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'''Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)''' is an alleged disease of adolescents that is supposed to be characterized by lack of ability to focus on the task at hand, and often with a lack of ability to sit still. What it actually is, is a lack of ''discipline.'' Sadly, the "treatment" that child psychiatrists, and school districts, often prescribe (or demand) involves giving the patient a large number of expensive – and possibly dangerous – drugs.
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'''Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)''' is a controversial diagnosed disease of adolescents that is characterized by lack of ability to focus on the task at hand, and often with a lack of ability to sit still. One cause is a lack of ''discipline.'' However, diet, lack of exercise, environmental factors, and genetic factors can be causal factors for attention problems and/or hyperactivity.<ref>[http://www.amazon.com/Healing-Hyperactive-Brain-Functional-Medicine/dp/0968510809/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1273311192&sr=1-1 Healing the hyperactive brain by Michael Lyons, M.D.]</ref>
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== Diagnosis ==
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There are three common methods of diagnosing ADHD: parental observations and consultation with a healthcare provider, surveys and computer performance tests.  In addition, Quantitative EEG analysis can be helpful in diagnosing ADHD.<ref>[http://www.mindalive.com/1_0/article%203.pdf ADHD diagnosis and Quantitative EEG Analysis and audio-visual entrainment]</ref>
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=== Surveys to diagnose ADHD ===
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Surveys do not rely on an individual's willingness to take a computer performance test, but survey questions have an element of subjectivity.
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=== Test of variables of Attention - T.O.V.A. computer performance test ===
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The T.O.V.A. "is an objective, neurophysiological measure of attention, not a subjective rating of behavior. It is a 21.6 minute long, very simple "computer game" that measures your responses to either visual or auditory stimuli. These measurements are then compared to the measurements of a group of people without attention disorders who took the T.O.V.A."<ref>[http://www.tovatest.com/ TOVA test website]</ref> The TOVA test measures errors of omission commonly associated with inattention and errors of commission (misidentifying a closely resembling decoy stimuli) commonly associated with hyperactivity/impulsiveness.<ref>[http://www.tovatest.com/about-the-t-o-v-a/ About the TOVA test]</ref>
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There are a number of websites on the internet which offer free TOVA tests.<ref>[http://www.ehow.com/how_4449246_take-tova-adhd-test-free.html Free TOVA tests]</ref>
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== Treatment ==
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There are a number of non-drug cures to ADHD used by a number of health professionals and schools which have been shown to be effective and can be used in conjunction with each other. For example, the treatments of: audio-visual entrainment, nutrition, exercise, cognitive development software, neurofeedback, psychosocial training and remediation of environmental contaminants and/or removing the patient from unhealthful environmental conditions.<ref>[http://www.mindalive.com/3_1.htm Audio-visual entrainment study and ADHD]</ref><ref>[http://www.mindalive.com/1_0/article%203.pdf ADHD and audio-visual entrainment]</ref><ref>[http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0805061282/adhdnewscom02-20 ADHD and nutrition]</ref><ref>Butnik, Steven M. "Neurofeedback in adolescents and adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder." Journal of Clinical Psychology, May 2005. Vol. 61 Issue 5, p621-625</ref><ref>[http://www.sharperprograms.com/ ADHD and cognitive development software]</ref><ref>[http://hes.dasa.ncsu.edu/news/exercise-and-adhd Exercise, cognitive training, psychosocial training and ADHD]</ref><ref>[http://www.amazon.com/Healing-Hyperactive-Brain-Functional-Medicine/dp/0968510809/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1273311192&sr=1-1 Healing the hyperactive brain by Michael Lyons, M.D.]</ref> In addition, Dr. Margolis, a pediatrician for 36 years who conducted an informal trial of Nikken magnetic products with a number of his patients with attention and behavior issues, reported positive results through the use of these specially engineered magnets.<ref>The ADD Answer: How to Help Your Child Now By Dr. Frank Lawlis</ref><ref>[http://healthsolutionsintl.com/test-for-addadhd-dr-bernie-margolis-study-on-using-magnetic-products/ TEST FOR ADD ISSUES AND THE USE OF MAGNETIC PRODUCTS]</ref>
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=== Overuse of drug treatments ===
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Sadly, the "treatment" that child psychiatrists, and school districts, often prescribe (or demand) involves giving the patient a large number of expensive &ndash; and possibly dangerous &ndash; drugs.
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== External links ==
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Symptoms:
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*[http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder/what-are-the-symptoms-of-adhd-in-children.shtml Symptoms of ADHD in children] - National Institute of Health
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Neurofeedback:
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*[http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23623825 Beneficial outcome from EEG-neurofeedback on creative music performance, attention and well-being in school children] - PubMed journal article
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* [http://www.webmd.com/add-adhd/guide/adhd-diets ADHD Diets]
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==References==
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Revision as of 16:34, 25 May 2013

Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a controversial diagnosed disease of adolescents that is characterized by lack of ability to focus on the task at hand, and often with a lack of ability to sit still. One cause is a lack of discipline. However, diet, lack of exercise, environmental factors, and genetic factors can be causal factors for attention problems and/or hyperactivity.[1]

Diagnosis

There are three common methods of diagnosing ADHD: parental observations and consultation with a healthcare provider, surveys and computer performance tests. In addition, Quantitative EEG analysis can be helpful in diagnosing ADHD.[2]

Surveys to diagnose ADHD

Surveys do not rely on an individual's willingness to take a computer performance test, but survey questions have an element of subjectivity.

Test of variables of Attention - T.O.V.A. computer performance test

The T.O.V.A. "is an objective, neurophysiological measure of attention, not a subjective rating of behavior. It is a 21.6 minute long, very simple "computer game" that measures your responses to either visual or auditory stimuli. These measurements are then compared to the measurements of a group of people without attention disorders who took the T.O.V.A."[3] The TOVA test measures errors of omission commonly associated with inattention and errors of commission (misidentifying a closely resembling decoy stimuli) commonly associated with hyperactivity/impulsiveness.[4]

There are a number of websites on the internet which offer free TOVA tests.[5]

Treatment

There are a number of non-drug cures to ADHD used by a number of health professionals and schools which have been shown to be effective and can be used in conjunction with each other. For example, the treatments of: audio-visual entrainment, nutrition, exercise, cognitive development software, neurofeedback, psychosocial training and remediation of environmental contaminants and/or removing the patient from unhealthful environmental conditions.[6][7][8][9][10][11][12] In addition, Dr. Margolis, a pediatrician for 36 years who conducted an informal trial of Nikken magnetic products with a number of his patients with attention and behavior issues, reported positive results through the use of these specially engineered magnets.[13][14]

Overuse of drug treatments

Sadly, the "treatment" that child psychiatrists, and school districts, often prescribe (or demand) involves giving the patient a large number of expensive – and possibly dangerous – drugs.

External links

Symptoms:

Neurofeedback:

References