Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder (ADD/ADHD) is a term that covers a wide variety of symptoms. The most common ones include decreased concentration, poor organizational skills, decreased attention, impulsivity, learning difficulties and restlessness, to name a few.
Many children diagnosed with ADD/ADHD are treated with various medications. Side effects of these types of drugs may include abdominal cramps, insomnia, depression, headache, dizziness, high blood pressure and appetite suppression. Additionally, medication such as Ritalin which is a common stimulant used to treat ADD/ADHD can make patients prone to dependence on the medication.
Naturopathic medicine approaches the treatment of behavioral challenges in children for a holistic point of view. The naturopathic approach to ADD/ADHD may involve establishing optimal nutrition, supplementing where necessary and identifying any food sensitivities/allergies or irritants that could be instigating the symptoms.
While the goal of treatment is not to change who they are as people, there are treatment options to help ease symptoms such as learning difficulties, impulsivity, digestion issues, inattention, difficulty focusing, anxiety, as well as eating habits, coordination, mood and sleep, and finally to help them function optimally.
Contact us today to book an appointment and begin your healing journey with the Yaletown Naturopathic Clinic 604-235-8068.