Attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are now considered the same disorder and called ADHD. We arbitrarily divide this into three groups—those who are primarily the inattentive type (problems with focus, easily distractible, forgetful, and problems with follow through—this was formerly referred to as ADD), the hyperactive/impulsive type (always moving/fidgeting, can’t wait their turn, interrupt frequently, and are impulsive), and the combined type (symptoms of both types).
The estimates vary, but the current government numbers put the figure of ADD/ADHD diagnosis at 9% of teenagers in the US. It is more common in boys than girls with almost 13% of boys and 5% of girls with the diagnosis.
Like most psychiatric diagnoses, the label of ADHD does not tell you about the underlying cause. Many people with ADHD have problems with a fundamental biochemical process called methylation. Supporting this issue with the proper methylation support supplements can make a huge difference in behavior. Sometimes, the behavior is driven by brain inflammation or irritation by a neurochemical called glutamate. Fixing these problems can make a huge difference. Starting with a complete profile of a patient’s chemistry can make a big difference in outcome.
Yes. We always start with identifying underlying issues than can be treated. If these are unsuccessful, there are other non-medicine options for treatments like neurofeedback. There are a number of neurofeedback centers that are well versed in treating ADD/ADHD. As a last resort, there are non-stimulant medications than can be used successfully to treat ADD/ADHD. Please schedule an appointment at Bio Energy Medical Center to discuss the best treatment options for you and your child.
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