Natural Treatment for ADD

Natural Remedies

 

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is one of the most well-known behavioral and neurological conditions. Many children are diagnosed with ADD every year. Now commonly referred to as inattentive ADHD, there is no formal test that diagnoses inattentive. Inattentive ADHD is often treated with medications such as stimulants, antidepressants, and Clonidine. However, there are more natural treatment methods being discovered and successfully used in children and adults with inattentive ADHD. So, what exactly is inattentive ADHD, and how can it be naturally treated?

 

What is Inattentive ADHD?

 

Inattentive ADHD (formerly ADD) is a behavioral and neurological disorder that has been diagnosed in over 6.4 million American children. Inattentive ADHD essentially refers to someone who has trouble focusing their concentration but shows no behavior marked by hyperactivity and impulsivity.

 

Those with inattentive ADHD often:

 

Traditional Treatments

  • are easily distracted
  • are forgetful
  • struggle to follow directions
  • do not finish tasks
  • lose or misplace important things
  • make seemingly careless mistakes

 

 

Typical treatments for those with inattentive ADHD include a mixture of medications and therapy. The most common medications used to treat inattentive ADHD are stimulants like Adderall. Adderall is a combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine, two neurochemicals which the brains of those with ADHD do not sufficiently produce. Psychotherapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and family therapy are often paired with medications to produce the most successful results.

 

Natural Treatments

 

These more general ways of treating inattentive ADHD don’t work for everyone, and many parents and adults with ADD/ADHD are looking for ways to naturally treat symptoms. Some doctors now recommend that lights in the home be replaced with full-spectrum bulbs to curb light deficiency, which might theoretically help children focus better.

 

Some children are sensitive to food additives like flavors, colors, and preservatives. While this requires more study, it might be beneficial to keep children with ADD/ADHD on a diet that limits their intake of food additives. Many children and adults have natural nutrient deficiencies that can cause inattentiveness. Those with low levels of amino acids might have lower levels of neurotransmitters, and elevated levels of amino acids might lead to excessive amounts of neurotransmitters. Artificial sweeteners like aspartame have been linked to amino acid abnormalities.

 

 

Sticking to a healthy diet with as few processed foods and drinks thrown into the mix can be beneficial for those with ADD/ADHD. Of course, a doctor should be consulted before starting any child on a dietary program or any medication or supplement.

Adderall Psychosis: What You Need to Know

Medication

Adderall is a stimulant medication, which means that it increases activity within the central nervous system. It consists of dextroamphetamine as well as amphetamine. These chemicals stimulate the brain and nerves, which are responsible for hyperactivity and impulse control. Typically, it is prescribed for ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) as well as narcolepsy. It is sometimes used for other conditions as well. Adderall psychosis is a lot like any psychosis induced by a psychoactive stimulant drug. Actually, the psychotic effects of this drug are also known as stimulant psychosis.

Adderall Side Effects 

  • Loss of appetite as well as weight loss
  • Stomach upset and pain
  • Negative mood changes and nervousness
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Dizziness and headache
  • Sleep abnormalities

Side Effects that May be Dangerous

  • Hallucination
  • Hostility
  • Aggressions
  • Digit pain (fingers and toes) and color changes
  • Abnormal muscle pain and tenderness
  • Fever
  • Lethargy
  • Dark urine
  • Adderall psychosis

Occasionally, a user will abuse enough of the drug to induce a temporary psychosis. Approximately 20% of Adderall users will encounter this condition.There may actually be a correlation between schizophrenia and this condition. Relatives of amphetamine users who have suffered from amphetamine psychosis are more likely to be diagnosed with schizophrenia than are relatives of amphetamine users who do not experience psychosis. However, schizophrenia is chronic whereas Adderall psychosis is finite and acute.

Symptoms of Adderall Psychosis

  • Auditory hallucinations
  • Delusions
  • Visual disturbances
  • Agitation

Treatment for Adderall Psychosis

Treatment for Adderall Psychosis usually consists of the treatment of symptoms that are undesirable. Supportive care may involve hydration maintenance as well as body temperature, heart rate monitoring, and blood pressure. Antipsychotics may be used to help lessen mental stress.

Other Stimulant Psychosis

Usually, this type of psychosis is only caused by drugs in the amphetamine and substituted amphetamine classes of stimulants. This excludes coffee, nicotine, and cocaine, but includes cathinones such as bath salts, ephedra, and MDMA. It typically occurs when people use high doses or abuse these drugs.

If you have trouble with any stimulants or any medication, it is imperative that you seek help. Whether that is calling a drug abuse hotline, seeking formal treatment, or going to Narcotics Anonymous, finding help for your addiction is the most important thing you can do.

