ADHD

Introduction

There is a great deal of confusion and misinformation regarding ADHD. Many people claim that it is not even a real condition, and that the undesired behaviors are simply a result of poor diet, lack of discipline, or both.

However, most medical practitioners concur that ADHD is a medical condition, with varying and complex causes. Certainly, diet may be one contributing factor, but that does not make ADHD any less a “real” condition. (Consider – diet is the primary cause of type 2 diabetes, but that doesn’t make diabetes any less of a medical condition).

The bottom line is that many children have been diagnosed as exhibiting degrees of hyperactivity, restlessness and inability that are beyond a normal range. Many adults also present the same symptoms, although many have not been specifically diagnosed with ADHD.

So, call it ADHD or call it something else, and debate the causes, but the symptoms are consistent, repeatable and classifiable, so a condition exists.
Parents of diagnosed ADHD children certainly know it does.

This eBook discusses ADHD in adults and children, its effect on physical and mental health and treatment options, both mainstream pharmaceutical and natural.

Table Of Contents

Disclaimer ……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 3
Introduction …………………………………………………………………………………………….. 4
ADHD In Children ……………………………………………………………………………………… 5
ADHD Symptoms …………………………………………………………………………………… 6
Symptom Combinations of ADHD …………………………………………………………….. 7
Common Myths Regarding ADHD in Children …………………………………………….. 7
ADHD in Adults ………………………………………………………………………………………… 8
Understanding ADHD in Adults ………………………………………………………………… 9
Symptoms of ADHD in Adults ………………………………………………………………….. 9
Myths and Facts Regarding ADD / ADHD in Adults …………………………………….. 10
ADHD and Anxiety in Children…………………………………………………………………… 11
The Challenge of Making an Accurate Diagnosis ……………………………………….. 11
Identifying Primary or Secondary Conditions ……………………………………………. 12
Finding the Best Treatment Plan …………………………………………………………….. 13
ADHD and Depression in Adults ………………………………………………………………… 14
The Link between ADHD and Depression …………………………………………………. 15
Treating ADHD and Depression ………………………………………………………………. 16
Parenting an ADHD Child …………………………………………………………………………. 17
Stop Blaming Yourself for Your Child’s Behavior Problems ………………………….. 18
Don’t Complain or Punish All the Time ……………………………………………………. 18
Boost Your ADHD Child’s Confidence …………………………………………………………. 20
Know Your Child’s Strengths and Weaknesses ………………………………………….. 20
Your Child’s Schooling …………………………………………………………………………… 21
Communicate in a Positive Tone …………………………………………………………….. 22
Provide Clear Instructions ……………………………………………………………………… 22
ADHD Medications for Treatment ……………………………………………………………… 23
ADHD Medications – Not Magic Pills ………………………………………………………. 24
ADHD Medication Is Not a Cure ……………………………………………………………… 24
Stimulant Medications for ADHD ……………………………………………………………. 25
Additional Concerns Regarding Stimulant Medication ……………………………….. 25
ADHD Medication Side Effects ………………………………………………………………….. 26
Insomnia …………………………………………………………………………………………….. 27
Nausea ………………………………………………………………………………………………. 27
Weight Loss ………………………………………………………………………………………… 27
Mood Changes …………………………………………………………………………………….. 28
Headaches ………………………………………………………………………………………….. 28
Call Your Doctor Immediately If Any of the Following Occur ……………………….. 28
ADHD Diet Tips for Children ……………………………………………………………………… 29
Avoid Foods Containing Food Dyes …………………………………………………………. 30
Add Plenty of Protein-Rich Foods …………………………………………………………… 30
Include Omega 3 Fatty Acids ………………………………………………………………….. 30
Limit the Consumption of Processed Foods ……………………………………………… 31
Try an Elimination Diet …………………………………………………………………………. 31
Do Natural Supplements Provide ADHD Help? …………………………………………….. 32
Magnesium and Vitamin B6 Supplements for ADHD …………………………………. 32
Proven by Research ……………………………………………………………………………… 33
Essential Fatty Acids Supplementation for ADHD ………………………………………. 33
Why Vitamin Supplementation Works Effectively for ADHD ……………………….. 34
Conclusion …………………………………………………………………………………………….. 35