Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are mental conditions characterized by an inability to focus and impulsive behavior. People with ADHD also have pronounced hyperactivity that makes it difficult for the person to calm down. ADD and ADHD are often diagnosed in young children as personality differences and behavioral choices emerge into a pattern. Naturally, most children have difficulty focusing and can show more impulsive-type behavior than adults. Yet, those with ADD/ADHD have such a severe pattern of behavior that it can interfere with their ability to function normally in society. Missed homework, disciplinary action as a [...]
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According to the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety disorders affect 18% of adult Americans or approximately 40 million people. Of these cases, 23 percent are considered “severe,” with recurring, debilitating symptoms like panic attacks or intense phobias that prevent normal functioning. Despite the prevalence of anxiety disorders, only around a third of sufferers seek proper care for their condition. The rest risk the effects of anxiety disorder entering into their life and causing depression, poor work or school performance, relationship problems and more undesirable effects. Fortunately, anxiety conditions can often be managed effectively through a combination of psychological therapy and other therapies like [...]
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, allergies affect up to 30 percent of adults and 40 percent of children. These numbers are only increasing worldwide. Not only are there more allergens in the atmosphere thanks to increased pollution and more intense pollen seasons, but people have become more sensitive to substances like smoke, dander and pollen that trigger histamine reactions. Combating these allergies with modern medicine has proven to be incredibly expensive. Americans spent $17.5 billion on treatments and medications for nasal issues alone in 2010. Additionally, health problems related to allergies that year lead to 6 million lost days [...]
Asthma is a condition characterized by chronic inflammation of the lung’s airway passages. Sufferers of asthma have periodic “attacks,” where these passages suddenly inflame and fill with mucus, causing severe shortness of breath. Spasms often accompany asthma attacks, causing muscles in the chest as well as smooth muscle tissue in the lungs to contract rapidly, making breathing and movement difficult. These spasms can be so severe that the person cannot move. Coughing fits, wheezing, excess sputum production and other issues can make these fits even worse. Patients that want to safely manage their asthma condition by reducing the frequency and severity [...]
Ear infections occur so commonly in children under the age of five that some pediatricians consider them almost inevitable. Otitis media, the medical name for ear infections, make up the second-most common cause for emergency room visits (after fever) in infants less than 12 months old. In children 1-17 years old, ear infections also constituted the second-most common discharge diagnosis, with the first being superficial injuries and contusions (bruises). For a time, physicians and pediatricians resorted to the typical go-to of modern medicine: antibiotics. Parents would go home with vials of antibiotics only to see an ear infection develop yet again. [...]
Approximately 60 to 70 million people in the U.S. are affected by digestive diseases and chronic conditions, according to the National Institutes of Health. These conditions were responsible for 21.7 million hospital visits in 2010 alone. The most common conditions include gastrointestinal reflux disease, chronic constipation, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and peptic ulcers. Less serious conditions can include cramps, acid reflux (heartburn), indigestion, nausea, bloating sensations and gas. Acute digestive conditions as listed above can often be treated with simple over-the-counter remedies like bismuth or calcium tablets. However, some people have recurring conditions that make these temporary relief measures ineffective. Such digestive [...]
Headaches and migraines plague adults, especially people who work long hours or encounter daily stress. A combination of poor posture along with stressors and other factors like diet can all increase the chances of chronic headaches and migraines. Chiropractic care seeks to alleviate the pain and suffering of chronic headache and migraine sufferers through targeted spinal corrections. These corrections have been proven as effective as medications for treating those with chronic migraines. Since many medications only offer temporary relief and can have serious side effects, chiropractic care can be the safest and best option for some headache sufferers. Regular chiropractic appointments coupled with [...]
Back pain is one of the most common health issues in the country, according to the U.S. government’s online resource MedlinePlus. Data suggests that 80 percent of people will have to deal with painful or long-lasting back pain in their life. Twenty-five percent of the population will encounter at least one day of back pain in any given three-month period, according to the National Institutes of Health. The frequency of these incidents are why back pain is the single biggest cause of disability in the world and the second most frequent reason for doctor’s visits. Similarly, chronic, recurring or long-lasting neck pain conditions plague many [...]
Numbness and tingling conditions are conditions that can affect people of all ages. Most commonly, numbness or tingling results from underlying nerve compression conditions. Other times, blood flow is restricted to the affected area for a variety of medical reasons. Paresthesia — the pins and needles feeling we get when our foot falls asleep — is the most common type of numbness and tingling. In isolated incidents, such as falling asleep on your arm and waking up to it numb, paresthesia is normal. However, if paresthesia occurs regularly without obvious explanations, or if it happens to last more than a few [...]