What is ADHD and ADD?
- ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- ADD – Attention Deficit Disorder
ADD is a neurological-psychiatric disorder which affects the brain and a person’s executive function skills. The main symptom of ADD is difficulty paying attention. ADHD is the same disorder with additional symptom involving hyperactivity and/or lack of impulse control. Both ADD & ADHD are rooted in issues related to brain chemicals, neurotransmitters and stress hormones. Adults and children suffering from symptoms of ADD/ADHD should be evaluated for foundational health issues including endocrine and metabolic malfunction, food allergies and/or sensitivities (including wheat and gluten intolerance), and nutritional deficiencies that could be responsible. Quality holistic care for ADD/ADHD can effectively address many of these issues, thereby relieving individual symptoms and greatly improving quality of life.
Common Symptoms of ADHD and/or ADD
Some symptoms of ADD and ADHD include:
- Inability to concentration and focus at work and school
- Difficulty organizing tasks
- Forgetfulness/poor memory
- Seems disengaged or does not appear to listen
- Difficulty following through and completing tasks
- Easily distracted
- Fidgety or restless
- Poor impulse control
- Talks excessively
- Difficulty sleeping
Suffers can simultaneously experience many other issues as well like: anxiety, depression, headaches, tics, IBS, anger, leg and muscle cramps.
Holistic Therapy for ADD & ADHD
As a Holistic Doctor in Huntington, Dr. Skip, O.M.D., will work diligently to get to the root of any medical concerns brought to our clinic. Dr. Skip will assess symptomatic concerns and usually begin with evaluation of neurotransmitters, functional endocrine evaluation, sleep hygiene, dietary habits, food sensitivities, stress and adrenal health.
In order to address ADD and ADHD holistically, food sensitivities and allergy elimination diets can be discussed to reduce toxic burden on the body that may be inhibiting its proper functioning. Diet and nutrition are critical components. Mineral deficiencies such as a shortage of magnesium, vitamin D, or iodine may also be to blame, creating an environment that is incompatible with proper neurological functioning.
Dr. Skip may also recommend additional non-invasive, non-chemical therapies for ADD and ADHD. Stress management and breathing techniques can help the ADD sufferer regain focus, reduce mind chatter and increase concentration while reducing stress. Research shows us that employing stress management techniques like mediation can help to normalize cortisol levels assisting in healing our adrenal glands.