Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder not only affects children, but can also continue through teen years and even adulthood. ADHD is the most commonly diagnosed mental disorder in children. Individuals with ADHD may be hyperactive, unable to control impulses, having difficulty paying attention, which can interfere with school and home life.
Symptoms in children are grouped into three categories as follows:
-Doesn’t follow directions or finish tasks
-Doesn’t appear to be listening
-Doesn’t pay attention and makes careless mistakes
-Forgets about daily activities
-Has problems organizing daily tasks
-Doesn’t like to do things that require sitting still
-Often loses things
-Tends to daydream
-Often squirms, fidgets, or bounces when sitting
-Doesn’t stay seated
-Has trouble playing quietly
-Is always moving, such as running or climbing on things
-Is always “on the go” as if “driven by a motor”
-Has trouble waiting for his/her turn
-Blurts out answers
Symptoms in adults include:
-Chronic lateness, forgetfulness, procrastination due to disorganization
-Problems at work
-Trouble controlling anger, easily frustrated
-Substance abuse or addiction
How we treat ADD/ADHD naturally:
At the first appointment we will take a comprehensive intake, assessing diet, the body’s ability to detoxify, stress level, sleep patterns (when body regenerates), as well as other areas.
In combination with the initial intake, we will run general labs to determine how the body is functioning on an average level. Depending on symptoms and age it may be necessary to run additional labs, for example, a food allergy panel. Upon receipt and assessment of the labs, a plan will be put in place, taking into account what the individual is able to incorporate to address the current symptoms.
Our holistic approach includes identifying food triggers (artificial additives/color/ingredients, pesticides, etc.), environment, relationships, food allergies, sleep patterns, medications and others that can interfere will normal function.
It is important to take into consideration both the mental/emotional components along with physical symptoms. The holistic approach we use when treating ADD/ADHD includes homeopathy, Emotion Code therapy, dietary changes to avoid stimulating foods, decreasing stress, supplementation and others. Family support is also key in helping the individual work through the current symptoms. The main goal is to restore proper function without the use of medications.