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ADD & ADHD: Possible Causes
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ADD/ADHD & School
health professionals often state that ADD/ADHD is a brain-based biological
disorder caused by a brain chemical imbalance, there is simply
no reliable test to prove this -- no physical or chemical abnormality validates
ADHD as a medical disease.
accepting a diagnosis of ADD or ADHD, parents should rule out other conditions
that show similar behavior symptoms.
and sensitivities to
food (dairy, grains, peanuts, food dye) and the environment (grass,
pollen, animal dander), can affect behavior.
Exposure to toxins can cause
hyperactivity, attention deficits, irritability, and
problems. Children are more vulnerable to toxins than adults. Toxins
include pesticides, gasoline fumes, herbicides, disinfectants, furniture
polishes, air fresheners, synthetic rugs and carpets, and beds made of
synthetic materials and/or dust-laden homes.
to high lead levels,
even in the absence of clinical lead poisoning, is the leading cause of
toxin-induced hyperactivity. Research shows that children with even
mildly elevated lead levels suffer from reduced IQs, attention deficits,
and poor school performance.
Fluoride is a toxic
chemical that has been linked with increased lead absorption,
disabilities, attention disorders, hyperactivity,
teeth, decreased fertility, bone loss, and decreased I.Q. Fluoride is
found in most toothpastes and has been added to many area water
of children each year are exposed to toxic levels and poisoned by
monoxide each year. Sources of this gas include heaters and other
gas appliances, such as fireplaces, dryers, and water heaters.
who are experiencing emotional stress (such as being
school, divorce or death in family,
abuse) most often display ADHD
behavior. Emotionally-stressed children can experience sleeping
problems, sadness, and they develop physical symptoms, especially if they
think those symptoms will keep them home from school. Often they can't
concentrate in class, partly because they are worried and partly because
they are suffering from sleep deprivation.
dealing with spirited children, the problem usually does not lie
with the child but with society's perception of what normal childhood
behavior is. Many normal children, according to some people, display
ADHD behavior not because they are hyperactive or lack sufficient
attention spans but because the person forming the opinion has
unrealistic standards of how a child should behave.
children often display
ADHD behavior because most of the time they are bored with school and
what other kids their age are doing. Behaviors associated with
giftedness are poor attention, boredom, daydreaming, low tolerance for
persistence on tasks that seem irrelevant, power struggles, and high
activity level. They may need less sleep compared to other
children, and they may question rules, customs, and traditions. If
your child scores above average on IQ tests, aces exams, has no trouble
with homework, has no apparent learning disabilities, and primarily
exhibits his or her problems mostly at school, seeking a more
challenging class or school may help.
alcohol syndrome (FAS)
describes the damage done to children's brains and bodies when their
mothers drink heavily during pregnancy. It is the leading form
of mental retardation today. Prenatal alcohol impairment, however,
also comes in a milder form called fetal alcohol effects (FAE).
Children with FAE often don't look disabled, and they tend to score in
the low-normal or even normal range of intelligence, but their
mal-developed brains cause them to exhibit a wide range of behavior
problems, including hyperactivity, attention problems,
disorders, and ethical problems such as
stealing, lying, and cheating.
Style or Learning Disabilities
are often the cause of inattention and acting-out behavior. Children
with a diagnosis of ADHD are typically kinesthetic learners and have
difficulty with sitting at a desk doing pencil-and-paper work. When
children think of themselves as 'stupid', 'lazy', or 'slow' and are seen
as such, they often will be disruptive in school (e.g., class clown,
(Central Auditory processing Disorder)
will sometimes occur in children who
have had a history of ear infections and/or PE tubes. Symptoms
include distractibility, inability to follow a set of verbal instructions,
and 'spacing out'.
is thought to be the inefficient neurological processing of information
received through the senses, causing problems with learning, development,
and behavior. These children are over-sensitive or under-sensitive dealing
in touch, taste, smell, sound, or sight.
syndrome is a rare but
disruptive condition. It involves multiple tics (small, repetitive muscle
movements), usually facial tics with grimacing and blinking. Tics may also
occur in the shoulders and arms. This is usually accompanied by loud
vocalizations, which may include grunts or noises, or uncontrollable
(compulsive) use of obscenities or short phrases. The tics are worse
during emotional stress and are absent during sleep. The cause is unknown.
It occurs most often in boys, and may begin around age 7 or 8 or not until
the child is in his or her late teens or early twenties. It may, at times,
run in families. This disorder can be mistaken for not being able to sit
still or impulsive behavior.
of Candida albicans (yeast infection) cause
hyperactivity in children. Most children who do suffer from Candida
infestations have some underlying problem frequently an immune disorder,
or a disorder affecting carbohydrate metabolism that alters blood sugar
levels. Candida infestations are now thought to be a common
condition throughout the population.
bacteria, better known as 'strep', can
cause rheumatic fever and a movement disorder known as Sydenham's chorea
if left untreated. Recurrent infections can also lead to a group of
symptoms collectively known as PANDAS (Pediatric autoimmune
neuropsychiatric disorders). Some symptoms of PANDAS include obsessive-compulsive behavior,
syndrome, hyperactivity, cognitive
problems, and fidgeting.
