The majority of medical and psychological boards in North America have acknowledged Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) as a valid medical disorder. These organizations have also concluded that people afflicted with ADHD benefit from existing treatments.
ADHD does not discriminate. It’s a disorder seen around the world and presents itself in people of all ages, IQs, and economic backgrounds. 9.5% of children in North America have been diagnosed with ADHD, with boys being diagnosed two to three times more than girls. Studies have found 4.4% percent of adults, ages 18 to 44 experience ADHD symptoms.
ADHD symptoms can fall into three categories:
Poor Attention: People with ADHD often have trouble paying attention and become easily distracted when working on tasks.
Hyperactivity: Children, teens, and adults with ADHD will often feel restless and fidgety. They may have difficulties with reading or other quiet, solitary activities.
Impulsivity: People with ADHD will often act on emotions without thinking. Children may struggle to wait their turn and have problems sharing. This affects socialization in children as they may find it hard to play with other children. Teens and adults are more prone to rash decisions, affecting their personal and professional lives.
ADHD may be caused by electronic or biochemical imbalances in the brain, due to environmental or genetic factors. Testing is commonly done in one of two ways:
Via Blood Test
The majority of people suffering from attention deficit issues have nutritional deficiencies in omega three fatty acids and vitamin D. There is also evidence of disturbances in essential minerals such as zinc and copper in some individuals with ADHD. These disturbances can negatively affect the immune stem and may harm the good bacteria living in the stomach.
Via Brain Mapping
Quantitative Electroencephalography (QEEG) is used to identify brain patterns associated with ADHD. A QEEG will produce a map that isolates individual brain attention networks and assesses how well they function. Brain mapping is a very useful diagnosis tool in the treatment of ADHD.
ADHD treatment often involves two parts. ADHD medication is used to manage brain functions and physical symptoms. ADHD therapy deals with atypical thoughts and behaviours and provides coping strategies.
ADHD medication helps normalize brain activity and must be prescribed and monitored by a physician. Stimulant medications have been shown to be most effective for people with ADHD.
Cognitive behavioral therapy has been found to be an effective part of ADHD treatment. Patients should try to find a therapist that specializes in ADHD to achieve best results. ADHD coaching is an effective way to help patients meet goals, maintain a positive outlook, and improve productivity. Coaching can also improve organizational skills, time management, and memory.