ADHD Symptoms and Natural Remedies
The DSM IV (Diagnostic Statisical Manual for Mental Disorders) outlines the criteria for diagnosing diseases and disorders. In the case of ADHD, if your child exhibits at least six of the following symptoms over a period of six months, it may be advisable to take him to a doctor for a professional diagnosis.
- Does not pay close attention to details, makes careless mistakes in schoolwork or other activities.
- Has difficulty focusing on task or activities at hand.
- Appears not to listen when spoken to directly.
- Fails to follow instruction or finish tasks once started.
- Has trouble organizing activities.
- Struggles with tasks that take concentrated mental effort over a period of time.
- Loses things needed to complete a task (like the pencil need to finish math homework.)
- Is distracted easily
- Is forgetful with regard to chores or daily activities
- Squirms or fidgets when supposed to be sitting still
- Gets up from seat when staying seated is expected
- Runs or climbs when it is inappropriate to do so
- Has difficulty playing quietly
- Seems to be continually on the go
- Talks excessively
- Blurts out answers before a person can finish the question
- Has difficulty waiting in turn
- Interrupts or is intrusive
Although it takes a professional to look at the symptoms of ADHD and make a diagnosis know that what they are looking for is six or more symptoms during the past six months AND a determination that some of these ADHD symptoms were present before the age of seven, that the child suffers from these symptoms in two or more settings (e.g. home and school), that there is evidence of significant impairment in functioning at home, school or in other social settings and that the symptoms are not the result of a PDD (pervasive developmental disorder), schizophrenia or a mood disorder like personality disorder or anxiety disorder.
Keep in mind that your child may exhibit some of these symptoms but may not be diagnosed as ADHD. For instance, my eldest son needed to get up from his desk at school at intervals and walk around. Fortunately, his teacher understood that his energy dictated this and allowed him to do so, as long as he did not disrupt the class.
If your child exhibits a number of these symptoms, you might want to try the natural, holistic supplements below. When my boys were in elementary school, I used these products with great success and other parents have written in to recommend them too. They work by providing systemic support and giving the brain the nutrients it needs to create a sense of relaxed calm and focus.
- BrightSpark for Child ADD and ADHD - calms hyperactive children, reduces inattention and restlessness, increases focus, reduces impulsive behaviors (provides systemic support that nourishes the brain
- Focus ADHD - supports concentration, memory, balances mood and energy, increases flow of nutrients and oxygen to the brain.
- PureCalm - supports the health of the nervous system, promotes feelings of well-being and a positive outlook.
- LegCalm - promotes restful sleep, aids in absorption of minerals, preventing deficiencies, prevents restlessness and twitching.
While you're giving your child supplements to nourish and heal his brain, give him the coping skills that will teach him how to calm himself and focus, even when you're not around. An at-home program that has proven highly effectively (and which parents have written us glowing testimonials about) is Total Focus. Click on the link to find out more. It's a great way to teach your child the tools he needs to overcome his disorder while giving him coping skills that he will use his entire life.
About the author: Laura Ramirez is the author of the parenting book, Keepers of the Children which teaches parents how to raise children to develop their natural strengths, so their lives will be an expression of integrity and strength. This award-winning book is unlike any parenting book you have read and will take you deep into the heart of parenting and will sweeten your relationship with yourself and with your child.
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