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ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) cannot be compartmentalized and isolated from the other areas of our lives. Health and lifestyle choices are central to finding solutions and cures for attention deficit. Besides this thing we call attention deficit, there are over 100 causes for ADHD type behavior. Some of these disorders can be treated by diet or supplements, others by some form of therapy. There is no one-size-fits-all cause for behaviors and there is therefore no one-size-fits-all cure.

Attention deficit is individual and varies with:

  • The cause of the behavior patterns (symptoms)
  • The combination of behavior criteria (symptoms)
  • The intensity of each specific symptom in that specific combination.

A behavior is not a disorder, but a behavior can be a symptom.

What we should be aware of is whether we are curing the cause or suppressing the symptom. If you feel your problem is an emotional one, then no amount of symptom suppressing medication will cure you, you need a true emotional cure. Here alternative healing is the only effective way to go. One such healing is The Art of Emotional Healing by Dr Lucia Capacchione.

Symptoms are not disorders themselves, but are indications and guides to understanding, coping with or overcoming the underlying disorders. If your child has hyperthyroidism, s/he does not have ADHD, but symptoms caused by hyperthyroidism.

The symptom inattention is often written about as the disorder. One cause of inattention is an ineffective working memory. Rectifying the working memory through brain exercises, such as Cogmed, develops the areas in the brain where the working memory resides. Once the working memory has started to function, as the volume of neuron connections increase, the brain continues being stimulated by normal everyday activities. That is a cure, which takes two months, unlike the ADHD stimulant medication, which controls symptoms, but does not cure, and needs to be taken daily, year after year.

For some attention deficit people a course of brain exercises is the cure. For others the cure may be a supplement.

An excellent natural supplement mix if trying natural treatments first is:

  • Attend (for attention difficulties)
  • Memorin (for memory and clear thinking)
  • Extress (for natural stress relief)

These products have been specifically formulated for ADHD, scientifically tested and proved as effective as the stimulants, but without side effects, they work 24/7, and do not disturb sleep.

We vary also with our metabolism. Some people are naturally slim, while other people are naturally more rounded, even on the same diet. Some attention deficit people are deficient in magnesium or omega-3 fatty acids or need more antioxidants than the average person. A person deficient in magnesium and vitamin B6 will seem better on stimulant medication, as it masks the symptom, but will obviously actually be better on magnesium and vitamin B6 supplements. An added bonus with the correct supplements, besides better health is that the supplement cost a fraction of the price of ADHD drugs, and are nutrients.

The concept of attention deficit as a disorder is controversial from many angles. Even the DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders fourth revision) takes up the problem with using the term. The names given to the set of behaviors we today call ADHD, has evolved over the last century before which it had not been mentioned in scientific and medical literature. The next diagnosis definition is due out in May 2012, by which time the diagnosis criteria will have been changed again.

ADD/ADHD was selected by the American Psychiatric Association and included in the DSM-III in 1980 by a show of hands in a committee meeting. In 1987 the concept was revised in the DSM-III-R (R for revised), and again in 1994 with the DSM-IV.

What makes ADHD a disorder? The National Institute of Health Consensus stated in 1998, "We do not have an independent valid test for ADHD, and there is no data to indicate that ADHD is due to a brain malfunction."

Dr. David Satcher, Surgeon General and Assistant Secretary for Health from February 1998 through January 2001, said, “There is no definitive lesion, laboratory test or abnormality in brain tissue that can identify ADD/ADHD.”

These statements are as true today as they were a few years ago when they were made. Even brain scans are not a proof that there is a neurological disorder. Diet and different metabolisms between two children can result in different brain scan results. Left-handed children were forced to write with their right hand a few generations ago. Left-handedness and right-handedness are a result if differently neurologically wired brains. Today left-handedness is not a “disorder.” Homosexuality was considered a disorder by the same authority that declare attention deficit a disorder.

ADHD and health are linked and cannot be treated separately or simplistically. We have to approach the problem from a holistic outlook. Since the differences of opinions between scientists are based on fundamental practical and philosophical differences, and not science, we need to feel confident in which direction we should go to treat the ADHD problem.

Overcoming ADHD is based on individual choices based on one’s own individual life situation. The first step is a health check to determine if there is an underlying medical or physiological cause for the attention deficit symptoms. There are 100 causes for ADHD like behavior.

Next step is to address the negative sides of ADHD. There are many natural treatments and cures for the focus or concentration aspect, apart from the conventional ADHD medication, which does not cure, but merely masks the symptoms for a few hours. Stimulant medication treat symptoms, and does not cure the underlying cause.

Cogmed brain training is very effective. Attend is as effective as the stimulant drugs, but without side effects and helps the brain heal itself. For other negative aspects of ADD/ADHD coping strategies are effective. Once the coping strategy becomes a habit it becomes easier.

Then there are the positive sides of the attention deficit coin. The ADHD personality has, strangely enough, ability to hyperfocus. These people have energy, enthusiasm, empathy, creativity and intuitive thinking. These are traits that need to be encouraged and built upon.

The stimulant medication, while fixing the negative side for a few hours, has a longer effect on dampening the ADHD personality’s positive traits. Stimulant medication can be the best solution for some people, but one needs to be aware that the side effects of these drugs have destroyed lives. Whether it will work or not and which side effects will crop up can only be known with hindsight. There is no doctor on earth who can guarantee the response to a drug. All they can refer to is the statistical possibility that it might work.

That is why we at ADHD Health suggest trying natural treatments first:

  • Attend (for attention difficulties)
  • Memorin (for memory and clear thinking)
  • Extress (for natural stress relief)
  • Magnesium and Vitamin B6 supplements e.g. ZMA from NOW is ideal as it contains this elements and vitamin in the right quantities for attention deficit and hyperactivity

These products have been scientifically tested and proved as effective as the stimulants, but without side effects, they work 24/7, and do not disturb sleep.

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