Drug Free ADHD Solutions for China and USA

The ADHD Society blog bannerA simple and effective case study using neurocognitive training for children with AD/HD has being performed in China. What is most interesting to me during this study is the fact that over 33% of parents in China with children who had been diagnosed with ADHD are against using medication. Just over 25% of them would only use medication if there was no other alternative.

The ADHD Society uses the exact technology with our clients in USA that this entire study was based upon. As in our previous blog – ADHD and Myndplay Helping Emotional Intelligence we discussed using this neurofeedback device in our office and the results.adhd-neurofeedback

Read on to learn more about how neurofeedback training for children is helping kids and China and the USA.

“Two alternative technology-based approaches to addressing symptoms of AD/HD are cognitive training and neurofeedback training. Cognitive training involves the use of purpose-designed computer software to exercise particular psychological abilities (e.g., memory) with the aim of improving them with practice.

These tasks typically include performance feedback, with task difficulty varied according to performance to promote challenge, engagement, and learning. Neurofeedback training involves non-invasive measurement of ongoing brain electrical activity (electroencephalogram [EEG]) via electrodes on the scalp, with the user provided continuous simplified feedback about that activity (e.g., current level of attention shown as a number, a bar graph, or an engaging visual display).

The aim of neurofeedback training is to promote awareness and control of psychological “state” factors that are reliably reflected in the EEG, such as high versus low attention or being relaxed versus tense. Several meta-analyses indicate research support for neurofeedback training as a method to reduce symptoms of AD/HD and improve behavior.”

The ADHD Society believes that the combination of alternative therapies is the future of helping people with ADD/ADHD. There isn’t just one pill that’s going to help everyone. This study does its best to combine both the forms of cognitive training and neurofeedback training to create results that not only help in the classroom, but also, make changes in their home life as well.

The video game used in this study has over 12 different games that challenge the user with respect to impulse control, attention, focus, working memory, physiological control of states of frustration and re-focus. There are many levels to each game from ‘easy’ to incredibly challenging – ‘insane’. We’ve noticed similar results in our practice as does the neurocognitive study in China.adhd help richmond

I’ve summarized the findings of the study below:

  • reduced AD/HD behaviors and symptoms
  • all children were rated by their parents as being at the normal level after training.
  • scores on the BRS completed by parents and teachers showed reductions in AD/HD symptom frequency.
  • more attentive behaviors were perceived during and after training sessions.
  • children started showing more socially meaningful behaviors
  • improvement in assignment completion and exertion of more patience during tasks
  • broad behavioral problems lessened – social, aggressive, and delinquent problems.
  • children had completed more schoolwork, and the improvements remained after the training.
  • increased attentive behavior in class
  • improved quality of schoolwork improved these children’s social status.
  • children had better social status after the training, as rated by their homeroom teachers.
  • increased children’s confidence in doing tasks.
  • their motivation for doing daily tasks improved
  • their expectation for success increased improvement of the cognitive and state-control problems that are commonly associated with AD/HD

“These findings indicate that parents and teachers have perceived a broad range of behavioral improvements as a result of the neurocognitive training.”

“These findings speak to the relationship between underdeveloped psychological abilities, negative behavior patterns, and inadequate academic and social participation at school, and indicate that once the children have received positive support and technical aids, they can achieve dramatic improvements”

1.  A Preliminary Multiple Case Report of Neurocognitive Training for Children with AD/HD in China

Neurofeedback studies are being performed as we speak in classrooms across the USA as well.

2.      In-school neurofeedback training for ADHD: sustained improvements from a randomized control trial

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24534402

3.      Neurofeedback and cognitive attention training for children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder in schools

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24399101

4. Computer-based attention training in the schools for children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder: a preliminary trial.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21561933

Introducing a non-invasive form of neurofeedback (NFB) that is fun and can be tracked, along with pre and post psychological assessments – seems like a no-brainer. NFB simply is monitoring the brain waves while the subject is performing a task. The task can be directly helpful to improving the impulsiveness, and distraction problems so prevalent with ADHD. Combining the two into a video game that can provide it’s own reports on the subject’s progress; now you have a winning combination.

If that was too complex for you, let’s break it down. Non-drug treatment, using technology that monitors brain waves to control a fun interactive video game, to dampen the negative traits of ADHD, while enhancing the positive traits, which can provide progress reports. And to put the icing on the cake, have the parents and child both take real psychological ADHD assessments before and after treatment.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JOo-ZV4UOQ

In the USA, our clinic is the first to bring this technology into the arena of ADHD treatment. The London company, Myndplay, not only, has partnered with us in our mission to re-educate the world on the positive aspects of ADHD, but also is providing the support and platform by which to make this technology accessible to all parents, adults, and children who need help.

