Your Questions About Adhd Diets

Laura asks…

Can ADD/ADHD be diet controlled?

barry jennings answers:

No. ADD is an imbalance of a neurotransmiter in the brain. Only medication to bring the levels to normal again will fix it. People are all against meds for ADD, but it is seriously just a regular condition like say Type 1 diabetes, you wouldn’t withhold insulin for a type 1 diabetic would you? If someone has ADD it is not ther fault, they can’t focus because there is not enough of a cerain ‘chemical’ in the brain, all you have to do is give a med that brings it to normal. No diet will fix this, it is a condition not a diet or attitude problem.

Mandy asks…

ADHD Diet. Has it worked for you?

My son is 4 and we have been taking him to a physiologist for about 6 months now. We took him his physiologist last week. He said that maybe we needed to talk to my sons doctor about putting him on meds for ADHD. My husband and I don’t want to go that wrought yet. We want to try other steps first. We have tried different ways of discipline. They worked for a while, but he has back stepped. So I was wondering has any one on here has tried the ADHD diet, or knows any one that has. If you have, how did it go? Did it make a difference.

I just want whats best for my son. Please no rude comments.

barry jennings answers:

The first person to reply is a nut-job. ADD is legitimate, as legitimate as any other neurobehavioral or developmental disorder. Granted, most people with ADD can be functional and productive without the use of medicine, it does not mean that it is a “myth”. People like that simply don’t understand how pervasive ADD can affect the lives of the people who have it. There are genetic and physiological bases for ADD!

People often develop coping mechanisms to deal with their ADD – but it does not mean the symptoms or the disorder are “cured”. Whether or not you want to use medication is your call, your son is only 4, pre-school age, and so medication is probably not necessary yet.

Diets generally include getting rid of artificial coloring and preservatives, which is a smart thing to do anyways. I don’t know how reliable the data is for it, but it’s a good idea regardless of it’s affect on your kid’s ADD. A lot of people grow up undiagnosed or untreated, and live functional, normal lives – though their ADD symptoms may be obvious to themselves and others, and can actually cause some social issues (especially in school and work!)

It’s been considered as just a part of the natural spectrum of how people’s brains work. I think you could throw in plenty of similar disorders, but the fact is, they are a reality because one needs to function in society to get by, if one’s behavior does not fit within the range of acceptable norms, than it should be labelled as a disorder, and should be treated.

Do your research on drugs. Some medications that are coming out are very promising – some are non-abusable and have few side-effects. I heard Vyvyanse for example is pretty good. I take Adderall, but was not diagnosed until young adulthood. Looking back I think I could have benefitted from medication in school, but I got by pretty well. I think one of the most difficult stereotypes of people with ADD that you have to learn to deal with involves seeming “stupid”. I’m a smart person in college but so many times was labelled stupid, aloof, lazy, careless… These sorts of perceptions from others (and yourself) affect your social relations, and more important, your self-esteem. If you choose not to medicate your kid, make sure you raise him keeping the ADD in mind – don’t assume what he does is on purpose. But of course, even people with ADD are accountable for their actions. Just because I say something that might be inappropriate, doesn’t mean I’ll just say “my bad, it’s my ADD”. I just say “i’m sorry, i shouldn’t have sad that”. It’s those little things.

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