Mediterranean diet may influence ADHD

Spanish researchers recently published an article in the American Academy of Pediatrics’ academic journal Pediatrics that shows a possible connection between adherence to the Mediterranean diet and prevalence of ADHD in children and adolescents.

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You’re ok. You’ve always been ok. You’ll always be ok.

This is a guest post by Dr. Rebecca Care, a board certified pediatric gastroenterologist with the Digestive Care Center in Evansville, Indiana.

For about the one hundredth time since this journey began, I say to my red headed freckled son, “You’re OK, you’ve always been OK, you’ll always be OK.” That has been my constant refrain to reassure and encourage him since I realized his psychiatric medications were making things worse for him, and more importantly that he can survive and even thrive in this thing called ‘life’ without medicine.

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Adults can have ADHD, too

Although we might consider ADHD to be a childhood disorder, it’s far from rare for an adult to have it. In fact, WebMD claims that “about 4% to 5% of U.S. adults have it“ and that “while many kids with ADHD outgrow it, about 60% still have it as adults.”

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Top 3 characteristics of ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder affects almost 10% of American children between 13 and 18 years old, as well as 4% of U.S. adults over 18. ADHD has 3 primary characteristics: inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.

Inattention

  • Are effortlessly distracted, fail to catch details, are forgetful, and regularly switch activities
  • Find it difficult to focus
  • Are quickly bored with projects, unless it is something they enjoy
  • Find organizing and completing tasks, or learning something new, to be challenging
  • Struggle completing or submitting homework or other assignments
  • Often lose things which are essential in completing tasks
  • Have difficulty listening in conversations
  • Daydream
  • Are often confused
  • Sometimes move slowly
  • Struggle to quickly and accurately process information
  • Have a hard time following instructions

Hyperactivity

  • Are often restless,

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ADHD isn’t just being distracted

While many of us find ourselves easily distracted—especially in the modern world of instant information and constant notifications—distraction is only one symptom of ADHD and being distracted doesn’t mean you have ADHD.

What is ADHD?

Typically, symptoms of ADHD include difficulty paying attention, excessive activity, and uncontrollable behaviour. The symptoms present between the ages of 6 and 12, last for over 6 months, and disrupt life in at least two settings (school, home, work, recreation, etc).

Although we might consider ADHD to be a childhood disorder,

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23 symptoms of ADHD

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder affects almost 10% of American children between 13 and 18 years old, as well as 4% of U.S. adults over 18. ADHD has 3 primary characteristics: Inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.

Inattention

  1. Effortlessly distracted, fail to catch details, forgetful, and regularly switch activities
  2. Difficulty focusing
  3. Quickly bored with projects, unless it is something they enjoy
  4. Find organizing and completing tasks, or learning something new, to be challenging
  5. Struggle completing or submitting homework or other assignments
  6. Often lose things which are essential in completing tasks
  7. Difficulty listening in conversations
  8. Daydream
  9. Often confused
  10. Sometimes move slowly
  11. Struggle to quickly and accurately process information
  12. Have hard time following instructions

Hyperactivity

  1. Often restless,

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The 3 subtypes of ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder affects almost 10% of American children between 13 and 18 years old, as well as 4% of U.S. adults over 18. ADHD has 3 primary characteristics: Inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.

Although ADHD is a broad term, it does have 3 subtypes:

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1 in 20 adults have ADHD

Although we might consider ADHD to be a childhood disorder, it’s far from rare for an adult to have it. In fact, WebMD claims that “about 4% to 5% of U.S. adults have it“ and that “while many kids with ADHD outgrow it, about 60% still have it as adults.”

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The characteristics of ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder affects almost 10% of American children between 13 and 18 years old, as well as 4% of U.S. adults over 18. ADHD has 3 primary characteristics: Inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.

Inattention

  • Are effortlessly distracted, fail to catch details, are forgetful, and regularly switch activities
  • Find it difficult to focus
  • Are quickly bored with projects, unless it is something they enjoy
  • Find organizing and completing tasks, or learning something new, to be challenging
  • Struggle completing or submitting homework or other assignments
  • Often lose things which are essential in completing tasks
  • Have difficulty listening in conversations
  • Daydream
  • Are often confused
  • Sometimes move slowly
  • Struggle to quickly and accurately process information
  • Have a hard time following instructions

Hyperactivity

  • Are often restless,

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Research shows EMPowerplus reduces ADHD symptoms in children

Last month, researchers in New Zealand and the United States published a study in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology that shows great promise in using nutrition to reduce ADHD symptoms in children.

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