Monday, November 4, 2013

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), also known as ADD, is not only common among children and adults, it's being diagnosed and medicated more and more each year. ADHD is a diagnosis for anyone exhibiting certain symptoms related to chronic attention deficit and hyperactivity; such as lack of focus and memory, poor comprehension, habitual daydreaming, restlessness, trouble finishing a task, blurting out inappropriate remarks, acting extremely impatient, and being highly emotional. ADHD is not a disease of the brain, as once believed. ADHD has to do with neuron function and the electrical circuitry of the brain, and it can be cured with natural treatments.
     This much feared diagnosis has gotten out of hand, and is promoting life-long drug dependance instead of healing the cause. Using medicative drugs as a 'quick fix' treatment for ADHD can be dangerous, since the medications often have side effects worse than the original symptoms. It is an unfortunate and traumatic experience for people who have ADHD to seek professional advice that leaves them with little options for proper care in addressing their concerns. What's important to remember in these cases is that you always have an option, and natural medicine can be used alongside or in place of drugs if you decide that it's in your best interest.    
      The common trend is to prescribe anyone with ADHD medication in order for them to function. Parents may be afraid their children will be held back in school, or can't keep up with class material. So, they rush to do what they think is the most realistic solution, placing their child on drugs that curb their ADHD symptoms. The problem we are facing is that people with ADHD are not being properly treated by drugs alone. Drug therapy is a band-aid therapy that simply covers up symptoms related to a deeper issue. From the natural perspective, ADHD is simply a term used to characterize behavior connected to learning that is seen as less than standard. When we remove this label, we are simply left with a person who exhibits poor learning and concentration skills. Instead of giving that person a drug to supplement their less-than-standard behavior, wouldn't it be more appropriate to understand why this person is having a difficult time learning and paying attention? Then, we can address the cause of the issue, and the individual would have a chance to access their natural skills and abilities.
      The body is electrical by nature, communication between cells comes through electrical impluses. Known as bioelectricity, the electric potentials and currents within us govern every activity, from digestion to comprehension. When our electrical circuitry is compromised, we are left with a body that functions less than standard; affecting the way we think, move, heal, and so much more. Electrical circuitry can 'go out' for several reasons; including exposure to food or chemical allergies, illness and high fevers, emotional stress or trauma, physical injury such as falls, or genetic predisposition. It is possible to treat people who suffer from ADHD with natural, safe, and effective methods of improving electrical circuitry. It is also possible to eliminate most, if not all symptoms if the person with ADHD will comply with lifestyle changes that support the re-establishment of proper neuron function. This includes physical exercises related to brain function, fallowing nutritional guidelines, as well as maintaining some form of emotional support and stress relief. In using natural methods, it is vital to take responsibility and fallow through on lifestyle changes to make a permanent correction.
      It is advised that anyone diagnosed ADHD seek professional advice when making lifestyle changes that could effect any prescribed medication. Do not stop taking medication without the consent of your health care provider. Visit the ELF page to learn more about how Kalos addresses ADHD, or to find an Easy Learning Facilitator  who can speak with you about natural alternatives to managing ADHD.

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