Natural Treatment for ADD/ADHD
The stigma for Attention Deficit Disorder or Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADD/ADHD) is very intriguing. There’s been an increase in the diagnosis of these disorders among all individuals especially teens; which poses the question (or debate), “do we all have ADD or do we all not have ADD?” Ultimately, at Lifestyle Healing Institute® it’s become obvious that everyone seems to have ADD tendencies; however, this doesn’t mean all of us has the disorder (more importantly, the large majority of us don’t need medications for ADD).
ADD has both the tendencies of an Overactive Brain and an Underactive Brain (as seen on Brain Chemistry page).
Individuals can have both an Overactive and an Underactive Brain simultaneously because the brain is divided into regions that ultimately function together as one unit.
Our 100% All Natural Treatment for ADD/ADHD provides a true picture of your brain and other bodily systems which reveal discernible biopatterns as we heal your ADD/ADHD neurological symptoms in a safe way without prescription medications.
Quantitative Symptoms of ADD/ADHD
- Excess Excitatory Neurotransmitters
- Suppressed Inhibitory (Calming) Neurotransmitters
- Overactive Anterior Cingulate Gyrus (conflict, rational cognitive center of brain)
- Overactive Limbic System (emotional center of brain)
- Extremely Underactive Frontal Lobe (executive center of brain)
- Extremely Underactive Nucleus Accumbens (Pleasure/Reward center of the brain)
- Catechol-O-methyltransferase abnormalities (COMT enzyme)
- Dysregulated Blood Flow – Brain Appears 2-3% Smaller
- Dysregulated Cerebellum
- Suppressed Magnesium
- Suppressed Potassium
- Suppressed Hormones – Especially Sex Hormones – Estradiol, Testosterone among others
Subjective Symptoms of ADD/ADHD
- Poor Sleep – especially deep sleep (rapid eye movement (REM) sleep)
- Cannot Sit Still – Usually Tap Foot Repeatedly and Walk and Talk when on Phone
- Always on the Go
- Extreme Difficulty Falling Asleep – mind races
- Idling at 4000 RPM
- Brain/Body on Two Pages – brain is electrified
- Inability to shut off the brain – mind races
- Easily Frustrated
- Feel Others Move too Slow
- Drawn to Adrenaline Releasing Behavior – Risk Taking Behavior
- Road Rage – Usually Drives Faster Also
- Tendencies to Play Sports in Grade School
- Difficulty Retrieving Information – Hard Time in School
- Self Medication
- Tendencies to use and Abuse Drugs – Especially cocaine, marijuana, cigarettes, and other stimulants (such as Adderall, Vyvanse, etc.) – or any combination
- Addictive Behaviors – Sex, Gambling, Shopping, Eating
- Overreact at Times
- Can Overanalyze Situations
- Easily Frustrated with Others – Annoyance
Natural Treatment for ADD
The most important abnormality associated with individuals with ADD tends to be a deficiency in the Catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) enzyme which affects dopamine levels in the brain. Any abnormality in this enzyme causes excessive breakdown of dopamine, therefore individuals with this genetic disorder use more dopamine than others unaffected by this condition.
This may be the reason why the ADD brain appears 2-3% smaller than those without ADD. As the brain breaks down too much dopamine, blood flow to the nucleus accumbens and pre-frontal cortex (reward/pleasure center of brain and especially the PFC – temporal lobe) are greatly diminished.
Individuals attempt to fill this void with different types of dopamine releasing activities, such as eating food which releases dopamine by a threefold increase, indulging in sex which releases dopamine tenfold, and unfortunately abusing drugs like cocaine which releases dopamine by a 100-fold increase.
Other dopamine releasing activities include shopping, gambling, exercise, and all drugs; both prescription and non-prescription. Most drugs release large amounts of dopamine; thus, people suffering from ADD tend to be drawn to drug use and subsequent abuse. Moreover, the two most overlapping disorders in our country are cigarette smoking and ADD.
Cigarettes release dopamine more potently than any other drug including cocaine and heroin (much to your surprise); however, the half-life (time to leave your system) for cigarettes is approximately 90 minutes, while other drugs are much longer.
This leads to the obvious addictive tendencies of cigarettes and can explain why many feel the need to chain smoke.
This dopamine deficiency leads individuals to display annoyance with others, lack of patience, ease of frustration, and the inability to retrieve information which causes difficulty with relationships as well as difficulty in school. Many individuals will tap their foot repeatedly when sitting, and usually walk and talk on the phone because sitting poses a formidable challenge.
Moving around is your body’s way of releasing additional blood flow to the brain which helps alleviate that 2-3% difference in brain power. Basically, you have a 400 horsepower engine, yet you’re only able to utilize 250 horsepower; which becomes extremely frustrating and leads to an “always on the go” mentality with a tendency for adrenaline seeking behavior.
What is the Main Difference Between ADD and ADHD?
This is always a hot topic of interest, but it seemingly has a short answer. ADHD is child or adult who is always “bouncing of the walls”, never sitting still – the “Type A” personality. These individuals are much more “textbook” ADHD as it tends to be more obvious. When it comes to ADD, it’s more difficult to diagnose as these individuals are in constant mental battles within their own minds. They tend to overanalyze every situation and are seen as “taking everything in” when engaged in social situations. Their external appearance could appear calm, however, their brains are moving a mile a minute – just as a person with ADHD.
What Situation(s) Make ADD/ADHD Worse? Looking for a Natural Treatment for ADD?
These disorders ted to be over diagnosed because there are many instances where external factors make their deficiencies much worse and more prevalent. For example, fatty toxins can accumulate in the brain, making the brain feel more electrified and further contribute to deficiencies seen in the PFC and nucleus accumbens (dopamine and other neurotransmitter abnormalities). This exasperates tendencies in individuals seen with ADD/ADHD, and can lead to a tipping point in the balance of the brain and body.
This is the reason individuals seek the aforementioned behaviors with high potency and consistency; they’re merely self-medicating to cope with inherited and acquired biochemical abnormalities in the brain and body. Many can manage inherited enzymatic and deficiencies in the brain; however, when the situation compounds, as is the case with fatty toxin accumulation, it becomes too much to bear (stress, school, and work are additional examples – they’re just less potent aggravators). In rare cases, medication may be needed, but this proves to be a temporary relief as we correct the acquired deficiencies individuals inherently possess.
For example, on a scale of 1 to10, if you start with a deficiency of 3, but acquired abnormalities push that deficiency to 6 or 8, it becomes much more difficult to manage what your brain is telling you that you need. But if we lower that threshold back to 3, you’ll finally have the tools needed to battle whatever inherited deficiencies you may have.
It saddens us how society continues to blame individuals for their consistent abnormal behavior. It’s painstakingly obvious that nearly every activity we engage, is a result of what our brains and bodies are telling us we need. Any behavior such as drug use or drug addiction is merely our brains warning us of an issue that may be out of our control. This isn’t to say we don’t play a major role in the decisions we make; however, without the tools necessary to survive and make better decisions, how can we be expected to do so?