The Exceptional Student in Danger
Dealing with Attention Deficit Disorder Naturally.

Compiled and written by Dr. Brian K. Bailey author of  Secrets to Happiness, Inner Peace and Health

WHAT IS ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER?

WHAT ARE THE APA CHARACTERISTICS OF ADD?

The American Psychiatric Association (1980) uses the following criteria for diagnosing ADD.

  1. 1. Inattention (will exhibit at least three of the following):--;often fails to finish things he or she starts&em dash;often seems not to listen&em dash;is easily distracted&em dash;has difficulty concentrating on schoolwork or other tasks requiring sustained attention&em dash;has difficulty sticking to a play activity.
  2. 2.Impulsivity (will exhibit at least three of the following):--;often acts before thinking--shifts excessively from one activity to another&em dash;has difficulty organizing work (this not being due to cognitive impairment)-needs a lot of supervision&em dash;frequently calls out in class--;has difficulty awaiting turn in games or group situations.
  3. 3.Hyperactivity--ADD may be diagnosed as with, or without, hyperactivity (if hyperactive, will show at least two of the following):--runs about or climbs on things excessively&em dash;has difficulty sitting still or fidgets excessively&em dash;has difficulty staying seated--moves about excessively during sleep--is always "on the go" or acts as if "driven by a motor."
  4. 4.Onset before age 7.
  5. 5.Duration of at least 6 months.
  6. 6.Not due to schizophrenia, affective disorder, or a severe or profound mental retardation.

When a child shows the appropriate criteria, the diagnosis of ADD will be given.

ATTENTION DEFICIT HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER (ADHD)

According to the criteria in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (3rd ed., rev.) (American Psychiatric Association, 1987), to be diagnosed as having ADHD a child must display, for 6 months or more, at least eight of the following characteristics prior to the age of 7:

  1. 1. Fidgets, squirms or seems restless.
  2. 2. Has difficulty remaining seated.
  3. 3. Is easily distracted.
  4. 4. Has difficulty awaiting turn.
  5. 5. Blurts out answers.
  6. 6. Has difficulty following instructions.
  7. 7. Has difficulty sustaining attention.
  8. 8. Shifts from one uncompleted task to another.
  9. 9. Has difficulty playing quietly.
  10. 10. Talks excessively.
  11. 11. Interrupts or intrudes on others.
  12. 12. Does not seem to listen.
  13. 13. Often loses things necessary for tasks.
  14. 14. Frequently engages in dangerous actions.

 

UNDIFFERENTIATED ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER

Convergence of influences

Facts you should know:

Genetic impact

Environmental impact

Infections

Endocrine function

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What to Support

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Supplements

The dosage for nutritional supplements depends on the age and size of the child. These recommendations are for an average sized 8 to 14 year old.

Calcium citrate is important for relaxed muscle tone. Start with 1,000 mg. at bedtime.

Magnesium Aspartate, Malate or Citrate is calming to the nervous system, start with about 250 mg.. three times a day

Vitamin C with bioflavonoids is important for immune and adrenal function. Give at least 500 mg.. three times daily.

Vitamin B complex contains substances which are important in many body functions, including those which regulate brain
chemistry. A natural food based high potency formula is recommended (Super Nutrition, The Perfect Blend- High Potency Formula 2) is a good choice, give 3 to 4 tablets per day with meals

Essential Fatty Acids are just that, essential! They are anti inflammatory. Give 2 to 4 tablespoons a day of ground flax seed, mix it in foods or use on salads.

D,L-Phenlyalanine 500 mg.. three times a day (a neurotransmitter precursor)

L-Glutamine 500 mg.. three time a day (a neurotransmitter precursor)

Pycnogenol 25 mg.. three times a day.

Richard A. Passwater. Ph.D., Report on Pycnogenol®

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