Amphetamines: What You Need to Know

Medication

We would like to share this infographic from The Recovery Village on the history of amphetamines in our country.

As you can see above, amphetamines have had an interesting history in the United States–from being a weight loss tool to the creation of the extremely harmful methamphetamines. Now, amphetamines do have a positive use in the treatment of ADHD in medications such as Adderall and Vyvanse. While these medications do have positive and healthy uses, they also have a high potential for abuse.

These medications stimulate areas of the brain. On patients that have ADD or ADHD, the areas of the brain that are not functioning properly will be stimulated so that the person is able to focus. Without ADD or ADHD, however, the stimulation of the brain causes energy or hyperactivity. For this reason, Adderall has become a popular medication for college students to abuse. It’s also easy for individuals with substance abuse tendencies to abuse the medication even if they are prescribed it for legitimate attention issues.

If you or someone you love is abusing medications like these, the effect can be similar to a meth addiction. It’s essential that you get help and seek treatment for your addiction. It also may be necessary for you to realize that just because a drug is legal and comes with a prescription does not mean that it cannot be dangerous or addictive.

4 Natural Remedies for ADD and ADHD

Natural Remedies

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) are conditions that are often treated by physicians with medications like Adderall, Strattera, and Dexamphetamine. Critics of these medications say that they actually do more harm than good and are being pushed on patients too frequently as a result of big pharmaceutical companies wanting to turn a profit. Physicians are encouraged by these companies to prescribe these medications, and often they can be overprescribed.

So are there any natural alternatives for this disorder? Yes, there are.

1. Avoid foods that contain preservatives and food colorings

Studies have shown that certain preservatives and food colorings may actually lead to an increase in hyperactive behavior. These include sodium benzoate (typically found in salad dressings, fruit juice products, and carbonated drinks); FD&C Yellow No. 5 (found in pickles, yogurt, and cereal); FD&C Yellow No. 6 (found in cereal, candy, and soft drinks); D&C Yellow No. 10 (found in sorbets and juices); FD&C Red No. 40 (found in ice cream, gelatin, and sodas).

2. EEG Biofeedback

Electroencephalographic (EEG) biofeedback is a sort of neurotherapy that actually measures brain waves. A biofeedback specialist will work with you during a session to teach new focus techniques.

3. Supplements

Studies have shown that supplements such as magnesium, zinc, L-carnitive, and vitamin B-6 have all had promising results when it comes to decreasing symptoms of ADD and ADHD. However, you should always consult your physician before you begin any supplements so that he or she can suggest the best supplements for your unique situations.

4. Yoga, tai chi, and meditation

Studies have shown that techniques learned in yoga and tai chi classes or techniques used during meditation have improved many focus issues for a number of individuals. There may be many other benefits associated with beginning a meditation practice or beginning a yoga or tai chi class such as having a more peaceful outlook and being less stressed and anxious.

So before trying a potentially harmful and addictive medication, it may be worth it to give these techniques a try. They have shown to have positive results in many cases.

7 Ways Technology Can Help Your ADD or ADHD

Technology

Technology can be your friend if you want it to be. There are many great mobile apps, computer apps, software, and browser extensions that are incredibly helpful for both children and adults with ADD and ADHD. These apps promote better focus, organization, time management, etc. Have a look at our favorites:

1. Freedom

Freedom blocks you from the internet for a certain block of time. This will prevent you from surfing the web and getting lost down a rabbit hole, which can easily happen to those that have attention issues.

2. RescueTime

If you are looking for ways to better manage your time, it is helpful to know how you are spending it. RescueTime helps you to have more awareness of the ways in which you are spending your time on the computer, which can be extremely helpful. This app can also block certain sites after a certain amount of time. For example, if you only want to spend half an hour on Facebook each day, it will block it after this time.

3. Evernote

This app allows you to capture various information, categorize it with tags, and store it in easy to find “notebooks”. This can help you to stay on track of the files that you are saving to your computer and your phone.

4. Unroll.me

This is a free service that will help you to clean up and organize your e-mail. It will take all o the listservs and newsletters and roll them into one daily digest. And it will unsubscribe you from e-mails you don’t want to receive.

5. 30/30

30/30 is both a to-do list and a timer. This app will remind you how much time you have set for yourself for a certain task and when the time is almost up.

6. Dragon Naturally Speaking

For many individuals with ADD and ADHD, our brains move faster than we can write. For this, voice dictation can be an excellent tool. The best software for voice dictation is Dragon Naturally Speaking.

7. Unstuck

Whenever your ADHD brain gets into a knot, this app will help you to undo it. The app uses cognitive behavioral therapy principles to help you to better identify your thoughts and feelings.

So there you have it. 7 ways technology can be your friend. What are some of your favorite apps or helpful software? Tell us about it in the comments.