Support for Attention, Memory & Mood Swings
Behavior problems and attention difficulties have been reported for centuries, but only until recently has science begun to shine light on the causes and possible treatments for these conditions. Long considered to be the result of misbehaved children, it is now believed that people experiencing behavioral disorders may have neurochemical deficiencies that result in imbalanced stimulation of the Reticular Activating System. The Reticular Activating System, per scientific research, is most likely the section of the brain that controls consciousness, stimulates motivation, and prompts arousal.
Insufficiencies in this area may disturb neural growth and neurotransmitter production in the brain and central nervous system. These are real ailments -- not just cases of poor attention, bad behavior, over-excitement or dramatic tantrums, as these people are sometimes accused of having.
Behavior and attention challenges are believed to result from genetics, brain injury, anxiety disorders, emotional trauma, and other environmental factors. Symptoms of behavior and mood problems include:
- Lying, stealing, destroying property (setting fires, vandalism, etc.)
- Bullying, aggression (towards people and animals)
- Violating rules, skipping school, running away from home
- Negative, skeptical behavior
- Disobedience and hostility toward authority figures for at least six months.
- Temper loss or purposefully annoying others
- Blaming others, not taking responsibility for mistakes
- Being touchy, easily angered or annoyed
- Resentful, spiteful, or vindictive
Male children and those whose parents demonstrate antisocial behavior are more susceptible to Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Conduct Disorders that girls or children who do not have a history of behavior problems in their families. The good news for these children, and even adults who have long suffered with undiagnosed issues, is that there is help available. Through behavioral therapy, correct nutrition through diet and supplements, lifestyle changes, and in some cases prescription medication, these conditions can be properly treated to ensure that sufferers can live happy, fulfilling lives, especially when diagnosed early.
If you believe your child may be suffering from a mood disorder, speak with your health care provider. Her or she will be able to provide you with a diagnosis and help you create a treatment and recovery plan that not only works for your child, but for you and your family as well.