Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is diagnosed when a patient exhibits a developmentally inappropriate level of attention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity.
Problems must begin before 7 years of age and persist in at least 2 different settings for at least 6 months for the diagnosis to be considered. There are a wide range of behaviors that fit into this diagnosis, and it is common for a child to be referred by school personnel for comprehensive evaluation.
ADHD may be more than just a neurological condition or learning problem. Often, an adrenal (hormonal) imbalance contributes to the symptoms. The adrenal glands are produce cortisol, the hormone that regulates the fight-or-flight response in the body. If the adrenals are not in balance, the mind and body cannot generate an appropriate stress response.
As a result, the ADHD patient experiences hyperactivity and lack of focus. As your adrenal function comes into balance and the rest of your health challenges are addressed, your focus, concentration and memory will become more dependable and more consistent.
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