 

 

 

 

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Let’s Talk ADHD and Genetics

The ADHD Society blog bannerDiscussing ADHD and genetics can be a daunting task, given all the technical jargon being used. Researchers are beginning to see a pattern that the hyperactivity symptoms don’t last into adulthood like inattention issues; that can plague an adult with ADD/ADHD. There are also environmental factors that affect the expression of ADHD symptoms. Children do more of what they see than what they hear. Parents who have ADD/ADHD have an important obligation to learn skills to handle their impulsiveness, inattention, distraction, and excess energy.adhd-insta2

Reports continue to be published that show the problematic nature of NOT handling ADD/ADHD in a healthy positive manner. Common to be diagnosed with a plethora of additional disorders:

  1. Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, Tourette’s, OCD, ODD, Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, Anti-social Behaviour, Learning Disorder’s
  2. Increased likelihood of broken bones, lacerations, burns, poisoning, speeding tickets, car accidents, and jail time
  3. Increased likelihood of repeating a grade in school, dropping out entirely, unemployment, divorce, familial estrangement, and suicide
  4. 50% ADD/ADHD suffer with alcoholism /addiction

In May 2015, a long term study was completed study that “examined the genetic and environmental influences explaining interindividual differences in the developmental course of ADHD symptoms from childhood to adolescence (ie, systematic decreases or increases with age).” http://archpsyc.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2290681#Abstract

From the ages of 8-16, over 8,300 people diagnosed with ADHD from England and Wales were followed and evaluated using specific ADHD monitoring tests and scales by the parents.adhd-insta5

Basically the results were that the hyperactivity measurements went down by 50% from age 8 to 16, while the inattention measurement only decreased slightly. The researchers are proposing that 2 or more genes are responsible for the hyperactivity trait, while the inattention comes from ‘one single powerful gene’. Studies like this will help us better understand why some people have remission of certain baseline symptoms of ADD/ADHD, while others still have certain issues into adulthood.adhd-help

Dr. Etka’s viewpoint: I’m not even sure you can say a gene is more powerful than another, due to the fact that they aren’t even ‘turned on’ unless the cells are in the correct cellular environment for that gene to fully express itself. Read up on Bruce Lipton’s The Biology of Belief is a groundbreaking work in the field of new biology. Author Dr. Bruce H. Lipton is a former medical school professor and research scientist. His experiments, and those of other leading-edge scientists, have examined in great detail the mechanisms by which cells receive and process information. The implications of this research radically change our understanding of life. It shows that genes and DNA do not control our biology; that instead DNA is controlled by signals from outside the cell, including the energetic messages emanating from our positive and negative thoughts. brain-research

Add to the fact that the vast majority of humans can control their thoughts. What we can’t always control while growing up is the environment that we are placed within. As we get older and more self-sufficient, mature and responsible, than we can begin to take more control of our environments. Remember, that not everyone who has the gene for diabetes, gets overweight. Not everyone who has the gene for heart disease, develops heart problems. Open your mind to the fact that you have more control over your ADHD than you may have previously been told. I’m sure some people might get defensive about that statement, but I’m here to help you through that. COMMENT BELOW AND TELL ME HOW YOU FEEL.

If you’d like to read more about the evolving world of ADHD and genetics, here are 2 more.

  1. Faraone SV, Perlis RH, Doyle AE, et al. Molecular genetics of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Biol Psychiatry 2005; 57: 1313-1323.
  2. Sprich S, Biederman J, Crawford MH, et al. Adoptive and biological families of children and adolescents with ADHD. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry 2000; 39: 1432-1437.
  3. Burt SA. Rethinking environmental contributions to child and adolescent psychopathology: a meta-analysis of shared environmental influences. Psychol Bull 2009; 135: 608-637.

 

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Important Questions to Answer About ADHD

The ADHD Society blog bannerThe time is past when we need to take control of the sinking ship of how the majority of medicine and society treats people ADD/ADHD. Almost everyone that I’ve communicated with who has ADD/ADHD; or someone in their life – doesn’t want to be medicated. Prescribing of ADHD medications has consistently risen enormously in the last 5 -10 years. Homeschooling has become a boom industry in that same time. There is obviously an underground movement growing in momentum that is going to crest soon. Parents, adults, kids, and insightful educators are realizing that the ADD brain is an incredibly powerful asset. There are negative aspects to the traits of being impulsive, distractible, and hyperactive. The yin and yang of the situation is that those same negative traits have positive creativity, curiosity and enormous energy as their counterparts. Here are the questions that need to be addressed:adhd-insta6

1. Has ADHD has been labeled a disorder syndrome, problem creator in society?

Yes. There are several reasons for this, aside from any conspiracy theories, the simple fact that ADHD doesn’t think linearly, but more tangentially – abstract. The ADD brain can perform like a 3D floating Rubik’s cube. Most teachers, adults, and parents haven’t received training in how to cope and handle that type of thinking. This certainly makes the square peg not fit the round hole.

