Back to School: Learning Disabilities

Sep 3, 2014 | by: SCC

One in Ten U.S. Kids Diagnosed With ADHD


The above is a headline from a HealthDay article appearing on WebMD on April 1, 2013. What is interesting is the sub-headline for this story, which reads, "But many children who get diagnosis may not really have the condition, experts say."

According to a recent report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 11 percent of all children attending school, and a whopping 19 percent of high school males, are diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). A total of 6.4 million school-age children have been diagnosed with ADHD, which is a 16 percent rise since 2007 and a 53 percent increase since 2003 as reported by the New York Times.

Approximately two-thirds of the children are prescribed Adderall, Ritalin, or other psychotropic drugs, which carry side effects such as anxiety, psychosis, and addiction. According to a New York Times article dated April 6, 2013, doctors are increasingly concerned about the overuse of the ADHD diagnosis and the overuse of the drug treatments for ADHD in US school children.

"Mild symptoms are being diagnosed so readily, which goes well beyond the disorder and beyond the zone of ambiguity to pure enhancement of children who are otherwise healthy," said Dr. William Graf, a pediatric neurologist in New Haven, Conn., and a professor at the Yale School of Medicine.

So how can chiropractic help?

ADHD is a symptom, and symptoms are always caused by an underlying issue. In this case, ADHD is the result of an imbalance in two apposing parts of our autonomic nervous system. This leads to our sympathetic nervous system being out worked causing an overstimulation of the mind resulting in symptoms, which are now being classified as ADHD. To balance out these two divisions of our nervous system, we must either stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system or reduce the stimulus input that is causing the overstimulation to the child’s brain. Chiropractic care can effectively remove interferences in our nervous system, giving our body the opportunity to work in proper balance.

If you or anyone you know if suffering from a learning disorder, please tell them to give us a call to find out how we can help!

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