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ADHD Specialist

Be Balanced Naturopathic Care Center

Naturopathic Medicine & Nutritionist located in Norwalk, CT & Southbury, CT

Millions of children in the United States have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Adults can also suffer from the condition too. If you or your child struggles to pay attention and focus, naturopathic physician Shyron Alston, ND, at Be Balanced Naturopathic Care Center in Norwalk, Connecticut, offers holistic solutions. She uses lifestyle strategies, preventive care, dietary supplements, and other treatment modalities to relieve ADHD symptoms. Schedule an appointment by calling the office or requesting one online today.

ADHD Q & A

What is ADHD?

ADHD, or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, can occur in adults and children. It’s a chronic condition that makes paying attention, focusing, and thriving in everyday situations difficult. 

ADHD is also associated with impulsive behavior and problems with social relationships. Treatment can restore your or your child’s quality of life.

What are the symptoms of ADHD?

ADHD symptoms are often apparent before age 12. They might be mild, moderate, or severe. The following signs and symptoms are associated with ADHD:

  • Careless mistakes at work or school
  • Difficulty paying attention or following through with tasks
  • Appearing not to listen when spoken to
  • Losing items easily
  • Being distracted often
  • Forgetting daily activities
  • Fidgeting or squirming while seated
  • Being in constant motion
  • Difficulty working quietly
  • Blurting out answers at school, interrupting, or talking too much

Symptoms of ADHD include problems with focus and hyperactivity. Attention-deficit disorder (ADD) is ADHD without hyperactivity.

What causes ADHD?

The cause of ADHD is unknown but may be associated with genetics, central nervous system problems, or environmental factors. Risk factors for developing ADHD include:

  • Family history of ADHD
  • Drugs, alcohol, or smoking during pregnancy
  • Exposure to lead or other environmental toxins
  • Premature birth

Complications associated with ADHD can include problems in the classroom, poor grades, injuries, accidents, low self-esteem, difficulty interacting with other people, and a higher risk of drug or alcohol abuse.

How is ADHD diagnosed?

To diagnose ADHD, Dr. Alston reviews your child’s medical history and asks questions about their symptoms. She completes a physical exam and gathers information about social and behavioral tendencies. 

If ADHD symptoms negatively affect work, school, or social relationships, treatment can improve your or your child’s quality of life.

How is ADHD treated?

Dr. Alston personalizes each ADHD treatment to match your or your child’s needs, preferences, and lifestyle. She might recommend:

Lifestyle changes

Making your child’s life structured with set routines can help them thrive. Encourage them to get plenty of sleep and physical activity, eat a healthy diet, and take vitamin supplements if Dr. Alston recommends them. She can work closely with you and your child’s teachers to optimize their outcomes.

ADHD therapy

ADHD therapy may include behavioral therapy, social skills training, psychotherapy, family therapy, or parenting skills training. Dr. Alston will let you know which therapy, or combination of treatments, best matches you or your child’s needs.

Dietary Supplements

Some supplements can help you or your child focus better at work or school. Dr. Alston can let you know which supplements might be a fit and reviews the pros and cons of each ADHD treatment with you.

Botanical Medications

Dr. Alston may recommend that you or your child try botanical medications for relief from ADHD symptoms.

Don’t live with ADHD when simple treatments can restore your or your child’s quality of life. Call the office to schedule an appointment or request one online today.