Imagine a future where there are training seminars and conferences to edify and augment the inherent creativity, curiosity, and energy that comes with the ADD Brain. A strength based approach to helping handle the negative aspects and improving the positive traits.adhd-insta3

2. Can people with ADHD leave a wake of destruction & exasperated people around them?

Yes. Ask anyone who is in the vicinity of ADHD. More stories abound than you could ever count regarding this question. The homework battles, ruined relationships, the drugs and alcohol, the countless forgetting experiences, unacceptable behavior, and distracted consciousness. It’s hard to keep up with a brain that moves as quickly as the ADD brain.

In the same breath we can talk about the amazing things that have come from being involved with someone with ADHD. The genius moments, the inspirational work, the passionate determination, the incredible solutions to seemingly impossible problems. During our live presentations, when I bring this statement to the audience, I get hands up and people love talking about these experiences. They know that there is an inherent awesomeness that comes with having ADHD.adhd-insta7

3. How many people have been labeled as problems, nuisance, disturbed, special needs?

Dr. Hallowell, New York Times best-selling author of 18 ADHD books told me personally, “Eric what people don’t see is that getting a diagnosis of ADHD is the best thing that could happen to them, for it is the one that has the highest rate of improvement in all the psychological textbooks – but they’ve been told it’s a disorder, so they see it negatively.” This questions raises a similar but deeper discussion than the other 2 questions because it drives to the heart of the issue where people have been programmed to see ADHD as a ‘bad’ thing; so they treat is as such. It is one of the most disheartening aspects of my job. I have a dent in my forehead from banging it into a wall about this subject.1456693_10152083587505977_1803238107_n

4. How many people have been abused & mistreated because they have the traits of ADHD (misunderstood)?

Bringing this question to light has caused stunned looks on many peoples’ faces. It’s almost as if they are a deer in the headlights. Many people don’t realize that ADHD is a clinical diagnosis, not a behavioral diagnosis. Can you imagine a child with autism being punished/beaten/scolded or told he was ‘stupid’, ‘bad’, ‘retarded’ for acting inappropriately in a social situation?

The time has come for society to realize exactly what we’re dealing with regarding the ADHD brain. It’s been often said that ‘what you focus on the most becomes the most powerful force’. The ADHD Society is focused on the entire person with ADHD from a strength based approach.Register now button

Constantly evolving The ADHD Society programs to include new research findings, alternative care models, and a genuine loving compassion for the client, that is unmatched by anyone I’ve heard of besides Dr. Hallowell himself. In 2012, in Baltimore, MD, I told him directly, in a face to face conversation; that I would be the champion for his cause. He smiled shaking his head, “Thank you, we need more people like you.” As he wrote in Driven to Distraction – “ADHD is a gift, and it can be unwrapped given the proper approach and understanding.” When I read that in 1994, I finally knew why my life had been such an incredible mystery to so many people. Back then though, I had no idea I would be the one leading the charge to bring freedom to an entire group of brilliant misunderstood section of society.

 

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Parenting Goals and Tips for ADHD

The ADHD Society blog bannerLet’s be clear that bad parenting doesn’t cause ADHD, but it does certainly make it worse. Working with hundreds of families, I’ve observed particular things that improve ADHD in a client simply with changes in parenting. As mature adults, it is our responsibility to rise above any negative default behaviors that we may have observed from our own parents growing up. Be honest with yourself and realize that you weren’t able to choose your parents, but you can choose your own behaviors now. I’ve listed 7 areas below that parents I work with all strive to improve.

  1. Limit destructive behavior8things

It is well know that people with ADD/ADHD can act different than other ‘normal’ kids. Decide ahead of time which behaviors are acceptable and which are not. If a behavior is not causing physical harm, but it seems peculiar or odd, let it go. Trying to dampen the creative imagination or behavior can have drastic consequences later in life. Discuss with them that you understand what they want to do, but set a time when that behavior may be more appropriate. In this way, you’re not stopping it dead in their tracks, but giving them a place and time that they can fully explore and behave as they want to express themselves. When it comes to managing aggression, be sure that the discipline matches the crime. This particular subject has its strength in the consistency of the parents; their own personal confidence and love.

