Signs of ADD and Depression in Adults

Adult Deficit Disorder, commonly called ADD is a developmental disorder manifested by the requirement of unsuitable levels of attention. Some people describe ADD as a profusion of attention as some people find it difficult to focus attention on one thing at a time especially when it appears meaningless and boring to them rather than a lack of attention.

Even though studies estimate that almost 3.5% of the population is affected by ADD, diagnoses of ADD is a controversial issue, since many experts believe it to be a psychological rather than a biological disorder.

Following are the symptoms of a person who suffers from this condition:

1. Inability to focus attention to detail, making careless mistakes while going about daily work schedule
2. Appearing not to listen when spoken to
3. Ignoring instructions or finishing tasks
4. Avoiding tasks that require higher levels of mental effort
5. Frequently losing items required for the work at hand
6. Getting distracted easily
7. Excessive forgetfulness

However, the presence of either of the above symptoms is not a conclusive sign of ADD. A person requires adult ADD medication only if at least six of the above symptoms are manifested in a person continuously for more than three months.


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Choose natural treatment for ADD to augment the effects of prescribed medication

Even though the prescribed medications help in providing relief from the symptoms of ADD, child ADHD treatment is not complete until you consider and include various kinds of natural treatments in the overall scheme of cures. A holistic approach is likely to benefit your child to a much larger extent teaching adaptive techniques along with alleviating the symptoms of ADD. Although natural treatment for ADD, include therapy, lifestyle homeopathy and mind-body techniques, nutrition management is one of the most accepted and well-researched ADD treatment being used today. This helps in augmenting and complementing the prescribed medication without really interfering in the process.

This nutritional alternate therapy comes in handy especially with children who are at a higher risk to exhibit side effects due to prescribed medication. There are two aspects of this nutrition management � diet restriction and supplementation. In an observation study conducted as early as 1975, it was shown that a large proportion of children showed signs of improvement in symptoms of ADD when artificial food coloring and flavors along with naturally occurring salicylates were eliminated from their diet. In a recent clinical, children were administered a placaebo and tartrazine and their behaviors were observed over time. It was noted that when children were given tartrazine, about 50% of them showed signs of irritation and restlessness.


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Child ADD Testing

Determining whether a child has enough symptoms of ADD and whether child ADHD treatment is required is a tricky task. This is especially so since the problem is more psychological than physical and there is no standard battery of medical tests that can be conducted that will result in a report that can unequivocally recommend ADD treatment.

There are many ADD diagnostic techniques that are available on the Internet to help you identify whether your child is at risk or is already suffering from ADD. These tools are extremely helpful in enabling you to understand the reasons of certain behaviors that you may be observing in your child. None of the tests available on the Internet are supposed to be understood as self-diagnosis tools and should only be used to aid in deciding whether to seek medical attention or not.

Among others, the diagnostic technique used by Daniel G Amen, MD divides the symptoms and factors that need to be considered into various groups. What is studied is the past history, levels of restlessness, impulsiveness, organizational skills, issues with initiation of a task and concentration, negative feelings, issues with relationships, temper, need for constant stimulation, motor coordination skills, levels of energy and frustration. This all-encompassing list of various aspects of symptoms of ADD helps in identifying those that need to seek help.


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Make a Smooth Transition Back to School for your Children

Going back to school after the summer break can be difficult and rough for any child, but it’s often especially more so for kids dealing with ADHD and ADD.

Parents who are cognizant of this can do something to make the transition to the more structured life of the classroom as smooth as possible. It is best not to wait until the first day of school to address your child’s needs.

Was your child off of ADHD/ADD medications during the summer break? If so, you may want to restart treatment a week or two before school starts to get the child back into the routine of taking medicine each day.

Covering and handling all of your bases now will make for an easier and better school year, ease the transition period, and assure that your child�s needs are being met.

Up to 7% of all children are affected

ADHD affects about 3% to 7% of all school-age children, according to the American Psychiatric Association. These symptoms can cause kids with ADHD to have significant academic and behavioral difficulties in school, as well as problems at home and in relationships with others. A little preparation and effort can go a long way toward making this year your child�s most successful school year ever.


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Nutritional Support For ADHD

ADHD is a large problem in the US and the disorder can manifest itself in a number of ways, not all of them are obvious. Although there are a number of pharmaceutical options for sufferers, there are also many simple nutritional steps that can be taken to help remedy the situation.

It is startling to know that 3 to 7 percent of children in the US suffer from ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. This means it affects over 2 million children in America, that is, one in every class of 25 would have ADHD. This condition is usually diagnosed in the pre-school and early school years. Children with these symptoms are unusually fidgety and restless. They may have problems paying attention in school, waiting in lines or taking turns. Some children may express this in their aggression. ADHD is usually diagnosed more in boys that girls, but that could be because girls tend to be quieter and less aggressive than boys. In girls it could manifest itself as talkativeness rather than aggression.

ADHD Definition


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Your Child and ADD

What is ADD?

ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) is a group of symptoms that affects concentration and a person’s ability to focus.

It can also cause mood swings, impulsiveness, behavioral and other social problems. Children with these problems have difficulty in completing their school work and are often in trouble with parents and teachers.

What are the causes of ADD?

There are many different causes and explanations for the symptoms of ADD including diet, allergies, food intolerances, anxiety, low muscle tone, anxiety, depression, family problems, poor discipline and even some forms of illness.

Unfortunately some doctors and therapists do not do a thorough assessment and simply prescribe potentially harmful psychiatric drugs without considering what the causes the problem might be.

BrightSpark ADD Remedy will help your child to:

  • Relax and calm down
  • Be less impulsive
  • Listen more carefully
  • Follow instructions
  • Concentrate better
  • Be less distractible
  • Achieve better results at school or work

Why should you use BrightSpark?

Our Clinical Psychologist, Michele Carelse, has worked for many years with children and adults who struggle with the symptoms of ADD, as well as with children’s parents and teachers.


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Dealing With Asperger’s Syndrome

Aspergers Syndrome “Not ANOTHER diagnosis!”

Asperge’s Syndrome was first identified in 1944, but was only officially recognized as a diagnostic category in the DSM IV in 1994. As a result, many children were misdiagnosed over the years as ADD/HD, Autistic, OCD or even schizophrenic.

Many different terms are currently applied, leading to great confusion on the part of parents and educators. Aspergers Syndrome may also be referred to as High Functioning Autism (HFA), Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD), Pervasive Developmental Disorder - Not Otherwise Specified (PDD - NOS), Atypical PDD or even Nonverbal Learning Disability (NLD).

There is still debate as to exactly how Aspergers Syndrome should be classified. In addition, it is not always an easy, clear cut diagnosis to make. As a result, diagnostic errors continue to be made and this often affects treatment, as well as access to appropriate help and information.

Parents may find themselves going from one doctor to another, becoming more and more confused and frustrated in their attempts to help their child. (See bottom of the page for information about natural remedies for Aspergers Syndrome)

What is Aspergers Syndrome?