The main difference between adult and childhood forms of ADHD is suggested in the name: attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. The younger the child, the less impulse controls they have, and the more hyperactive they tend to be. As we mature and our frontal lobes become more active, we learn to inhibit our childhood impulses. But for those who suffer from ADHD, the inattentiveness remains into adulthood.
So the main difference between the child and the adult with attention deficit disorder, is children tend to be hyperactive, whereas adults tend to just be inattentive.
Most ADHD people are not diagnosed correctly. This is primarily because doctors do not conduct extensive functional lab testing to get to the real cause of the symptoms. It is just too easy for the medical profession to write a prescription drug such as Ritalin.
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder does not exist as a physically definitive diagnosis in the sense that real diseases and disorders such as cancer or heart disease. Since Attention Deficit Disorder is only a hodgepodge of symptoms, it is only a concept or an impression. There are at least 8 categories that should be tested. Four of these include:
1. food allergies
2. toxic metals
3. amino acid deficiencies
4. essential fatty acid deficiencies.
There are seven main types of “toxins or poisons” that Alternative and Orthomolecular doctors can test for quickly and address what is implicated in the brain poisoning that causes “AD/HD”, as noted below:
1. Environmental toxins, such as lead and other toxic metals and petrochemicals
2. Allergy causing foods, such as milk protein (casein) or wheat protein (gluten) 3. Toxins generated by unfriendly organisms that live in the intestines, such as yeast, bacteria or parasites
4. Processed carbohydrates (like refined sugar) and junk food
5. Sensitivity to additives in food
6. Psychotropic drugs (legal (e.g. alcohol), illicit (e.g., cocaine), prescription (e.g. Prozac, Ritalin or Adderall)
7. Non-psychotropic drugs and medication (sometimes needed)
There are ten kinds of nutrients that Alternative and Orthomolecular doctors can also quickly test for and identify, along with what deficiencies are implicated in the brain starvation that causes “AD/HD”:
1. Essential B Vitamins
2. Essential Amino Acids (from protein in the diet or supplemental individually)
3. Essential Fatty Acids (from the oils in seeds, nuts and fish) and Phospholipids (from soy)
4. Essential Minerals (from vegetables)
5. Phytonutrients (plant nutrients)
7. Digestive enzymes
8. Probiotics (friendly flora makes”good stuff”)
Psychological and social stress is also found to cause Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder symptoms in adults as well as children. Stress puts us into a fight or flight, revved-up metabolism that causes our body and brain to use up nutrients faster and make more metabolic waste products. Therefore stress causes a greater depletion of the good nutrients and adds a burden to the toxins.
For further information check the following link: http://www.endadhd.com