How Can ADHD be prevented ?

How Can ADHD be prevented ?

ADHD is a chronic neurodevelopmental disorder that can affect a person’s life. The occurrence of ADHD is more common in children. However, if left untreated in early stages then can lead to adult stages. If you want to know what is ADHD and how to prevent ADHD in adults, then read this article thoroughly. 

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
The most common medical condition that affects a person’s behavior is ADHD. This condition can occur in adults but is most common in childhood stages. Moreover, children with ADHD face difficulty in paying attention to important tasks and often feel restless. 

Symptoms of ADHD
ADHD symptoms usually vary in children. However, the most common symptoms include:

  • Forgetfulness
  • Inattention
  • Difficulty in paying attention to each detail
  • Poor academic learning
  • Reduced organizational skills
  • Quick distraction
  • Impulsivity
  • Hyperactivity

Complications of ADHD
Various severe complications can occur if ADHD is not treated, such as:

  • Sleep deprivation
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Extremely reduced self-esteem
  • Eating disorders
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Trouble in engaging in social activity
  • Loss of passion and interest
  • Job instability

How to prevent ADHD during pregnancy?
Different supplements are used for treating ADHD during pregnancy. They can prevent the brain defects of developing fetuses. Vitamin D is very significant in the effective brain development of the child. Vitamin D deficiency can lead to ADHD in pregnancy stages. Mothers should use Vitamin D supplements to prevent ADHD in children.

Additionally, folic acid is also important in the development of neural tubes during pregnancy. Folic acid can prevent various other congenital disabilities including spina bifida and anencephaly. During the early stages of pregnancy, an intake of 600 mcg of folic acid is recommended to avoid any birth defects or ADHD. Along with the folic acid supplements, foods rich in folic acid can serve the same purpose. Beans, broccoli, eggs, nuts, green leafy vegetables, avocado, etc are the best sources of natural folic acid. 

Alcohol or Drugs during Pregnancy
Female diet during pregnancy has a strong connection with ADHD disorder. Moreover, excessive use of alcohol and drugs can affect the brain development of developing fetuses. Furthermore, various recent studies have reported the link between drugs and alcohol with ADHD symptoms. Pregnant females should avoid taking alcohol and drugs to prevent their children from ADHD. 

Best ways to prevent ADHD
Different treatment procedures are linked with that how to manage ADHD such as:

Medical Consultation
If your child is showing severe symptoms of ADHD, then immediately consult the physician. Before taking any psychotherapy or behavioral therapy, a medical evaluation is best.

Medications
Different types of ADHD medications work in various ways depending on the ADHD  type. Furthermore, medications cause the release of chemical messengers in the brain including serotonin and dopamine. Furthermore, different ADHD medications involve stimulants, nonstimulants, antidepressants, and different combined dosages. All play a significant role in adhd treatment for adults.

Stimulants
Stimulants are the specific substances that promote the action of the nervous system. There are two major types of stimulants such as:

Short Acting: As the name indicates, they last for short periods. They cause several changes after being immediately released into the body. However, in some patients, an increase in hunger and a sudden drop in energy levels are reported.

Long-Acting/Intermediate Acting: These stimulants are usually taken in the early morning. Moreover, some stay in the body for about eight hours, while some have a longer lasting duration, approximately 16 hours.

Commonly used stimulants are as follows:

  • Vyvanse
  • Adderall
  • Concerta
  • Dyanavel

Nonstimulants: When stimulants cause side effects or are not functional, then nonstimulants can also be used. In addition, they are helpful in the regulation of impulses and concentration.

The most commonly used non-stimulants to treat ADHD include:

  • Catapres
  • Tenex
  • Alpha Agonists
  • Atomoxetine
  • Viloxazine

Antidepressants: ADHD patients are more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression. Different antidepressants including Effexor, Norpramin, Monoamine oxidase inhibitors, and Tifranil are used to treat mental issues such as ADHD.

ADHD Treatment in Children
Treating ADHD in children involves the use of different therapeutic procedures. However, If ADHD is left untreated, then it leads to OCD, eating disorders, and gender dysphoria.

