Helping Diagnose ADHD in Children
Common ADHD Signs & Symptoms to Look Out For
- Does your child have a hard time paying attention?
- Is schoolwork suffering due to a lack of focus?
- Are you worried about side effects from ADHD medication?
Here’s a scenario that may be all too familiar: The teacher or principal calls to say your Johnny (or Jane) can’t focus in class and should get tested for ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). They say he probably needs medication.
Red lights go off in your head. Meds? My kid? It’s not his fault that the teacher can’t control the class, or the lesson isn’t interesting enough to hold his attention. Why should my kid be stigmatized? Besides, he can focus – as long as he wants to. Just watch him hyperfocus on his computer games, for hours at a stretch! You call that a deficit?
The World of ADHD Can Be Very Confusing
There are many different “types” of ADHD. There’s the hyperactive type, the inattentive type and the combined type. It may come with insomnia, or dyslexia, with anger issues, behaviour problems or mood swings. It may come with signs of ODD, OCD, Autism or Aspergers. Or it may not.
Most doctors will listen to your story for all of five minutes before prescribing a pill. Some will send you for a full-blown psychoeducational assessment (about $3,000) and then give you a pill.
Is ADHD In Fact a Medical Condition?
And to make things even more complicated, there are strong and serious voices in the medical world that say there is no such medical condition as ADHD and that psychiatry should get out of the diagnosis business altogether.
That’s the view, for example, of Dr. Allen Francis, the editor in chief of the DSM-IV, the authoritative tome that for decades served as ‘the Bible of Psychiatry’. His reasoning is that these conditions are not diseases – after all there is no virus or bacteria you can do a blood test for. There is just the collection of “symptoms” but the more accurate term is behaviours.
So what are those behaviours?
The Three Main Behaviours/Symptoms of ADHD in Children
The three main behaviours/symptoms are: distractibility, restlessness and impulsivity.
Distractibility is when every interruption gets you off track, be it something you see, hear, or think.
Restlessness is when you are fidgety and you can’t sit for long without shifting position, getting up, or walking around.
Impulsivity is when you act on the spur of the moment, blurt out whatever you are thinking and fail to think things through.
Secondary ADHD Symptoms to Look Out For
Typical secondary symptoms are things like constant procrastinating, or being messy, disorganized, anxious, moody, or lonely.
If your child has a lot of these symptoms, they may have ADHD, or more accurately they have the symptoms that could get them an ADHD diagnosis – whether or not they really have such a condition.
The bottom line is that these symptoms get in the way of happiness and success and those are things that you and your child deserve.
An Effective Drug Free Treatment to ADHD
Rather than relying on drugs and chemicals to help the brain perform, Maxi Mind deals with ADHD at the source, in the brain itself. By using an activity-based approach that strengthens connections in the brain, specifically in the areas responsible for attention, language, learning, emotional control and social behavior, positive results are achieved and medication avoided.
The Maxi Mind ProgramTM for Success
Maxi Mind Brain Training™ capitalizes on the new science of neuroplasticity, the brain’s ability to change itself, in order to effectively address the root causes of ADHD.
The Maxi Mind experience is a customized course of one-on-one sessions with a Maxi Mind trained and certified neuro-educational therapist – a brain training coach.
Each session consists of a unique blend of Sensory Integration Exercises, Engineered Listening, and Computerized Focus Training. The activities are fun for the child, yet powerful for his/her brain development. And the results speak for themselves.
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Ora Stebben RHN, NNCP
Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Maxi Mind Mother