November 16, 2016
If your child has problems paying attention, is always on the go and is always talking, then it is possible your child may have ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) states that most symptoms of childhood ADHD begin between the ages of 3 and 6. However, ADHD can go on throughout the child’s teenage years and adult years. According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), 11% of childhood cases of ADHD were diagnosed between the ages of 4 and 17 in 2011.
There are three types of ADHD:
- hyperactive-impulsive (constant talking, always interrupting others in conversation, and always on the go)
- inattentive (problems finishing tasks, following directions, and focusing)
- combination of both hyperactivity-impulsivity and inattention
The ADHD Diagnosis
The CDC estimates that the number of children diagnosed with ADHD has increased steadily from 2003 to 2011 (from 7.8% to 11%). FDA representative and child psychiatrist Dr. Tiffany R. Farchione says the increase in ADHD diagnoses is due to more knowledge available about psychiatric conditions.
Dr. Farchione also adds that ADHD diagnoses are more prominent among males (13.2%) than females (5.6%). This discrepancy also may be due in part to boys typically having the more active type of ADHD–the hyperactive-impulsivity type—than the quieter type (inattention) that is harder to identify.
Get your child evaluated by the family physician if you believe your child has ADHD. That way, you can eliminate other culprits of inattention (i.e., hearing and vision problems). Some pediatricians opt to give a referral to a mental health professional if they do not do the evaluation themselves.
Stimulants and non-stimulant drugs for children as young as 6 years old are approved by the FDA as suitable medications for relieving ADHD symptoms and for promoting optimum functioning.
When most people hear the name stimulant, they often think that’s the wrong type of medication to give an already overactive child, but these type of medications actually have the opposite effect on children with ADHD. Stimulants contain amphetamine and methylphenidate, which increases dopamine levels in the brain. The increased dopamine has a calming effect on children because dopamine is a neurotransmitter that is responsible for human attention, motivation and movement.
Children sensitive to stimulants are still able to get medical treatment for their ADHD symptoms. Strattera (atomoxetine), Intuniv (guanfacine), and Kapvay (clonidine) are approved by the FDA as non-stimulants that effectively treat ADHD symptoms. So discuss with your child’s physician the available options for your child concerning stimulant and non-stimulant medications.
ADHD: Adults Can Have it, Too
Research has shown that adults can also be diagnosed with ADHD if it can be proven some symptoms of the disorder were present when the adult was a child (as early as age 7). The 4% of the adult population diagnosed with ADHD exhibit a lot of the same symptoms children exhibit with ADHD. However, adults have slightly different ways of exhibiting inattention and hyperactivity, such as having difficulty with activities required a lot of focused attention, difficulty resting during times of rest, difficulty multi-tasking, and difficulty managing time.
May 1, 2016
Most tremors occur in the hands. In some people, tremor is a symptom of a neurological disorder or appears as a side effect of certain drugs. The most common form of tremor, however, occurs in otherwise largely healthy people. Although tremor is not life-threatening, it can be embarrassing to some people and make it harder to perform daily tasks.
The uncontrollable hands shaking associated with tremor is not unique to this condition. Many different factors or diseases can also cause tremors, including Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, fatigue after exercise, extreme emotional distress, brain tumors, some prescription drugs, metabolic abnormalities, and alcohol or drug withdrawal.
The most effective and safe treatment for hands tremor is herbal supplements. The formulation of herbal products for hands tremor treatment enhances the functioning of the body’s nervous system, gives relief to muscle spasms, and improves the circulation of blood. Additional ingredients help calm anxiety related tremors.
February 11, 2015
Regardless of the cause, neuropathy is associated with characteristic symptoms. Although some people with neuropathy may not have symptoms, certain symptoms are common. The degree to which an individual is affected by a particular neuropathy varies.
Damage to the sensory nerves is common in peripheral neuropathy. Symptoms often begin in the feet with a gradual onset of loss of feeling, numbness, tingling, or pain and progress toward the center of the body with time. The arms or legs may be involved. The inability to determine joint position may also occur, which can result in clumsiness or falls. Extreme sensitivity to touch can be another symptom of peripheral neuropathy. The sensation of numbness and tingling of the skin is medically known as paresthesia.
