Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a complex mental disorder that is difficult to diagnose but can take a significant toll on the lives of the children and families affected by it.
Children and adolescents with ADHD can experience symptoms that persist into adulthood, including a distressing inability to both pay attention and control impulses.
What is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?
ADHD is a behavioral disorder that affects approximately 10 percent of school-aged children, and three times as many boys as girls. Kids with ADHD are hyperactive, often act impulsively before thinking about the action, and have difficulty focusing. They often understand what someone wants them to do, but can’t comply because of an inability to pay attention, sit still, or focus on details.
The Causes of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
The cause of most cases of ADHD remains unknown, although both genetic and environmental factors are believed to play a role. Research points to indications that the disorder is inherited from one’s parents, but environmental factors such as alcohol intake and exposure to cigarette smoke during pregnancy have been found to increase the risk of ADHD.
The Symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Children with ADHD are easily distracted, have difficulty maintaining focus on one task, quickly become bored with a task, have trouble completing a task, often don’t listen when spoken to, daydream, have trouble following instructions, and don’t understand detailed instructions.
They often fidget and squirm in their seats, speak non-step, are always in motion dashing around a classroom, have trouble sitting still during meals and in class, have difficulty doing quiet tasks, are very impatient, blurt out inappropriate comments and have trouble controlling their emotions, and often interrupt the conversations of others.
The Treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Treating ADHD traditionally involves a combination of counseling and medication. Conventional medicine prescribes the use of psychotropic drugs such as Ritalin and Adderall to manage symptoms, but both come with significant side effects and long-term health impacts, leaving many parents resistant to using them.
Alternative treatments, including chiropractic and nutritional, focus on helping restore the nervous system to an increased functional state. Because misalignment of the spine is a factor in nervous system health, a professional chiropractor can evaluate whether the spine is out of place. Misalignment of the spine can be treated with non-invasive, careful adjustments.
Findings show an increase in nutrient-rich natural foods can provide relief for ADHD sufferers, along with the removal of common food allergens such as gluten.
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