What is ADD/ADHD?
ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Researchers have identified between three and seven potential types of ADHD, based on a person’s specific symptoms, though the hallmark symptom is difficulty to focus or concentrate in some way. Particularly important to note is that there are many possible factors that can lead to symptoms of ADHD. Each person is unique and needs to be evaluated for the specific factors involved in their condition.
What are the symptoms of ADHD?
Symptoms vary between individuals but typically include several of the following:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Difficulty prioritizing tasks
- Racing thoughts
- Morning brain fog or trouble waking
- Mood swings
- Inability to complete tasks
- Inability to focus during conversations
What causes ADHD?
Like many conditions, ADHD can be caused by several factors, including genetics, previous brain trauma, neurotoxin exposure, chronic infection, and nutritional deficiencies. These factors result in reduced activity in a part of the brain called the pre-frontal cortex and usually, a deficiency of a brain chemical called dopamine. For some people, there may be changes to brain function that hinder effective use of dopamine in the pre-frontal cortex instead of a deficiency of dopamine.
How is ADHD treated?
Many physicians treat ADHD conditions with stimulant medications. However, Dr. Thomas approaches this condition based on the individual. Because the factors influencing this condition can vary from person to person, Dr. Thomas first works to uncover the factors involved for that person. Correcting nutritional deficiencies, addressing neurotoxin build-up in the brain, and identifying any genetic influences or brain trauma are important to find the best treatment for that individual patient. By treating the unique set of root cause(s) specific to the patient, Dr. Thomas aims to create a treatment plan that corrects those causes and relieves symptoms without stimulant medications.