ADHD: Symptoms And Natural Remedies
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Millions of people worldwide are living with attention deficit hyperactive disorder right now. And while medicine and therapy are great, these natural remedies can be of tremendous help too, believe us!
We’ve all come across toddlers who are just not willing to listen, are talking non-stop, and sometimes even blurt out inappropriate things in public. Toddlers do embarrass us more often than we imagine, but as parents, you must watch out to see if it is just the effects of this stage of life, or there is something more to it? Approximately 6 million children have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, in the US alone. ADHD is often used interchangeably with ADD (attention deficit disorder), and technically, ADD is a subtype of ADHD. ADHD has 3 subtypes:
Predominantly hyperactive-impulsive type – The symptoms for this subtype include:
- Talking excessively
- Fidgeting a lot
- Moving around constantly
- Being short-tempered
- Acting without thinking
- Interrupting conversations and games
- Inability to have the patience for problem-solving, often leading to random guesswork
Predominantly inattentive type – The symptoms include:
- Getting distracted easily
- Appearing not to listen when spoken to
- Making careless mistakes
- Getting bored with a repetitive task and unable to complete it
- Often losing belongings
- Often found to be lost in their world
Predominantly combined type – The symptoms are a mix of the ones mentioned above. The first type is usually the most noticeable, and the second category, the least. Unfortunately, children with the inattentive type disorder often tend to fly under the radar, thereby taking this disorder into their teen, and even adulthood. Natural remedies Though ADHD is a medical ailment and should be cured by medication and advised therapy, being watchful of certain food items can help to a certain extent. Include:
- Sources of omega-3 fatty acids such as flaxseed oil, chia seeds, walnuts, and salmon.
- Super foods like barley grass, wheatgrass, chlorella, and spirulina.
- Grains, fresh fruits, and vegetables. These are good sources of lithium, a critical mineral for proper brain activity.
- Protein-rich foods like eggs, soy, fish, beans, nuts, and pork.
- Caffeine, soda, candy, frosting and cake mix, and energy drinks, as excessive sugar, food colour, and caffeine cause symptoms of distractibility and hyperactivity.
- Frozen fruits and vegetables that might have been treated with organophosphates for insect control. Neurologically, this tends to promote behavioural changes that mimic ADHD.
- Fish that are high in mercury, as they tend to develop hyperactivity.
- Fast food, and other processed foods.
- Make to-do lists for home as well as school tasks, and put them up on a board for your child to see and follow.
- Stay organised, so that things are always in the same place.
- Have a set routine for every day of the week, and make sure it is clearly stated on a board or another place where the child can easily see it.
- Give precise tasks or projects that need to be done. Example – “Put the books on the book shelf. Fold and put the clothes in the wardrobe. And then make your bed.” Don’t give an umbrella task like, “Clean your room”.
- Cut down on distractions while the child is performing a task. Even the sound of radio or television is a major distraction for a child who has ADHD.
- Exercise programs for children with ADHD have shown to have helped improve their behaviour as well as memory, by getting them to work upon their brain activity and physical co-ordination.
- Give rewards. We all love to get noticed for our efforts; make sure to let your child know that they are doing an excellent job.
- Stay away from environments that expose your child to lead. While these are important guidelines, self-diagnosis is not a good idea.
If you feel your child might have ADHD, I strongly urge you to take professional medical help and follow all guidelines. It is always better to give your child the required treatment and help, in order to enable him to have a better life even when you are not around. I agree it is often highly frustrating for parents and teachers to deal with a child who has ADHD, but remember it is not a willful act by the child, hence, it is equally and more frustrating for your child. And above all, shower your child with love, reassure him or her that you are in it together, and let your nourishment and encouragement nurture his growth.