Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurobehavioral disease which is characterized by such symptoms as inattentiveness, daydreaming, hyperactivity, impulsiveness, inability to focus on the same thing for a long time, and impatience (NIMH, 2010, unpaged).
The key peculiarity of ADHD is that a patient displays several of these symptoms, and they are observed quite regularly. The diagnosis of this disorder is rather difficulty because these signs may not necessarily be connected with ADHD; they may be related to lack of sleep or emotional stress.
Some medications proved to be effective for the treatment of ADHD. The drugs, which are used by therapists, are usually classified as stimulants. They produce a calming effect on children with this disorder (NIMH, 2010, unpaged).
Among them, one can single out dextroamphetamine, methylphenidate, atomoxetine and many others (NIMH, 2010, unpaged). The choice of a specific medication primarily depends on the age of the patient. Some of them may not be applicable certain age groups such as adults.
Moreover, one should remember that this form of medication can lead to such side-effects as sleep problems and decreased appetite (NIMH, 2010, unpaged).
More importantly, when we speak about the effectiveness of these drugs, we should point out that they do not eradicate the cause of the disorder; more likely they mitigate its symptoms. This is the key limitation of this treatment mode.
The researchers as well as practicing therapists support more natural ways of overcoming attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. For instance, Dr. David Jockers attaches importance to diet and proper intake of vitamins (2011, unpaged).
Such vitamins and nutrients as Vitamin D, Pyridoxine, Folic acid, Zinc are indispensible of effective brain function (Jockers, 2011, unpaged).
Provided that intake of these vitamins is insufficient, the symptoms of ADHD are more likely to become more severe. Thus, one can say that proper diet can be effective for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Jocker D. (2011) “Beat ADHD naturally”. Natural News. Web.
National Institute of Mental Health. (2010). Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Web.