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ADD / ADHD Genetic Testing

Are you hypersensitive to everything that’s going on around you? Do you have trouble concentrating or staying on task? Are you experiencing anxiety or mood swings? Are you hyperactive? Does this sound like you or your child? If so, you or your child may be struggling with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

An estimated 1 out of 10 children are diagnosed with ADD or ADHD. The Center for Disease Control’s datasets and surveys found an increase in children with an ADHD diagnosis from 7.8% (2003) to 9.5% (2007) to 11% (2011-12). Adults suffering from ADHD commonly have since they were children, finally getting diagnosed later in life because it’s been brought to their attention by a coworker or boss. With more and more children, teens, and adults dealing with Attention Deficit Disorder, ADD / ADHD genetic testing is crucial to understanding the unique genetic circumstances that is fueling the neuroimmune syndrome and help find a more natural path to support.

Prior to ADD / ADHD Genetic Testing: Understanding the Neuroimmune Syndrome

ADD / ADHD is considered a Neuroimmune Syndrome. Neuroimmune specialists believe that Neuroimmune Syndromes are symptoms for underlying processes that the brain is going through. In most cases of ADHD, the attention deficit is a proper compensation from the brain for what is going on underneath. If the brain is not receiving the proper sensory information, not processing neurotransmitters well enough, or another processing issue, a patient is likely to become hypersensitive, being aware of everything in their surroundings. If the brain is functioning well and processing the proper information properly, it’s easier to stay on task.

With ADD / ADHD, the brain compensates by increasing activity in the magnocellular system. The magnocellular system is tied to peripheral vision, which is drawn to any movement. The hypersensitivity also extends to hearing and smell, resulting in patients that notice everything going on in their surrounding, further keeping them from staying on task. For children with ADD / ADHD, this can lead to disaster in the classroom, less sleep, less cognitive function and much more. For adults with ADD / ADHD, it can greatly impact their productivity at work. This is why it’s usually after a discussion with teacher or coworker that ADHD patients realize their hypersensitivity and lack of focus.

Pharmaceutical Medications for ADHD

In ADHD patients, a deficit in dopamine is often discovered. Dopamine is a chemical in the brain released by nerve cells to send signals to other nerve cells. It is also generally associated with cognitive functioning. Dopamine is produced by tyrosine (an amino acid used to synthesize proteins) through methylation vitamins. Since methylation vitamins are also used to help young people grow, it may be a reason why kids or teens do not have enough methylated vitamins to produce the right levels of dopamine for their brains to work properly and promote focus. Another reason may be a methylation deficiency, making genetic testing for ADD / ADHD crucial.

When many ADHD patient start their pharmaceutical ADHD medications, they feel great. Pharmaceutical medications for ADHD mostly target dopamine release, promoting more dopamine to enter the brain by 1) stimulating the nerve cells to release more dopamine or 2) goes through a backdoor pathway to get it to release. After being on the medication for a longer period of time, patients usually experience that the same dose of their medications is not working as well as it did before. Many start to notice a change in personality, mood swings, quickness to anger, loss of appetite and more. Around this time, patients visit their doctor and up their dose.

Finding a More Natural Path with ADHD Genetic Testing

While the ADHD medication calls for more dopamine to be released into the brain, the body isn’t producing more dopamine. The overall lack of dopamine usually results with in worsened mood on top of other symptoms because it also impacts serotonin levels. Genetic testing for ADD / ADHD provides insight what is or is not fueling the ADHD itself and its symptoms. ADD genetic testing allows for doctors to identify and understand the underlying issues with dopamine production and release and address that as well. After addressing underlying issues related to their ADHD, some patients are able to reduce or eliminate their use of pharmaceutical medication for ADD / ADHD through guidance from their physician(s). (Genomix Nutrition does not advise reducing or discontinuing prescribed medications without talking to your physician.)

Relief through Genetic Testing for ADHD

While there is no cure for ADHD or one cannot fully “grow out of it”, great quality of life can be achieved through fully understanding one’s health issues and addressing them properly. Personalized ADHD genetic testing can provide a window to help understand what’s going on inside your body. Approach your health with your unique DNA in mind, and you, too, can reap the benefits of healthcare personalized just for you.