ADD and ADHD
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD) is a condition of the brain marked by an ongoing pattern of inattention, hyperactivity, and/or impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development.
A person with ADHD may frequently have difficulty sustaining focus, wander off task, lack persistence, move about restlessly when not appropriate, struggle academically, or make hasty and sometimes harmful actions without forethought. While it is normal for individuals to have some inattention, those with ADHD present with more severe and repeated behaviors that interfere with their function at school or in a job. ADHD symptoms can appear as early as age three and may continue into adulthood.
A National Survey of Children’s Health from 2003-2011 reported that 3.5 million children (69%) were taking medication for ADHD. Medications frequently prescribed for children with ADHD include antipsychotics, anti-depressants, stimulants, and anti-seizure medications. Behavior therapy is often used in addition to medications to address some of the more subtle symptoms, such as difficulty with organizational and social skills.
While behavior modification can help manage ADHD, dietary modifications can also benefit those with conditions that affect the brain with more natural means. By including foods in the diet that stimulate the brain’s dopamine receptors, which is the end goal of medications used to treat ADHD, children can regain focus without the unwanted side effects of medications. Additionally, an elimination diet can cut out foods that otherwise increase inflammation, cause intestinal permeability, and put the immune system in overdrive. By eliminating food sensitivities, children can optimize their gut-brain connection and perform better in school.
Children with ADHD are extraordinarily smart and imaginative and will thrive with the correct treatment. Help your child boost confidence, improve behavior, and make home life easier for the family without the use of medications. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (2014). Key Findings: Trends in the Parent-Report of Health Care Provider-Diagnosis and Medication Treatment for ADHD: United States, 2003–2011.