stimulant drugs. These addictions include alcoholism, smoking, cocaine use, and Ritalin abuse. There are a few non-stimulant drugs that have been used with some success.

Complimentary Strategies

The Houston Wellness Clinic instead uses a natural management therapy that is tailored to each individual patient and constructed by a specialist. This management includes a mix of the following:

Behavioral Medicine

  • Establish routines
  • Maintain eye contact
  • Meditation - to help patient learn to focus
  • Avoid information overload - as these individuals have slow brain processing speeds

Exercise Routine

  • Vigorous exercise can improve the condition
  • Perform moderate exercise for 30 minutes daily and vigorous exercise for 30 minutes 3-4 times/week

Environmental Health

  • Avoid environmental toxins
  • Exclude presence of heavy metal overload
  • Avoid food preservatives/coloring agents/additives
  • Mothers with amalgam fillings may give birth to children with ADHD, and these children may need chelation. Oral DMSA is good because it crosses the blood-brain barrier. Lead toxicity must be excluded, especially if IV chelation in older children is being considered, through hair analysis/partial IV challenge.

Diet

  • Avoid allergenic foods*
  • Avoid sugars/processed foods/refined carbohydrates. Sugar is the most damaging food linked to ADHD.
  • Children with ADHD also often have difficulty metabolizing carbohydrates
  • *Allergenic foods that are most commonly involved include dairy products like milk and cheese, eggs, wheat, soy, corn, and oranges.

    ADHD is also linked to catecholamine dysfunction, so certain precursor amino-acids are helpful.

Nutritional Supplements

A very specific combination of nutritional supplements is essential in helping to manage ADHD. This combination includes essential fatty acids, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and herbs.

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