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Attention Deficit Disorder or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is essentially a dysfunction of the Central Nervous System (CNS). It is felt to be related to a problem in the Reticular Activating System (RAS), which results in difficulties of maintaining attention and concentration, learning and memory, as well as involving an inability to process and sort out incoming information or stimulus from both an inner (subjective) and outer (objective) worlds. It may manifest itself in undue passivity or inattentiveness, or unruly, uncontrollable, aggressive hyperactivity in an affected child and disorganization in a child or an adult. Interestingly, some of the Worlds most influential people were speculated to have ADHD.

If the person you are interested in has eight or more of the below listed traits, then it is advised that you make an appointment with your physician for a possible ADD/ADHD disorder. (I realize that some of these traits may describe many of us on certain days) >


1: Gives up easily on tasks, assignments and self-interests.

2: Poor reality testing skills, and avoidant of reason or logic.

3: Poorly developed skills of integration, interpolation and extrapolation.

4: Poor skills of attention and concentration, unable to sustain focus of interest.

5: Difficulties in short term and long term memory acquisition and management.

6: Difficulty in making up their mind, or making choices without undue anxiety.

7: Poor planning abilities, unable to follow through consistently or complete tasks.

8: Difficulty in differentiating between competing, extraneous stimulation.

9: Easily distracted from tasks, conversations or social interactions.

10: Often over-stimulated and over-sensitized to their surroundings.

11: Poor listening skills, often interrupts others, abruptly changes topic.

12: Overly excitable, reactive and easily perseverating from one situation to another.

13: Inability to manage emotional responses, temper tantrums.

14: Easily frustrated, emotionally labile/unstable leading to immediate changeable moods and behavioral inconsistencies.

15: Often hyperactive, fidgety,overwhelmed with feelings of restlessness.

16: Inability to maintain appropriate social conduct, often disruptive in school.

17: Experiences difficulty in following instructions and guidance.

18: Impatient, continuing difficulties in delaying gratification.

19: Overlydemanding, may become self-destructive and aggressive.

20: Poor sleep patterns, often not rested, angry or despondent upon rising.


ADHD is felt to be secondary to a possible metabolic dysfunction of the Reticular Activating System. The RAS is the center of consciousness that coordinates learning and memory, and which normally supplies the appropriate neural connections necessary for information processing and clear, non-stressful attention. When abnormalities exist in this particular area of the brain, it may interfere with the efficient processing of information, and frustrate the child or adult.

There are many things that may be of some benefit to people with ADHD. I can only go into some of them.

 

Essential Fatty Acids (EFA) have been linked to brain health, including ADHD, depression, Alzheimer’s Disease and infant development. Researchers found not only a Docosohexanoic acid (DHA) deficiency in Alzheimer's sufferers (Conquer, J. et al. Lipids, 2000), but found that fish oil supplementation may be a promising alternative to standard antipsychotic drugs used in schizophrenic patients (Joy, C. et al. Cochrane Data Sys Rev, 2000). Omega 3deficiency was prevalent in a study conducted on patients with minor and major depression, indicating an abnormal intake or skewed metabolism of EFAs in major depression (Maes, M. et al. J Affect Disord, 1996). Omega 3 EFAs, like DHA, increased the rate of transmission of a brain wave linked to memory and learning and ADHD. This improved transmission slows down the progression of dementia (memory loss) (Intl Conf on Highly Unsat Fat Acids in Nutr and Dis Prevent, Barcelona, 1996). Deficiency of omega 3 fatty acids has been linked to behavior and sleep problems in children between ages 6 to 12 years (Stevens, S. et al. Physiol Behav, 1996). New born infants are deficient in DHA and breast milk is a good source of DHA and scientists have discovered that breast fed children had higher IQ scores (For additional details see our powerpoint presentation in our Educational Resources section on "The Skinny on Essential Fatty Acids"

 

There are some supplements that may increase seretonin levels which are speculated to be of some benefit in people with ADHD. Supplements like vitamin B12, B6, B3 - the B group vitamins, but particularly B12.

 

I also highly recommend Body Language Vitamin Co. Anti-age Energy, Antioxidant, and MVI formulae to supply just about everything you need to help from a nutritional standpoint.

 

Extracts from St Johns Wort may be of some benefit for some people. One of the primary phytochemicals in St Johns Wort is Hyperforin. Hyperforin has been shown to exhibit antidepressant activity. Muruganandam AV, Bhattacharya SK , Ghosal S. Antidepressant activity of hyperforin conjugates of the St. John's wort, Hypericum perforatumLinn.: an experimental study. Indian J Exp Biol. 2001 Dec; 39(12):1302-4.

Research demonstrates that hyperforin - like many prescription antidepressants - inhibits the reuptake of the neurotransmitters norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine. Laakmann G, Jahn G, Schule C. Hypericum perforatum extract in treatment of mild to moderate depression.Clinical and pharmacological aspects. Nervenarzt 2002 Jul;73(7):600-12.  All three of these compounds are naturally found in the brain and regulate mood and emotion. They are called "neurotransmitters" because they are chemical messengers that transmit information between nerve cells. An imbalance of serotonin, norepinephrine, and/or dopamine can cause ADHD (some speculation) as well as depression.   By acting as a "reuptake inhibitor", hyperforin increases the levels of these neurotransmitters in the brain, which can improve mood and restore emotional balance. -Mayer R, Gleitz J. Effects of long-term administration of hypericum extracts on the affinity and density of the central serotonergic 5-HT1 A and 5-HT2A receptors. Pharmacopsychiatry 1997 Sep;30 Suppl 2:113-6.
(4) Calapai G, Crupi A, Firenzuoli F, et al. Effects of Hypericum perforatum on levels of 5-hydroxytryptamine, noradrenaline and dopamine in the cortex, diencephalon and brainstem of the rat. J Pharm Pharmacol 1999 Jun;51(6):723-8.
Hyperforin also inhibits the reuptake of GABA, a neurotransmitter that increases relaxation and has anti-anxiety properties.

The natural hormone Pregnenolone may aid in memory retention. Pregnenolone is also important for neural genesis, growth and reconfiguration. Pregnenolone sulfate has cortisol neutralizing effects, with age cortisol affects brain leading to depression in early stage Alzheimers. Preg S enhances post training memory processes (Flood 1995)


There are many other natural compounds that may be of some benefit.

  • DMAE: (2-di-methylaminoethanol) releases acetylcholine from nerve terminals in the brain and increases brain choline,
  • DMAEII ( dimethylaminoethanol cyclohexyl carboxylate fumurate) simiar action as DMAE (Ferris 1977)
  • Choline (eggs and liver) vital to acetylcholine prod, may help with memory (de la Morena 1991)
  • Ginkgo biloba
  • Gotu kola
  • Acetyl-l-carnitine
  • Alpha lipoic acid
  • Phosphatidylserine
  • Pantothenic acid ( Vit B5)
  • Salvia miltiorrhiza (Used since 206 B.C.) stimulates circulation and promotes healing. Sedative and reduces irritability, prevented age-related learning problems (Nomura 1997)
  • Paullinia cupana (Contains caffeine, leads to increased physical activity, enhanced memory in mice ( Espinola 1997)

 

There are many other things from diet and exercise to meditation, hypnotherapy and acupuncture that may help to varying degrees.   It is always advisable to seek medical attention prior to delving into the alternatives to verify that there is not a dangerous problem that could be missed.

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