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Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)

              Attention Deficit Disorder
An attention-deficit disorder  is a developmental disorder characterized by developmentally inappropriate degrees of inattention, overactivity, and impulsivity. Symptoms are neurologically-based, arise in early childhood, and are chronic in nature in most cases. Symptoms are not due to gross neurological impairment, sensory impairment, language or motor impairment, mental retardation, or emotional disturbance.

Three main traits characterize : (1) poor sustained attention or vigilance; (2) impulsivity or difficulty delaying gratification; and (3) hyperactivity or poorly regulated activity. Increased variability of task performance and problems complying with rules are often key features.
What are some signs of inattention?
  • Difficulty following instructions
  • Difficulty sustaining attention
  • Loses things necessary for tasks
  • Insufficient attention to details
  • Appears disorganized
  • Makes careless mistakes
  • Appears sluggish/drowsy
  • Appears forgetful
  • Often engages in daydreaming rather than attending
  • Appears apathetic, unmotivated to complete tasks
  • Appears "spacey," preoccupied
  • Appears confused, lost in thought
What are some signs of overactivity-impulsivity?
  • Difficulty awaiting turn
  • Interrupts/intrudes
  • Blurts out answers
  • Difficulty playing quietly
  • Difficulty remaining seated
  • Excessive writhing or squirming
  • Fidgeting
  • Excessive talking
How prevalent is ?
Attention-deficit disorders affect approximately 3-5% of the childhood population. It has been estimated that 50-80% continue some degree of symptomatology into adulthood.
What is the difference between an Attention-Deficit Disorder and an Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder?
with and without hyperactivity are separate and unique childhood disorders. They are not subtypes of an identical attention disturbance. It has been noted that children with /-H are more frequently described as depressed, learning disabled, or "lazy" while children with /+H are more frequently labeled as conduct or behavior disordered.
Sometimes, an Adult or Child is labeled as... unmotivated or mentally slow, or having Attention Ddeficit Disorder (ADD). When it could be nutritional, rather than emotionally or intellectually based.
Maybe you can draw, but can not do math..  
Maybe you can do math but can't draw......
Who is to say what is important.... 
 We need both!
Many of my Clients(Adults and Kids) have ADD, and additionly have been labled hyperactive. They are sucked into "this is how you  should be" syndrome. Some have lost loved ones because of it. Some have almost had their livers destroyed by Ritalin.
There are some things that can be done nutritionally, that can help you ...
Understanding, More Fully the Brain...
Our body is a highly developed machine, just as any other machine it needs a constant supply of energy or fuel.
  (For instance, you wouldn't put apple juice in your gas tank and expect great performance!)
It also needs to be kept free from impurities (After all what would happen to the engine if sugar or dirt got into the gas?)
It is not hard to convince people that their car is not working properly because it doesn't have enough gas, or there is a foreign substance in the engine. But when it is suggested that the brain would function more efficiently if given the right circumstances, people scoff. Still studies show that eating a good breakfast, you will do better at work and  in school.
The brain is usually only 1/50th of an average person's body weight yet it receives 1/5 of all the blood. It is not hard to conclude that the brain is in constant need of proper nutrients. It is, therefore, important to ensure that the needed properties are in that blood.
Mentally retarded children given large doses of B-complex vitamins, trace minerals, and vitamin A boosted their IQ an almost unbelievable 10.2%..."
However, if you ask your doctor if it is possible to increase IQ with nutrition, he will probably tell you that it cannot be done.
Many parents want their children to have good tools for school. Pencils, notebooks and organizers. The best of tools you can offer your child is a brain working at maximum efficiency.
There has been very favorable results by those who take the herb Gotu Kola concentrate ATC (called the memory herb) in conjunction with Blessed Thistle (draws oxygen and nutrients to the brain) and Gingko/Hawthorn (helps circulation).
Added suggestions have been minerals (preferably colloidal) and Flax seed oil or Evening primrose oil (taken with a protein) as well as B-complex. You can add Spirulina, Which help protect nerve tissues and manufacture neurotransmitters. Also a Vitamin C deficiency is shown to diminish alertness.
Poor digestion is thought to be a culprit also. Try Safflowers.
Try starting out on Gotu Kola concentrate, Blessed Thistle, Grapine, Flaxseed oil, Colloidal Minerals, Stress-J and Spirulina. It seems like a lot, it cost a lot, but may truly be worth it.
There is one more thing you can do for you or your loved one...  With all the pressures put on you it may be hard, But the most important thing you can do is stay ion a place of LOVE, Love unconditionally, and Celebrate who you are. You may not be our next Einstein, but you may be our next Michael Angelo or Mother Theresa!

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