Children with ADHD/ADD struggle in school, with friends, and at home because of the mode in which their brain is operating. ADHD/ADD is caused by a brain pattern that is running too slow (underactive as described in the above picture). The slow processing speed causes distractibility, lack of focus, difficulty staying on task, forgetfulness and difficulty following through on intended tasks. This pattern can also lead to anxiety over time and can make it very difficult for children to reach their full potential.
This brain map can be changed and improved. When the slowness is reduced, your child’s mind and body become calmer and more focused. Their performance in school at ability to get themselves organized at home increase while their mood improves from being successful.
ADHD is the most common childhood neurobehavioral challenge. The ADHD Institute has measured the prevalence of ADHD as between 5.29% and 7.1% worldwide with the United States at the upper end of that scale. Many parents feel like they have no other option but to medicate their child. This simply is not true. Research has shown the harmful and damaging effects of stimulant medication on children, even at low doses for average treatment times. Class 2 psychotropic drugs have been used to ease the symptoms of ADHD. Some of the common names of these drugs that you may be more familiar with are Ritalin and Adderal. You may be shocked to find out that these commonly prescribed medications to our children are in the same class of drugs as cocaine and meth-amphetamines. In fact, they are legally classified as Type II controlled substances and the side effects can be devastating ranging from increased aggression, development of motor tics, and irregular heart rate.
Studies also show that if ADHD is not properly treated during childhood, ADHD will persist for life. Children with ADHD grow up to have a higher incidence of big problems in adulthood such as the inability to get and keep a job, substance abuse and addiction, and even higher rates of incarceration.
If your child is diagnosed with ADHD or if you are like many parents we work with who are trying to avoid a diagnosis, call us we can help. At Leigh Brain & Spine, Dr. Trish Leigh will help you change your child’s life path. Dr. Trish is highly trained and will conduct a comprehensive brain-based assessment to determine the root of your child’s attention and behavior challenges and then will guide you in making the best decisions for your child’s long term success.
If you are serious about helping your child with ADHD overcome his challenges without depending on medication for the rest of his life, call us today and we will help you get started.