Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder or ADHD is considered a developmental disorder characterised by hyperactivity in children, with an inability to concentrate, and often accompanied by behavioural issues. Standard medical treatment choices include behavioural therapy, psychotherapy and other counseling strategies, along with medications that stimulate the nervous system such as Ritalin.
From a Functional Medicine perspective ADHD is not a brain problem, but it is a systemic problem that affects the brain function. If we treat the systemic problems, the brain function should follow. Functional medicine strategies still include the use of behavioural and counseling therapies, along with enhanced nutrition, supplementation, reduction in processed foods and artificial food additives, and enhancing detoxification pathways. Reducing the imbalance in the excitability of nerves through non-pharmacological means is a key objective.