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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.

 

What is ADHD? Are Drug Companies Behind It All?

What Is Adhd

Sometimes people challenge me on “What is ADHD”. Or they get in my face telling me it doesn’t exist, it’s not real, or that the drug companies made it up. Findings answers for myself is very important since I handle my Adult ADHD every single day.adhd for teachers

When it comes to “what is ADHD” I find that studying European research is way more informative. Lately, it seems that much of American research is geared to what drug is going be the next front runner for the market. I have a personal vendetta against the enormous drugging of our kids’ brains that haven’t even finished developing yet. I will acknowledge the small percentage of children that have a true chemical imbalance that medication mitigates.

On a very basic level, ADHD is a condition whereas ( as research is beginning to show ) the dopamine that is being released from one receptor site gets transported incorrectly too quickly its landing receptor site. In a blog post by Dr. Keith Verner he quotes several studies have also shown that patients with ADHD have increased density of a protein called the dopamine transporter, which reduces the amount of this neurotransmitter at the synapse of brain neurons. This not only helps explain why certain brain structures of ADHD individuals are under-activated, but also, since the dopamine transporter is a protein, its expression and density can be inherited. The high degree of genetic predisposition for the disorder is a hallmark of ADHD.adhd-help

Some people believe that we’re drugging the behavior of kids with ADHD. They are mis-believing that ADD/ADHD is a behavior issue. Or that it’s made up by the Big Pharma to give people more drugs. If it was only about behavior modification, then if you cut down on sugar intake, turn off TV and computer games, and spin around 3 times and click your heels it will magically disappear. ( obviously I’m kidding )

Well, that is not true. For the people who have to deal with the challenges of ADD, especially adults, who often have few resources available to them, this is like kicking someone when they’re down. Many people with ADD don’t seek diagnosis or treatment for themselves or their children because of the stigma created by some judgmental ignorant people. Before people judge, they should investigate thoroughly “What is ADHD“.

Would you tell someone who’s a diabetic that he shouldn’t take insulin, it’s not good for them, diabetes is a phoney condition thought up by the drug companies and all they have to do is stay away from the chocolate bars and have happy thoughts?

Why is it that people who would not assume they’re knowledgeable enough to make pronouncements of the validity of physical medical conditions assume that they are knowledgeable enough to make sweeping pronouncements of the validity of mental medical conditions?

Why do they then decide (usually without doing any real research on the subject) that they know enough about what are acceptable and unacceptable treatments ( i.e., Either Ritalin is awesome OR Ritalin is a tool of the anti-christ) and condemn someone for using what they deem are unacceptable treatments? As if the brain is easier to understand than the body.

While ADD is sometimes underdiagnosed, over diagnosed and misdiagnosed, it is a real condition with often severe negative consequences for the person who has it.

Once they learn about the condition and begin to deal with it, by proper evaluation, proper treatment (not always drugs), metabolic changes, cognitive coaching, proprioceptive therapy, environmental changes, support groups or other methods. Then they can start focusing on and developing the advantages of having ADD. Unfortunately, too many people with ADD don’t even get diagnosed because of the misinformation and stigma out there by the ignorant (occasionally vocally ignorant). You can’t deal with what you don’t know you have.

If you are wondering “What is ADHD”, how you decide to treat it should be your choice not something that is dictated by other unqualified people on Social Media. After all you’re the one who has to deal with the consequences of your choices (or of simply continually researching the condition with little action).

Dr. Eric Etka is the ADHD Chiropractor located near Richmond Va…

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Adventures in ADD – 4 Ways to Make Them Awesome

Adventures In Add

Growing up with ADHD, I was misunderstood the majority of the time. I found it very easy to have adventures in ADD.  Consequently, I just spent three days with thousands of entrepreneurs that felt the same way. Adults with the traits of ADHD have this tendency to think, behave, and take action differently than most people.  I use the phrase ‘adventures in ADD’ because there is rarely a dull moment when you either have ADD or you’re spending time with people with ADD. In fact, personally, I feel more at home with the ‘misfits’, than any other group. Even though I am a professional doctor; outside the office I enjoy doing outrageous thing, and I admonish my clients to truly be who they are. Reason I do this is simple; God doesn’t make mistakes. Everyone has an incredible gift inside of us, in fact, the longest journey is the journey within.

