Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, more commonly known by its acronym ADHD, is a disorder characterized by a very short attention span. It affects about 3 to 5% of the children in the US. It is not just an ailment that children experience but can also affect adults as well.
What Causes ADHD
The following are possible causes of ADHD:
- Drug abuse, smoking, and exposure to toxins during pregnancy. Maternal condition during pregnancy has a lot of effects on the child. Thus, exposure to these harmful chemicals can actually reduce the activity of neurons that, in turn, reduce the production of neurotransmitters.
- Exposure of the child to toxins. When children are exposed to toxins, including secondhand smoke, pollutants, and other toxins, they are at a risk of developing ADHD. Additives in certain food items, including dyes, are also linked to ADHD.
- Altered brain anatomy and function. Some of those diagnosed with ADHD appear to have a different brain anatomy and, thus, different function than ordinary people.
What are the Symptoms of ADHD
The following symptoms often signify that the patient has ADHD:
- Restlessness and very short attention span
- Easily distracted
- No attention to details, often leading to making careless mistakes
- Does not or, at least, does not seem to listen when spoken to
- Experiences problems with organizing activities
- Frequently loses items
- Often runs around even when it’s not appropriate
- Talks excessively
- Fidgets or squirms frequently
- Answers questions quickly, even before the question has been completely asked
- Often interrupts other people games and/or conversations
- Has a difficulty waiting for his/her turn, leading to jumping the line or giving up
- Has difficulty staying quietly and stationary
Home Remedies for ADHD
The following are possible home remedies recommended for ADHD:
- Ginseng. This Chinese herb can reduce stress and has a calming effect.
- Centella Asiatica. This herb stimulates blood flow to the brain and helps improve circulation. It also offers anti-stress and tranquilizing effects.
- Fish oil. This is an essential nutrient that can help balance the chemicals in the body.
- Caffeine. Sometimes, a stimulant like caffeine can actually help counter the symptoms of ADHD. Still, intake should be limited to once a day.
- Green oats. This can help soothe the nerves and the brain.
- Evening primrose oil
- Passion flower
- Fresh lemon balm
- Changing the diet. It is best to cut down on sugars and grains as these could affect the insulin levels in the blood.