ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
ADHD is a problem with focus, hyperactivity, impulsiveness or a combination of the above.
Presently, ADHD is the most diagnosed behavioral disorder in children, being present in 3-5% of school age children. It occurs more often in boys than in girls. It can run in the family.
The cause of ADHD is not currently known.
Aside from hyperactivity, children with ADHD often exhibit depression, anxiety, learning difficulties, and tics. Every child with ADHD should undergo minute medical examination in order to exclude other diseases or causes for behavioral problems.
Dyslexia is a disorder manifesting as inability to master the skills of reading and writing, despite having normal intelligence and good environmental conditions. Dyslexia, similarly to other learning disabilities such as dysorthographia or dysgraphia, may be present in completely healthy children, or may be present alongside ADHD or other developmental disorders.
Despite us not knowing the precise reason for behavioral disorders in children with ADHD, we do know that some coexisting diseases may aggravate their condition.
Among these are: allergies, especially food allergies and intolerances, which should be individually diagnosed for each child.
Mediators of inflammations produced during allergic reactions, such as histamine, can by themselves cause irritation, problems with focus and attention, worsening of the ability to learn and to remember.
Additionally, Dr. Ben Feingold noticed that ADHD children symptoms aggravate due to excess of sweets. This forms the basis for “Feingold diet,” which relies on elimination of complex sugars, and has become a popular intervention in treatment of this ailment. This is why we recommend it to all ADHD children, especially considering the general unhealthiness of modern, sugar-laden diet.
Similarly, the basic intervention which we use is diagnosing and treating of comorbid allergies.
Supplementing microelements may prove important, including lithium, the lack of which may cause symptoms similar to bipolar disorder, with alternating periods of manic phase and depressive phase.
Lithium accumulates in the body, which makes doctor’s supervision essential in this treatment.
ADHD children may also benefit from correction of invalid serotonergic pathways. Most of psychotropic medicines used in this group affect this mechanism. However, their weakness is that they stop working once they stop being administered.
Adequately chosen supplements may aid the treatment and correct the disorders for a longer time.