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    5 holistic ways to cope with ADHD

     
    A large number of people around the world suffer from, ADD or ADHD, Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder. The neurobehavioral problem affects mostly children, and it can be carried on into their adult lives.

    People with ADHD may have trouble paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviors (may act without thinking about what the result will be), or be overly active. Although ADHD can't be cured, it can be successfully managed.

    The most traditional ways to treat the behavior is by prescribing drugs like Ritalin and Adderall, which are helpful in only about 70 percent of children diagnosed with ADHD. In addition, these same medications can have serious side effects such as insomnia, headaches, abdominal pain and many others. This led the Food and Drug Administration to issue warnings about stunted growth and psychiatric problems.

    Alternative ways to cope with the disorder are available, however are considered “controversial” by Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders Professional Advisory Board, C.H.A.D.D, since the treatments have not been assessed or evaluated for safety and efficacy using standard scientific methods. These include biofeedback, megavitamins and other nutritional supplements, dietary intervention and vision training.

    A national study done by Frances E. Kuo, PhD and Andrea Faber Taylor, PhD with the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences and the Department of Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, concluded that green outdoor settings appear to reduce ADHD symptoms in children. Furthermore, exercise, a healthy balanced diet with omega-3 fatty acids, an organized schedule, a set routine, therapy and even-mind and body practices, are alternative options to those looking for ways to treat the condition as holistically as possible.

    DIET:

    A healthy diet can make a huge difference in your mood. Therefore, make sure to include protein (lean beef, eggs, nuts, dairy, etc.) are used by the body to create neurotransmitters and omega-3 fatty acids. Everyone's body react in a different way, so make sure to do a research for what best diet will suit your needs.

    CREATE A ROUTINE:

    Make sure you have the same routine every day. The schedule should include your to do list, diet, exercise and leisure. Post this schedule in a prominent place in the home.

    RELAXATION:

    Do a 5- to 10-minute relaxation at least once a day. There are plenty of only meditation videos that can do the trick. Herbs that calm, soothe, and nourish the nervous system include lemon balm, chamomile, hops, passion flower, skullcap, brahmi, valerian, and St. John’s Wort. They can be taken safely as teas or tinctures–just follow the instructions on the bottle or box.


    EXERCISE:

    Persons who suffer from ADHD are believed to have lower dopamine levels in the brain than the average person. Did you know that getting regular exercise can improve your ability to think? Research has also shown that it eases the symptoms of adult ADHD.

    Exercise contributes to the release of neurotransmitters in the brain. One of these is the chemical dopamine, which is directly linked to attention and thought processing. The stimulating effects of regular exercise is believed to reduce adult ADHD symptoms significantly.


    THERAPY:

    Psychosocial treatment options can help ADHD suffers get organized, eliminate harmful habits, and rid themselves of years of self doubt.

    Although medication is still viewed as essential to ADHD treatment, these represent at few additional steps that can greatly ease symptoms in those who have this disorder.


    According to The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, NCCAM, the research is continuing on some of these approaches, and safety precautions should be taken into consideration before making the transition from traditional to alternative methods to control the behavior.

    The center suggests if you are considering a dietary supplement for Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder, to take into consideration that “natural” does not necessarily mean “safe”. Some dietary supplements may have side effects, and some may interact harmfully with medications or other dietary supplements. Some vitamins and minerals are toxic at high doses, therefore before using dietary supplements or other complementary approaches for ADHD, talk to specialists, and conduct your own research for alternative methods that will suit your needs, in addition to consulting with your health care provider.

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