Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a distressing diagnosis for any parent to hear. It is well known that children with ADHD are at a disadvantage in school and that ADHD can have long-term effects. In addition, a number of powerful pharmaceuticals have been used to treat the condition.
Fortunately, newer findings in nutrition and wellness, and newer generations of pharmaceuticals, have been developed that can help children with ADHD gain control over their lives. The Life Extension Foundation has conducted an extensive survey of the scientific literature to uncover the safest and best approaches for families affected by this increasingly common condition.
ADHD is defined as a persistent lack of attention to tasks (attention deficit) and/or a lack of ability to control impulses and an increase in physical activity (hyperactivity) that is not typical of others at a similar stage of development (National Institutes of Health 2006). ADHD is most prevalent in children and teens, although it can occur in adults. ADHD occurs in 3 to 6 percent of all children in the United States, with rates as high as 15 percent in some areas (Kasper 2005).
According to the fourth edition of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV), ADHD is now the most commonly diagnosed childhood behavioral disorder. Boys with ADHD outnumber girls 3 to 1. Some children outgrow ADHD, but 60 percent continue to have symptoms into adulthood (Biederman 2000).