(low blood sugar) can stem from thyroid disorders, liver or pancreatic
problems, adrenal gland abnormalities, or insufficient diet.
mild forms of genetic disorders can go unnoticed in children and
display some of the same symptoms of ADHD. Mild forms of Turner's
syndrome, sickle-cell anemia, and Fragile X syndrome are some
examples. Almost any genetic disorder can cause hyperactivity or
other behavior problems, even if the disorder isn't normally linked to
such problems. Many genetic diseases disrupt brain functions directly,
through a variety of paths. A simple blood test can rule out genetic
commonly overlooked cause of ADHD behavior is the absence seizure. During an absence seizure, the brain's normal activity shuts down. The
child stares blankly, sometimes rotates his eyes upward, and occasionally
blinks or jerks repetitively, he drops objects from his hand, and there
may be some mild involuntary movements known as automatisms. The attack
lasts for a few seconds and then it is over as rapidly as it begins. If
these attacks occur dozens of times each day, they can interfere with a
child's school performance and be confused by parents and teachers with
injuries, such as
post-concussion syndrome, have symptoms that include irritability, mood
swings, memory problems, depression, and sleeping problems.
spinal problems can cause ADHD behavior because, if the spine is
not connected to the brain properly, nerves from the spinal cord can give
the brain all of signals at once making a child rambunctious and full of
drugs (both prescription and illegal)
can cause the brain to atrophy, leading to disturbed cognition and
behavior. If your child routinely takes prescription or
over-the-counter medications for asthma, hay fever, allergies, headaches,
or any other condition, consider the possibility that the drugs are
causing or contributing to behavior problems.
possible causes of ADHD behavior are:
or improper diet (e.g., B-vitamin deficiency, iron deficiency); lack
of exercise; lack
of sleep; viral
or bacterial infections; early-onset
MATH AND SCIENCE CLASSES
you're a parent looking to help your son or daughter with his/her
grade 7-12 math or science classes,
Hidden Food Allergies: The Essential Guide to Uncovering Hidden Food
Allergies -- and Achieving Permanent Relief
by James Braly, M.D.
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Hidden Food Allergies
offers the key to permanent allergy-free health without the need for
medication or unnecessarily restrictive diets. In this
valuable book, leading medical authority on nutrition Dr. James
Braly identifies the most common allergens, helps you diagnose an
allergy, and provides a full action plan for allergy relief.
The Gift of ADHD: How to Transform Your Child's Problems Into
by Lara Honos-Webb
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While most people are
familiar with the dramatic behavioral symptoms of ADHD — severe
inattention and impulsiveness — there is a less-reported flip side:
children with ADHD exhibit exceptional strengths that Honos-Webb
sees as opportunities.
Boundaries with Teens: When To Say
Yes, How To Say No
by John Townsend
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To help teenagers grow into healthy adults,
parents and youth workers need to teach them how to take responsibility for
their behavior, their values, and their lives. Dr. Townsend shows parents
how to bring control to an out-of-control family life, how to set limits and still be loving parents,
how to define legitimate boundaries for the family, how to instill in teens a godly
He gives important keys for establishing healthy boundaries — the
bedrock of good relationships, maturity, safety, and growth for
teens and the adults in their lives. The book offers help in
raising your teens to take responsibility for their actions,
attitudes, and emotions.
Overcoming ADHD Without Medication: A Parent and
for Youth, Children and Natural Psychology
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guide and book on how parents and teachers can help
children overcome symptoms of ADHD without
stimulants or other medication. Overcoming
ADHD Without Medication was developed through
years of research, as well as field work in the
public school system, and in working with individual
students in private tutoring. The concepts
presented here are effective, and can help most
children to overcome symptoms of ADHD without ever
needing to take psychiatric medications.
Parents for Label and Drug Free Education ~ Grassroots organization made
up of parents and professionals outraged over the pervasive and ever-growing drugging of our
~ International online ADD/ADHD support, information, and resources community.
ADDA ~ Attention Deficit Disorder Association ~
Information and resources on treatment, research, and
issues of relationships, parenting, and post-secondary education.
Deficit Disorder in Europe ~ Links to European ADD/ADHD sites.
CH.A.D.D. Online ~ Children and
Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder
nation's largest ADD organization with local chapters.
Hidden Relationship Between CHADD & The Drug Company.
~ An organization of families and professionals dedicated to
helping children and adults apply proven
dietary techniques for better behavior, learning and health.
