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:
- 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.
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.