Maxwell Maltz wrote in his book, “Psychocybernetics”, that everything we experience is based on our perception. When you think about that, you begin to notice that everyone sees everything differently, based on their experience and self image. This is why I’m having adventures in ADD. I know certain things that make my reality much different than most peoples. Would you like to know the three main things I do to change my reality and create a world that supports me, instead of trying to suppress, keep status quo, or average? Can you imagine having a reality that is supportive, a reality that is fun, a reality that is encouraging and a joy to live? Of course you do. Keep reading.. adventures in add

1.       Purposefully changing and reframing my perspective – the word ‘reframe’ may be new to you, but here it is in a acorn-shell (squirrel joke) .  When something occurs in your life, it is neither good or bad, it simply just IS. The most important thing is how you are receiving and perceiving it. Remember that things can always be better and they can always be worse. Example: how do you perceive weather changes, or traffic, or job changes, or health changes, or promotions/demotions, being rich or being wealthy? As you may notice, many people have different thoughts about each thing. So, I want you to ‘reframe’ how you look at something in order for it to be encouraging, serving, and helpful; this takes practice.

2.       Purposefully finding spiritual centeredness –   notice that I used the word spirituality, and not God. I know that what is true for you, is true for you. Some f my favorite ways to find my center, are yoga, running, music, binaural naps, AA meetings, meditating,  talking to entrusted friends, and being in the ocean.  Things will happen throughout the day that can throw us off course. When we are present enough to notice that we are not centered, or the negative thoughts are talking again, it is imperative to consciously and purposefully, pull the reins in on the horse and get your positive thoughts flowing through your mind and soul. People with ADD hav incredibly powerful brains tat can take us way off course; this exercise alone can give you the power to pause and reflect before creating unwanted adventures in ADD. God-Within

3.       Purposefully connecting with other people –  let me clarify this – connect and engage with living, supportive, understanding, uplifting people! People with ADD love being around others like them. We think different; we look different, act, behave, and create adventures with ADD, like no other group can. Connections between human beings are becoming less and less with the growth of electronic devices. Ironic that this is the most important piece that I have found that helps me the most. I love online marketing and social media, but I enjoy shaking hands, hugging, giving others ‘high fives’, and enjoying life with other human beings.  Couple hints here: connect online with people in your area, your niche; other people that share your passions. This will increase the chance of meeting them in person, touching their skin, seeing their smile, feeling their presence. Trust me, this is huge.

4.       Limiting time with people in your life that perpetuate that which you are trying to rid your own life of – I heard this over bouncersand over until it finally sank in.  This is a hard lesson to learn. Changing friends, places, and things can be a daunting task. But there is something magical about disconnecting with people, places, and things, that cause you to be reminded of all the things you can’t stand about yourself, your past , or something you want to change.  I have created many adventures in ADD; some of them I am very proud of and many others I never want to relive ever again. I fill my life with people who are active, who don’t drink a lot of alcohol, or do any drugs, I fill my life with ONLY supportive, loving, trustworthy, appreciative people. This keeps my list short, no doubt, but I have a ‘bouncer’ at the door to my relationships. If you’re not on the list, you don’t get in.

 

If you live in Richmond and want help with your Adventures in ADD, or having trouble with a friend, co-worker, spouse, with ADD/ADHD  -> put your name and email in the box on the upper right to get more information.

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Yoga and ADHD – Power and Focus

Yoga And Adhd

Can Yoga help ADHD. It does, I know it does. Anatomically it makes sense. People with ADHD have changes in neural functioning that the ‘normal’ population isnt gifted with. During my evaluations with ADHD clients, we follow exactly what the SHINE for Doctors program, created by Dr. Hallowell, has trained us to perform. Invariably, the client has dysfunctional core strength, proprioception, integration, changes in oculomotor processing,; just to name a few things. As it turns out, studies have shown that the ADD brain has one hemisphere of the brain that , not only, is smaller, but also functions weaker than the other side. The big technical term is called ‘hemisphericity’.yoga and adhd

the following article from http://www.yogajournal.com/lifestyle/2569

Will yoga be the next prescribed treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? An estimated 2.5 million children between 4 and 17 take Ritalin, Adderall XR, Strattera, and other prescribed drugs for the disorder. Unfortunately, the FDA has concluded that some of these drugs carry a troublesome risk of mania and hypomania, and may be associated with suicidal impulses.