The loss of sensory input from the foot means that blisters and sores on the feet may develop rapidly and not be noticed. Because there is a reduced sensation of pain, these sores may become infected and the infection may spread to deeper tissues, including bone. In severe cases, amputation may be necessary.
Certain prescription medications have been shown to bring relief for those with neuropathy. In severe cases, a combination of medications may be necessary. These drugs may be effective for lessening pain or joint damage and deformities associated with neuropathy, but they should be used with caution because there is some concern that these drugs may worsen nerve injury.
Neuropathy remedies are among those being considered by patients who have had no success with, or do not want the side effects of, pharmaceutical drugs. Natural neuropathy remedies can be safe and effective and can work to promote overall health. Remedies range from herbal and homeopathic to nutritional.
December 10, 2014
OCD will not go away by itself, so it is important to seek treatment. The most effective approach to treating Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder combines medications with cognitive behavioral therapy.
A type of therapy called exposure and response prevention (ERP) is the most effective treatment. This therapy involves gradually exposing you to a feared object or obsession, such as dirt, and having you learn healthy ways to cope with your anxiety. Exposure therapy takes effort and practice, but you may enjoy a better quality of life once you learn to manage your obsessions and compulsions.
Doctors recommend a combination of natural Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder treatment products and a diet rich in herbs for effective and holistic obsessive compulsive disorder treatment. While treating obsessive compulsive disorder, behavioral therapists and psychologists advise people to interact with their families and friends on a regular basis.
September 15, 2014
Fatigue can be described as the lack of energy and motivation (both physical and mental). This is different than drowsiness, a term that describes the need to sleep. Often a person complains of feeling tired and it is up to the health care professional to tell fatigue from drowsiness, though both can occur at the same time.
Aside from drowsiness, other symptoms can be confused with fatigue including shortness of breath with activity and muscle weakness. Again, all these symptoms can occur at the same time. Also, fatigue can be a normal response to physical and mental activity; in most normal individuals it is quickly relieved by reducing the activity.
Everyone feels tired now and then. Sometimes you may just want to stay in bed. But, after a good night’s sleep, most people feel refreshed and ready to face a new day. If you continue to feel tired for weeks, it’s time to see your doctor. He or she may be able to help you find out what’s causing your fatigue and recommend ways to relieve it.
August 20, 2014
Looking after your emotional health is just as important as caring for your physical health.
If your emotional health isn’t as solid as you’d like it to be, here’s the good news: just as you can improve your physical fitness by working at it, you can improve your emotional fitness, too. There are many things you can do to boost your mood, build resilience, and get more enjoyment out of life.
For example, the emotion of anger is neither good nor bad. It’s perfectly healthy and normal to feel angry when you’ve been mistreated or wronged. The feeling isn’t the problem—it’s what you do with it that makes a difference. Anger becomes a problem when it harms you or others.
There are several different types of drugs available to treat mental illnesses. Some of the most commonly used are antidepressants, anti-anxiety, anti-psychotic, mood stabilizing, and stimulant medications. These drugs carry a risk of addiction, so they are not as desirable for long-term use. Other possible side effects include drowsiness, poor concentration, and irritability.
July 1, 2014
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and attention deficit disorder (ADD) symptoms may begin in childhood and continue into adulthood. There are three types of ADHD:
- Hyperactive-impulsive ADHD makes children appear to be in constant motion. Their bodies — and mouths — are always going, as if driven by a motor.
- Inattentive ADHD makes it hard for children to focus and pay attention.
- Combined ADHD is identified by the presence of both hyperactive-impulsive and inattentive symptoms.
Inattentiveness and hyperactivity usually begins in childhood but may continue into the adult years. It is the most commonly diagnosed behavioral disorder in children. Inattentiveness and hyperactivity is diagnosed much more often in boys than in girls.