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ADHD Foods – The Good and the Bad

ADHD Foods – The Good and the Bad


I have ADHD, so trying to focus and be alert is quite a chore for me. I do take medication, which helps me tremendously, but I also like to learn about all-natural ways to heal, so I don’t have to 100% rely on my medicine. Having ADHD is a real struggle sometimes. I also teach dance to children, and also Ballroom to adults. So, when I am teaching a class, my brain must be completely focused and on stay on track with what I teach. I normally do not have problems with my ADHD during work, but there are definitely days when the kids are full of energy and it becomes hard to grab their attention. Those days, I definitely can struggle with my concentration (what was I last teaching?) and sometimes have to take a mental break for a moment to get it together. So, for those reasons, you can see why some extra nutrition is a good call. Her is a quote I found to be moving. I hope you enjoy. 

“What does the food you eat have to do with how your brain functions? Turns out an awful lot. While we’ve always known that what we eat affects our bodies and how we look, scientists are also learning more and more that what we eat takes a toll on our brains. Yes, brain foods matter (especially for our gray matter).”

“Plus, brain foods rich in antioxidants, good fats, vitamins and minerals provide energy and aid in protecting against brain diseases. So when we focus on giving our bodies whole, nutritious foods benefiting both the gut and the brain, we’re actually benefiting our minds and bodies while keeping them both in tip-top shape.”



Source: Foods to Boost Focus and Memory

“A well-rounded diet can have a powerful, positive effect on your cognition, mood, memory, and behavior. The wrong diet can aggrevate ADHD symptoms. Here’s what you should (and absolutely should not) be eating to help your brain and body.”

  • Following an ADHD diet rich in protein and vitamins can help control symptoms of attention deficit. But only if you avoid sugar, artifical flavors, and common allergens as well.

“For years, doctors have speculated that certain foods may have something to do with ADHD. Although much research has been done on the subject, it’s still not believed that food actually causes ADHD. What some foods do seem to do, however, is worsen ADHD symptoms or affect behavior that mimics the signs of ADHD in children. “Excessive caffeine and excessive use of fast foods and other foods of poor nutritional value can cause kids to display behavior that might be confused with ADHD,” said Frank Barnhill, MD, an expert on ADHD and the author of “Mistaken for ADHD.” Read on for a list of foods that have been linked with ADHD symptoms.”


“Candy is loaded with sugar and artificial colors, which is a bad combination when it comes to children with ADHD who often need to follow an ADHD diet. Both of these common ingredients have been shown to promote ADHD symptoms — namely hyperactivity — in studies.”



“If you have ADHD, consider eliminating soda. (And even if you don’t have ADHD, saying no to soda is a good idea anyway.) These sweet drinks often have many of the same sugars and sweeteners that make candy a bad idea for kids on the ADHD diet. Soda also has other ingredients that worsen ADHD symptoms, such as high-fructose corn syrup and caffeine. “Excessive sugar and caffeine intake both cause symptoms of hyperactivity and easy distractibility,” said Dr. Barnhill. One 2013 study also found that 5-year-old children who drank sodas were more likely to show aggression and social withdrawal.”



“Eating fish and other seafood with trace amounts of mercury can exacerbate ADHD symptoms in the long term. Some of the worst culprits are shark, king mackerel, swordfish, and tilefish. “Mercury, like cellulose, is extremely hard to digest and can accumulate in the brain over time,” explained Ali. “This can lead to hyperactivity.” Talk to your doctor or ADHD nutritionist about the best types of fish to include in your ADHD diet.”


“Energy drinks are becoming increasingly popular among kids, especially teens. Unfortunately, they also have a veritable treasure trove of ingredients that can worsen ADHD symptoms: sugar, artificial sweeteners, artificial colors, caffeine, and other stimulants. “Energy drinks are high on the list of things that cause teens to display behaviors mimicking ADHD,” said Barnhill. They have no place in a healthy ADHD diet.”



Source: Terrible Foods For ADHD

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ADHD and Hyperfocus

ADHD and Hyperfocus

I found this article last night and it really struck me. I was unaware of hyper-focus, but once I started reading, I soon knew exactly what they were talking about. You know that ADHD prevents me from fully being able to focus, yet at the same time, if there is something that stimulates my brain, I can almost super-focus on that thing, and still be out of focus all around me too. It’s a weird phenomenon. 
“Hyperfocus is something in between a rumor and a symptom.”



“Among people with ADHD, it’s a commonly recognized phenomenon. Anecdotally, many people with ADHD can’t concentrate on some things but concentrate “too much” on others.”



“Still, it’s a stretch to say hyperfocus is a straight-up symptom of ADHD because there’s no mention of it in diagnostic guides and surprisingly little research has been done on it.”

“Part of the reason might be that the idea of having your attention glued to something with laser-like intensity doesn’t seem to line up with the idea of ADHD. People with ADHD, however, know that ADHD is more about not being able to regulate your attention than about never being able to pay attention to anything.”


