These days almost everyone has heard of ADHD but what is ADHD exactly? ADHD is an acronym stands for attention deficit disorder with hyperactivity
As you might deduce from that acronym there is also an attention deficit disorder (ADHD) without Hyperactivity.
This is called ADD where the main problem is an inability to pay attention for a period of time that would normally be expected in that age group.
Please be aware, that this page is written for the average intelligent lay person (who will likely be a parent or care-giver of a child with ADHD if they found their way here) and not for a medical or health practitioner particularly (though if you are a health practitioner of some sort, and do find this useful, then all well and good)
It is meant to be a general overview regarding what is ADHD with general information.
I have also written several other related pages and I do suggest that you read them all, for a fuller overview of all of the different aspects.
If you are looking for more specific information including medical input, such as the various subtypes of ADHD for example, then you will find this information elsewhere on the Internet and a google search will soon pull up some reputable sites for you to look through
What is ADHD is a good question as it is actually a confusing and complex subject but I will try to simplify it. In a nutshell ADHD is defined as impulsiveness that is inappropriate to someone's chronological ag
e. In otherwords they are exhibiting far more impulsive behaviour than you would normally expect for someone of in that age group
This is coupled with a noticeable and pronounced lack of concentration and focus as well as excessive physical activity to the point that they struggle to function in ordinary everyday life situations such as school or kindergarten. And since it does also affect adults, they will struggle with social environ
ments or the workplace setting for example, though many adults have learnt some effective coping strategies that work for them by this time, so it may be less obvious to the casual observer ... but not usually to someone who knows that person well
Generally these difficulties are not accounted for easily by stressful or traumatic life circumstances such as a divorce or bereavement for example where you might expect some displays of behavioral problems or concentration and focus etc.
So to the average lay person, a child suffering from undiagnosed ADHD might appear to be naughty and mischievous and sometimes outright defiant and obnoxious.
He may always be on the move, chasing around, jumping up and he down or even having temper tantrums and even if he is actually sat down he will have great difficulty in keeping still and so will constantly fidget and be restless.
He will also have great difficulty in focusing and concentrating and as such schoolwork and homework become boring or stressful chores that he will avoid if possible and even if attempted will often not be finished to a satisfactory standard if at all.
This is the child who induces others to join in rough and tumble games because he has so much pent-up energy that he actually cannot keep still or quiet.
This is the child who will enjoy fighting with his siblings on the carpet as his parents scream at him to stop and just be calm, and why can't he sit quietly like any other child.
And this most certainly is the child who will have difficulty sleeping at night.
However, it is important to be aware that this child is not being intentionally naughty or disobedient. He is expressing himself and what is going for him in the only way that he knows how, and thus the only way he is able to.
With treatment and time, and the learning of coping strategies, he may well be able to modify his behaviour to varying degrees, and indeed some people who find what works for them in temrs of treatment etc, do then experience a drop or disappearing of these symptoms.
These children then behave like all other kids form that point. It is a case of finding what approach your child needs, diet, remedies etc
This condition is extremely distressing and upsetting for parents as well as being stressful, anxiety producing and even embarrassing and exceptionally exhausting.
Imagine having a demanding child who never runs out of energy and wants and needs constant attention and input so as to prevent boredom, but who has such a short attention span that he cannot focus and so requires many different activities so that he can move from one to the other or he will become disruptive. This is ADD. This is ADHD.
And then of course, there are the other parents who perhaps do not understand that the child has ADHD and only see a "naughty disruptive" child and all of the stigma that brings as well as possible isolation and exclusion for the child himself.
When you consider these factors, it is not difficult why parents reach the point of desperation at times even though they love their child dearly
It is my sincere desire that the information contained in these pages will not only provide hope for these wonderful heroes called parents, but also if you are one of these worn out, stressed out amazing parents, that you will find something to help your child.
I have seen miracles and I know the answers are out there. I provide only some of them here.
What is ADHD associated with? ADHD is often seen together with learning difficulties as well as a lack of social skills and in fact it is believed that between 30 and 40% of children with ADHD have accompanying learning disabilities, although in many cases these children are actually often found to be quite bright.
However the diagnosis of ADHD can be a somewhat controversial diagnosis because there is no simple laboratory or physical test that will confirm it for sure.
In fact it is precisely because it is such a subjective diagnosis that the question arises as to whether the behaviour is actually normal in many cases and particularly for younger boys.
What is ADHD can have different explanations, especially when continuous active play of a child is seen as natural behaviour or as problematic, partly according to specific cultural values of that time .
These days there seem to be a staggering number of children that have been diagnosed with ADHD and more details of how this can manifest itself can be found on the symptoms of ADHD in children page.
Over the years I have had the privilege of treating many children with both ADD and ADHD with natural remedies, mostly with much success and in some instances even better than that.
Of course there have been some children that I have been unable to help and the reasons for this are likely to be many fold but one of the factors that appear to be part of the picture is a reluctance or inability by the parents or care giver to both make and then maintain the lifestyle changes that are an essential part of a natural treatment program for ADHD and ADD.
Unfortunately it does not appear to be as simple as taking a natural pill or potion and expecting an overnight cure.
This may well be a vital part of the process but dealing with the causes of ADHD is just as essential and so with that in mind I urge you to read all of the pages in this section including causes of ADHD, symptoms of ADHD in kids and diagnosing ADHD as well as ADD natural remedies and ADHD natural treatment using food.
And if you are here searching for information about what is ADHD in adults then you need to include this page in your reading.
It is only when all of this information is taken in context together as a whole that you know some answers on the question “what is ADHD” and a truly comprehensive and holistic treatment plan can be formulated.
It is my belief that it is this that makes the difference in how effective and how long-term natural treatment for ADHD is likely to be.
Of course if you are here as a completely stressed out and worried parent because you have a child that fits this description or has been diagnosed with ADHD or ADD and are seeking help, consequently finding your way to my page "what is ADHD" then you are likely to be one of the parents that is willing to do what it takes in order to heal their child and for that I commend you.
I truly hope that you find some of the answers to the question "what is ADHD" on these pages.
Keep in mind that -as always with any complex condition- there are sometimes some circumstances that will need to be dealt with on a one-to-one basis with a qualified and experienced natural health practitioner.
I encourage you to consider exploring this option alongside of utilising the information in this web site.
Part of the reason for this, using homeopathy as an example, is that some of the approaches that I took as a practitioner are actually too specialised and individualised to discuss in a web site of this nature.
Also some of the remedies that I would use are not actually available to the layperson.
However having said all of that, you and your child may be one of the lucky ones and if you wee looking for the answers to what is ADHD then you may find that everything you need to know is in this web site.
So anyway, do try the natural remedies for ADHD and incorporate the lifestyle changes alongside of this and see what happens.
If after giving it some time, (three months at least) the improvement that you seek for your child is not forthcoming, then this would be the time to seek out a qualified natural health practitioner.
At this time, they can also enlighten you further as to what is ADHD if you are now ready for more indepth information.
Did I miss a really great Natural ADHD / ADD Remedy? If so, why don't you share it with us for the benefit of other visitors?
Maybe you have already tried some of the natural remedies on this page with your kids? If so, how did you get on? Did it work? Would you recommend it?
Share your Story
Fast, Free, Fun
Just complete the simple form at the bottom of the page and that's it. All done !