ADHD/ADD Symptoms & Treatment

Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) are brain disorder diagnoses usually made by a pediatrician or psychologist.

ADHD symptoms are characterized by:

  • inattention
  • inability to focus
  • hyperactivity, restlessness
  • lack of restraint
  • impulsiveness
  • distractibilty
  • poor working memory
  • irritability, boredom, mood swings, depression


ADHD can be difficult to diagnose. In children, ADHD symptoms may first be reported by teachers or parents as hyperactivity and impulsiveness are often reported. ADD symptoms may include poor working memory and distractibility but inattentiveness may be the predominant symptom.

There is no single cause of ADHD. Rather, scientific research suggests the effects of many underlying causes, which taken together are expressed through each individual's genetic make up as a group of symptoms qualifying for a diagnosis of ADHD.

The standard, conventional treatment ADHD is made after a physical and psychological examination and diagnosis. The standard traditional treatment is prescription of Ritalin, Concerta, or similar psychotropic drugs to help control the symptoms. Dietary and behavioral modifications as well as counseling may be recommended.

Integrative, Holistic Approach to ADHD to Balance the Brain

The doctors at NIHA believe the research that suggests the symptoms of ADHD are the result of a biochemical imbalance in the brain. Through a series of different and comprehensive diagnostic tests the goal is to identify the root causative factors and treat them in an effective natural, non-drug approach. The integrative practitioner combines nutritional therapy with supplementation, correction of hormonal/mineral/vitamin/EFA deficiencies, detoxification, and dietary modifications in an individualized plan for each patient to re-establish balance.  Combining the diagnostic skills of the traditional approach with the willingness to deal with the multi-factorial problems of ADHD in the holistic approach benefits the whole patient.

Underlying Factors May Contribute to ADHD

The first step is to identify the possible underlying root causes/risk factors which may contribute to the symptoms of ADHD. The following are the most common categories that have been found:

1. Food & Additive Allergy & Sensitivity
2. Heavy and Toxic Metal Toxicity
3. Low Protein High Carbohydrate Diet
4. Mineral Imbalances
5. Essential Fatty Acid Deficiency
6. Amino Acid Deficiency
7. Thyroid Disorder
8. B Vitamin Deficiency

These factors are identified by means of a comprehensive medical examination including traditional and functional medicine laboratory testing.

Natural and/or Non-invasive Therapies for ADHD:

Nutritional therapy
Restoring the bowel ecology
Allergy elimination
Heavy metal detoxification
Functional medicine testing
Hormonal and glandular support
Detoxification by rehabilitating the major drainage organs

The practitioner will then develop a comprehensive, integrated treatment strategy tailored to the needs of the patient.




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  Outcome-Based Comparison of Ritalin v. Food Supplement Treated Children with ADHD