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Attention Deficit Syndrome

 

Attention deficit disorder (ADD) is where paying attention is the problem, this disorder is Most commonly the problem of childhood development.

What to look for

(You have to remember that attention deficit disorder (ADD) is often not diagnosed correctly because many of the symptoms are related to the average child's’ development) The lack of attention span. At school there are often problems with school work Children are very easily distracted - it is sometimes continually. They have trouble organizing things They are impulsive hyperactivity

Frequent interrupting and excessive talking may get them in trouble

Though this condition does exist it is very hard to explain and it is often miss diagnosed. It is overused by lay people and is often used as an excuse for people’s bad behavior.

Most children who has ADD are of normal or high intelligence. Their activity levels may be normal or even lower than normal (hyperactivity), or higher than normal (a version that has its own diagnostic label: attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD). child who has ADD may also have a specific learning disability that prevents them from taking in and organizing information in the same way other children do. They are unable to process massages that there ears, eyes or muscles sends to the brain.

Causes

Although ADD is poorly understood, biological inheritance appears to be one of the cases. This disorder appears to run in the family. There are a number of non-genetic factors that can also play a causative role. Among them… are brain injuries from a accident, encephalitis, birth trauma, drugs or alcohol abuse another problem is the mother’s pregnancy, early child abuse, meningitis, encephalitis, psychological disorders and low- level lead poisoning In the late 1970s and early 1980s, some of the researchers thought ADD was provoked or increased by sugar and artificial food substances. This theory is now uncertain, but some studies still show that specific foods such as cow’s milk, wheat, chocolate and oranges may worsen the condition in some hypoactive children.

Today there are a series of tests which may be used by doctors to diagnose this condition. The tests include: The social history of both the child and his parents, as well as a medical a personal exam and nerve assessment, as well as tests to see for blood levels of lead, a mineral that has been implicated in hyperactivity. a quantitative judgment of intelligence, potential, personality traits, and processing skills. And a allergy test

Dietary Considerations

 

Although the effectiveness of dietary conditions is uncertain, some doctors recommend a high-protein, low-carbohydrate, sugar-free diet. Some children may also benefit from the B-vitamin supplements niacin (B3), pyridoxine (B6), and possibly thiamine (B1). The adrenaline caused by caffeine may be helpful. Depending on the results of your child's tests for mineral blood levels, he/she may benefit from supplements.

Personal Care

Try to join a support group. Because a child with ADD may process directions and other information in faulty ways, he probably feels Assaulted with corrections, leaving him with a low outlook of himself. Do whatever you can to Boost your child's self-esteem. Congratulate and reward good behavior quickly. Be consistent with discipline, and make sure baby-sitters follow your methods. Make your commands simple and specific ("Brush your teeth; now, get dressed"), instead of general ("Get ready for school"). Assist your child's special strengths, particularly in sports and out-of-school activities. Make sure you have set rules for meals, sleep, play, and TV. Don't let homework control all of his time after school; play and exercise are also very important for children. Simplify your child's room. Store his toys out of sight.

Alternative Treatments

There are several different alternative therapies that can prove to be helpful, among them are Homoeopathy, Therapeutic Eurhythmy, Body Alignment, Brain Gym, Craniofacial Therapy and other modalities are all aimed at building and maintaining a stronger sense of self . Further help for a child with ADD would be to give them an individually prescribed diet, natural medication and nutritional supplements.

Traditional Treatment

 

The best therapy is supposed to be a combination of medication and psychological therapies. Although there is considerable controversy about their possible overplay, stimulants such as amphetamines or, more usually, methylphenidate (better known by the brand name Ritalin) are the medications often prescribed for children with ADD. (Strange as it seems, stimulants often calm hypo activity). A Health Professional has to monitor the dosage closely (about twice a month), so that they can check for the right level and to monitor for side effects. Of the psychological therapies, behavior control may be best, especially if the therapist helps the parents to learn some of the techniques for behavior control. It is usually given in conjunction with specific educational interventions, such as helping them with learning skills. Psychotherapy is a essential option, particularly if the child suffers from low self-esteem.

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Author - Body and Mind

Published - 2013-01-17