Managing ADHD in Teens
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Marcia Williams, ND Marcia Williams, ND

Managing ADHD in Teens

How do the hormonal changes of adolescence affect ADHD in teenagers?

ADHD symptoms include distractibility, poor concentration, hyperactivity and irritability. During teenage years, as hormonal changes emerge, ADHD symptoms may worsen. To compound this, if a teenager is mercury toxic, chances are their endocrine system (which regulates hormones) is disrupted, which can cause or contribute to further neurological and behavioral disorders.

ADHD-in-teensWhat are the health benefits to teens who manage ADHD without medication?

The advantage of managing ADHD naturally means that any nutritional deficiencies such as decreased essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals are balanced through proper nutrition. Also, food sensitivity and toxic metal testing will reveal any allergies/sensitivities and toxicity, which through elimination, will increase immune system function and achieve better health.

What are some common side effects in teenagers who manage their ADHD symptoms with stimulant medications?

Research has confirmed that stimulants like Ritalin, Adderall and Concerta along with being highly addictive, can sometimes lead to feelings of hostility and paranoia. These stimulants affect the central nervous system, causing increased blood pressure and heart rate, and appetite suppression. It can even produce painful headaches, insomnia and depression.

What are the health ramifications for teens with ADHD that goes untreated?

Teenagers who go untreated (with no natural intervention) not only suffer from substandard health due to nutritional deficiencies and toxicity, but also find that impulsivity and poor judgment are compounded as they get older. Statistics show an increase for alcohol and drug abuse and school expulsion.

 

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Marcia Williams, ND specializes in treating ADHD, gastrointestinal disorders, heavy metal detoxification, allergies and cardiovascular disease.