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Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD): Benefits, Causes and Holistic Treatments

by Dr. Randy

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Here is my latest article on ADHD and attention problems at the SAFBaby website. Click here to read the full article.

Attention problems have become an apparent epidemic. Why are so many kids diagnosed with ADD and ADHD today? Why are so many kids routinely prescribed medication with potentially harmful side effects for these issues? The subject of attention it is a huge field. I will try to summarize some of the main issues from the perspective of holistic pediatrics.

There are many contributing causes to the epidemic of ADD:

  • Not the least of these is the expectation that children need to sit still for hours at a time at early ages doing repetitive academic tasks like worksheets. Many children will attempt to avoid these tasks by not paying attention. (Read more…)
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  • Megan

    Overall I agree with most of what is said here but something else to consider is that what appears to be an “attention problem” is really something else that requires interventions such as vision therapy or occupational therapy, as examples.  Many of the key traits that are attributed to ADD/ADHD can be explained by other processing difficulties like sensory processing disorder, vision/auditory processing difficiencies and dyslexia.  If the input or the output of whatever task is required by a child is muddied because of processing problems what appears to be attention problems is really exhaustion or sensory-seeking behaviors.

  • Cureguide

    Of course if a child is having academic difficulties and having a hard time keeping up in any subject, then those difficulties should be evaluated. I agree there are many complicated input and output processing pathways that could be interfering with performance in reading, math, writing, or test taking. Attention functions underlie all of the pathways for basic learning skills as well. If a child is having difficulty attending, then her performance can decline. And as you say a processing problem may appear to be an attention problem. Assessment is key to understanding visual, auditory, memory, and sequencing weaknesses that could be causing difficulties in school.

  • Picklet

    One basic reasonable assumption is, that 5-year-olds are just not
    designed to sit still. That is not an ‘academic difficulty’ that is a
    difficulty this culture has with the reality of a lot of normal
    children.

    Just have a look at the children’s faces some day, when they
    come out of school: Absolutely pale and drawn, just exhausted. Sure, a lot of them can sit still, but that does not mean it’s good for them.

    And some react…

    • Dr. Neustaedter

      I think this is true for children of all ages. Most kids just don’t do so well sitting still all day. They need to move. Boys especially have a lot of kinetic energy. And some personalities will suffer if made to sit still for too long.