ADHD: The Struggle Is Real

{Disclosure: We have partnered with Seasons Family Chiropractic to talk to you about alternative and holistic ways to address common diseases, ailments, and other health and mental issues.}

I have ADHD. I was diagnosed long before it was a “thing” to do – about 20 or so years ago. I’ll start by telling you that it’s very frustrating to be an ADHD diagnosee. You do not realize that anything is “off” or “wrong,” but you’re being told by many people that there is.

Your excitement over (literally) everything? Curb it.

Wanting to talk to your friends in class? Wait.

Sit still.

Don’t move around.

Don’t blurt those random thoughts out.

Keep your things together. Put it away when you’re done.

These things SOUND easy enough. But to a person with ADHD, it can seem daunting – impossible, even.

Your teachers struggle and get frustrated, your parents struggle at home and then hear about it from your teachers. Then come the medications. Trial and error after trial and error. Which one is going to allow you to still sleep? Which one is going to take away your ability to feel hunger and you end up living on protein shakes and ice cream, trying to keep weight on? Which one will turn you into a zombie?

Living with ADHD isn’t easy, and it can’t be easy to be a parent to a child with it either. I know from talking to my parents over the years that they really struggled with the medication aspect of it all. Taking medication changed who I was. While it took away the negatives of ADHD, it also took away any spunkiness and individuality I had, too. The truth is, I still take an ADHD medication, but it’s rare. Even as an adult, I don’t like what it does to me.

ADHD: The Struggle Is Real | Twin Cities Moms Blog

We all know there is no “cure” and no real known “cause” of ADHD. Perhaps that’s the most frustrating part. But, what if there was a different way of looking at it? What if, instead of just covering up the negative symptoms of ADHD (focus and attention issues, behavior challenges, social issues, etc), we looked a little deeper?

Recently, I was able to learn a tremendous amount about Pediatric Chiropractors and their role in helping kids with ADHD and other spectrum challenges. Dr. Heather Steckling from Seasons Family Chiropractic in Woodbury explained it like this: The brain has to talk to the body in order for everything to work the way it’s supposed to. Sometimes, the messages can get “mixed up,” too much or too little or not in the right place. It then creates so much “noise” in your child’s brain (think Metallica on full blast), of course they have trouble focusing and exhibiting appropriate behavior!

Pediatric Chiropractors are highly trained to 1) evaluate and determine how your child’s brain is “talking” to their body and 2) if needed, they can help “redirect” those messages and turn down the noise so your child can heal and function the way they were supposed to – easily, completely safe, and gently! I firmly believe that if we knew Pediatric Chiropractic care could help ease the symptoms of ADHD, we would’ve gone that route prior to medication cocktails.

ADHD: The Struggle Is Real | Twin Cities Moms Blog

For more information, contact:
Dr. Heather Steckling
Seasons Family Chiropractic
8425 Seasons Pkwy #104B
Woodbury, MN 55125
(651) 735-0079
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Emily is a mom to 2 little boys - ages 1 and 4. She lives with them and her partner-in-crime of 11 years, Elliott, in the northern suburbs. They've lived all over the metro since 2004, toting their happy-go-lucky rescue dog everywhere they go. Before joining the TCMB team, Emily was an editor and home stager, and worked in the real estate world for 6 years prior to that. She finds being in the kitchen one of the most relaxing things in the world - aside from being on a tropical beach with a mimosa! She loves any time she gets to spend with her family and friends (who are basically family!), and has terrible obsessions with cookbooks, art, Pinterest, and bath & beauty products. Those closest to Emily would call her "unconventional," and its a word she has learned to embrace whole-heartedly. She finds women bonding over their triumphs and struggles to be empowering, and knows we can all benefit from each others' experiences.


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