Mental Health And ADHD

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When a child is inattentive or inclined to day dream (even when you are speaking to them), is easily bored, distracted and has a very short attention span, it is most likely (if ADHD is diagnosed) that this is the ADHD inattentive type. Usually symptoms are taken seriously if they have been present consistently for a period of six months and if they started before the age of seven.

ADHD – 3 Types

According to the handbook used to diagnose ADHD, used by most pediatricians, the three main types of ADHD are the ADHD inattentive, ADHD hyperactive/impulsive and a combined version of the first two. These are set out in the The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, 4th Edition (DSM-IV) which is used by most pediatricians and clinical psychologists these days. Another little known fact is that while the ADHD hyperactive type may gradually disappear as the child grows older, this is not the case for the child suffering from the inattentive type which actually persists into adulthood and can cause severe problems in social and work relationships.

What Is The Cause?

What is the cause of this type of ADHD? Experts tell us that the part of the brain used to galvanise us into action is called the prefrontal cortex. In ADHD inattentive children, this part of the brain actually goes into a rest mode when it should be the main protagonist in spurring the child into action such as doing homework,paying attention to the teacher or doing simple tasks like cleaning their room. Very often, this part of the brain switches off when it is most needed!

Informed Choices

In considering what ADHD medication is the best choice, parents are increasingly aware that all is not well in the pharmaceutical world of psychostimulant drugs. Many children report that the side effects are considerable and very often, we have six or seven year olds still awake after 11.pm as insomnia is a problem with these drugs. There is another downside too in that while some drugs such as Ritalin, Adderall and Concerta will control impulsive snacking, it does lead to a general loss of appetite and children report being very weak. They also fall asleep at the wrong time of the day and cannot get to sleep at night.

Parents will often have to make a choice – they may be alarmed by the side effects of the psychostimulants and will want to opt for a safer gentler treatment which will be just as effective in the end as helping the child through this challenging period. There is a homeopathic natural remedy which has become a bestseller in recent months. It is manufactured by one of the most reputable companies in the USA. If you wish to find out more, the link below this article will provide you with all the answers.