Most parents instinctively know that there must be something other then medication to help their child with attention deficit disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Indeed, some cases require medication, at least in some settings, but a majority of cases can be managed conservatively by what we call a “neurometabolic approach”. This term is sometimes used by practitioners who combine a functional neurological (or “brain based”) approach with a metabolic approach.

Many people question why a child is prescribed a stimulant such as Ritalin when their kid already seems too stimulated. The reason for this is that the drug stimulates a part of the child’s brain which is under active. Typically this is somewhere in the frontal lobe (behind the forehead) where our inhibitory centers are located. These centers help to inhibit or decrease motor activity, other brain activities, as well as errant social behavior. So if this part of the brain is not working well, symptoms such as increased motor activity (hyperactivity), distractive thoughts (inability to focus), and social miscues may result.

The brain based approach tries to identify the areas of the brain with are under active and stimulate them to increase their activity. Typically stimulation techniques are administered in the office and home exercises are given. The “metabolic approach” involves addressing nutritional deficiencies and supplementing accordingly. Also, identifying and removing toxins along with modifying the diet are essential.

For an alternative approach to ADD and ADHD (in adults as well!) contact the Multi-Care Center with the contact information on this website.