The Centre for disease control and prevention in the USA in 1996 estimated that 9.4% of children have been diagnosed with ADHD. As the ability for professionals to be able to recognize and diagnose correctly we may find the prevalence could be even higher. There is still a lot that we don’t know about this condition but what has been shown is the consistent chemical deficiencies displayed by those with this condition. Research shows those with ADHD are low in lower serum magnesium levels compared to those without the condition.(1) Some studies have shown low levels of zinc, iron, vitamin D, and Omegas.
Magnesium deficiency is linked to disturbances in cognitive capability, leading to symptoms such as fatigue, lack of concentration, nervousness, mood swings, and aggression. Since these symptoms are common in ADHD, it is not surprising that in most studies lower serum magnesium levels are reported for patients with ADHD compared to those without the condition(2).
These nutritional statuses show promise to be incorporated along with behavioral modification, cognitive therapy, anger management, social training, dietary changes, and medication options. All of these treatment options form an umbrella approach that can offer real relief and help in allowing those suffering from this condition a greater chance to enjoy a greater quality of life for themselves and their loved ones.
For each person, it will take a mosaic of different therapies and treatment interventions to help provide the assistance and support required as we learn more about this condition.