 

  1. Reduce stress on your relationshipadhd-father-son1

When it comes to the word ‘stress’, we need to remember that stress is a perspective. It can be caused by many things, but predominantly there are several things that can be done to make it less of a problem. Expectations, schedules, society, personal feelings are all included. When you define the rules, allow some flexibility – some leeway. Many times, by simply allowing a slightly wider berth the situation lowers in stressfulness. Check your schedules and make sure that they aren’t too busy and placing excessive strain on the person with ADHD. Being honest with yourself and determining if the stress is coming from school, community, or other family members, then be aware of that. Realize that ADD/ADHD is a clinical neurological diagnosis; not just a behavior thing. Imagine for a moment that someone with autism is behaving unacceptably – how are you going to handle yourself?

  1. Connect with Emotionsadhd-son-father-argue

It becomes very helpful to take breaks. Be aware that you can become overwhelmed or frustrated. Encourage out-loud thinking; the ADD Brain thinks really fast and sometimes there is a need to tell people and talk about it a lot. Help the thoughts and reasoning process; also having them write things down in a journal is very helpful. ADHD folks can be very impulsive with emotions, so it’s important to promote wait time or a ‘pause’ button. Working on extending that gap between stimulus and response. The work we do with neurofeedback and the Myndplay company has proven invaluable to improving the emotional intelligence of clients.

  1. Take responsibilityJust Do It Tomorrow - Symbol Of Lazy People

It’s been established that by creating structure help. Building routines, good habits and rituals creates a successful environment. Be sure that people who are willing to perform a task will take more responsibility for the outcome than if they are forced to perform said task. Show the person with ADD/ADHD how to break tasks into manageable pieces. We all can use calendars, smartphone apps, colors, homework & chores charts. Strive to simplify and organize your child’s life; talk with them and find out how they work best. Taking responsibility instead of placing blame can begin on the smallest level. People with ADHD typically aren’t the most self-aware. Gently helping them to see where their actions caused something to happen is very important. Begin with positive things that they caused. Soon they will begin to connect the dots.

 

  1. Overcome self-doubtadhd for teachers

Growing up with ADD/ADHD brings with it fear, shame, and guilt from messing up, not following through, forgetting, blanking out, losing things, etc. It is imperative that as adult role models that we believe in your child. Look for them to do the right thing. When they aren’t performing or behaving correctly, guide them into a behavior that can be praised and recognized for. This goes for all parents, coaches, daycare providers, grandparents; anyone involved in the person’s life.

 

  1. Awareness of Patternsadhd structure

The human body loves rhythm. The way we walk, breathe, heart beats, sleep patterns, eating. What many people may not understand is that the ADD brain has special times during the day when it’s in “Turbo Mode”. These are the most important times of the day to harness this power and handle important tasks. Be aware of the levels of inattention, recklessness, or hyperactivity. When the brain moves the body into “Turbo”, the it’s time to be outside, or exercising, running around, using the body as many healthy ways as possible during that time. (If the teacher is punishing behavior by taking away recess, they are shooting themselves in the foot.) Patterns also occur with the triggers that can cause the negative aspects of ADHD to rear their ugly head. It’s important to help the person with ADHD see this for themselves, just like we discussed above.

 

  1. Empower THEMadhd for teachers

Realize that the ADD brain has the ability to do things that are amazing and inspirational. Limiting distractions helps the majority of people with ADHD. It’s mandatory to decrease screen time, encourage creativity, and connection to other human beings. There are many groups and communities forming daily that cater to the super creative, imaginative, fast-thinkers. Remember that this brain can handle putting concepts together better than a ‘normal’ brain. Placing the person in an environment where they will be successful with that type of brain will thrive can be monumental. Encourage exercise. Decide on the best times for concentrating on brain tasks, then also body tasks. Integrative ways of improving body awareness are very important to the success of our ADHD program.

This has been a fairly exhaustive discussion on helping parents handle ADD/ADHD better. Be sure to comment below and share this with other parents. There are many people out there who can use this information to create a better life.

