Functional Medicine for ADHD and ADD

ADHD and ADD can be extremely frustrating as you try to stay focused and pay attention but your brain won’t let you. We hear so much about these conditions affecting our children these days but as technology increases and the demands on our brains we are seeing just as many adults experiencing it as we do children. Find out more about how we can help this challenging prognosis.

How F8 helps with ADHD and ADD

We use our proprietary Galyardt Method to get to the root of your ADHD and ADD condition and help you get on the path to True Wellness. ADHD stands for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. It is typically diagnosed in adolescents when they begin having trouble paying attention in school, however, ADHD can be found in adults as well. Some experience hyperactivity, while others struggle with the ability to pay attention, and some suffer from both. Discover how F8 can implement solutions for your ADHD using functional medicine. ADHD and ADD are often masked with medication however, there are holistic options that work too.

Three types of ADHD

ADHD does not present the same in every person and that is because there are several different types of ADHD. Individuals with ADHD can be categorized into one of three types: Inattentive, Hyperactive/Impulsive, or Combined. For Combined, children must show six signs of both categories, while adults present five of both. 


Individuals with Inattentive ADHD have trouble paying attention, focusing, and get distracted easily, but do not show signs of hyperactivity. In order to be diagnosed with Inattentive ADHD children must show at least six signs, while adults need to present five. Symptoms of Inattentive ADHD include:

  • Trouble focusing on tasks
  • Getting bored quickly
  • Difficulty paying attention 
  • Frequently making simple mistakes
  • Trouble planning ahead
  • Often misplacing their belongings
  • Inability to be an active listeners


Someone who has Hyperactive/Impulsive ADHD is constantly moving and fidgeting and can’t sit still no matter how hard they try. In order to be diagnosed with Hyperactive/Impulsive ADHD, children must show at least six signs, while adults need to present five. Symptoms of Hyperactive/Impulsive ADHD include:

  • Constant fidgeting and moving
  • Appearing restless in inappropriate situations
  • Talking excessively
  • Commonly interrupting others
  • Unable to sit still
  • Inability to participate in quiet activities
  • Trouble remaining seated 


The combined type of ADHD is exactly what it sounds like. It is when an individual suffers from symptoms of both Hyperactive/Impulsive ADHD and Inactive ADHD. They have trouble sitting still, paying attention, listening, and may often interrupt others. It is often impossible for children and even adults to control these urges.

Causes of ADHD

What causes ADHD is not completely understood, however, there are a few theories. It is suspected that ADHD is genetic. Most children who suffer from ADHD also have relatives that have been diagnosed.

Another theory is that ADHD may be caused or worsened by the mother smoking, drinking, or experiencing extreme stress during pregnancy. There may also be a correlation between premature birth and ADHD, but further research is needed to confirm any of these theories.

Medications and Side Effects

Medications for ADHD come in both stimulants and non-stimulants. Neither of which will address the underlying cause of the issues. Masking the symptoms with medication can come with even more symptoms. Some of the side effects that often occur with ADHD medications are:

  • Anxiety
  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep
  • Lack of appetite
  • Headaches
  • Nausea

The F8 Well Centers

AT F8 Well Centers we look at all the systems in the body as well as looking at the function of the brain to help us find what imbalances there are in your lifestyle, diet, and brain function in order to create a plan that will help reverse the symptoms of ADD and ADHD.

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