Often wildly misdiagnosed but defiantly on the increase over the past years is ADHD (Attention hyperactivity disorder). I commonly don’t like labelling children for something that can’t be tested but let look at the common symptoms categorised under this disorder.
inattention – having difficulty concentrating, forgetting instructions, moving from one task to another without completing anything
impulsivity – such as talking over the top of others, having a ‘short fuse’, being accident prone
overactivity – constant restlessness and fidgeting
Often ADHD co -exist with autism, depression, anxiety or in my option may be the cause of the above symptoms picture. If a child is experiencing trauma, then they would be more likely to have difficulty concentrating, memory issues and be impulsive when the trauma is triggered, they may not be able to sleep or regulate their emotions. With everything there is an underlining cause, and it is best to target that underling cause. With 10 year experience Sarah often is able to pin point the underlying cause through consultation and sometime it require further testing to determine the underlining cause.
Let look at the latest research in ADHD
Children displaying ADHD have been found to have lower level of vitamin D. A new study in 2021 discovered a clinically significant proportion of children with ADHD have insufficient vitamin D levels even in summer. When they were supplemented with 1000-2000IU per day of vitamin D levels rose and inattention improved.
Oxidative stress and nutritional deficiencies have been to domination contributors that drive ADHD addressing these drivers can support the overall picture of ADHD.
Maritime pine my new favourite herb that seem to have so many amazing properties contains polyphenols own as OPCs which have shown to significantly reduce the hallmark symptoms of ADHD. When compared to placebo, those who in the treatment group had a reduction of hyperactivity, improved attention, visual motoric coordination, and concentration.
NAC has shown to improve memory and concentration in those with ADHD in studies however dosage is important in the use of NAC and can sometime be difficult to give children due to it strong taste.
In 2012 a Swiss research study showed that 3 out of 4 children diagnosed with ADHD will have become calmer with homeopathic treatment. Homeopathy work on the bases of the individual and their symptom picture with a remedy to match their state of health, this then trigger a healing response in the body that work on an overall bases not just on one thing.
We also must consider
Gut health – The mind and Gut are linked
Food – additive, high sugar foods, dairy, gluten can all impact if gut health is unstable
Mental health – Is there trauma, bullying, depression, anxiety
Written By Sarah Kottmann
Used for information purpose only, please always consult your health care professional before starting any medication or supplement.