Professor Julia Rucklidge PhD
ADHD: Diagnosis or Deficiency?
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Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurobehavioral imbalance and the most commonly diagnosed disorder in childhood often persisting into adulthood. According to the CDC the number of children diagnosed with ADHD in the U.S. stands at 5.2 million. And that number is growing exponentially along with trends in ADHD medication use.
Many other psychiatric symptoms are associated with ADHD including bipolar disorder, anxiety, depression, social anxiety and panic disorders. Julia Rucklidge PhD has conducted a body of work from ADHD, bipolar and OCD using a micronutrient formula in lieu of medications. The outcome of her studies conclusively finds that the vitamin and mineral supplements had positive outcomes alongside an absence of side effects. She believes that further research needs to be conducted in larger controlled trials using the multinutrient approach.
ADHD – diagnosis or micronutrient deficiency – you decide.
Julia J. Rucklidge, PhD is a Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. Originally from Toronto, she did her training in neurobiology (McGill) and Clinical Psychology (University of Calgary). Her interests in nutrition and mental illness grew out of her own research showing poor outcomes for children with significant psychiatric illness despite receiving conventional treatments for their conditions. For the last 6 years, she has been investigating the role of micronutrients in the expression of mental illness, specifically ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, anxiety and more recently, stress and PTSD associated with the Canterbury earthquakes. 732 characters.
Her current research interests can be found at www.mentalhealthandnutrition.co.nz and her research institute profile can be found at: http://www.psyc.canterbury.ac.nz/people/rucklidge.shtml