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Changing the Future of ADHD Treatment

Whether you want to face it or not, you must admit that the increased use of medication in America for ADHD symptoms has become outrageous. I stand for the drug freedom ADHD lifestyle. Of course that brings with it untold amounts of support for AND against the position of The ADHD Society. The vision we see of the future of ADHD is one I which people with the traits of ADD/ADHD are revered, encouraged, and supported for their powerful brains.adhd-girls-add

For this to happen, there are several major advancements that need to occur:

  1. Educational systems that strengthen and support ADHD-type thinkers and doers.

This does not limit to the public schools, it is open to any educational system which exists or will be created. We’ve seen a huge boom in home schooling and private school attendance. This may be due in part to the inability of teachers to ‘handle’ students with ADHD. The ADHD Society wants educational systems to be elevated to the level of edifying the brain of ADHD. This is a far cry from having a school that will ‘agree to take the kid with ADHD.’ This will involve new training, understanding, and maturity in educators to be able and willing to build the ability within the ADHD brain. We are amazing problem solvers and solution oriented thinkers when we are in a supportive environment.praise-a-child-wordle

  1. Less drugs being incorrectly prescribed or experimented on our brains.

It is well known that America takes a ridiculous amount of prescription medication for ADD/ADHD compared to the rest of the planet. In the last few years research has been completed in Europe that is showing promising results that are pointing to the fallacy of the chemical imbalance theory of ADHD. Although it’s possible that medication may be needed for a very small percentage of people with ADHD, there’s no way that millions of humans need to on so many different versions of ADHD prescriptions. Advancements in behavior modification, nutrition, neurofeedback, cognitive and vestibular exercises have created amazing drug free results.kid-brain

  1. People growing up with self-esteem instead of being branded a problem.

The stigma of ADHD being a disorder has all but destroyed many humans. Carrying fear, shame and guilt from being branded a problem, nuisance, or problem has suppressed many people with ADHD. Yes, we’re different, and society order is threatened by that. The ADHD brain thinks faster, more creatively, full of curiosity and energy. The mold that society would like for us to fit into cannot contain us; there will be a revolution that creates a new design in which our powerful brains can thrive.

  1. Change the drug abuse, and alcoholism, and addiction that is so prevalent with ADHD.

Studies are reporting that 50% of people with ADD/ADHD become alcoholics or addicts. That’s only what’s reported; meaning there are definitely more. Being different, thinking different, causing problems, and being told all the negative things that we hear growing up leads to self-medication. Any amount of change that occurs with this particular issue will help so many people on the levels of country, state, city, and within the homes and relationships of those with ADD/ADHD.

  • If you’ve read his far, then you have a strong interest in this situation – and I want you to leave a comment below please.adhdrva-getaccessgirls-whispering

 

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6 Summertime Strategies for People with ADHD

The ADHD Society blog bannerPeople with ADHD need some preparation and planning when it comes to summer time. The usual rigors of school and set schedule are gone. Here are 6 ways to ensure that your summer is a wonderful enjoyable time, instead of a nightmare.girl add secrets

  1. Structure/Routines

People with ADHD thrive on structure and routine that reflects your child’s personality, family’s values, and your child’s needs. When it comes to structure, seek agreed upon plans with the child; posted around the house, anywhere that the reminders can be seen and adhered to.adhd structure

  1. Flexibility/Discipline

We all know that Life doesn’t always follow correctly. Be vigilant that if foresee changes in the schedule coming up, act fast to alert the person with ADHD. We’ve all dealt with the frazzled blow-up that happens when something changes at the last minute. Seek to avoid that. Deal with blow-ups, broken rules, disrespectful behavior with the concept that the punishment matches the crime.

3. Camps/Adventures

Be sure to discuss with people at camp about ADHD. In Richmond we have many awesome outdoor camps. My two favorite picks would be “Winshape Camps” and “Passages”. Specifically because they are mostly outdoor, highly engaging, and socially interacting. As for regular adventures, they can be anywhere. Letter-boxing, hands-on museums, fun historical tours – Richmond in particular is full of family fun things to do. For more info go to Macaroni Kid Richmond.

4. Safety/Health

We live in the South, so beware of heat, review water safety, playground, bikes, skateboards, boats, bugs. Even though people with ADHD aren’t the greatest at following rules, most realize that the rules are there for your physical safety. Take time during each day to train them up with respect to personal hygiene, exercise, mental breaks, and relationship building.P-KidsAerobic

5. Nutrition/Experimenting

I recently did a presentation to a group of corporate employees and we discussed the simple concept of making a better choice than yesterday. Very simple. We can always eat more vegetables, which have live carbohydrates and enzymes to help digest our food. Eat plenty of protein – fish, chicken, turkey, nut butters, and sparingly beef. Reduce sugar, artificial sweeteners and dairy. Just trust me on that one. Be excited to try new routines, new foods, new, games, new words, and even new emotions. Remember that people with ADHD like novelty, something new, different, weird, and fun.adhd for teachers

6. Contribution/Self Esteem

Kids DO love to help – let them. Help them to become willing to do age-appropriate chores, things, and jobs. Praise and recognize them for it. Be on the lookout for ways to improve their Self Esteem by looking for them to do something right and Praise them.

