What Causes Hyperactivity?

Hyperactivity can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' to 'needs attention'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose hyperactivity, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "hyperactivity" as a symptom.  Here are eight possibilities:
  • ADHD
  • Multiple Chemical Sensitivity
  • Caffeine Intoxication
  • High Histamine
  • Copper Toxicity
  • Pinworms
  • Fluorosis
  • Low Progesterone

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
unsound sleep
temple-based headaches
minor joint pain/swelling/stiffness
strong chocolate craving
occasional 'chills'
slight eyelid twitch
current pinworm infection
heart racing/palpitations
negative reaction to coffee
being very easily irritated
very angry/hostile disposition
numb/burning/tingling extremities
... and more than 80 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of hyperactivity:
Cause Probability Status
High Histamine 95% Confirm
ADHD 23% Unlikely
Copper Toxicity 15% Unlikely
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity 0% Ruled out
Low Progesterone 0% Ruled out
Caffeine Intoxication 0% Ruled out
Pinworms 0% Ruled out
Fluorosis 0% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Metabolic Symptoms section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about hyperactivity:
Are you hyperactive? In other words, do you always feel the need to be active?
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ No
→ Somewhat
→ Yes, very
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either not being hyperactive or hyperactivity, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

People who are hyperactive always seem to be in motion.  They can't sit still and may dash around or talk incessantly.  Sitting still through a lesson can be an impossible task.  Hyperactive children squirm in their seat or roam around the room.  Or they might wiggle their feet, touch everything or noisily tap their pencil.  Hyperactive teens and adults may feel intensely restless.  They may be fidgety or they may try to do several things at once, bouncing around from one activity to the next.

Caffeine Intoxication

High caffeine levels can cause restlessness.

Fluoride Toxicity

Restlessness is one symptom of fluorosis.

Histadelia (Histamine High)

Histamine speeds up metabolism producing a tendency towards hyperactivity.

Pinworm Infection

A heavy pinworm infection can cause restlessness.

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