ADD, Attention Deficit Disorder, and ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, are two terms that have been thrown around a lot lately. ADD/ADHD is applied to anyone who meets the DSM IV diagnostic criteria for impulsivity, hyperactivity and/or inattention. Therefore, many people assume that if their child has focus issues or has a lot of energy, then he or she must have ADD/ADHD. This is definitely not the case. In an earlier blog post Think Out Here suggests to think about diet before jumping to any conclusions.
However, students who do have ADD/ADHD, who have been diagnosed by a medical professional, better yet, a specialist, may benefit from supplementation.
In his article “ADD or ADHD“, Dr. Ray D. Strand informs that ADD/ADHD are often treated with medications that have side effects that can really change a child’s personality. Moreover, in time, these medications even stop working. Therefore, Strand suggests that the children take what he coins a “drug holiday”. During this time, it may benefit the child to supplement vitamins instead of taking medication.
Some have linked ADD/ADHD to certain nutrient deficiencies, although this is not proven either way; it could have an impact, but it also could not. Those who speculate that a nutrient deficiency is the cause suggest that it is vitamin d, omega 3, magnesium, zinc, iron, etc.that may have an impact as to whether a person may start showing symptoms of ADD/ADHD.
Looking at the information, it seems important to look at all of the options. Observe the child and see the symptoms. If you think that your child may have symptoms of ADD/ADHD, see a specialist.
Thus, although it has not been proven that a deficiency in these particular nutrients is linked to ADD/ADHD, it is important to remember that proper nutrients helps anyone function at an optimal level. What a person puts in his or her mouth has an affect on how he or she feels and performs.
Ask Think Out Here any questions about supplementation, tutoring for a child with ADD/ADHD, or food and nutrition.