Medications known as stimulants have long been employed in the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. These medications improve a chemical imbalance in the brain which is causing the symptoms. A number of neuro-imaging studies have shown that the brain functioning of ADHD patients does improve and appears to be more like the normal group after they have taken their prescribed medication. The Drug Digest provides an excellent synopsis on the use of stimulants with children and adults. For updates on new medications and warning about medications the FDA website is your best source of information.
Lack of Exercise
If your memory is hazy, your ADHD may be to blame. And if you don’t exercise much, you aren’t doing your brain any favors. However, physical activity can improve your memory. It can also help you make decisions, learn, and pay attention. Time to dust off those sneakers!
Parents dread having to deal with meltdowns. However, parents of children with ADHD may face more meltdowns than other parents.
Children with ADHD are more prone to meltdowns for a number of reasons. Often their brain circuitry for emotional regulation is dysfunctional, meaning it takes less to trigger an anger episode that lasts for longer periods of time than other children. This is the result of faulty wiring. Working with kids on relaxation techniques such as taking deep breaths or counting to ten at the first sign of being upset can help. It’s especially important that they practice these skills when they’re calm.
It’s unbelievable how much power food has.
Food actually has the ability to cause diseases or prevent them.
If we aren’t getting the essential nutrients we need from healthy foods – our bodies will react negatively. But because everyone’s genetics and biochemical make-up is so unique, what’s considered healthy for you just might not be healthy for someone else.
For instance, nightshades and citrus fruits are usually considered healthy. They are whole foods from the Earth that are packed with nutrients, right?
But here’s the thing… if your child has a citrus food allergy or is sensitive to nightshade vegetables like potatoes, tomatoes or peppers – it’s definitely not a good idea to eat them. The inflammation that happens as a result will eventually lead to health issues – including typical ADHD-like behaviors.
12 Strategies to Beat ADHD Naturally
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently surveyed 73,000 children and found one in 10 has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). This is a 22% increase since 2003. Approximately 11% of children 4-17 years of age (6.4 million) have been diagnosed with ADHD as of 2011 (1).
Boys (13.2%) were more likely than girls (5.6%) to have ever been diagnosed with ADHD. The average age of ADHD diagnosis was 7 years of age, but children reported by their parents as having more severe ADHD were diagnosed earlier. Prevalence of ADHD diagnosis varied substantially by state, from a low of 5.6% in Nevada to a high of 18.7% in Kentucky.
There are many online quizzes and ‘tests’ for Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. We have screener tests here at TotallyADD.com. (There are links at the end of this for you.)
But no quiz can be definitive. Diagnosing ADHD is a tricky process. That said, a good quiz will give you guidance and a sense of what ADHD actually is.
Like most people, I was afraid to find out if I have ADHD. Everything I KNEW about ADHD turned out to be nonsense, myths that are still being perpetuated.
For me, the diagnosis was a huge relief
I could finally see what was sabotaging my best efforts. It’s a shock to discover you have spent your life wrestling an invisible opponent. Worse, you had no idea you were even in a wrestling match.
Knowing what’s going on is huge. I am able to manage the downside, but not lose who I am. Quite the opposite, actually! (Hard to be who you truly are when you’re constantly agitated, restless, distracted, forgetting things…)
Like most adults, I was really, really hoping I did NOT have ADHD.
So, to address this universal hope, I have created a quiz.
I call it…
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a childhood disorder that affects as many as one out of 10 children in the United States. Even though it’s fairly common, many misconceptions still persist. So here are five important things you should know if you are a parent or a teacher of a child with ADHD.
When determining if someone meets criteria for ADHD we focus on what a person is struggling with and what isn’t working for them. For people with ADHD, the symptoms are significant and interfere with their ability to function. The symptoms of ADHD don’t generally enhance self-esteem or make someone feel on top of the world. Oftentimes, people with ADHD suffer from self-esteem issues; repeatedly feeling like a failure or feeling shame for struggling with seemingly simple tasks. Self-doubt and feelings of inadequacy can follow. So how is it possible that there are benefits of ADHD? I know you may be skeptical, but there ARE positive traits of ADHD! Let me tell you about 14 ADHD benefits.
Keep in mind, the diagnosis of ADHD doesn’t happen when people have trouble concentrating or make careless mistakes….sometimes. No, we all do that! ADHD greatly impacts many facets of life: school, friendships, relationships, jobs. It is not just an occasional “off” day. ADHD is a developmental brain disorder as real as dyslexia and autism.
It happens all the time, in fact, it happened just yesterday. I was talking to a new ADHD coaching client and she wasn’t sure how to know if her ADHD medication was working correctly.
It’s a common question which arises even when people are seeing high profile doctors. This lovely woman received her ADHD diagnosis and prescription from one of the world’s most well-known ADHD physicians and yet she still didn’t know what to expect from her medication.
Being there for someone with ADD/ADHD can be tricky, and sometimes you might say the wrong thing.
It happens, but it’s helpful to keep in mind that some questions or phrases (even well-meaning ones) might have a completely different meaning to someone living with ADHD.
We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community living with ADHD to tell us what they wish other people understood about the disorder; and it reminded us just how many myths and misconceptions are still out there.
To better understand the disorder, we’d suggest reading up on it. And in the meantime, please don’t say any of these things to someone with ADHD…