Thank you for taking time to read this – please comment below and share any new ideas that you’ve found helpful. And have an awesome fun and safe summer.

 

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Adult ADHD Letter for Drug Free Treatment

The ADHD Society blog bannerTo whom it may concern:

Some adults have been suffering with ADHD for over a decade. The treatment outlined originally will facilitate his improving to decrease the symptoms and provide relief.

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Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a chronic condition that affects millions of children and often persists into adulthood. Adult ADHD includes a combination of problems, such as difficulty sustaining attention, hyperactivity and impulsive behavior.

People with ADHD also may struggle with low self-esteem, troubled relationships and poor performance in school. Symptoms sometimes lessen with age. However, some people never completely outgrow their ADHD symptoms. But those who receive a combination of neurofeedback, nutritional changes, behavior modification, and counseling can learn to successfully handle the symptoms.

The treatment will help his/her ADHD and can help a great deal with his symptoms. Treatment involves a combination of neurofeedback, nutritional changes, behavior modification, and counseling. Early diagnosis and treatment can make a big difference in outcome.

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), can have long-term consequences for an individual’s functioning and quality of life and it is widely acknowledged that it can persist into adulthood, causing further impairment.1-5 Recognizing the diversity of ADHD and offering a patient-centered management approach, such as coordinated medical and non-medical support, can help patients and their families cope with ADHD.5tas-support-grp-logo-BIG

The three core signs of ADHD of impulsivity, distractibility, and hyperactivity may change with age and can persist through life, having an impact especially during key transitional phases.5-9 At each stage, the impact of ADHD on functioning may vary, for example, hyperactivity may present in different ways depending on age:

  • Pre-school child – incessant and demanding extremes of activity
  • School-age child – excessive movement in inappropriate situations, rather than on every occasion
  • Adolescents – excessive fidgetiness
  • Adults – sustained sense of inner restlessness.8

ADHD may cause difficulties at home, for example, a child may struggle to follow routine, causing difficulties for other family members.10,11

The high genetic association with ADHD means there may be more than one individual in the home with the disorder, putting additional strain on family relationships.12-14

The impact of ADHD on functioning can have a considerable effect on a child’s performance at school, and often children with ADHD struggle to concentrate or do well with their studies.6,15

This pattern of inattention may persist into adulthood, causing difficulties in the workplace and a high turnover of jobs.6,11,16,17 Adults with ADHD are also be more prone to criminality, including traffic offenses, compared with peers without ADHD.1,6,18

Individuals with ADHD find it hard to maintain relationships, with children often having social difficulties and adults often struggling with romantic relationships.6,11adhd-son-father-argue

ADHD can also carry a financial burden. For example, elevated levels of unemployment and the high turnover of jobs associated with ADHD in adults can lead to lower household income levels.6 Furthermore, parents of children with ADHD may suffer financially because of reduced efficiency or absence from the workplace caused by managing their child’s condition.19 ADHD also represents a burden to society in terms of the increased healthcare resource use associated with the disorder, possibly as a result of increased injury rates in patients with ADHD.20-22

By receiving this treatment, the client will have the ability to integrate both the left and right hemispheres of his brain, thus giving him more control over the symptoms of inattentiveness and impulsivity. Guiding new nutritional habits, as well as, utilizing particular vitamins and supplements will support better brain and body functioning. The occurrence of stimulus seeking behavior and possible recklessness will decrease; which places the patient at less risk of physical harm – than those not receiving treatment.

More and more studies have shown that this approach to ADHD care has longer lasting results than medication only. During the course of care, the patient’s condition will improve as opposed to deteriorate if left untreated. Adults with ADHD can cause many problems not only in their own life, but others as well; including work, home, and school.

This patient has been suffering with ADHD for over a decade. The treatment outlined above will facilitate his improving to decrease the symptoms and provide relief.

Sincerely,

Dr. Eric Etkaadhd for teachers

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Nutrition Hacks for ADHD

The ADHD Society blog bannerThere is so much hype on the internet about nutrition and ADD/ADHD. I see so many adults and parents telling each other on social media about food additives, artificial stuff, vitamins, oils, supplements, meat vs. vegan, special liquids vs water; all the while missing the most important part.girls-whispering

I am currently in over 20 separate groups on Facebook for ADHD – different countries, ages, genders, censored and not censored, some are pro medication, others abhor prescriptions like they’re the devil.

