What You Need to Know About ADHD

A recent report released by the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) shows that nearly one in ten of all U.S. children are diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This number, which represents a 22 per cent increase in the past five years, is attributed to increased awareness and better screening. However, not all experts agree, especially when most European countries cite a 5 per cent incidence of ADHD in children. The CDC study was also based on reports given by parents without clear documentation of how the diagnosis was made. In addition, wide variations exist in reported rates of ADHD in different parts of the country, suggesting that different diagnostic criteria are being used. The highest incidence of ADHD is reported in Alabama and the lowest incidence in Colorado.

ADHD is characterized by symptoms of hyperactivity, inattention or impulsivity, symptoms everyone has from time to time. However, …

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Staying Curious When it Comes to Your Health

I have a friend whose child has an autoimmune condition. I won’t go into the details of it, but essentially the immune system is doing something inappropriate in the body. It turns out this is actually a skin condition called acne inversa. This condition is affecting their esteem which is, in turn, affecting the way they want to interact with the world.

What is interesting is that their behaviour doesn’t seem to be purely emotional, but also connected to their immune system. What became apparent is that once their acne inversa was treated and their immune system calmed down – their behaviour seemed to calm down too.

I wonder if this might be more broadly applicable and if there’s a link between what might be going on with our health and what’s going on with the brain. It makes sense that what’s going on with our behaviour is not

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Managing ADHD Symptoms Naturally

For children and adults diagnosed with ADHD, the symptoms of distractibility, impulsivity, and hyperactivity can wreak havoc with their intentions for a harmonious life. The brain cells called neurotransmitters that are responsible for these disruptive behaviors cannot be altered by sheer will alone. Although prescribed medications are the first line of treatment by most medical doctors, there is hard evidence that effective management of symptom severity can be achieved naturally.

Brain Critical Nutrients

Below is a listing of a number of key nutrients that have been identified to positively support brain function. They are important for everyone, but particularly for those struggling with cognitive performance.

  • Protein is important for the regulation of blood sugar which affects mood, behavior and cognitive function. It is also composed of long chains of amino acids which are responsible for the development of neurotransmitters.
  • Amino Acids tyrosine and phenylalanine are important for boosting the levels
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Why IBMT Can be an Effective Treatment for ADHD

IBMT or Integrative Body-Mind Training has been a major research project at both the Dalian University of Technology in China and the Department of Psychology at the University of Oregon in the USA.

For over six years, Dr. Yi-Yuan Tang and Dr. Michael Posner have studied the effects of a body-mind meditation practice derived from Chinese medicine on the body, emotions and the brain.

Their research, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences or PNAS, shows specifically that IBMT produces greater changes in brain and behavior than relaxation training alone.

Their research involved two groups; the experimental group was given integrative body-mind training, while the control group received relaxation training in which individuals were taught to relax the muscles of their bodies in a progressive manner using deliberate thought control.

With just 11 hours of training, practitioners of integrative body-mind training achieved far greater emotional and …

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ADHD & the Importance of Epilepsy in Children

Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, ADHD, face many complications over the course of their lives and, for some, the complications may be exacerbated by a pre-existing connection to a neurological complication. If your child has been diagnosed with ADHD, it is important to ask your doctor about the potential risks for developing a seizure disorder and seeking out medical testing to rule out, or confirm, this complication.

Epilepsy is a complication that is believed to be more prevalent in children with ADHD than in children without ADHD. While not all children with epilepsy will have ADHD, there does seem to be a close connection. When your child exhibits complications associated with hyperactivity, impulsivity, lack of focus, and lack of attention, seeking out testing for a seizure disorder may be prudent as well.

While medications to treat ADHD are effective, if your child also has a co-morbid complication with epilepsy, …

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What is Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)? How to Deal With it?

Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder or ADHD is a disorder that is neurodevelopmental and affects the mental abilities of a person. It is usually diagnosed in children and remains till about adulthood.

What are the Symptoms of ADHD?

