What is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has been known about for a long time. It has undergone several name changes, one time being known as; ‘hyperkinesias’ (Latin derivative for ‘super active’), hyperactivity, and latterly, ADHD.
As with other problems, mentioned on this site, there are different degrees of severity. A large proportion of children with ADHD display features of dyslexia, dyscalculia and dyspraxia.
A child who can’t concentrate; moves around constantly; has poor school performance (in contrast with his intelligence) and has disruptive behaviour may be suffering with ADHD. There is evidence to suggest that children with this problem could eventually be expelled from school.
At times all children may be overactive and inattentive but hyperactive children are disruptive nearly all the time. ADHD is thought to affect between 3% and 5% of the school age population. Some evidence exists to show that like, dyslexia and dyspraxia, some 90% of suffers are boys.
People with ADHD appear to be intensely restless and impulsive – if they think about it – they do it, sometimes with disastrous results! They have a hard time focusing on things and get bored after just a few minutes. They often find it difficult paying attention for the shortest possible time, thereby causing problems with organisation and completing routine tasks.
You do not grow out of ADHD, but you do learn to modify your behaviour.
ADHD & Ritalin
Millions of children each year are diagnosed with ADD / ADHD, and often, as a last resort, these children are put on Ritalin.
A new study reveals that Pycnogenol, (pic-noj-en-all), an antioxidant plant extract from the bark of the French maritime pine tree, reduces ADHD in children. The study shows Pycnogenol balances stress hormones, which lowers adrenaline and dopamine, resulting in a decrease of ADHD.
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