There are millions of children diagnosed with ADHD around the world. Although governments and the pharmaceutical industry are pouring millions of dollars into research, much remains to be understood about this condition. The field of ADHD is full of controversial issues and even the most basic definition, prevalence and causes of ADHD still trigger hot debates within the medical community.

The first step to helping your child overcome ADHD is to understand what this disorder is all about. If you read on, you will find that there are two different perspectives on how ADHD can be taken care of.

In the first perspective, represented by traditional western medicine, ADHD – or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder – is a developmental disorder caused by an imbalance in brain chemicals. The disorder manifests itself in symptoms of hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattention. Once a diagnosis is made on the basis of those symptoms, the child will be prescribed ADHD medications. If he or she is lucky, behavioral therapy may also be used. All children are considered the same since they have the same diagnosis and they therefore all receive the same treatment. The goal is to treat the disorder and not the child.

The second perspective, represented by the Unritalin Solution, offers an alternative view of the condition, its causes and its treatment – a view that is more holistic and more centered on the individual who has the disorder, rather than on the disorder itself.

Instead of only treating the symptoms of ADHD with drugs like medicine does, the UnRitalin Solution views ADHD as a “spectrum disorder.” ADHD is a condition that affects the individual child differently, causing him or her to exhibit unique problems and strengths, and calling for a unique solution tailor-fitted to the child’s needs. According to the Unritalin Solution, and although millions of children have the same diagnosis of ADHD, each child has a unique constellation of difficulties. The UnRitalin Solution acknowledges that genetics do help make certain children pre-disposed to having ADHD. However, ADHD is not simply about a chemical imbalance – it is a disorder ultimately caused by a complex set of environmental factors interacting with a specific genetic profile that leads to imbalances in the body and the brain. It is those imbalances that ultimately affect specific brain circuits, leading them to malfunction and to cause the symptoms and behavior characteristics of ADHD.. This is why some children with ADHD are more the hyperactive type that can’t sit still, while others are simply more careless and forgetful than the average child. This is why no two ADHD children are alike.

You may have already heard about how ADHD medications such as Ritalin are designed to act upon the brain’s neurotransmitters to momentarily restore the chemical imbalance. You may have also heard about the debate surrounding the use of Ritalin as the cure-all for ADHD. While the medical approach views medication as the central – and sometimes only – component to treating ADHD, the UnRitalin Solution places more importance on understanding the child’s medical history, environment, and unique set of symptoms, before recommending certain lifestyle changes. Research has shown that part of what causes ADHD is a lack in key nutrients, such as Omega-3 fatty acids, and an excess in foods that the body cannot process well. An integral part of the UnRitalin Solution is the introduction of these key nutrients and a detoxification of the body – not the use of drugs. Using Ritalin and other similar medications as a”cure” is an inadequate approach to ADHD, as it fails to consider other non-chemical factors that may aggravate the condition.

Ultimately, ADHD is simply a label given by traditional western medicine to a textbook list of behaviors. If we view ADHD as an expression of imbalances between the individual child’s body, mind, and environment, we can come up with an effective and natural treatment to ADHD – one that will improve your child’s behavior and academic performance without the danger of long-term damage and serious side-effects caused by medications.