A recent article in the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research reported on a case study of the upper cervical chiropractic care of a16 year-old diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder (BD) and ADHD.
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Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care for a Sixteen-Year-Old Male with Bipolar Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Vertebral Subluxation
(01/15/2013, Bayonne, NJ). A recent article in the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research reported on a case study of the upper cervical chiropractic care of a sixteen-year-old diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder (BD) and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD).
A sixteen-year-old boy who suffered with symptoms of BD and ADHD since six months of age was presented to a chiropractic office by his mother. Dr. Acanfora, Bayonne-based, D.C., who follows health and wellness issues closely in professional journals and other publications states, œHis mother reported that he was born with the umbilical cord around his neck and forceps were used to assist delivery, said Dr. Dr. Acanfora, œThe child experienced frequent accidents and medications included antipsychotics, as well as slow release stimulants for ADHD and depression.
His mother said that since he was six months old he would throw himself backwards against the ground when he was acting out. She described her son as œvery agitated all the time and said that he would throw œtemper tantrums where he would scream and cry for no reason until he was so exhausted he could no longer cry. The mother mentioned her son would appear to œcheck out at times which she later found out was the beginning of depressive behavior.
This type of temper tantrum and depressive behavior continued to occur, and the mother described her son's behavior at fourteen months as œdefiant. He would never want to please his mother like typical babies his age; he always did exactly opposite of what he was told to do. The mother put her son into an intervention program called, œBabies Can't Wait, designed for newborns up to three years of age with behavioral issues.
His mother advised that his bad behavior continued until he was kicked out of pre-
kindergarten. At the time he was four years old and medication was prescribed, which included an antipsychotic for BD and a stimulant for ADHD and depression. The mother reported an improvement in her son's symptoms, but stated that he was œnon-functioning. His prescription was changed to a low dose of Aderall, which the mother stated had an œopposite affect causing him to become more angry, more often. The patient told his mother he œfelt like he was going crazy. At the age of five the mother took her son off the medication for two years.
During the two year break, the patient complained of œhearing things and stated he œfelt like he was on a roller coaster all the time. During this time he was suspended from kindergarten for acting out. At seven years old, she had him put back on antipsychotics and stimulants to help manage his destructive behavior. The medication was able to manage the symptoms and the patient tolerated the dosage better than before. At ten years of age, the mother noticed the medication was less effective, so medication were changed to a different type with dose modifications.
By the age of 12, he would cry uncontrollably and pace back and forth screaming for help and prayer. The patient began to have suicidal thoughts and threatening people, so he was placed in a juvenile psychiatric institution in an effort to control these dangerous actions.
Upon presentation to the chiropractor, an examination was performed and a subluxation was found in the upper cervical region of the spine using thermography and x-ray analysis. Knee Chest Upper Cervical Specific protocol was used to correct the cervical subluxation. The patient's condition was evaluated by the doctor's observation, his mother's subjective description of the symptoms, and thermographic analysis. After seven weeks of care the patient's symptoms were eliminated or greatly diminished and he no longer required any medications.
œThis is a very positive case with life changing results for the whole family. said Dr. Dr. Acanfora. œMore research is warranted on upper cervical subluxation contributing to BD and ADHD.
Anyone wishing more information may contact Dr. Acanfora, whose office is located at 734 Broadway, Bayonne, NJ (Telephone 201-858-0444).