Although there are many prescription treatments and alternative therapies for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, not all work in the same way for everyone. ADHD in children is characterized by hyperactivity, poor concentration, distractibility, and impulsiveness that are inappropriate for the age.
o Distractibility – by sights, sounds, environment in general
o Poor concentration – over long periods
o Hyperactivity – restlessness
o Slowness – completing tasks
It has been said that their world can be like living in a continuous fireworks display where sounds, images, and thoughts are constantly exploding and distracting them, making it impossible for them to stay focused. Their disorder, without treatment, makes it difficult for them to follow instructions and participate in activities. They are not bad children or stupid, they are just a challenge to teachers and parents!
ADHD, in itself, is not a learning disability. However, the symptoms of ADHD can present obstacles which can lead to difficulties with learning.
Recently experts researching ADHD have discovered evidence pointing towards biological causes not home environment as the actual cause of ADHD. There are several factors contributing to the condition:
o Heredity – ADHD tends to run in families – there may be inherited genetic tendencies to develop the condition from their parents
o Chemical Imbalances – the areas of the brain which organize thought and suppress impulsive behaviour do not make sufficient chemicals to control these behaviours
o Brain changes – children with ADHD have less active attention control areas of the brain
In some cases of ADHD, prescription medication has its place. In others, simple changes in exercise, sleep, routine, and diet can be beneficial. Relaxation therapies such as yoga, meditation and guided imagery can help. Foods to avoid are soft drinks with sugar, candies, food and beverages containing caffeine, energy drinks, junk food, and wheat. Instead, fresh fruit, salads, vegetables, oats, brown rice, rye bread should be the foods of choice. Limiting the amount of television or computer games that stimulate the child will help concentration at school. Replace these with focus activities – karate, judo etc.
The advantage of using herbal and homeopathic remedies to maintain balance in the brain and nervous system is that they do not have side effects or a sedating effect. There are some natural remedies that, when combined with diet and a healthy, active lifestyle, have been shown to help in alleviating the symptoms of ADHD.
Focus Formula supports concentration and attention and promotes normal energy levels. BrightSpark temporarily relieves hyperactivity, distractibility, and impulsiveness in children. Brain Tonic temporarily relieves forgetfulness and mental fatigue and improves brain functioning.
Source by Ruth Rideout