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Getting to the Root of ADHA

March 20, 2023

ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) were designation presented in the DSM, and now has been declared under one term ADHD even if the presentation of behaviours do not include hyperactivity, the designation of ADHD is assigned.

But what does it all mean?

According to the Diagnostic Statistical Manual (DSM), Inattentive Diagnosis criteria is: poor listening, loses and/or misplaces items, sidetracked easy, forgets daily activities, diminished attention span, lack ability to complete assignments or follow instructions, Avoids or is disinclined to begin homework or activities, thoughtless mistakes in work.

According to the DSM, Hyperactivity Criteria is: Squirms when Easter or fidgets a wth feet/hands, restlessness, appears on the go, lacks ability to engage in quiet activities, overly talkative.

Six of the criteria symptoms are necessary for those over 17 years and 5 of of the symptoms for those under 17.

According to Walsh Institute typical inattention biochemistry is caused by low dopamine, copper excess, low GABA activity, zinc deficiency.

Remember that getting assessed with the medical history and blood work is important for treatment. Tools such as breathing, mindfulness, meditation and CBT are all helpful to assist with life challenges.

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