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November 4, 2007 at 6:12 PMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Natural ADHD Treatments Overview

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As the medical community hotly debates the current problems of over-diagnosis and over-medication of people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, adults and the parents of kids with ADHD are beginning to seek natural solutions to address their disease.

The Great Outdoors vs. ADHD

Recent studies conducted by a University of Illinois research team found that time spent in natural surroundings was linked to a greater ability to focus with ADHD (1).The theory demonstrates that time spent in green environments (such as parks and gardens) replenishes the neurotransmitters of the frontal cortex that get depleted by concentration on math or writing.

Another study surveyed parents of kids with ADHD and found that the kids who played in green environments with lots of trees and grass around showed much milder ADHD symptoms.This led researchers to believe that nature does have a big enough impact against ADHD, although more research is still needed.

In the meantime, if you or your children are affected by ADHD, spend as much time as possible in the great outdoors.If you notice an improvement, you are one step closer to independence from prescription drugs!

Fish Oil Supplements

Because doctors are quick to over-diagnose and therefore over-medicate people with ADHD, the real problem may not be ADHD at all.The true cause could be discovered by simply examining one's diet.Research shows that many of the symptoms of ADHD are the same as those of essential fatty acid deficiencies; kids with lower levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their bodies experienced more temper tantrums, and behavioral, learning, sleep, and health problems than kids who had higher levels of omega-3.Therefore, a natural fish oil supplement, or even just incorporating more fish into your diet, may be the elusive solution you'se really been searching for.

Diet

Studies suggest that diet may play a large role in ADHD symptoms.It is worth noting that kids with ADHD often have digestive tract problems, which leads to fewer essential nutrients being absorbed into the body.Herbs that are used to correct digestion problems may also then calm the symptoms of ADHD.It is also important to make sure there is a proper balance of good bacteria in the digestive system; therefore probiotics may be worth an investigation. A natural diet, free of processed foods, supplemented by vitamins and nutrients, may go a long way toward improving ADHD symptoms in you or your child.

Behavior Therapy

It is important to establish social skills, structure, and routines in the lives of those suffering from ADHD.This natural approach to treating ADHD is usually done in conjunction with prescription drugs; however, you may find your own success using the following behavior strategies.

Create a Schedule

Establish a routine that your child will be able to follow every day.Be sure to map out time for play and homework.Post the schedule where it is very visible to your child.

Help Organize

Create a place for everything, and help your child keep everything in its place.

Positive Reinforcement

When your child follows rules reward him consistently.

For adults with ADHD, consider:

  • Cognitive and behavioral therapy to increase self esteem
  • Relaxation training and stress management
  • Behavioral coaching to learn organizational techniques
  • Job coach or mentor to improve workplace relationships and performance
  • Family education and counseling.

You should always consult with your health practitioner before adopting any natural treatments.

[sniplet Synaptol] Sources:

(1) http://www.additudemag.com/additude/article/1537.html

(2) http://www.webmd.com/add-adhd/adhd-behavioral-treatment

(3) http://ezinearticles.com/?Is-There-an-Effective-Natural-ADHD-Treatment&id

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