Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Overview:
A common neurobehavioural disorder involving hyperactivity, difficulty concentrating, and impulsive behaviour.
This condition remains poorly understood. There remains a lot of debate about the causes of this condition, as well as to the actual prevalence of this condition. Some sources suggest 2 out of 3 children in the industrialized world have this condition, other sources suggest ratios closer to 1 out of 50 or 100.
The causes of ADD and ADHD are thought to include:
- Genetic factors
- Chemical exposure at a young age
Continuously interrupting people
- There are no lab tests that can difinitively test for ADHD. This diagnosis is given by a psychiatrist.
1. Improve Attention and Cognition
- Lifestyle Changes (Excercise, Yoga, Relaxation and Mindfulness Training)
- Adaptogens (Panax quinquefolius, Ginkgo biloba, Bacopa monieri)
- Stimulant Adaptogens (Paulinia cupana, Rhodiola rosea))
2. Manage Sleep Cycle
- Nervine Sedatives (Matricaria recutita, Scutellaria leteriflora, Melatonin)
3. Improve Mood
- Thymoleptics (Hypericum perforatum)
4. Improve Focus & Concentration
- Nootropics (L-Theanine, Vinpocetine, Bacopa monieri)
5. Manage Allergies & Sensitivities
- Diet (Elimination diet)
6. Ensure Adequate Nutritional Intake
- Nutrients (Essential Fatty Acids, B Vitamins, Tryptophan, Magnesium, Vitamin E)
- Bipolar disorder
- Type 2 diabetes
This condition is hard to diagnose and there is a lot of dispute as to the actual relevance a diagnosis for this condition offers.
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Updated: November 2017
Recent Blog Posts:
- Philipsen, A. (2006). Differential diagnosis and comorbidity of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and borderline personality disorder (BPD) in adults. European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience, 256(1), i42-i46.