DOES YOUR CHILD HAVE ADHD ?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD has a profound effect on the lives of an increasing number of children and their families. This condition usually begins in childhood and continues on through the adult years. The condition is marked by a persistent inability to pay attention and control impulses and can be incredibly distressing and disruptive.

Because of the complexity of this condition, it isn’t always easy for medical professionals to make a diagnosis.  It can be an even bigger struggle for parents or loved ones trying to find a treatment option that they feel good about. The following article covers the most common symptoms of ADHD, and the available treatment options. It is aimed at helping parents and everyone else concerned make an informed and effective choice.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Children today are under far more pressure and stress from both social and environmental factors than ever before. Because of this, parents and teachers are seeing an increasing amount of behaviors that are difficult to manage. These can include hyperactivity and emotional outbursts. If your child has been displaying a majority of the symptoms listed below for at least 6 months, ADHD may be the reason.

Common Symptoms of ADHD include:

  • An inability to concentrate
  • Acting impulsively
  • An inability to sit for long stretches of time
  • Fidgeting constantly
  • An inability to stay quiet for long stretches of time
  • Preoccupation with other activities and noises instead of the designated task
  • Tendency to be very talkative
  • Commonly losing things
  • Disorganized

Treatment Options for ADHD

Even though the precise cause of ADHD varies in individuals, it is generally understood that the symptoms are the result of an imbalance in nervous symptom functions. Any effective treatments will aim to correct this imbalance and restore the nervous system to a more healthy state.

Conventional Treatments

The medical system traditionally has turned to medication to handle the effects of ADHD. This conventional approach uses powerful psychotropic drugs like Ritalin and Adderall in order to manage the symptoms, but there are often disturbing side effects and long-term health complications associated with using these drugs. These side effects can include an irregular or rapid heartbeat, an increase in blood pressure, and an increase in aggression. It is tough for many parents to decide if they should assume the potential risks of giving their child these drugs, particularly when they have been presented as the only effective option.

Alternative Treatments for ADHD

Fortunately for families dealing with this condition, there are alternative treatments that help to restore the nervous system to a healthier, more functional state. Nutritional Science, for example, has come a long way in the last several years, and many patients are finding that an increase in nutrient rich all natural foods, along with the removal of common allergens, such as gluten, can bring relief to children suffering from ADHD.

Misalignments in the spine are another major factor in nervous system health. A trained chiropractor will perform a complete evaluation to determine if any vertebrae may be out of place. This misalignment is a common problem causing a disruption in nervous system activity. It can be treated with gentle, non-invasive and delicately applied adjustments. A pediatric chiropractor is skilled in working with children to subtly reposition the vertebrae and restore the nervous system health while tackling ADHD at its source.

If you would like more information about the services offered at ProHealth Chiropractic, please call our team today and give your child a chance to reach his or her full potential!

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