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ADHD and Iron Deficiency in Children

ADHD and Iron Deficiency in Children

  There are over 6 million children (11% of the child population) in the United States that have been diagnosed with ADHD, and the numbers of diagnoses are continuing to rise.  While the causes of ADHD are not fully understood, it is believed that the neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine may play a large role.  Both neurotransmitters contribute to maintaining alertness, increasing focus, and sustaining thought, effort, and motivation (Hunt).  The biosynthesis of norepinephrine requires dopamine, and … Read entire article »

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Why I Chose the Substances I Used

  The first mind-altering drug I used when I was fourteen years-old was what most youngsters experiment with first: marijuana.  I got hooked on it immediately, after smoking just a few times with a couple of bad influences, and continued using it for another decade until I got sober just six months ago.  Marijuana to me was something that all my friends and I used to socialize, but I took it to another level. I smoked alone most of the time in my room or in the basement, subsequently just sitting on the couch watching my favorite TV shows and munching out on any food I could find in the refrigerator.  Weed did for me what I needed it most, giving me the feeling of relaxation and calmness I craved and otherwise … Read entire article »

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Between 2005 and 2008, 48% of Americans had used at least one prescription drug in the previous month. Over 20% had used at three or more. Over 10% had used at least five. Americans’ use of antidepressants is particularly notable: Of individuals 18 or older, 4% of men and 10% of women currently take an antidepressant. I was eight years old when the new millennium arrived. I had begun to sample quite an assortment of pills to lessen my OCD, the most prominent of which were SSRIs; these were one class of drugs used in the treatment of depression and other mood disorders. By 2003, I had become well-adjusted to the notion of psychiatric medication. I was 11 going-on 12, and the FDA had begun to focus more closely on the … Read entire article »

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Kentucky Bill Passed to Reduce Prescription Drug Abuse

  The Kentucky House of Representatives passed House Bill 1, which provides a comprehensive and systematic plan for decreasing prescription drug abuse.  The primary goals of this bill is to allow law enforcement to identify doctors who are overprescribing schedule II and schedule III drugs, individuals dealing prescription drugs, and addicts (Martin, 2012). It will transfer the jurisdiction of the state wide prescription database, KASPER, from the department of Health and Family Services to the District Attorney’s jurisdiction.  This would allow law enforcement officers and commonwealth attorneys to use KASPER if they were conducting an investigation.  Furthermore, doctors would be required to check in on patients’ prescription use through KASPER.  In a 2010 survey, 90% of doctors who used KASPER reported altering their decision about giving a drug that could potentially lead to … Read entire article »

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Long Term Effects of ADHD Medication

Long Term Effects of ADHD Medication

Therapy and the diagnosis of mental disorders is becoming a common part of people’s lives, but people do not always receive proper therapy or diagnosis.  The amount of children who are perceived to have the developmental disorder attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder is becoming higher and more and more children are being treated for it.  The treatment usually consists of the use of stimulant medication, many of which contain amphetamine. The fact that amphetamine or known by its … Read entire article »

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Kids as Young as Four Being Diagnosed with ADHD

Kids as Young as Four Being Diagnosed with ADHD

Recently, I read an article in Medical News Today concerning the diagnosis of ADHD and ADD in children as young as four years old. Reading this really struck a chord, it made me a bit sick to my stomach; I was not really sure how to digest this new information. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has stated that it has lowered its previous guidelines from six years old to four as an … Read entire article »

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Children with ADHD More Susceptible to Developing Substance Abuse Problem

Children with ADHD More Susceptible to Developing Substance Abuse Problem

ADHD, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, falls into two categories hyperactivity and inattention. A child must show at least 6 out of 9 symptoms of either category. Additionally the behavioral symptoms may cause difficulties in their lives, and have consistent symptoms no matter what environment they are in. Approximately 5-10% of the nation’s children are diagnosed with ADHD. A long-term study conducted by Steve S. Lee of UCLA has found it clear that children with ADHD have a … Read entire article »

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Restless, Anxious, or Can’t Sleep? Herbal Tea Remedies Worth Trying

Drugs and alcohol can be the dictator of sleep patterns. Whether you are suffering from drug and/or alcohol addiction, depression or anxiety rest is vital to maintain moods and healthy brain function. It is easy to depend on substances for a solution, but it is not healthy. Instead of reverting to sleeping pills there are some great herbal remedies to help initiate and regulate sleep patterns in recovery. Here is a compiled list of herbs that can be made into tea before bedtime. This is also just a great way to unwind after your day. Passionflower: Aromatic and flavorful, the leaves and stems are can be infused into a tea. Passionflower has similar sedative characteristics to benzodiazepines, like Valium. The calming benefits of this herb reduce anxiety, nervous tension, and muscle … Read entire article »

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