ADHD/ADD

ADHD/ADD

Condition description: 

    There are two components to ADHD, which are attention deficit and hyperactivity.  Some children have purely ADD and no issues with hyperactivity, while others are very hyperactive and have no issues concerning attention deficit.  Then there are other children, which suffer from the most common type, both the attention deficit and hyperactivity.  When it is purely symptoms related to attention deficit problems, it is called ADD and when there is a combination of both attention deficit and hyperactivity it is called ADHD.  Symptoms consist of the inability to pay attention, concentrate, remember, think clearly or learn effectively.  Often it is associated with behavioral disturbances.

Underlying causes: 

    These include food sensitivities, chemical sensitivities, yeast overgrowth, deficiency of essential fatty acids, and mineral deficiencies. 

Conventional treatment:

    Consists of prescription medication such as methylphenidates (Ritalin). Medications such as dextroamphetamine, Pemoline, and Desipramine are also often prescribed.  Counseling and behavioral modifications are also recommended when appropriate.

EHAC approach:

    Avoid sugar, soft drinks, all preservatives, and additives. Identify food sensitivities and eliminate allergy triggering foods. Depending on the age of child, magnesium somewhere between 100 to 400mg may be indicated and calcium from 300mg to 800mg daily.

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