Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder is a developmental disorder of epidemic proportions, and continues to increase, affecting between 5 and 10 percent of all children. This condition typically occurs prior to age seven, predominanatly in males, and presents as difficulty with attention and/or hyperactive-impulsive behavior.
ADHD is divided into three categories: Predominantly innattentive (formerly known as ADD), predominantly hyperactive-impulsive, and combined.
“AD/HD Not Otherwise Specified” is a diagnosis applied to those who do not fit into the typical subtypes.
The symptoms of innatention are:
1. Unusual distractibility/forgetfulness
2. Lack of attention to details, careless mistakes with homework and other activities
3. Difficulty focusing attention on tasks, even at play
4. Seems to not listen when spoken to
5. Difficulty following instructions or completing tasks
6. Avoids tasks that involve mental effort and organization
7. Frequently loses items needed for tasks or activities (eg-school supplies)
The symptoms of hyperactivity-impulsive behavior are:
1. Fidgeting, squirming in seat
2. Getting up from seat frequently
3. Running or climbing when socially inappropriate
4. Does not like quiet play
5. Talking excessively
6. Answering questions before speaker has finished
7. Failure to wait his/her turn
8. Interrupting others’ activities when socially inappropriate
ADHD is caused by a developmental delay, resulting in Functional disconnect syndrome- decreased communication between the right and left sides of the brain. Typically, the right hemisphere is weak; however, areas of the left hemisphere may be deficient as well. For that reason, a careful history and extensive neurological examination is needed to design a remediation program to enhance communication between the two sides of the brain. When hemispheric integration is performed correctly, the results are very positive. Most children can successfully discontinue their medication and function at an age appropriate level with their peers. If your child has been diagnosed with ADHD and you are searching for a drugless alternative, please call Sotis Chiropractic and Hemispheric Integration Clinic at (401) 383-1711.