The criteria for an ADHD diagnosis include hyperactivity, inattentiveness and impulsivity. It’s certainly the behavior that ADHD kids engage in but that behavior can be caused by other factors-some of which can be “cured” very easily.
Seven Factors that mimic ADHD:
1. Lack of Vitamin D
Lack of vitamin D is at epidemic proportions today. Kids are eating fewer foods enriched with Vitamin D. Very few foods naturally contain significant amounts of vitamin D. And, sadly, kids are spending less time outdoors in the sunshine-a major source of vitamin D.
Without enough Vitamin D, kids’ behavior can quickly look like adhd test: hyper, not paying attention, acting impulsive. You’ll need to see your child’s pediatrician to check Vitamin D levels with a simple blood test.
2. Food coloring
Many children are allergic to artificial food coloring, esp. red dye 40 with the same results as lack of vitamin D. Look in your cupboard and refrigerator for every food or candy that is red. If it has red dye 40 in it, restrict your child from this food and candy. See if that helps with the adhd behavior, (You’ll be surprised at how common red dye 40 is, by the way.)
3. Too much TV
Kids are spending 3-4 hours every day watching TV which results in alarming rates of obesity, lack of physical fitness and adhd symptoms. TV also affects attention: the more hours watching TV, the shorter the attention span. Limiting TV often helps with adhd symptoms.
4. Chronic Stress
Many kids live in a state of chronic stress. Can be a chaotic home life. Can be anxiety about school. Fear, whether you think it’s something they should be frightened of or not, also causes stress reactions in the brain. Whatever the cause of stress, it can easily cause behavior that looks just like ADHD.
5. School is too hard or too easy.
If children are overwhelmed in school because the work is too difficult or they have a learning disability, the behavioral results will look like ADHD. The reverse is true too for those kids who find school too easy and thus boring. Talking to your child’s teacher and testing can often help.
6. Overly-busy schedule
If kids are too busy, have too many outside activities plus school, they can easily become overwhelmed. Their brain responds by an inability to focus and your child either spaces out or runs around in a hyped up state. Cut down on some activities, slow everything down,
7. Lack of sleep
Are they getting enough sleep? Probably not. Researchers are showing that on average kids are getting at least an hour less sleep every night than previously. An hour too little sleep cam affect kids’ cognitive abilities, not to mention ADHD symptoms.