Promising new research from the University of Otago seems to support the argument that a more encompassing view of the individual should be taken during therapy as it demonstrates that micro-nutrients may play a role in the levels of bacteria linked to the development of ADHD.
Taking such a view during therapy would consider the body as a whole instead of considering the mind (or the physical body) as a separate entity. In this way, therapy should consider diet, nutrition and lifestyle rather than focusing purely on a person’s mental anguish. This is especially important during family therapy and looking at ways to help people manage their ADHD.
Whilst this is only a small study, it does still provide much needed weight for the argument that bigger studies are needed to fully understand, and potentially treat, conditions such as ADHD. Hopefully, the future will see such information offering therapy techniques that improve how individuals and families manage these conditions.
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