Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) also commonly known as Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a disorder that affects the brain therefore making it difficult for people, mainly children to control their behaviour.

The mains causes of ADD include:
  • Genetics.
  • Environmental factors – the nicotine during maternal smoking decreases the amount of oxygen that goes to the foetus therefore could result with defects to the chiexternal image brain.pngld.
  • Brain defects – Exposure to certain toxins or physical injury to the head could result in damage of the frontal lobe.
  • Nutrition and food – Deficiency of omega-3 fatty acids, which of important for the development of the brain, could result in ADD.

It is uncommon for a person to be cured of ADD unless their brain tissue thins therefore allowing the brain to develop

Symptoms include:
  • Inattention – Difficulty paying attention, doesn’t often listen, disorganised
  • Hyperactivity – Fidgety, talkative, constant movement
  • Impulsivity – Acts and speaks without thinking, interrupts others

90% of people affected by ADD or ADHD use Ritalin which is central nervous system (CNS) stimulant affecting the chemicals in the brain and nerves that contribute to hyperactivity and impulse control.

external image ADHD-kid.jpgADD is normally diagnosed during childhood where boys tends to be affected 4 times more than girls as boys mature slower than girls therefore if they attend a co-ed school they appear more hyperactive and less mature.

Life-style choices to avoid or lesson your chances of contracting the disease:
  • Eat natural whole foods avoiding dairy products and animal products because of the hormones and pesticides.
  • Avoide caffine, sugar, sweets, processed food and MSG.
  • Take omega-3 supplements or eat food rich in omega-3
  • Exercise daily keeping you body and brain healthy.
  • Watch less TV - Tv changes the normal state of your brain from alert to hypnotic.