Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and attention deficit disorder (ADD) are neurological and behavior-related conditions that cause difficulty in concentrating, impulsiveness and excessive energy.
Individuals with ADHD symptoms not only have a challenge in concentrating but have a challenge sitting still. Those with ADHD are typically more disruptive than individuals with ADD.
ADHD often has an onset age of 7, but this disorder can continue through teen years and well into adulthood. It’s estimated that ADHD affects 9 percent of American children between the ages of 13 and 18 and over 4 percent of adults. (1)
According to the NIH’s National Institute of Mental Health, “the number of children being diagnosed with ADHD is increasing, but it is unclear why.” Most physicians and research indicate the increase in ADHD is directly linked to the food we eat.
Root Causes of ADD/ADHD
According to several international studies, ADHD has a genetic link. In addition, there are environmental factors, and dietary concerns that many researchers believe increase the risk and in many cases worsens the symptoms.
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Refined sugar, artificial sweeteners, and chemical food additives, nutritional deficiencies, preservatives, and food allergies are all causes of ADD/ADHD.
In children, a partial cause is related to a lack of interest or forcing children to learn in a manner to which they are not geared to learn. Some children learn better by seeing or doing (kinesthetic), rather than by hearing.
Symptoms of ADD/ADHD
The severity of symptoms can vary greatly from individual to individual, depending on the environment, diet and other factors.
Children may exhibit one or more of the following symptoms of ADHD/ADD (2) :
- Difficulty in concentrating and diminished focus
- Easily distracted
- Easily bored
- Difficulty organizing or completing tasks
- Prone to losing things
- Doesn’t listen
- Difficulty in following instructions
- Fidgety behavior, squirming
- Extreme difficulty being still and/or quiet
- ImpatienceFOR the rest of this great article by doctor Axe please click on the link below:
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