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ADD/ADHD/Memory

  • Are you pulling your hair out in frustration because your child has bad grades in school?
  • Are you sick and tired of the phone calls from teachers?
  • Are you at your rope’s end, afraid that your child will not “make it” in life?
  • Do you worry about giving your child drugs for ADHD?
  • Have the “experts” told you to forget about diet as natural ADHD treatments – that the only way to reach success is through drugs?

Well, you’re not alone. In fact…Most parents don’t want their children using drugs for ADHD. Oh sure, you’ll see improvements using drugs to treat ADHD. Most everyone does. After all, the common drugs used to treat ADD and ADHD are amphetamines which enhance productivity.

But you’ll also discover the brutal truth that ultimately reaches you…these improvements are only temporary. Once you stop taking the ADHD drugs, the symptoms reappear. You might also discover that these drugs have side effects. And, over time the body requires you to take more and more to reach the same results as the body develops a tolerance to the drugs.

98% of people with ADHD will NEVER see significant and lasting changes by following the “conventional” routes of treating ADD and ADHD.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder — also referred to ADD or ADHD — is a biological, brain based condition that is characterized by poor attention and distractibility and/or hyperactive and impulsive behaviors. It is one of the most common mental disorders that develop in children. Symptoms may continue into adolescence and adulthood. If left untreated, ADHD can lead to poor school/work performance, poor social relationships and a general feeling of low self esteem.

The most prevalent symptoms of ADHD are inattention and distractibility and/or hyperactive and impulsive behaviors. Difficulties with concentration, mental focus, and inhibition of impulses and behaviors are chronic and pervasive and impair an individual’s daily functioning across various settings — home, school or work, in relationships, etc.

While no one really knows what causes ADHD, it is generally agreed by the medical and scientific community that ADHD is biological in nature. Many believe that it results from a chemical imbalance in the brain.  A lot of today’s research suggests that genetics plays a major role in ADHD. It has been generally considered that approx. 50% of ADHD cases can be explained by genetics. It is obvious that not every case of ADHD can be explained by genetics though. It would seem that there are other causal agents at work. There is a strongly held belief by some people that additives and food allergies cause the behavioral symptoms of ADHD.

Investigators have suggested that some of the following could be responsible for ADHD symptoms:

Today, stimulants (such as Ritalin) have become widely used in the treatment of ADHD children. It is suspected that stimulants works through the release of powerful chemical messengers in the brain called neurotransmitters. Below is the clinical information on this powerful narcotic.

Methylphenidate

Brand name: Ritalin

Warnings

Methylphenidate should not be used in children under 6 years of age, since safety and efficacy in this age group have not been established.(Right off of there web page!)

Adverse Effects

Nervousness and insomnia are the most common adverse reactions reported with methylphenidate but are usually controlled by reducing dosage and omitting the drug in the afternoon or evening. Decreased appetite is also common but usually transient.

Central and Peripheral Nervous System:
Dizziness, drowsiness, headache, and dyskinesia may occur. Isolated cases of the following have been reported: hyperactivity, convulsions, muscle cramps, choreo-athetoid movements, tics, or exacerbation of pre-existing tics, Tourette’s syndrome, and psychotic episodes including hallucinations which subsided when methylphenidate was discontinued. Psychic dependence in emotionally unstable persons has occurred rarely with chronic treatment. Although a definite causal relationship has not been established, isolated cases of transient depressed mood have been reported.

Symptoms of visual disturbances have been encountered in rare cases. Difficulties with accommodation and blurring of vision have been reported.

Gastrointestinal:
Nausea and abdominal pain may occur at the start of treatment and may be alleviated if taken with food.

Cardiovascular:
Palpitations, blood pressure and pulse changes (both up and down), tachycardia, angina and cardiac arrhythmias.

Skin and/or Hypersensitivity:
Rash, pruritus, urticaria, fever, arthralgia, and alopecia. Isolated cases of exfoliative dermatitis, erythema multiforme with histopathological findings of necrotizing vasculitis, and thrombocytopenic purpura.

 

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