Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is the most commonly diagnosed behavioral disorder of childhood, estimated to affect between 3% and 5% of school-aged children. The core symptoms of ADHD include inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Although many people occasionally have difficulty sitting still, paying attention, or controlling impulsive behavior, these behaviors are so persistent in people with ADHD that they interfere with daily life. Generally, these symptoms appear before the age of 7 years and cause significant functional problems at home, in school, and in various social settings. One- to two-thirds of all children with ADHD (somewhere between1% and 6% of the general population) continue to exhibit ADHD symptoms into adult life. Diagnosis is difficult, but from a naturopathic perspective, we don’t get too focused on the diagnosis, but most focused on the underlying cause of their inability to focus and relax their body.
A naturopathic approach to treating someone with ADD/ADHD depends on other factors that may give me insight as to what may be contributing to their symptoms. For some, I’ll do food sensitivity testing, for other’s a gut restoration program, for other’s I may support the adrenal glands, for other’s I may test their neurotransmitters being excreted in the urine and use clinical nutrition to help the individual rebalance there neurotransmitters.