Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, commonly known as ADHD, is a neurodevelopmental condition that affects thousands of children and adults in Denver and the Colorado area.
Research shows that ADHD is the most common childhood disorder affecting 1 out of every 10 children and it is currently the fastest growing disorder in adults. ADHD can be difficult to diagnose and manage, especially if you want to avoid potentially harmful medications. With the right care and attention, however, you can work towards a better life in Denver, Wheat Ridge, and beyond!
ADHD Symptoms in Children
The criteria for diagnosing ADHD is growing as research uncovers more about what is happening in the ADHD brain.
Below are some common symptoms of ADHD in kids. It is common for children to exhibit many or all of the signs on this list:
- Easily distracted or frequently switching from one activity to another.
- Frequently becomes bored with tasks after a few minutes.
- Often loses toys, crayons, or homework assignments.
- Non-stop talking, fidgeting, or impatience.
- Difficulty waiting for their turn in games.
- Interrupts others’ conversations or activities.
- Constant and persistent hyperactivity.
Signs and Symptoms of ADHD in Adults
Only in the last few decades has ADHD become a recognized condition in adults. The assumption by many was that the child “grew out of it” but this is being acknowledged as not true. In reality, adults are able to control the hyperactivity component of ADHD but other symptoms manifest, such as anxiety. Below are a few common symptoms:
- Constantly daydreaming to the point of becoming confused in daily life.
- Fidgeting, extreme restlessness, and impulsive decision making.
- Difficulty keeping steady employment due to poor performance.
- Have difficulty processing information as quickly as others.
- Often losing things like car keys, wallets, or bills.
- Poor anger control.
Medication-free ADHD Treatment Near Denver
Managing symptoms of ADHD is often handled with prescription medication, including both stimulant and non-stimulant drugs, many of which are chemically similar to Methamphetamine. These can sometimes help relieve symptoms temporarily as long as the dosage is correct, but they’re addictive and contain harmful side effects especially in children. Alternative treatments such as counseling, behavioral therapy and dietary management have proven ineffective in several cases.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is the result of an imbalance between the two sides of the brain. An overactivity of one side leads to a lack of sharing of information between the two hemispheres resulting in restlessness, unfocused attention, and an imbalance of skills.
To restore focus and alleviate the ADHD symptoms the brain needs to be retrained. That’s where our process comes into play. We evaluate the brain from a developmental perspective, meaning we work with the brain from its most basic functions all the way to the most complex. This is called a bottom-up approach. Think of building a house, if you had a foundation that wasn’t level and it was causing cracks in the walls which shifted the roof you wouldn't start with the roof, you would start with fixing the foundation! The brain is no different, in order to have good attention and focus you need a good brain foundation. Our developmental functional neurology approach allows us to correct the foundation and restore communication to both sides of the brain all without dangerous drugs or medication. If you think you or a member of your family in the Denver area are suffering from ADHD, it’s important to get an evaluation and begin a well-rounded, effective treatment as soon as possible.
Where to Get ADHD Help in Denver
Wild & Precious Optimal Living is located in Wheat Ridge just east of Wadsworth Boulevard, less than a mile south of Hwy 70.
Our office specializes in these kinds of issues and we love working with children! Contact us today to set up an appointment!