I read and follow many chat rooms and discussion boards and here’s what I see. The blind leading the blind. It’s rare that someone with credentials, working knowledge of human science, and whom currently is helping clients successfully; is speaking up.

Remember that I’m a board-certified Dr, with a Bachelor’s degree in Science. Along with awards for my work in both Chiropractic and natural ADHD care.

Do you ever get caught up in information overload with al the stuff flying around the internet? How about I clean things up for you and bring clarity to the whole situation.

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Picture a meter in front of you that measures bad to good – left to right. Actually let’s make it more obvious and say the meter measures toxic to vitalicious. You get my point right?

Throw in there that you are dealing with a person who may have texture, taste, and or food allergies.

Combined with a brain that loves change when they want it and are ready and willing to experience the change. That is a very important concept if you read it and let it sink in.

The key ingredient many people are missing is such a hard thing for people to grasp because they are always looking for new ways to do things before they’ve actually correctly done the first thing they learned.

Of course, marketing doesn’t help either, because the major food companies know how to market to your weaknesses. It’s an unfair advantage that most people are unaware of while they are being marketed to on a daily basis.

When it comes to putting food in your mouth, I want you to understand that it’s more than just a feeling of being full that you need to be going after. It’s more than just what tastes yummy or what Social Sally said on Twitter. Everyone is a unique individual whose body is an amazing physiologic marvel.

Going back to the meter that determines the goodness of food in your body system – let’s agree that every food group and category has choices amongst them that run the gamut of this meter. The goal of becoming as clean inside as possible for the brain to work efficiently becomes easy using this idea.adhd for teachers

Remember that we are to make progress each day, not go for broke and try to change everything at once. Now we can create the understanding of making better choices each day, as opposed to the scary idea of changing many aspects all at once – which typically doesn’t work for many people.

Using science and human physiology, we know that 4 particular foods cause inflammation in the human body. The foods are red meat, dairy, grains, and sugar. Tested, proven, no discussion needed. Now – within those 4 categories, there are obviously good choices and bad choices. Corned beef all the way to cold ocean mackerel. The dairy section, I’m here to tell you that the human body functions more optimally with no cow inside the digestive system. There are many ways to get natural calcium from vegetables, and you can get iron from other foods as well. One other thing, for some reason many people think that eggs are dairy; simply not possible for cows to lay eggs.

When it comes to grains, we want to pay attention to label reading and beware of words like wheat flour, white flour, and bleached flour. Avoid confusion in the bread aisle by choosing foods that say they’re “100 percent whole grain” — that label ensures that the product contains no refined flours.

Lastly, but possibly the most important is sugar. Since you’ve been reading this far, then you’re ahead of many people who give up when I tell them to get rid of dairy, so give yourself a pat on the back. Please put on your thinking cap for this short technical discussion. Sugar is chemically called the glucose molecule. The mammal brain use glucose for energy. Many molecules chained together is called a carbohydrate. There are many forms of carbs, ranging from doughy breads and pasta to organic vegetables. For this short article let’s place more emphasis on you eating more healthy carbohydrates – whole grain pastas and many more vegetables.

The subject of nutrition takes volumes of pages to cover; my hope is to get you fundamentals that you can easily understand and start making better choices.tas-flyer

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Controversy: WebMD vs. Dr. Etka – Tips for Drug Side Effects

See if you think these controversial tips are as unhelpful as I do. This piece will be delivered as a mock debate. This article is being adapted from a specific article that is on Webmd.com.

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Dr. Etka’s disclaimer – reading this article it became painfully obvious that the majority of ‘tips’ were nothing more than changing the medication delivery. Yes, there are a few natural attempts at helping, but I was struck by the complete focus on drugs being the only real solution. My mission has always been to stand up against that in my life and my client’s lives; standing up for finding a better more natural way. ( it is your job to make the decision to talk to your MD about your medications )

So, here are the WebMd tips vs. Dr. Etka tips:

WebMd – Decreased appetite: If your child’s appetite wanes after taking ADHD medicine, give the dose after breakfast so that he or she will eat better in the morning. Serve a large dinner in the evening, when the drug is beginning to wear off. Keep plenty of healthy snacks on hand; a balanced diet with nutritious, higher-calorie foods and drinks will help to offset any weight loss from the ADHD drug. If your child’s poor appetite lasts for a long period, ask the doctor about reducing the dose or stopping the drug on weekends or summer breaks to allow appetite to return to normal.adhd-sprt-grp-lil-logo

Dr. Etka – people are well aware of the loss of appetite and possible weight loss that comes with many ADHD meds. Throughout the day set up reminders for the patient to eat the healthy snacks, talk with teachers about allowing a special ‘snack’ time, immediately after school have food ready to eat or drink a smoothie that has protein. Without eating the blood sugar fluctuations cause brain trouble. Not to mention when the drugs wear off, which we’ll talk about below.

