ADHD was first recognized as a disorder by a British doctor, in 1912 and named the disorder â€œDefect of Moral Control.â€ In 1922, ADHD symptoms were described as â€œPost Encephalitic Behavior Disorder.â€ Stimulants were first used to treat children who exhibited symptoms of ADHD in 1937, while Ritalin came to market in 1956. The American Medical Association declared ADHD as one of the most researched disorders in 1998 and research is still on-going on the unknown cause, the long term effect of stimulant medication and the cure. Here are some of alternative treatments for ADHD without drug prescription.
NO DRUG APPROACH TO ADHD
For as long as one remembers, youâ€™ve been easily perturb, forgetful, disorganized, restless and impulsive. Your career and relationships have been affected and suffered. In other words, youâ€™re an adult with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD.
Since this is problem that out-of-control kids are popular for, you go to your doctor seeking the medication that prescribed for millions of younger generation with ADHD. The obliging doctor writes you a prescriptionâ€¦cocaine.
Actually, itâ€™s methylphenidate (Ritalin), a drug nearly identical to cocaine that the two are side-by-side interchangeable in medical research. Like cocaine, the â€œbenefitsâ€ of Ritalin are an optical illusion.
â€œRitalin and similar stimulated-type drugs used to treat the symptoms that are called ADHD simply binge out vitality, imagination, curiosity and sociability â€“ all the higher mental works â€“ and replace them with narrowly focused obsessive behavior,â€ says Peter R. Breggin, MD, director of International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology in Bethesda, Maryland.
In summary, Ritalin helps you focus â€“ by turning you into a robot.
There are much better ways for adults to deal with the symptoms of ADHD (also called ADD, for attention deficit disorder). Dr. Breggin looks for the cause of the personâ€™s distraction, which could be anxiety, lack of self-esteem, a brain injury, or other factors.
An osteopathic physician at Block center in Dallas-Forth Worth, Mary Ann Block, D.O., believes that diet holds the key.
FOOD: Eat every two hours
Symptoms of ADHD are also symptoms of hypoglycemia or low blood sugar, aggression, nervousness, anxiety and agitation. Blood sugar or glucose is the bodyâ€™s primary fuel and low blood sugar is the most significant problem found in the behavioral symptoms of ADHD
There is however an easy way to avoid low blood sugar and help clear up the symptom of ADHD. Never let yourself get hungry.
â€œAlways carry food with you and eat every two hours,â€ says Dr. Block. By eating often during the day, you can keep your blood sugar on an even keel. She recommends in-between meals and even a bedtime snack.
Include protein with each meal or snack because protein will break down slowly in the body and helps keep blood sugar to its normal level.
SUGAR: How sweet it is?
Rich-sugar foods like cake, candy, pie and soft-drinks pour excess glucose into your blood that triggers the release of insulin, a hormone that lowers glucose. Thus eating lots of sugar actually ends up lowering blood sugar.
If you have ADHD, you should eliminate refined carbohydrates from your diet, says Dr. Block. It means not only sugar but also white flour, which quickly turns into glucose.
Dr. Block shared that her patients with symptoms of ADHD improve when they supplement their diets with high levels of nutrients. Thatâ€™s because vitamins and minerals improve the biochemistry of the body and the brain so that your nervous system (including other system) can work as nature intended.
Take a high-potency nutritional supplement only with the approval and supervision of your physician. Look for a multivitamin/mineral supplement that contains the following levels of nutrients.
- Thiamin: 25-milligrams
- Vitamin B6: 100-milligrams
- Pantothenic acid : 50-milligrams
- Folic acid: 400micrograms
- Beta-carotene: 15-milligrams
- Vitamin C: 1000-milligrams
- Vitamin E: 400-international units
- Calcium: 500 to 1000-milligrams
- Magnesium: 100 to 400-milligrams
- Zinc: 15-milligrams
MINERAL: A calming mineral
Extra magnesium (more than what is in most multivitamin/mineral supplements) will help calm ADHD systems. In addition to a multivitamin/mineral supplement, Dr. Block recommends 500-milligrams a day of magnesium.
FATTY ACID: Nutrients for the brain
Supplementing he diet with fatty acids has been shown to help brain cells function better. Dr. Block observes her patients to reduce the symptoms of ADHD by recommending 500-milligrams a day of primrose oil and 3 teaspoon of flaxseed oil, both of which are rich in fatty acids.
Behavioral therapy, Counseling and Family therapy can also improve behavior and eliminate some emotional disturbances.
Biofeedback is an assuring new therapy for ADHD.
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