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ADD/ADHD | Whole Child Wellness | Illinois

ADD/ADHD

 


Dr. Amber Brooks, DC, CACCP works with children that are struggling with ADD/ADHD and the symptoms affecting the family. There are an exorbitant amount of children being diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, some misdiagnosed. A child with these difficulties has no way out unless a family seeks guidance. In most cases families are only given the option to medicate. It is important for parents and teachers to understand that there are effective, safe and natural options that work. Some of the natural options include diet, nutrition, supplementation, chiropractic, craniosacral therapy, family counseling and social skills courses.

Many children do not meet all the qualifications for an ADD or ADHD label. In some cases Asperger’s, Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder and learning disabilities are a factor that may be overlooked. You may want to consult with your primary care provider and discuss these factors. There are subtypes od ADD/ADHD that help diagnosticians with assessing your child, these include:



ADD/ADHD Types and Treatment Options


 

Inattentive Subtype:

  • Is not good at details
  • Has difficulty sustaining attention
  • Frequently fails to listen carefully
  • Does not follow through on tasks as well
  • Is not good at organizing
  • Dislikes sustained mental effort
  • Loses things often
  • Easily distracted
  • Forgetful

Hyperactive-Impulse Subtype:

  • Fidgets when seated
  • Often leaves his or her seat in the classroom
  • Is restless and runs around excessively
  • Does not like quiet activities
  • Is often active and ‘on the go’
  • Talks excessively
  • Blurts out answers before questions are complete
  • Has difficulty awaiting turn
  • Interrupts conversations and games

ADHD Combined Subtype:

Defined by an individual meeting both sets of attention and hyperactive/impulsive criteria.

ADHD-NOS (Not otherwise specified):

Defined by an individual who demonstrates some characteristics but an insufficient number of symptoms to reach a full diagnosis. These symptoms, however, disrupt everyday life.

As you glance over the root causes below it is important to remember that a child may exhibit 2 or all of them, there is no magic number because all children express their root cause(s) differently.

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Root Causes:

  • Toxic metals.
  • Antibiotic use leads to GI issues and behavior changes.
  • Environmental pollutants.
  • Nutritional deficits that impede detoxification and impair neurotransmitter function.
  • Food allergies, sensitivities and intolerances that harm digestion and brain chemistry.
  • In utero stressors, including environmental toxins, inoculations, bacteria, viruses, nutritional deficiencies and emotional stress.
  • Abnormal hormone and cholesterol levels.
  • Inflammation of the brain, particularly from autoimmunity. This results in a disease known as Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcal Infection (PANDAS). PANDAS can create neuropsychiatric sx including tics, OCD, anxiety, intermittent rage and symptoms similar to ADHD.
  • Thyroid disorders-most commonly low thyroid activity, resulting in impaired energy and cognitive function.
  • Genetic factors that contribute to all of these various assaults upon the nervous system, immune system, and GI system.
  • Nervous system and biomechanical dysfunctions that may make an imbalance in the sympathetic (fight or flight) and parasympathetic (rest and digest) systems.

Seeking Care Today for a Better Tomorrow

Dr. Amber Brooks, DC, CACCP is passionate about helping children with ADD/ADHD and works tirelessly to help these children. She spends the necessary time to learn about each individual child and explain to the parents what may be happening with their child and together a treatment strategy evolves. Dr. Brooks, DC, CACCP creates a care plan for each child that may incorporate care with other clinicians/therapists. As a parent you can rest assure that she will be looking at the ‘whole child’. Her basic philosophy is that if you only address the symptoms with therapy or drugs, the underlying issue goes unresolved and the child remains sick. Dr. Brooks, DC, CACCP has been very successful in her care plans aimed at balancing the nervous system, addressing diet and nutrition. She understands the challenges faced by the whole family when their child is diagnosed with ADD/ADHD. Compassion, understanding and experience are what set her part from others.

Care with Dr. Brooks, DC, CACCP may include the following:

  • Dietary modification
  • Addressing nutritional deficiencies
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Lab testing & evaluation
  • Craniosacral Therapy (CST)

  • Gentle Chiropractic adjustments
  • Resolution of GI/Digestive issues naturally
  • Natural options for behavior improvement
  • Biomechanical interventions
  • Finding of the root cause

If your child has these symptoms we urge you get help regardless of an official diagnosis. Call us today, we may be able to help and/or make a proper referral.

References:


CHADD, Info on Subtypes www.chadd.org

Semon, MD, Bruce “The effects of yeast overgrowth and Autism, ADD, ADHD, Tourette’s, headaches, fatigue, depression and schizophrenia

Complimentary 20-minutes with Dr. Amber BrooksScientific Resources