Diet and Medical Resources: ADD/ADHD Information
Healthy living is not just about eating healthy, but is rather about knowing as much as possible about some common conditions with which we will likely have contact. Knowing all we can about Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) can help if you or a loved one have recently been diagnosed. To promote healthy living and education, we have created the resource below.
What Is ADD/ADHD
ADHD affects a significant amount of the population, and is closely tied with lifestyle early in life. While there is no single cause of ADHD many things can contribute. Apathetic parenting has been known to lead to ADHD like symptoms. Several biological causes have been identified, especially during pregnancy and breast feeding. Even today however there is no one-size-fits all way to describe what causes individuals to exhibit this order, nor a specific treatment that works for all those who suffer from it.
- What is ADHD? – An Excellent description of what ADHD is.
- Defining ADD/ADHD – This overview helps to clarify the conditions that separate normal behavior and ADHD behavior.
- Understanding ADHD – A really great guide to the multiple facets of this condition.
- ADHD The Behavioral Disorder – Another good reference that helps distinguish ADHD from simple bad behavior.
- The Definition of ADHD – A concise definition from the New Zealand ADHD support group.
As the name may indicate, hyperactivity, and attention deficit are leading indicators of who suffers from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. That said there are different ways individuals may exhibit this condition. Some individuals mainly suffer from short attention spans, which result in lesser understanding of topics, and lower test scores. Others may seem generally hyper active but appear to, or even be able to, pay attention for certain periods, making it difficult to diagnose.
- ADHD Symptoms – How to see what symptoms might exhibit ADHD from healthy kids.
- The Symptoms of ADHD – A list of symptoms of ADHD from the CDC.
- ADHD – A list of the symptoms from NIMH.
- Kids and ADHD – What to look for in children that may exhibit ADHD.
- ADHD & Diet – How some symptoms of ADHD may be brought upon by diet.
There is no specific cause of ADHD. That said there are many things that seem to contribute to ADHD. Smoking, or doing other illicit drugs, while pregnant is a known factor in increasing the likely hood of ADHD. Environmental causes are definitely a factor. Children who are raised in unstable environments are far more prone to suffer from ADHD. Television, and video game uses, in part because of the frequent pausing of or changing of subject matter, are also a known factor.
- ADHD Causes – A list of things that may bring about the onset of ADHD.
- How Common is ADHD? – This resource also explains some of the known causes, and what isn’t known about ADHD.
- Causes of ADHD in Children – Child with ADD looks at some possible causes of this disorder.
- Health Conditions: ADHD – What causes ADHD in African American children.
- The Causes of ADHD – A great list for parents worried about ADHD.
Diagnosis ADHD is not an easy decision. Youth in general do not necessarily have high attention spans and that is quite natural. Learning how to pay attention is a part of growing up. Misdiagnosis is increasingly a problem both for those diagnosed inappropriately, their acquaintances and family, as well as physicians who are unsure where exactly to draw the line and begin treatment. In general the current consensus is that non-prescription treatments should be started early, and that ADHD medication is probably over prescribed.
- ADHD Testing – Ways to test for ADHD.
- Diagnosis Adult ADHD – How ADHD manifests in adults.
- ADD/ADHD Diagnosis Tests – Diagnosing ADHD in children and adults.
- ADHD Testing – A look at how proper diagnosis is important, and the negative effects of misdiagnosis.
The most common treatment for ADHD is, ironically, stimulants. Individuals who have ADHD frequently are able to better focus, and exhibit far less hyperactivity when administered stimulants, especially Ritalin. In some cases different parenting styles, and behavioral correction have shown some success. In many cases also making dietary changes has great decreased ADHD symptoms.
- Managing ADHD – A guides to living with the reality of ADHD.
- Minorities & ADHD – How minorities are often not informed of treatment options for ADHD.
- Alternative Treatments for ADHD – Ways to treat ADHD without prescription drugs.
- Multimodal Treatment – Ways to mix the good aspects from different ADHD treatments to help individualize ADHD treatment.
- ADHD Medication – Various prescription solutions for treating ADHD.
Effects From Different Diets
As mentioned diet can have a great deal of impact on ADHD. Certainly many have heard their grandmothers caution against too much sugar or caffeine, especially late in the day, but that’s more than just a folk tale when it comes to ADHD. There are actually a number of diets that work to curb ADHD symptoms. Some of these seem to work better for different cultures.
- The Feingold Diet – A Diet designed to help those with ADHD.
- Diet Affects ADHD Kids more than Drugs – An analysis from NPR of the effects of diet on ADHD.
- Diet & Behavior – How different diets can affect children’s behavior.
- Using Diet to Control ADHD – A resource from a leading expert on ADHD.
- ADHD Diet Plans – Several ways to control ADHD symptoms using diet changes.
As there is no one single cause of ADHD, there’s also not a specific thing that puts people at risk for ADHD. Too much television can bring about ADHD, but many children and adults who arguably watch far too much television do not exhibit ADHD symptoms. There are bad diets that seem to increase the risk of ADHD, but not everyone who eats like this exhibits ADHD. Smoking during pregnancy definitely increases ADHD risk, but not all mothers who do so give birth to children with ADHD. These factors are controllable and especially in families with a history of the disorder should be avoided.
- ADHD & Television – Ways that excess television induces ADHD in children.
- Prenatal Smoking – How smoking during pregnancy increases children’s risk of ADHD.
- Do pesticides cause ADHD? – Science links some pesticides with areas that have a higher incidence of ADHD.
- At Risk for ADHD – What makes kids more susceptible to ADHD onset?
- Beyond ADHD – Other health and social problems that can affect persons coping with ADHD.
How ADD/ADHD Affects Normal Life
ADHD affects the whole life of an individual. A conversation with a new acquaintance can seem interesting at one moment, and aloof the next. Learning is severely impacted as those with ADHD often do now pay attention to a topic long enough to digest its importance. Further learning instructions can be quickly forgotten or ignored by ADHD sufferers. For the same reasons ADHD can affect job performance.
- Who does ADHD Affect – An analysis of those who strive to deal with ADHD.
- ADHD Medication & Side effects – Non ADHD symptoms and disorders that can arise from the use of counter ADHD medications
- ADHD Treatment Side Effects – Ways that even with the right treatment ADHD can still affect normal life.
- Living With ADHD – Ways that ADHD affect normal life.
- Improving Life for Those with ADHD – A Guide from the American Academy of Pediatricians.
When it began to be diagnosed many people were skeptical of ADHD. Even today this skepticism prevails in many places, but today there are also groups to help those with ADHD cope. Further there are support groups that help the families and friends of those with ADHD recognize symptoms, and help ADHD sufferers live more normal lives.
- ADHD Support – A guide for adults dealing with ADHD.
- ADHD Support Groups – A directory of groups for those dealing with ADHD.
- Daily Strength – An online support group for those dealing with ADHD.
- Parent Support – A group for parents dealing with ADHD diagnosed children.
- Women’s ADHD – A collection of resources for women dealing with ADHD.