According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) more than 11% of children have Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). That is more than 6 million children between the ages of 4-17. From 2007 to 2011 the number of children with ADHD more than doubled in the United States
Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is caused by neurological rather than parental, social, or emotional causes. ADHD is caused by a brain chemistry problem not brain damage. The chemicals in the brain are called neurotransmitters.
Neurotransmitters serve various functions in the brain that have been linked to depression, anxiety, lack of concentration, ADHD, and many other issues. There are 5 different neurotransmitters each having a different function: dopamine, serotonin, norepinephrine, epinephrine, and GABA. Neurotransmitters are used by the brain to stimulate or repress stimulation in brain cells. To pay proper attention, the brain must be adequately stimulated. To have proper control of our impulses, areas of the brain must be adequately controlled, repressed, or slowed down. In ADHD children, both systems of stimulation and repression are not working correctly. Low dopamine and norepinephrine are the two neurotransmitters that tend to be off balance in children with ADHD. A lack of concentration can be a sign of low epinephrine. [Read more…]