WebMd – Stomach pain or upset: Don’t give your child medicine on an empty stomach. “For any GI discomfort, taking the medication with or immediately after food will make a very big difference,” Pakyurek says.

Dr. Etka – This tip makes me chuckle. Since it is so obvious let’s take it a step further. There’s a growing amount of research evidence about the digestive system being different in people with ADHD. One in particular states “The study of more than 700,000 children found that constipation nearly tripled and fecal incontinence increased six-fold among kids with ADHD”. By adding digestive enzymes, we have found that patients begin to improve, along with keeping a food journal and charting their progress.

WebMd – Sleep problems: Set up a regular bedtime routine that includes relaxing activities, such as bathing or reading. If a stimulant type of ADHD medication prevents your child from sleeping well, ask the doctor about taking the drug earlier in the day or switching from a long-acting to a shorter-acting form . Ask, too, about reducing the dose or stopping the drug in the afternoon to help your child sleep at bedtime.adhd sleep trouble

Dr. Etka – I love the first sentence. The human body loves rhythm. Breathing, walking, heart beating, blinking, sleep cycles. Keeping a solid bedtime routine helps the body to fall asleep. Some people have used melatonin as a sleep aid. Melatonin is a chemical secreted by your brain during REM sleep. It’s important that we get it. It’s not so much a sleep aid, as it is a brain aid. If you have an essential oil diffuser, you can use lavender or a Serenity creating blend to help relax the person to fall asleep easier.

WebMd – Daytime drowsiness: If the ADHD drug atomoxetine (Strattera) is making your child sleepy during the day, ask about giving the drug at bedtime instead of in the morning. You can also check with the doctor about lowering the dose or dividing the dose and giving it twice a day.

Dr. Etka – Not a single MD knows which drug will work for which patient. Does this mean that the child can only be regulated with drugs, day and night? Seriously?! I was put on Strattera for a short time when I was in my late 20’s. I did not use it for long. I would definitely recommend talking to the Dr about this one. The ADHD Brain works very fast, it should not be falling asleep during the day. I do suggest taking breaks after hyper-focused work, maybe a nap, but this would be on purpose to rejuvenate, not because of drug weariness.

WebMd – Rebounding effects: When ADHD drugs wear off in the afternoon or evening, some children have more ADHD symptoms or irritability. To prevent this “rebounding,” ask your child’s doctor about using a longer-lasting medication or taking a small dose of fast-acting stimulant later in the day.

Dr. Etka – Again, the tips is to take more medication? Drugs can do 2 things, make something go up or make it go down. When it wears off, we are all aware of the wave of symptoms and uncontrolledness that happens. Plan ahead for this. Eat something 30 minutes before the time the drug typically wears off, and/or let the person be outside, or being active, not engaged in doing things that require a lot of mental effort or self-control. We don’t want to raise kids thinking they can only ‘Be’- by having chemicals inside them. That’s just asking for trouble.adhd for teachers

WebMd – Mood changes: Keep an eye out for changes in your child’s mood. If you see changes, such as lessened emotional expression or suicidal thinking, alert your child’s doctor right away.

Dr. Etka – ‘When’ not ‘if’. I’ve lost count of how many stories I’ve heard and dealt with concerning this issue. Talk to the person with ADHD, have them tell you what they feel, how they feel, and be very vigilant of their language and tone. As far as emotions go, it’s important to begin a program of improving their ability to handle emotions correctly and function in society.

WebMd – Heart problems: Since there have been rare reports of serious heart problems in patients taking ADHD drugs, tell your child’s doctor about any heart problems in the family. “If there’s any history of significant heart problems, the physician may closely monitor, particularly if they’re using stimulants. Or they may even decide to get an EKG to make sure that the child does not have any cardiac problem,” Pakyurek says.

Dr. Etka – The words ‘serious’ and ‘significant’ aren’t defined in this tip. That makes me nervous. I would have a conversation with the MD about what those terms mean. These drugs do change the hearts electrical activity – be sure of that.

Every month new alternative ways of handling ADD/ADHD are being incorporated into wellness minded solutions. Our ADHD Rescue program is on the fore-front of helping people get their lives back naturally. We use a special combination on Chiropractic, Physical/Cognitive/Auditory/Visual/Balance Exercises, Correct Personalized Nutrition, ADHD Coaching, Neurofeedback, Psychological Assessments, and the list is growing weekly.

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