Take back control of your life with a functional medicine approach to ADHD.
Like many conditions, especially those that involve brain chemistry, ADHD can present differently for everyone. It can affect a person’s cognition, behavior and mood, or a combination.
The most common ADHD symptoms we see and support are:
- Disorganization and problems prioritizing
- Impulsiveness, excessive activity or restlessness
- Poor time management skills
- Trouble multitasking
- Frequent mood swings
- Poor planning
- Problems focusing, following through or completing a task
- Low frustration tolerance
- Trouble coping with stress
Causes of ADHD and ADHD Testing
ADHD can often have multiple causes like genetics, environmental toxins, poor gut health, food intolerances and poor diet. These sources cause an imbalance of specific neurotransmitters, the brain’s chemical messengers, and alter the way information is communicated through the brain.
ADHD is a complicated diagnosis. The ADHD symptoms outlined in the section above closely resemble symptoms of other issues like:
- Mood disorders
- Sleep disorders
- Hormonal imbalances
- Hearing or vision issues
If you receive an ADHD diagnosis, our functional medicine doctors will offer testing options to find the core root cause as part of The Infinity Way™. Then, we work together to help your personal ADHD experience.
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ADHD In Adults
ADHD is often not considered in adults because it’s assumed symptoms would have been discovered earlier in your life. Adults often have inattentive ADHD instead of the hyperactive symptoms and show more noticeable impairment with executive brain functions like memory, decision making, and the ability to complete tasks.
We now know that adults with undiagnosed ADHD have often just become very good at covering for their symptoms, but it takes a mental and physical toll, and can sometimes lead to anxiety and depression.
As an adult, it’s more likely that you’ll be treated for anxiety or depression and a proper diagnosis of ADHD will go unaddressed.
ADHD In Children
ADHD presents differently in children than it does in adults. Because children have a limited vocabulary to express how they feel and ability to understand why their behavior is unacceptable, they may act out when they become frustrated or angry.
Frequent reprimands, poor grades and the inability to adhere to social norms can make kids’ social relationships hard to maintain and lead to mood swings, depression, anxiety, boredom and irritability.
This is why poor behavior and learning disabilities are often associated with children who have ADHD. It’s important to know that a brain chemistry imbalance is at play, like with ADHD in adults.
Dive deeper into how ADHD can present in children and the most common symptoms.
ADD vs. ADHD
The terms ADD and ADHD are thrown around a lot, usually when talking about a seemingly hyperactive child or adult with frenetic energy. But it’s important to remember that ADHD is not just a casual adjective for describing a particularly energetic person, but rather, a complex medical diagnosis for a neurological condition that affects the way the brain processes information.
ADD vs. ADHD
We used to utilize the terms Attention Deficit Disorder, ADD, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, ADHD, for similar conditions differentiated by the presence or absence of hyperactivity. In modern practice, ADD is generally no longer used, having been supplanted by the umbrella ADHD of which there are three types: inattentive ADHD, hyperactive/impulsive ADHD, and combined ADHD.
While it is often seen only as a behavioral condition, it is actually a neurobehavioral disorder involving an imbalance in brain chemistry that impairs brain function. Deficiencies of specific neurotransmitters, the brain’s chemical messengers, alter the way information in the brain is passed around and can affect attention span, the ability to control emotions and impulses, and executive functions like organization.
Like many conditions, especially those that involve brain chemistry, ADHD can present differently in individual patients. It can affect a person’s cognition, behavior and mood.
ADHD is not a sign of an individual’s intelligence, however, grades and job performance can suffer if those with the condition forget to turn in assignments or “daydream” during school lessons or work presentations. In addition, those with ADHD tend to be unorganized in their tasks and their thinking. A common complaint is “brain fog” which requires ADHD sufferers to have to hear or read something multiple times before it sticks. They are also often easily distracted by other tasks before one is completed. Almost ironically, the interest-driven nervous systems of people with ADHD allows them to stay “in the zone” for hours while doing something of unique interest: video gaming or watching back-to-back documentaries on a particular subject, for example.
Because many with ADHD can have trouble controlling their impulses, behavioral issues at school are often the first clue that the condition is present. Excitability and impulsivity, particularly in children, frequently lead them to interrupt others when they’re talking, with verbal outbursts or spontaneous movements. When hyperactivity is present, the lack of restraint is exacerbated, and can even seem overly aggressive.
While mood disorders can be present independent of ADHD, many changes in mood are an understandable by-product of the condition. Children without the vocabulary to adequately express how they feel or the ability to understand why their behavior is unacceptable can become frustrated or angry, and act out. Frequent reprimands, poor grades, and the inability to adhere to social norms can make social relationships hard to maintain and lead to mood swings, depression, anxiety, boredom, and irritability.
ADHD is a complicated diagnosis that requires intricate evaluation of the patient to ensure no other diagnosis makes more sense. Mood disorders, sleep disorders, hormonal imbalances, infections, and problems with hearing and/or vision should all be considered.
If ADHD is the correct diagnosis, a functional medical approach strives to discover what triggers the condition in the individual patient. ADHD often involves multiple triggers that lie in genetics, environmental toxins, poor gut health, food intolerances, and poor diet. In fact, nutrition can plays a huge role in helping to control ADHD naturally.
We have many testing options to identify which of the above triggers could be at play in your personal experience with ADHD or ADHD-like symptoms. Contact us today.
Natural ADHD Remedies
Functional medicine can support you and/or your kids on your ADHD journey with natural solutions. Our team uses our proven process, The Infinity Way™, to reduce symptoms through thorough testing, proper nutrition, supplementation, and enhancement of the microbiome.
We also share information on proven coping strategies like meditation, breathwork and reiki to better manage symptoms.
ADHD symptoms can be frustrating and hard to manage in your own life or your child’s. There’s a better, natural way to find relief. We’re here to help support you!
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