Behavioral Therapy
Parenting is the vital key to prevent or treat ADHD. Parents should guide their children in setting their future goals. Furthermore, parents should analyze the behavior of their children. They should give them awards in case of positive behavior so they acquire self-confidence.

Social Skills Training
Children with ADHD usually avoid engaging in social activities. Furthermore, parents should manage their daily schedule and allow them to participate more in social activities. Ultimately they will learn new skills from the treatment and contribute to productive things.

Talk to the Professionals
If you are unable to treat your children with ADHD, then consult with professional experts. They can tell you the best strategies for how you can take care of your child’s health. Moreover, doctors always recommend avoiding medication in the early stages of ADHD. However, psychiatric medication management is suggested in case of severity.

Role of Diet
A proper diet is also effective in preventing any kind of mental health issues. According to some experts, some undesired changes in diet can result in hyperactive behavior in children. Furthermore, sweets and chocolates also play a major role in preventing mood disorders. Different studies have also reported that blood sugar spikes release the adrenaline hormone that lifts the mood. Always make sure to follow a proper diet plan to avoid any health or mental issues.

Balanced Routine
Both children and adults can prevent ADHD by following a structured routine. Early rise with some strenuous activities is essential for maintaining health. Furthermore, participation in extracurricular activities boosts confidence and gives peace of mind.

Protection from Environmental Toxins
Among several toxins, lead and mercury are extremely dangerous as they can affect the brain development of children.  Moreover, the probability of ADHD and various other mental disorders is also increased. Additionally, a major source of lead is unhygienic water. It is necessary to take care of hygiene.

Mercury is mostly in the air and released by various industries and oil refineries. It is also present in multiple domestic and dental products. To prevent ADHD, especially in children, the best hygienic measures are required

Conclusion
ADHD is the most common neurodevelopmental disorder that affects the brain development. Moreover, the onset of this disorder usually occurs in childhood and can persist to adulthood stages. Furthermore, children with ADHD always have trouble paying attention to core tasks. There are different ways to prevent ADHD, including psychotherapy, behavioral therapy, medications, a balanced diet, a daily schedule, talking with experts, and protection from environmental toxins. Moreover, if you want to determine the finest strategies that how to prevent ADHD in adults, communicate with the Renewed Mental Health Group experts. You will get the finest solutions to prevent ADHD.

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Brittlin Fagundes

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Brittlin Fagundes is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist at Renewed Mental Health Group. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Sonoma State University. Brittlin then returned to her hometown of San Diego, California, where she received her Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling from Point Loma Nazarene University.

In her spare time, Brittlin enjoys being outdoors, spending time with her family and friends, playing and watching sports, and listening to music. Brittlin finds these activities very therapeutic, as they allow her to clear her mind and reflect and provide her pure happiness. Brittlin works with her clients to find their hobbies and interests, which can be great coping and grounding skills for needy individuals.

Brittlin has experience with various ages and populations- children, adolescents, adults and elderly, groups, LGBTQ+ individuals and families of all different socioeconomic statuses. In addition, Brittlin has worked with various diagnoses such as anxiety, depression, addiction, Bipolar Disorder, schizophrenia, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Brittlin takes pride in her ability to have a personable relationship with her clients, as she finds it vital for them to feel comfortable in her presence.

Brittlin understands that everyone carries a unique story with extraordinary hardships and stressors. She is dedicated to creating a safe and supportive environment where her clients can overcome obstacles and work toward positive change. Brittlin believes therapy should be a collaborative process that fosters personal growth and healing. Overall, Brittlin strives to use various therapeutic techniques to empower her clients to overcome their obstacles, working towards self- discovery.

Carissa Mendez-Munder

Associate Clinical Social Worker

Carissa Mendez-Munder is a Mental Health Therapist at Renewed mental Health group. Carissa is a Registered Associate Clinical Social Worker with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Carissa graduated with her master’s in clinical social work from Baylor University.