“So when we find something engaging that gives our brain some kind of immediate reward, we sometimes just keep doing that thing, maybe long after other people would stop and go take care of other responsibilities. I’ve talked about ADHD as having magnetic attention, and the analogy here is that your attention gets stuck in a magnetic field so powerful you can’t pull away.”



“This can be good or bad. If the things that activate your hyperfocus are work projects, you’re probably not going to be complaining about that. If they’re things that are better done in moderation like playing video games, that might start to interfere with your life.”


“In a way, hyperfocus and inattention are two sides of the same symptom. Any time you’re not paying enough attention to one thing, there’s a good chance you’re paying too much attention to something else.”


“Some researchers are starting to take note that studying hyperfocus might provide some new insights into what ADHD is all about. For example, a group of researchers have just published a study showing that both medicated and unmedicated people with ADHD score higher on a questionnaire measuring hyperfocus than people without ADHD.”

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ADHD and Traumatic Injuries

  

  • Study finds association between people who have had a traumatic brain injury, ADHD

   

“A new study has found a “significant association” between adults who have suffered a traumatic brain injury at some point in their lives and who also have attention deficit hyperactive disorder.”

  
“The data used in the adult study was collected by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s Monitor, a continuous, cross-sectional telephone survey of almost 4,000 Ontario residents age 18 and older. Traumatic brain injury was described as any injury to the head that resulted in loss of consciousness for at least five minutes or overnight hospitalization. ADHD was measured by self-reported history of an ADHD diagnosis or the Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale known as the ASRS.”

  
“Among adults with a history of TBI, 5.9 per cent reported having been diagnosed with ADHD in their lifetime and another 6.6 per cent screened positive for ADHD when the self-report scale was conducted during the phone survey.”

“Recent clinical studies have suggested a relationship between ADHD and TBI that were experienced in childhood.”

  

  
“”This is not be surprising because some of the most persistent consequences of TBI include ADHD-like symptoms, such as memory and attention impairment, deficits in executive functions such as planning and organization, processing consonants and vowels and impulsive behaviour,” Dr. Ilie said.”

“Other studies have suggested that TBI may lead to psycho-neurological changes that facilitate ADHD or ADHD may increase the probability that a person may fall or have another accident that will result in a TBI.”

“Traumatic brain injuries are increasing in developed countries. The World Health Organization has predicted that by 2020 TBI will become the third largest contributor of disease and disability in the world, following heart disease and depressions.”

  “Injuries from team sports such as hockey and football have been identified as the main source of TBI among youth, while falls and motor vehicle collisions are the main causes among adults.”
   
 

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Simple and Practical Mental Health: Comorbid Bipolar Disorder and ADHD

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Simple & Pactical Mental Health

Comorbid Bipolar Disorder and ADHD

“If you ask me “What is the most important thing you have learned in psychiatry over the last ten or twelve years?” I would say without hesitation that it is to identify and treat ADHD — with both medications and psychotherapy.”

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“If you ask me, “What is the most important thing you have learned in psychiatry in 2014?”, it is that bipolar disorder and ADHD occur in the same person MUCH more commonly than I had thought and that I must continue to be very diligent in screening patients with bipolar disorder for ADHD.”

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“I knew this comorbidity very well, have treated patients who had both disorders, spoke about it to the residents on several occasions, discussed the data on treatment of this comorbidity, and would share the article by Wingo and Ghaemi in Current Psychiatry 2007. You can get…

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Comorbid Bipolar Disorder & ADHD

Bipolar Disorder & ADHD
“If you ask me “What is the most important thing you have learned in psychiatry over the last ten or twelve years?” I would say without hesitation that it is to identify and treat ADHD — with both medications and psychotherapy.”

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“If you ask me, “What is the most important thing you have learned in psychiatry in 2014?”, it is that bipolar disorder and ADHD occur in the same person MUCH more commonly than I had thought and that I must continue to be very diligent in screening patients with bipolar disorder for ADHD.”

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“However, with increasing experience with this comorbidity and careful longitudinal assessment, I have been really surprised by how OFTEN these two occur together. Patient after patient after patient. That is what prompted me to write this post. Even if you are already aware of this comorbidity, I suggest looking for it more systematically in all your patients with bipolar disorder by asking the patient and family member about symptoms of ADHD — BEFORE the bipolar disorder episodes and when the person is NOT depressed or manic. It it not too difficult once we focus the conversation on this issue.”

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How Childhood Trauma Could Be Mistaken For ADHD

Trauma Mistaken For ADHD

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“Dr. Nicole Brown’s quest to understand her misbehaving pediatric patients began with a hunch.

Brown was completing her residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, when she realized that many of her low-income patients had been diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).”

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“These children lived in households and neighborhoods where violence and relentless stress prevailed. Their parents found them hard to manage and teachers described them as disruptive or inattentive. Brown knew these behaviors as classic symptoms of ADHD, a brain disorder characterized by impulsivity, hyperactivity, and an inability to focus.

When Brown looked closely, though, she saw something else: trauma. Hyper-vigilance and dissociation, for example, could be mistaken for inattention. Impulsivity might be brought on by a stress response in overdrive.”

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