Finding and Treating The Underlying Causes of the Symptoms
Some Adults Do Have Symptoms But It's Not Adult ADD Or ADHD
Many adults do have problems and symptoms that are being called Adult ADD. They
struggle with a lack of focus, disorganization, restlessness, difficulty
finishing projects, losing things and even with reading and memory. But there
are many common health and perceptual problems that can cause these symptoms.
Many of the symptoms described as Adult ADD are normal behaviors that people experience everyday such as feeling distracted, disorganized, having trouble
waiting in line, fidgeting or to procrastinate on projects that take a lot of
attention to detail.
The drugs used to treat Adult ADD carry many serious side-effects including
psychotic episodes, anxiety, restlessness, mania, seizures, suicide, impaired
judgment and more. The cardiac side-effects include heart attack, cardiac
arrhythmias, palpitations, rapid heartbeat, high blood pressure, stroke and
congestive heart failure.
Dr. Block's Non-Drug Approach Helps Adults With Attention Problems
Dr. Block's approach to treating people who have been diagnosed with Adult
ADD or those who have these symptoms, is to look for the underlying medical
causes of the symptoms and treat them instead of covering the symptoms with
psychiatric drugs that can cause side-effects. When you find and fix the
underlying problem, there is no need for drugs.
Some of the most common causes of the attention symptoms in adults include:
Allergies and Sensitivities
Allergies can affect how we think, feel and act. Allergy cells, called mast
cells, are found throughout the body, including the lungs, the skin, the
bladder, the muscles and the brain. This is why each of these body areas can be
affected when exposed to certain allergens. One person may get a runny nose,
while another gets asthma, and still another becomes lethargic or experiences
hyperactivity or learning problems. Exposures to various chemicals can cause
nervous system reactions such as headaches, mental fuzziness and difficulty
focusing. When these allergies and sensitivities are uncovered and successfully
treated, the symptoms resolve.
Our bodies depend on nutrients to function. If we don't get enough of the right
nutrients, our body and brain can't work appropriately. There are literally
hundreds of articles in the medical literature showing a correlation between
certain nutritional deficiencies and memory and concentration problems. There
are blood tests available to help identify nutritional deficiencies.
Many adults have worked very hard to compensate for basic processing skills they
lack or have not developed properly. These skills include the ability to receive
and process information optimally through the three senses, spatial, auditory
and visual. The Block Center provides a 10 hour accelerated training program
that simultaneously combines these three proven training programs to target and
enhance spatial, auditory and visual processing. This program can help improve
perception, organization and the ability to process information. Improvements in
such areas as organizational skills, efficiency, reading ability and memory and
multi-tasking have been documented.
Progesterone plays an important role in memory and the functioning of nerve
cells in the brain. When the levels of estrogen and progesterone fluctuate in
the body, women can experience memory difficulties, difficulty concentrating or
"foggy" thinking. These symptoms can be addressed effectively when the hormones
are balanced with bio-identical or natural hormones.
A properly functioning thyroid gland is extremely important for your metabolism.
When the thyroid doesn't work properly many of your bodily functions can suffer.
The thyroid can produce too much of the hormone which is called hyperthyroidism
or too little which is called hypothyroidism. Symptoms of low thyroid include
fatigue, poor attention, weight gain, cold hands or feet. When thyroid hormone
replacement is prescribed, the problems improve. Symptoms of too much thyroid
include rapid heart rate and inability to sit still and focus.