Treatment of Attention Deficit Disorder

 By: Lac Tran
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), as it is sometimes known, is characterized by restlessness and impulsivity. Though extensive studies have been done and are ongoing, much is still to be learnt about the symptoms, causes, and treatment of Attention Deficit Disorder. Symptoms vary so greatly in different individuals that it makes the diagnosis and treatment of Attention Deficit Disorder very difficult.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder can occur in childhood, but so many of its symptoms are associated with the growing pains of childhood and diagnosis is often delayed. If treatment of Attention Deficit Disorder is not begun in childhood then the conditions will usually continue into adulthood and then manifest themselves in different ways.

The most obvious symptom of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is the inability to sit still. Many parents see this as a normal phase of growing up for their own child, whereas others immediately rush to the doctor. Who is right? Well, extreme restlessness is a passing phase of childhood growth but can also be a sign of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder; however restlessness on its own is not enough to start treatment of Attention Deficit Disorder. The American Psychiatric Association has listed 14 Attention Deficit Disorder symptoms: a minimum of 8 symptoms needs to be present in order to diagnose Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and begin any treatment.
Included in this list of symptoms are:

1. Restlessness
2. Short attention span/Easily distracted
3. Poor organization
4. Impulsiveness
5. Negative internal feelings
6. Low energy
7. Constantly looking for stimulation.

Each of the symptoms can range from mild to severe.

Attention Deficit Disorder is not, strictly speaking, a disease or ailment, but a condition that a person suffers from. Although there is no cure, treatment of Attention Deficit Disorder can help control the symptoms. However, treatment is ongoing and needs to be followed over a long period of time, sometimes even a whole lifetime. The symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder can in themselves often prevent treatment. People with Attention Deficit Disorder tend to be very restless and get bored easily so that a daily regimen of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder treatment becomes boring and is discontinued. Attention Deficit Disorder patients also get easily distracted by any external stimuli or new ideas. However, getting patients to stick to a course of treatment for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder can educate them in how to overcome one of the main symptoms: the tendency to be easily distracted.

Sometimes a condition known as SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), brought about by lack of sunlight, is mistakenly diagnosed as Attention Deficit Disorder. Proper care should always be taken to prevent misdiagnosis, although research has indicated that there may actually be some connection between the two conditions. In Sarasota, Florida, many years ago, Dr John Ott, the leading expert on light-deficiency disorders showed that there was an association between Attention Deficit Disorder and light deficiency. It has been suggested that those suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder should consider using only full spectrum lights in their homes.
Natural remedies can help supplement the treatment of Attention Deficit Disorder, including those containing flaxseed oil, primrose oil, and fish oil. Any treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder should include a full compliment of vitamins, antioxidants, and nutrients. Avoiding foods that contain additives like aspartame, food colors, and foods that are cooked in trans-fats, is also recommended. Also take care to exclude any foods that can cause allergies, such as peanuts, eggs, dairy products, chocolates and wheat.
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