Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The Dangers of Stimulant Medicines For ADHD

ADHD is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder that occurs in as many as 5% of all kids. Its symptoms are attention problems, the inability to stay with one task until it's complete.

Distractibility and hyperactivity exists along with irritability. Impulsivity is sign of ADHD. The behaviors must be severe enough to interfere with family and school life is when ADHD is suspected.

A diagnosis of ADHD will probably result in your doctor prescribing stimulant medication for your child. While they are effective for most children, they come with harmful side effects. They are extremely addictive drugs. They can affect the liver.

Stimulants work in different ways but they do not work by having an opposite effect as many people think. They increase the blood flow to the brain and the levels of Dopamine particularly in the frontal lobes. This is where the executive functions of the brain happen.

They work to improve the brain's inhibitory system. The levels of Serotonin and Norepinepherine are raised as well. The effects they have is to improve fine motor control and gross motor function. They also help the brain to focus on the right thing at the right time.

There is a problem though. Stimulants have harmful effects. There is a high potential for abuse since they are so addictive. They can cause sleeplessness in your child. They can also cause irritability, depression, and a smaller appetite.

Stimulants can affect the liver. They can also cause adverse effects on the heart though this is rare. If your child has taken them for a long time they will make your child more likely to suffer with depression and substance abuse when they become adults. This is though highly debated.

The great news is that there are viable alternative treatments. There is the holistic approach. This seeks to bring the mind, body, and spirit into balance. Acupuncture can be effective in treating ADHD.

A healthy diet is absolutely essential not only for good health but for easing some of the symptoms of ADHD that your child has. Physical exercise (walking, biking, hiking etc) will help to burn off a lot of the extra energy and allows them to be tired enough to be able to sleep and enough so that they will be able to focus better.

Natural supplements are made from a mixture of herbs, vitamins, and minerals that are specifically known to be beneficial in relieving your child's ADHD symptoms. They do not have the side effects that medicines for ADHD have. They can also be taken for almost any amount of time without a problem. Natural supplements are the safest approach to ADHD.

Grace Sullivan is a passionate researcher of natural remedies for ADHD [] and ADHD in children. Read more about her research by going to: []

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