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FROM THE EDITOR
The Ongoing Battle
We hope you enjoyed last month's premiere ADD/ADHD newsletter from Native Remedies. We strive to continue to bring you helpful tips and advice to win the battle.
This month we explore deeper the effects ADD/ADHD can have on not only the sufferer, but also the family. Many misperceptions still exist in society, as demonstrated by the results of a random poll regarding the prevalence of ADD/ADHD in girls versus boys, as well as continued misdiagnoses of the disorder itself.
Understanding these mistaken beliefs is very important, as they may lead to fewer specialist referrals and under-representation in clinical-based studies. In addition, the survey also polled children living with ADD/ADHD, which revealed that gender has a great impact in diagnosing and treating the disorder.
Learn more about How Gender Influences Treatment >>
While girls and boys differ in their remedy needs, both need to begin any treatment with a proper diagnosis. Do you pay attention to your child's sleeping habits? If not, it's important to start and even consider getting your pediatrician involved too because some rare disorders can display symptoms that can resemble ADD/ADHD.
Learn more about how sleep apnea relates to ADD/ADHD >>
Finally, be sure to take a moment to analyze the dynamics of your family since the ADD/ADHD diagnosis. Has it changed? Often the disorder can place a strain on once-good relationships, likely due to miscommunication and pent-up frustrations.
Learn about the strain of ADD/ADHD on a family >>
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Paulette Gough, Editor
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The Great ADD/ADHD Debate: Girls vs. Boys
Which gender has a greater prevalence of ADD and ADHD - girls or boys? Results of interviews conducted online by Harris Interactive of the general public, teachers, and sufferers of ADD/ADHD show that the majority of respondents believed that boys are affected more, most likely because girls with the disorder seem less likely to display disruptive behaviors such as aggression or hyperactivity.
This misconception is a bigger problem than it may seem as it leads to fewer specialist referrals and vast under-representation in clinical-based studies. It also blurs the line between which gender is perceived to have the higher number of ADD/ADHD cases and which gender actually does. This is because the number of girls diagnosed with ADD/ADHD is reduced by this lack of specialist referrals.
Learn more how gender can affect ADD/ADHD >
The Strain of ADD/ADHD on the Family Unit
ADD/ADHD are disorders with far-reaching negative effects if they are not managed well -- extending out to conflict with academics, personal and career development, as well as peer relationships.
However, often those closest to the sufferer are affected the most - the immediate family members. This group is often overlooked, yet they can be the ones that struggle in silence, all the while harboring many detrimental emotions.
Though not widely studied, researchers at Duke University and the Council for Relationships-- among others-- found that frustrations caused by interactivity with an ADD and ADHD relative in close proximity significantly affected parent and sibling relationships, and even marital dynamics.
Learn more about how ADD/ADHD strains a family >
Incorrect ADHD Diagnoses?
Poor Sleep Could be the Cause
How much attention do you pay to your child's sleeping habits? Most parents agree that it isn't much-- unless there is a noticeable problem. Now, there is evidence showing that perhaps parents should closely monitor their child's sleeping patterns because the result of poor sleep can closely resemble the symptoms of ADHD.
A child's sleeping habits are so important that parents should even consider getting their pediatrician involved to screen for obstructive sleep apnea. While mostly obese youth are affected, sleep apnea affects 2 percent of children.
Learn more about how sleep apnea relates to ADHD >
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Hello! You probably recognize my name from the Native Remedies site, where I have been sharing my advice on the link between physical ailments and psychological health, gained from 15 years of experience as a clinical psychologist.
I have been a contributing force behind the scenes at Native Remedies for years, working with a team of expert herbalists, naturopaths, and homeopaths in the formulation of our natural remedies. I have also supervised the team of health consultants who answer your email questions and provide health and remedy information on the Native Remedies website. Because I have been closely involved in reading and responding to your emails, I feel that I know your needs and concerns very well. This has made me want to reach out to you even more.
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When you have a question, you can always Ask Our Experts on our website. We have experts from many fields available to review your questions and provide professional advice, including our Clinical Psychologist, Michele.
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"I have a 6 1/2 year-old-boy. He is showing hyperactive symptoms and is having difficulty at school. He is a very lively, excitable child who can't sit still and talks non-stop. ...He is a very happy, funny, bubbly child, but these behaviors are holding him back at school, as he is being perceived as "naughty". I am looking for a homeopathic remedy to help with the symptoms, as I don't want to use medication. Your help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you." - Debbie
As you may have seen from the Native Remedies website, we have two great products which can be used on their own or in combination. BrightSpark™ and Focus Formula are both proven over thousands of satisfied children, adolescents and adults, and are non-addictive with no side effects. All of the ingredients have been in use for many years, most for hundreds of years, and most have had individual research done on them and published. Our remedies are compounds of multiple ingredients; each selected and incorporated in therapeutic dosages so that the combined effect is very effective! Both remedies may be taken in the absence of a diagnosis to address lack of concentration and hyperactivity etc.
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