A.D.D. Place - The Attention Deficit
Disorder (ADHD & LD) Community ~ Virtual neighborhood with information
relating to ADD, ADHD and Learning Disorders (LD).
~ Promotes biomedical and nutritional approaches that
help children and adults suffering from moderate to severe learning disorders,
including ADD, ADHD, PDD, and autism.
Does It Really Exist?
~ ADD has grown from a
malady known only to a few cognitive researchers and special educators into a
ADHD and Food Allergies ~ A large
number of ADHD children may be having a negative response to food, and this
response may be the primary cause of their ADHD.
Deficit Disorder: A Dubious Diagnosis? ~ From PBS's The Merrow Report,
suggesting that the ADD/ADHD epidemic is a result of a long-term, unpublicized
financial relationship between the company that manufactures Ritalin and CHADD,
the nation's largest ADD/ADHD support organization.
Deficit Disorder and Hyperactivity Success ~ The majority of cases are
caused by an immune defect and allergies to food additives, preservatives,
chemicals, or inhalants.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
~ People with ADHD are much more likely than the general population to have
other related conditions such as
disorders, restless legs syndrome, ophthalmic convergence insufficiency,
disorder, antisocial personality
disorder, substance abuse disorder,
conduct disorder, and obsessive-compulsive
behavior. People with ADHD are also more likely than the general population to
have a family member with ADHD or one of the related conditions.
to Explore! The Other Side of ADD
~ The goal of this site
is to consider the many possible sources of ADD-like behaviors, including
natural temperament traits, diet, and other factors, because there is rarely a
case of "pure" ADD.
Damage Detected in Children with Attention Deficit Disorder and Learning
Learning disabilities and attention deficits
can result from subtle brain damage caused by a variety of common environmental
chemical exposures in today's "modern" society.
Hyperactivity Traced to Colon Problem
connection between behavior and chronic constipation in children is not
Children with ADHD benefit from time outdoors enjoying nature ~ Kids with attention deficit hyperactive
disorder (ADHD) should spend some quality after-school hours and weekend time
outdoors enjoying nature.
Coincidence of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Creativity
~ Creative and gifted individuals often
have behavior that could be interpreted as the inattention, impulsivity, and
hyperactivity of ADHD.
Culture vs. Biology: What Causes AD/HD? ~ A doctor
weighs in on the controversial theory that our fast-paced, stressed-out,
consumer-driven lives cause AD/HD.
~ This letter, written by 11 psychologists/members, refutes three deceptive
statements made by the American Psychological Association in their brochure on
ADHD. They asked that the brochure be revised before being released to the
public. Their letter was ignored.
ADHD, and Behavior ~ In a review
of two dozen scientific studies, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI)
contends that food dyes and certain foods can adversely affect children’s
behavior. CSPI, in this 32-page report, charges that federal agencies,
professional organizations, and the food industry ignore the growing evidence
that diet affects behavior.
Fine Line Between ADHD and Kinesthetic Learners
~ Increasing numbers of
children are routinely placed on ”trials” of Ritalin, without first ruling
out other factors that could be causing apparent ADHD symptoms. A kinesthetic
learner may not need medication so much as innovative teaching methods.
Emotional Causes for ADHD ~ Children
that are hyperactive often have not been allowed to heal from traumas in their
past. As a result, they develop what we call a control pattern to distract them
from their emotional pain. Children that are hyperactive use their
constant movement as a way to distract them from emotional issues that they need
to heal from. They have needs that we as adults have misunderstood or have been
unwilling to accommodate. Constant movement and interaction with their
environment keeps them from settling down long enough to feel the painful
feelings inside them.
Oils and Attention Deficit Disorder
~ There is considerable evidence that ADHD is linked to a fatty acid deficiency
Food Dyes May Exacerbate Hyperactivity in Sensitive Children ~ Young people
with ADHD may have a "unique
intolerance" to artificial food colorings, according to a
government report released this week suggesting there may be some truth in
the common wisdom that synthetic food dyes make children more hyper.
Multiple Causes of
ADD/ADHD Behavior ~
Rather than accepting the simplistic "brain
defect" model advocated by pharmaceutical corporations and the scientists that
work for them, do some tough detective work yourself to discover the actual
causes. Like a fever, ADD is a descriptive term only, a symptom expressed by
some underlying cause. While the cause might include brain defects, it often
the Well: Neurotoxic Metals, Water Treatment, and Human Behavior
~ Although the dangers of lead poisoning have been known for years, substantial
numbers of children continue to suffer from blood lead above danger level of
10µg/dL. The problem is especially serious because lead poisoning is
associated with higher rates of learning disabilities, hyperactivity, substance
abuse and crime.
To Do About the ADHD Epidemic
~ The problem resides primarily in the ADHD
diagnosis itself and secondarily how it is applied.