Information About ADHD

The number of children each year being diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) has been rising steadily each year.

The inability to stay focused and pay attention as well as difficulty controlling behavior and hyperactivity are symptoms of ADHD.  Having ADHD does not only take place during childhood it can extend into adulthood.

There has not been a clearly defined cause of ADHD.  An environmental toxin polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) is thought to be a possible contributing cause of ADHD.  These compounds are used as flame retardants in building materials and in plastics, upholstered furniture, electronics, mattresses and pillows.  They are found most in products manufactured prior to 2005 when the use of some PBDEs was restricted.

The harmful effects of PBDEs are cumulative in fat tissues, in blood and breast milk.  It can be passed through the breast milk from mother to child.  In the United States the presence of PBDEs is much higher than in European countries.  Studies have indicated the highest levels of  PBDEs exposure for children in the world for some reason is in California.  Children exposed to PBDEs either in the womb or as a child may have problems with focusing attention and with motor coordination.  PBDEs may have an adverse impact on the development of neurobehavioral.

Non drug treatment for ADHD may be nutritional assessments with diet modification as indicated and neurofeedback brain mapping and training.

Several years ago a medical journal published an article indicating a large percentage of ADHD cases were caused by hypersensitivity to certain foods.  That study showed when these foods were identified and removed the ADHD symptoms improved.

Unfortunately, there are not very many doctors trained to recognize food sensitivity as it relates to ADHD.  More physicians need to be trained in this field so they can recognize the food sensitivity and modify the diet and hopefully reduce some ADHD symptoms.