Affected Anatomy: Brain
Attention deficit disorder (ADHD) is a condition that is largely recognized by an individual’s inability to focus or pay attention long enough to complete a simple task. There are three major categories of ADHD. An individual who suffers from ADHD may exhibit behaviors that are characteristic any one of these categories or a combination of them. The three major categories include inattentiveness (unable to focus), hyperactivity, and impulsiveness (unable to control behavior). ADHD is considered to a type of developmental disorder and may exist with other mood, anxiety or substance abuse disorders. There have been many theories about what causes ADHD. Scientists have identified that a combination of dysregulation of specific brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) and environmental factors increase an individual’s risk of developing ADHD.
Symptoms of ADHD
The signs and symptoms of ADHD depend upon the category or combination of categories that an individual suffer from. The symptoms are mainly produced by abnormal amounts of specific brain chemicals (neurotransmitters). Signs and symptoms of inattentiveness or inability to focus include daydreaming, difficulty following instructions, problems organizing and following through with tasks and being easily distracted. Signs and symptoms of hyperactivity include frequently interrupting conversations, inability to wait one’s turn, excessive talking, and frequent fidgeting. Impulsive behavior may include yelling or throwing things, physical aggression, stealing, running away, taking drugs, purposefully damaging property, making drastic changes in appearance, throwing tantrums or even attempting suicide.
Treating ADHD or Treatment of ADHD
The goal for treatment of attention deficit disorder (ADHD) is to minimize disruption of the individual’s day to day life. Behavioral modification, medications or a combination of the two therapies have been used with success in the treatment of individuals with ADHD. Some clinicians have been known to suggest hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) for patients in addition to traditional therapies. The high levels of oxygen supplied by each treatment of HBOT provides a higher blood saturation level of oxygen that is made immediately available for use by the brain and brain tissues. The increased oxygen content in the brain tissue improves brain functioning and a person’s ability to focus on day to day tasks. Consumers of HBOT have reported fewer mood swings and incidences of impulsive behavior while using hyperbaric oxygen therapy in addition to their medications and other therapeutic regimens.