Some of the symptoms that can be observed in someone facing ADHD are:

  1. Trouble Focusing
  2. Daydreaming
  3. Forgetfulness
  4. Talking too much
  5. Making silly mistakes
  6. Fidgeting
  7. Hard time resisting temptations
  8. Difficulty socializing
  9. Aggression, anger and excitability
  10. Hyperactivity
  11. Depression
  12. Learning disability
  13. Boredom and mood swings
  14. Absent-mindedness
  15. Short attention span

What are the Causes of ADHD?

The exact causes of ADHD aren’t fully known and scientists are still working on it but some things can be considered as the trigger of causing ADHD. Some of the potential causes of ADHD are:

  1. Premature birth
  2. Consumption of drugs or alcohol or smoking cigarettes during pregnancy
  3. Low weight at birth
  4. Exposure to some harmful substances during pregnancy
  5. Brain injury
  6. Inherited
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15-year-old Daughter With Inattentive ADHD – Zoloft & Concerta

ADHD Medications for Children: Safety, Side Effects, DosageDear Dr. Quinn,

I am writing to you as a father whose 15-year-old daughter has the inattentive subtype of ADD. She has always been a “low energy” person, and currently, despite a regimen of Zoloft 150 mg. and Concerta 36 mg. she still often complains of fatigue. Medical work-up (anemia, thyroid, etc.) has all been normal.

Is this a phenomenon you have, in your medical experience, commonly observed, and if so, how have you approached it — biologically, psychosocially? The symptom itself interferes with her motivation to participate in the flow of life.

The work of you and your colleagues is providing a very valuable public service.

Thank You

Dear Dad:

The situation you write about is common in girls with AD/HD, particularly the inattentive subtype. Dr. Russell Barkley has spoken about this and describes this type of ADD as having a “Sluggish Cognitive Tempo.” In a discussion on addconsults, …

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One Woman’s ADHD Success Story


ADHD Success Stories: Women Who Make ADD WorkBy Kathy Swantee – It has been almost 3 years since I was diagnosed with ADD. I had picked up the book Driven to Distraction (Ratey & Hallowell) when my son was tested and found myself within the pages as well. The way I saw things, the way I did things; this was actually a cohesive explanation! The closest I had ever come to putting a finger on my difficulties had been in college. I was studying autism for a college psyche class and was struck by some of the resemblances to my own struggles. I wondered if I might have some mild form of autism…25 years later came my diagnosis of ADD, a disorder in the same spectrum as autism, if only I’d known how close I had been.

When we returned to the doctor’s to discuss treatment options for my son, we were discussing options …

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ADHD Artist – Joan Charquero

PDF) A Systematic Review on the Effect of Transcranial Direct Current and Magnetic Stimulation on Fear Memory and Extinction

Joan Charquero – I grew up in a Northwest suburb of Chicago. My mother was a very accomplished jazz and classical pianist. Much artwork was present around my home, but no one in my immediate family was active in the visual arts. However, there was a friend of the family, who took care of me on many occasions between the ages of 4 and 6. She was an artist and inspired me!

ADD seemed to be an early challenge in our family. My younger brother, like myself, displayed all the symptoms of a hyperactive child, although undiagnosed. He became passionately involved with music and I with visual arts. Presently, he is working as a professional classical guitarist, composer and music teacher. In schools, I had measurable difficulty with many aspects of learning. Although I had the desire to become a better student, everything around me seemed too confusing. The messy …

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Can ADHD Stimulant Meds Make You More Hyper?

How to tell if ADHD medication is workingDo stimulants increase hyperactivity?
Dear Dr Quinn:
I wonder if you could answer a question for me. I was Diagnosed ADHD and cannot seem to take any medication. They make me hyper. When I am really tired, I can take a small dose of Adderall. Otherwise, I feel like I am bouncing off the walls. I take the lowest dose made of Adderall. Should I try Concerta or Ritalin? Any suggestions would be appreciated.


Dear JS:
I have seen this response on occasion in some of the children I have treated. However, the answer may be a little confusing. For some people with ADHD, taking a too-small dose of stimulant medication actually makes them more hyperactive. In such cases, they need to increase the dose of stimulant to get the response that they are looking for. I suggest that you speak to your prescribing physician and try a …

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