Mental Health and ADHD

July 23, 2019
ADHD treatment, ADHD alternative therapy, holistic treatment for ADHD, the wholeness center, Fort Collins, Ft Collins

The Wholeness Center provides therapy and treatment plans for patients with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) .  We offer these alternative, holistic options for children, teens, and adults.  Contact us today for your free consultation at 970-221-1106.

Our team at the Wholeness Center firmly believes that our  mental health (children and adults) goes far beyond labels and medications.  A diagnosis and a prescription is the quick cover up for the complicated symptoms presented by ADHD.  We’re not interested in quick cover ups.  We’re here to treat the whole person, the whole child, with options that look deeply into the root cause of behaviors and symptoms.

ADHD, Depression, and Anxiety is on the rise, why?
Children, teens, and adults can’t focus.  Many of us, our neighbors, our community members, are depressed.  Teenagers are facing chronic anxiety.  Are generations being born with brain chemistry problems?  Is ADHD the new normal?

We’ve read statistics that are stating 1 in 10 children in the U.S. has ADHD.  In fact, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) is showing a 67% increase from 1997 to 2016.  It’s been a slow progression and is causing a lot of concern.  Is the rise due to more awareness?  More health care access?  Better screenings for children?  Possibly.

Maybe it’s just a quick and convenient diagnosis for a variety of symptoms including depression or anxiety.  Many pediatricians and general practitioners are offering up this diagnosis after only a 10 to 15 minute evaluation with their patient.  Our Wholeness Center team agrees with other psychiatry professionals that observations and assessments take time and are difficult.  So, there’s a strong possibility that ADHD is being over diagnosed and patients are being overmedicated.

What is ADHD?
ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, has become one of the common mental health conditions for children over the past two decades.  ADHD shows itself differently for each person.  Generally, it’s thought to appear as hyperactivity.  Other symptoms are:

  • Difficultly with details
  • Making repetitive mistakes
  • Not following through with instructions
  • Difficulty organizing
  • Easily distracted
  • Forgetful
  • Fidgeting or tapping
  • Difficulty staying seated
  • Restless
  • Unable to enjoy relaxing leisure activities
  • Excessive talking
  • Answering questions before they are completed
  • Often interrupts


It’s important to note that the above symptoms would need to be chronic and seen often in a variety of settings to be considered ADHD.  It’s also important to note that depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and learning disabilities can have crossover symptoms with ADHD.  It’s easy to misdiagnose.

It is believed that ADHD is caused by both genetic and environmental factors.  However, ADHD research is ongoing and the cause is not known.

Do you offer alternatives to Adderall, antidepressants, and stimulants for ADHD treatment?

Yes and no.  Naturopathic medicine isn’t about replacing prescription medications with herbal supplements, it’s about understanding and healing.  Our alternative, holistic treatments for ADHD are fined tuned to each individual and are focused on long-term quality of life benefits.  Dr. Scott Shannon explains:

ADHD – Wholeness Center Spotlight from Wholeness Center on Vimeo.

ADHD, depression, and anxiety are symptoms.  They are extremely important indicators that our bodies, minds, and spirits  are in need of support.  Think of symptoms and diagnosis as a yellow flashing light, not a permanent state of being.

New, cutting edge sciences are showing us how amazing our bodies and minds are at healing.  Neuroplasticity and epigenetics are changing the way we approach health care and taking away our false sense of limitation.

Are frustrated with a diagnosis for you or your kids and you are weighing out your options?  Are you concerned with the side effects of a prescription you’ve been given or are you wondering about an ADHD misdiagnosis?  Give us a call or schedule your free consultation onlineOur bodies are built to heal and our Wholeness Center was created to support your healing process.

Want to learn more about mental health for children?

parenting the whole childOne of our founders, Dr. Scott Shannon, has written a book about mental health for children. He has taught health care professionals worldwide about holistic mental health treatment and cautions assumptions of pathology.

Wholeness Center is in Fort Collins near Prospect and Timberline.  We’re less than 10 minutes from 1-25.  If you work or live near Windsor, Wellington, Greeley, Loveland, Longmont, or Cheyenne, we are near you.

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