As concerns about the safety of these drugs grow, researchers in Australia and Germany have found that children with ADHD may find relief and improved focus with yoga. “Yoga can be a lifetime friend,” says Pauline Jensen, coauthor of a 2004 study published in the Journal of Attention Disorders. “It increases concentration, promotes mental and physical discipline, and induces confidence.” Though parents in Jensen’s research reported that the 8- to 13-year-old boys who practiced yoga once a week for five months were less hyperactive, the findings did not conclude that yoga and ADHD could replace drug treatment.

yoga and adhdHowever, a 2006 German study found that children undergoing drug treatment for ADHD can greatly benefit from doing yoga and that forward bends are particularly effective. “Forward bends increase exhalation by lengthening and deepening the breath,” says the study’s coauthor, Nicole Goldstein, M.D. “This is key in developing concentration.”

Im finding that integrating twisting poses, and balance poses, increases the connections and focus of my clients.

I chose these pics on purpose to give people an idea of what helps my ADHD during yoga..

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What is ADHD | Is it even Real? Or just B.S.?

What Is Adhd

Some people have the nerve to question me. I love it when less educated people challenge me on “What is ADHDwhat is adhd”. Or they get in my face telling me it doesn’t exist, it’s not real, or that the drug companies made it up. Findings answers for myself is very important since I handle my Adult ADHD every single day; pretty damn well. When it comes to “what is ADHD” I want to have tangible evidence in order to help people understand. I have a personal vendetta against the enormous drugging of our kids’s brains that haven’t even finished developing yet. (I can already hear the screams of the minority of people that medication helps) I’m not done… keep reading->

As if you cut down on sugar intake, turn off TV and computer games, and spin around 3 times and click your heels it will magically disappear.

Well, that is not true. For the people who have to deal with the challenges of ADD, especially adults, who often have few resources available to them, this is like kicking someone when they’re down. Many people with ADD don’t seek diagnosis or treatment for themselves or their children because of the stigma created by some judgmental ignorant people. Before people judge, they should investigate thoroughly “What is ADHD“.

Would you tell someone who’s a diabetic that he shouldn’t take insulin, it’s not good for them, diabetes is a phoney condition thought up by the drug companies and all they have to do is stay away from the chocolate bars and have happy thoughts?

Why is it that people who would not assume they’re knowledgeable enough to make pronouncements of the validity of physical medical conditions assume that they are knowledgeable enough to make sweeping pronouncements of the validity of mental medical conditions?

Why do they then decide (usually without doing any real research on the subject) that they know enough about what are acceptable and unacceptable treatments ( i.e., Either Ritalin is awesome OR Ritalin is a tool of the anti-christ) and condemn someone for using what they deem are unacceptable treatments? As if the brain is easier to understand than the body.

While ADD is sometimes underdiagnosed, over diagnosed and misdiagnosed, it is a real condition with often severe negative consequences for the person who has it.

Once they learn about the condition and begin to deal with it, by proper evaluation, proper treatment (not always drugs), metabolic changes, cognitive coaching, proprioceptive therapy, environmental changes, support groups or other methods. Then they can start focusing on and developing the advantages of having ADD. This is exactly what SHINE Doctors perform.

Unfortunately, too many people with ADD don’t even get diagnosed because of the misinformation and stigma out there by the ignorant (occasionally vocally ignorant). You can’t deal with what you don’t know you have.

If you are wondering “What is ADHD”, how you decide to treat it should be your choice not something that is dictated by others. After all you’re the one who has to deal with the consequences of your choices (or of simply continually researching the condition with little action).

Dr. Eric Etka is the ADHD Chiropractor located near Richmond Va…

author: Eric Etka

 

What Is Adhd