Does your child exhibit vexatious behaviour? Is he/she having trouble in paying attention and staying still or has impulsive behaviour? If yes, then it is a time to investigate and take action. May be your child is suffering from ADHD. ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
ADHD is the most common mental and neurobehavioral disorder in children and can continue to adulthood. Children and adults with ADHD may be hyperactive or have trouble being patient. The disorder makes it hard for them to focus and pay attention. They have difficulty in controlling what they are doing or saying and are less able to control their actions. People with ADHD are more impulsive and restless.
It is important to know the symptoms of the disorder. Below are the symptoms of ADHD disorder:
Symptoms in Children
If a child:
- Is easily distracted
- Is annoying and impatient
- Doesn't follow directions
- Doesn't appear to be listening
- Doesn't pay attention and makes silly mistakes
- Forgets about daily activities
- Often loses things
- Tends to daydream
- Doesn't stay calm and quiet
- Is always moving
- Talks excessively
- Interrupts others
Symptoms in Adults:
- Low self-esteem
- Trouble controlling anger
- Easily frustrated
- Chronic boredom
- Trouble concentrating when reading
- Mood swings
- Relationship problems
If you or your child is suffering from these symptoms, then it’s a high time to seek doctor’s attention.
Now the question must be popping in your mind that what causes ADHD? There are certain factors due to ADHD can be caused. These factors include:
- Injury in head or brain
- Low birth weight, born premature or whose mothers had difficult pregnancies
- Pregnant women who smoke or drink alcohol
- When brain chemicals, called neurotransmitters, don’t work properly
- It may be genetic which often runs in families
- Exposure to chemicals like polyfluoroalkyl and Phthalates, widely used in products like stain-resistance coatings and food packaging, toys and cosmetics
- Chronic exposure to the metal ‘lead’ can influence behaviour and brain functioning
- Excessive stress
- Lack of attachment– if a person does not bond with their parents or family, or has traumatic experiences related to the attachment, this can contribute to their inattention and hyperactivity
There are certain drugs available which can help improve symptoms of ADHD by balancing neurotransmitters, chemicals that carry signals between neurons in the brain and body. But according to recent studies, these drugs can cause many side effects in a long run. Side effects include:
- Sleeping problems
- Loss of appetite
- Heart problems
- Suicidal thoughts or actions
So, what should be done to cure the disorder without facing the side-effects?
The answer is so simple- Go natural and opt for the easy remedies that may take time but will cure the disorder permanently. Here are the natural ways to cure Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD):
Avoid Potential Allergens
Foods should be avoided that can cause allergies in people with ADHD. One who is suffering from the disorder should avoid the foods including chemical additives/preservatives, chocolate, foods containing “salicylates” like berries, chili powder, oranges, peaches, plums and prunes.
One can notice significant improvement in hyperactivity, anxiety and mood swings by practicing yoga for an hour every day. It also helps to balance neurotransmitters in the brain and transmits peace of mind.
Consume Zinc and Magnesium
Zinc regulates the neurotransmitters effectively by improving the brain's response to dopamine ( a compound present in the body as a neurotransmitter). Magnesium helps to make neurotransmitters involved in attention and concentration. It also has a calming effect on the brain. Do consult your doctor before taking these supplements.
Massage your Head
Massage can help boost mood and also help children focus. Fifteen minutes of regular head massage provides muscle relaxation. It stimulates and improves lymphatic drainage and blood flow to the neck thus helping to remove toxins from the body. It also helps in dealing with insomnia and stress.
Take in Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Omega 3 fatty acids can improve several symptoms of ADHD behavior such as hyperactivity, impulsivity and concentration. They are essential fats required for normal brain function. The foods that are rich in omega 3 fatty acids are fish, almonds, walnuts and beef.
Be Affectionate and Communicate
Be affectionate and love the person who is suffering from the disorder. Make them realize that they are important part of your life. Care for them and communicate so that they don’t feel neglected or isolated, that is, one of the biggest reason behind ADHD.
Indulge in Sporting Activities
Choose your favourite sport because it can make the big difference in boosting focus, mood, and self-esteem. The sports that are most beneficial include swimming, martial arts, tennis, gymnastics, soccer and badminton.
Include the above steps in your daily routine and keep finding creative ways to move in a positive direction. These will surely help ADHD patients recover gradually.
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This post was first published on Dec 30th 2015