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ADD Symptoms and Alternative Treatment

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ADD Symptoms in Children

Courtesy of Gregg Westfall

In this article we are going to look at what ADD stands for, ADD symptoms in children and what kinds of ADD treatment is available.

What Does ADD Stand For?

ADD stands for Attention Deficit Disorder and is now more commonly known as ADHD, which stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. It is fast becoming one of the most commonly diagnosed behavioural disorders in children and young people and it often can persist into adulthood.

 

ADD Symptoms

Before I get into listing ADD symptoms I would like to tell you that there is an online test you can take on behalf of your child, based upon the DSM-5 criteria and other screening measures for ADD/ADHD reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D at:

http://psychcentral.com/quizzes/child-adhd-quiz.htm

According to psychcentral.com  the symptoms of ADD/ADHD can be categorised into 3 sets of behavioural issues. These categories are:

  1. Inatentiveness
  2. Hyperactivity
  3. Impulsiveness

A child with ADD/ADHD may fit into all of these categories which can make it difficult to diagnose. This means that they can have problems at school or at home without anyone realising that the behaviour is out of the child’s control. That’s why it is so important to keep an eye on any behavioural issues that you start to develop. Please don’t just assume that your child is just being naughty. Symptoms usually start before the age of 6.

Symptoms of Inatentiveness in Children:

  • Doesn’t pay attention to details
  • Makes careless mistakes
  • Has trouble staying focused; is easily distracted
  • Appears not to listen when spoken to
  • Has difficulty remembering things and following instructions
  • Has trouble staying organized, planning ahead, and finishing projects
  • Gets bored with a task before it’s completed
  • Frequently loses or misplaces homework, books, toys, or other items

Symptoms of Hyperactivity in Children:

  • Constantly fidgets and squirms
  • Often leaves his or her seat in situations where sitting quietly is expected
  • Moves around constantly, often runs or climbs inappropriately
  • Talks excessively
  • Has difficulty playing quietly or relaxing
  • Is always “on the go,” as if driven by a motor
  • May have a quick temper or a “short fuse”

Symptoms of Impulsiveness in Children:

  • Often blurts out answers before questions have been completed
  • Often has difficulty awaiting turn
  • Often interrupts or intrudes on others (e.g., butts into conversations or games)

 

Causes of ADD/ADHD Symptoms

It’s definitely clear to see that more and more children are presenting with ADD/ADHD symptoms. I always like to look for the cause that is producing symptoms rather than just treating and masking symptoms with drugs. It is heartbreaking to me that children are taking medication for ADD/ADHD  (with some nasty side effects), when there are other options available to them to try first. If only  parents knew about these alternative options and opened their minds to the possibilities that they might just work. Well that’s the reason I am writing this post.

I feel that there are a few underlying causes to the increase in ADD/ADHD symptoms (remember I am not a medical doctor and this is just my opinion). They are:

  • the increase in childhood vaccination
  • diet
  • food allergies 
  • environmental allergies

Vaccinations – Well there is a great deal of controversy surrounding vaccines and maybe this is a topic for another post. Out of fear, I allowed my children to have the very early vaccines but they haven’t had any since they were 4 months old. That was just my choice. I don’t know if it was the right choice but it feels right to me having done hours and hours of research. You might be interested in this post that I wrote about the safety of the Gardisil vaccine. There has been an increase in the amount of vaccines our children are exposed to. Is it a coincidence that there has also been an increase in children presenting ADD/ADHD symptoms? If your child has had vaccines you can help her/him with The Allergy Kit, Allergy Antidotes or by taking them to a NAET Practitioner. The links are below.

Diet –  A 2011 study by the Impact of Nutrition on Children with ADHD (INCA) recommended that “dietary intervention should be considered in all children with ADHD”, and suggested a restricted elimination diet over a period of time.

The subjects of the study, a group of young children with ADHD, followed a restricted elimination diet and nearly two-thirds experienced reduced ADHD symptoms. In the study, their diet was restricted to whole, hypoallergenic foods such as water, rice, turkey, lamb, lettuce, carrots and pears, containing very few if any additives. When they went off the diet, they relapsed.

That’s the drawback of an elimination diet, especially with young children with picky eating habits. I can’t imagine my kids doing an elimination diet!

The Allergy Kit

Food allergies – I think food allergies and not just diet alone could have had an impact on the above study. We can be allergic to absolutely anything and that can cause absolutely any symptoms, so why not the behavioural symptoms associated with ADD/ADHD? I know that people can be allergic to those ‘hypoallergenic’ foods that they used in the study.

Here’s how I define the word ‘allergy’.

Environmental allergies – these can really affect children’s behaviour. Just think of all of the substances our children come in contact with in school, on the way there, or doing activities! Things like ink, dust, paper, cleaning product residues, chlorine whilst swimming which can be absorbed into the body through the skin. And they inhale cleaning product odours, dust, perfumes, body odours, chlorine, exhaust fumes, paint fumes. If they are allergic to any of these, this will produce behavioural symptoms.


 

ADD/ADHD Treatment

For conventional ADD/ADHD treatment there are several sites you can look at including psychcentral.com

I, however don’t always like to do conventional, especially when I have witnessed the positive effects of using unconventional methods!

If you know how to muscle test then I would test everything that your child eats and comes into contact with and then treat with EFT or a laser. If I have lost you here, don’t worry, not many people know how to do either of these things! Here’s what you can do:

*  If you would like to learn techniques to help your child yourself, then I would recommend looking at Sandi Radomski’s Allergy  Antidotes site or take a look at The Allergy Kit website. They both have great results with ADD and ADHD.

*  If you would like to work with a practitioner to help find out what is causing the symptoms and then eliminate the cause, again I would highly recommend Sandi Radomski (she still does private consultations, mostly over the phone so it doesn’t matter where you are). Or you could work with one of the many NAET practitioners who are now based all over the world.

 

What about the Parents?!

Having a child with ADD/ADHD can be overwhelming and stressful for the parents. Our children can quickly pick up on our stress and it can create a never ending cycle that can be hard to break. It’s that good old cause and effect coming into play.

I use a great self help tool called EFT or Tapping. When I am stressed I tap on a few acupressure points whilst noticing and feeling the stress. What I have found is that not only do I calm down quickly but my kids behaviour changes for the better as well. Result!!

Two sites I recommend for more information on EFT/Tapping are:

www.TheTappingSolution – They give you a free guide to Tapping for Stress in exchange for your name and email address.

 www.EFTUniverse.com – They give away a free EFT how-to manual in exchange for your name and email address.

I do hope this post has been valuable to you. I know some of the treatment methods (well most really!) I recommend seem a bit ‘out there’ but I implore you to research them with an open mind. There are so many people in the world who are having success with these methods and it is my intention that you do too.

Does your child have ADD/ADHD. What treatments have you tried? Have they worked? Please leave your comments below and share with anyone you think would benefit from this information.

With love,

Catherine x

 

 

 

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