ADHD – Attention Deficiency Hyperactivity Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common mental disorders that develop in children. ADHD may cause considerable reductions in the powers of concentration and attention, impulse control disorders or marked hyperactivity and restlessness. In particular the children and the parents suffer from the consequences, but also the school and the social environment (family and friends). If untreated, the disorder can have long-term adverse effects into adolescence and adulthood.
According to the current level of knowledge, ADHD is explained by an abnormal brain metabolism where several messenger substances (neurotransmitters) are produced or dissimilated in the wrong quantity or in an uncontrollable manner.
Up to now, diagnosis often took place by means of psychological questionnaires and IQ tests. Current standard therapy consists of psychiatric drugs. The power of concentration and integration is increased through the common drugs – but partly at the price of serious side effects.
Therefore, physicians and parents search for new possibilities of better understanding the causes of ADHD and of developing a better therapy.
ADHD actually is an extremely complex phenomenon. Recent observations show that the disorder of the messenger balance may have varied causes: genetic, psychosocial or organic.
Search for causes instead of treatment of symptoms
Currently three factors are identified: certain metabolic disorders, gastro issues and immunological disorders. Depending on the kind of disorder there will be either immediate therapy (e.g. in the case of gastro-enteropathies) or further laboratory diagnostics such as an ImuPro100 test.
This increases the chances that the ideal therapy will be chosen for each child. Depending on the fact whether ADHD is due to a genetic or psychosocial disorder, a metabolic disorder, the condition of the intestine or the immunologic processes in the body, the physician will then be able to individually take the necessary measures.