Today many children in the United States are diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism, and a variety of other learning disorders. In fact, they have become so prevalent in our culture that they and their panacea, Ritalin, have become “buzz words” over the past decade. What many people don’t realize is that there are natural alternatives such as chiropractic, nutritional therapy, and allergy elimination to help treat these disorders.
ADD/ADHD and Autism fall into the same category of disorders known as Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD). ADHD refers to a combination of symptoms in which developmentally inappropriate degrees of inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity are present. Since it is apparent that not all children have the hyperactivity component, the term ADD is used instead. Low intelligence is not a symptom; however, ADD can hamper learning as a result of the inattention, difficulty in following directions, excessive motor activity. Autism is characterized by early onset of impaired verbal and non-verbal communication, impaired socialization, and emotional detachment.
What causes these disorders? For decades, researchers have been trying to determine an exact cause for these Pervasive Developmental Disorders and the answer is still under great debate. Apparently, it is a multi-factorial problem which have broken these down into 3 main categories: 1. Physical/structural causes (including things such as birth trauma, head injuries, and spinal misalignment), 2. Chemical causes (including heavy metal toxicity, vaccinations, antibiotic overuse, and allergies), and 3. Psychological causes (such as child abuse and adverse family situations).
Yet, as many causes as there might be, there remains no cure. Therefore, the focus of treatment for ADHD is learning how to control the symptoms. When it comes to the medical treatment, the first mode of treatment is usually a stimulant drug such as Ritalin. However, these drugs, which are classified in the same category as cocaine, opium, and morphine, continue to be a controversial treatment due to the numerous and potentially severe side effects and the possibility of lifelong dependency.