Carissa’s education and work experience have allowed her to work with a diverse clientele ranging from 4 to 100 years old and across all economic and cultural backgrounds. Carissa has offered individual, group, and family counseling in both English and Spanish for these diverse caseloads. Carissa has provided counseling, emotional and communication skills groups, and grief and anger management groups at the elementary, middle, and high school ages. Carissa works most commonly with diagnoses of Anxiety, Depression, Anger management, life-stage struggles, adjustment disorders, ADHD, family conflict (including non-traditional family arrangements, LGBTQIA+ youth), prolonged grief, and PTSD.

Carissa’s experience has given her more perspective on how external influences, systems, and traumatic experiences in a person’s life can affect their overall health and well-being. Carissa works with her clients using a strengths-based perspective and person-centered approaches to counseling to sharpen tools, skills, and any other client strengths. Carissa works to create a “toolkit” with her clients to better work with these external influences. Carissa believes that every person can change and has the tools to do so. Her role as a therapist is to draw attention to these tools and strengths and help the client find their motivations. Carissa believes in a person’s inherent worth and dignity and their right to live a fulfilling life. Carissa takes pride in seeing her clients achieve their therapy goals and grow their confidence and self-determination. Carissa offers a safe space for her clients for in-person or telehealth sessions and is currently accepting new patients.

Taryn A. Joyce

PMHNP-BC

Taryn is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with 6+ years of experience in mental health care. Taryn earned her Masters’ of Science in Nursing degree from California State University, Long Beach. Taryn specializes in ADHD, anxiety disorders, depression/mood disorders, schizophrenia, PTSD, and personality disorders. Taryn utilizes a patient-centered approach emphasizing collaboration and empowerment, ensuring each individual receives personalized care tailored to their unique needs.

Taryn has years of experience in inpatient and outpatient mental health settings, most recently in the community mental health setting, serving clients from various backgrounds, ethnicities, cultures, genders, and socioeconomic statuses. As a committed advocate, Taryn brings a blend of expertise in psychiatric nursing, evidence-based interventions, and a compassionate approach to foster positive outcomes. Taryn looks forward to partnering with you on your journey to mental wellness.

Alice Kim

PMHNP-BC

Alice Kim is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Alice has many years of experience in psychiatry in acute inpatient and outpatient settings.

She believes that mental health is essential but is often a forgotten or invisible part of healthcare.She wants to be an advocate and caregiver for the vulnerable population in a compassionate, empathetic, and nonjudgmental approach.

Alice has made it her life’s passion to utilize her skills to help others aware of their illness and offer patients and their families quality care, support, and guidance during a time of difficulty.

Alice Kim 은 이사회 인증을 받은 정신과 정신 건강 간호사 실무자입니다.

앨리스는 급성기 입원환자 및 외래에서 수년간 정신과에서 근무한 경험이 있다.

그녀는 정신 건강은 필수적이지만, 종종 의료에서 잊혀지거나 보이지 않는 부분이라고 믿는다. 그녀는 연민적이고, 공감적이며, 비판적이지 않은 접근으로 취약한 사람들을 옹호하고 돌보는 사람이 되기를 원한다. Alice는 자신의 기술을 활용하여 다른 사람들이 자신의 질병을 인지하도록 돕고, 환자와 가족의 간병, 지원 및 어려운 시기에 안내를 제공하는 것을 자신의 삶의 열정으로 삼았습니다.

Alice는 2개 국어를 구사하며 한국어에 능통하기 때문에 한국어로 말하는 환자에게 도움이 될 수 있는데, 이는 혼란을 없애고 환자 만족을 제공하며 양질의 의료 서비스를 제공하는 데 도움이 되기 때문입니다.

Cristian Cuevas

PMHNP-BC

Cristian Cuevas, PMHNP-BC, is a highly skilled board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over seven years of experience in inpatient psychiatry and mental health.

A California State University Long Beach graduate, Cristian also earned recognition as a board-certified psychiatric mental health registered nurse. With a wealth of expertise in adult psychiatric care across the lifespan, Cristian has successfully diagnosed and treated a diverse range of mental health disorders.

Additionally, his specialized experience in child and adolescent inpatient populations further enhances his ability to provide comprehensive and compassionate mental health care.