Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADD/ADHD) is a neurobiological syndrome that consists of symptoms of inattention, with or without symptoms of hyperactivity and impulsivity. This may result in problems of school underachievement and behavior, says Dr. Mel Levine. Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is the most commonly diagnosed behavioral disorder of childhood, affecting an estimated 9 to 10 % of school-aged children according to James F. Balch, MD and Phyllis A. Balch, CNC. Despite much progress in the diagnosis and treatment of ADD, this disorder remains highly controversial. The diverse and conflicting opinions about ADD have resulted in confusion for families and caregivers alike. While the cause of attention deficit disorder is unknown, scientists have determined that there is a neurobiological basis for the disease. There may be a familiar component involved (genetic) in some, but not all cases. This may be seen with an increased incidence of ADD in children with a first degree relative with ADHD, conduct disorders, anti-social personality, substance abuse, and others. Genes are being identified that are also thought to be associated with attention deficit disorder
The following are some signs to look for:
Hyperactivity,fidgeting, squirming in seat, or moving constantly, wandering, may leave the seat in the classroom when expected to stay, has trouble participating in “quiet” activities such as reading, talks excessively or Impulsivity (may blurt out answers before questions have been completed), has difficulty awaiting turn, interrupts others, problems sleeping, inability to delay gratification, social outcasts or loners (possible inability to play in groups, but may perform in one-on-one situation), apparent disregard for own safety, behavior not usually modified by reward or punishment, may have other specific learning disabilities, and failure to meet normal intellectual developmental milestones.
Tips for a proactive approach to ADD/ADHD:
- Dietary changes such as avoiding wheat, dairy, additives, preservatives and sugar have helped many of the symptoms associated with ADD/ADHD. The elimination diet will also identify foods that may be causing or aggravating symptoms. Studies have shown foods high in sugar and carbohydrates may cause difficulty in concentrating.
- In addition to making the dietary changes, supplementation such as Växa’s Attend, specifically addresses the dietary and neurochemical deficiencies thought occur in people with ADD/ADHD.
- Rule out heavy metal toxicity, such as lead and copper, which have been linked to behavioral problems.