Does your child blurts out answers before a question?

This is one of the official symptoms of hyperactivity-impulsivity.  The rest of the symptoms of are:

  • Fidgets with hands and feet, squirms in seat
  • Runs about or climbs excessively
  • Often on the go
  • Talks excessively
  • Difficulty in waiting turn
  • Interrupts or intrudes others

It is classic impulsivity issues if symptoms persists more than 6 months.

However, don’t be too quick to jump into conclusion that your child is having ADHD (attention deficit/hyperactivity). Many symptoms are subjective and best resolved with behavioural treatment rather than medication. Symptoms of ADHD are very subjective and can be influenced by our high expectation of children.

The drug Ritalin is often prescribed but studies have shown that it has little impact on academic achievement and social skills. A small study linked it to increased cancer risk and side effects are: heart palpitation, shortness of breath, muscle spasm, hair loss, weight loss, depression, paranoia and there were cases of stroke and sudden death reported.

ADHD is a very complex condition and needs proper diagnosis and observation. There are many possible causes:

  • Food sensitivity
  • Blood sugar imbalances
  • Heavy metal toxicity
  • Environmental illness
  • Maternal hypothyroidism
  • Gut and liver dysfunction

In my opinion, one major cause is constant life stressors in school and home. These stressors in modern city life may cause a rise in ADHD behaviours. Why?  The symptoms of ADHD is very similar to those with post traumatic disorder:

  • Hyper alertness
  • The need to act quickly (sounds familiar?)
  • The need to be on the go all the time in expectation of threats – competition in school, home, gain approval etc.

The world out there is a ‘dangerous’ place. If we don’t win, someone will.

Thus our children need to react quickly and over actively. There is no play in life.

We can take herbs to improve sleep, emotional resilience and to calm one’s mind. However, more need to be done, including family‘s expectation and lifestyle. We may not be able to change the school system but you can work on the spiritual and emotional development of your children. Children’s health is one of my top concerns in my work. As a result, I will be touching on children immunity and stress resilience during our annual Leaf to Life seminar (August 22, 2015).

May be we can start to ask – do I want my child to win at all cost in life or to be whole, to be virtuous person?

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About sliew

I am a practicing Medical herbalist and doctor of naturopathy from Singapore.
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