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Chiropractic Care For A Sixteen-Year-Old Male...
Chiropractic Care For A Sixteen-Year-Old Male With Bipolar Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder And Vertebral Subluxation
September 8, 2012
Dr. David Zak
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.
His mother reported that he was born with the umbilical cord around his
neck and forceps were used to assist delivery. The 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 “very agitated all the time” and said that he would throw “temper
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 “check 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
“defiant”. 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, “Babies Can’t
Wait,” designed for newborns up to three years of age with behavioral
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 “non-functioning.” His
prescription was changed to a low dose of Aderall, which the mother
stated had an “opposite affect causing him to become more angry, more
often.” The patient told his mother he “felt like he was going crazy.”
At the age of five the mother took her son off the medication for two
During the two year break, the patient complained of “hearing things”
and stated he “felt 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
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.
Spinal adjustments were 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
This is a very positive case with life changing results for the whole
family. More research is warranted on upper cervical subluxation
contributing to BD and ADHD.
“Dr. David Zak has a chiropractic office in downtown Lees Summit at 208 S.E. 3rd Street.
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