Health and Wellness

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20 Health Conditions That Mimic ADHD

ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactive disorder, is diagnosed through mere observation of symptoms and not by any sort of scientific testing. There are no brain scans, blood tests, or biological readings to determine the presence of ADHD, just a myriad of behavioral and psychological symptoms.

Although many of the symptoms arise from an underlying cause, most doctors who diagnose children and adults with ADHD tend to overlook the underlying health factors in lieu of prescribing an ADHD medication. Whether concentration issues are the result of an allergy, lack of physical or mental stimulation, or is the result of nutrient malabsorption, misdiagnosis is bound to contribute to the sharp increase in ADHD diagnoses.

 

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7 Foods to Avoid If Your Child has ADHD

Many parents wonder if artificial food additives and colorings contribute to ADHD. Though the causes of ADHD are still unknown, you can try removing the sources of artificial colorings and food additives, including sugar-sweetened drinks, candy, and colorful cereals, and determine if your child’s behavior improves. Eliminate processed food products, and instead provide a wholesome diet of fresh, healthy foods to optimize the health and well-being of your child.

Be aware that megadoses of vitamins and minerals can be toxic to a child and can interact with ADHD pills. To date, there is little consistent evidence that ADHD can be treated with nutritional supplements. Again, aim for a balanced diet that includes a variety of fresh, whole foods.

What about caffeine and ADHD? Excessive caffeine and excessive consumption of fast foods and other foods of poor nutritional value can cause kids to display behavior that might be confused with ADHD, according to Frank Barnhill, MD, an expert on ADHD and the author of Mistaken for ADHD.

To learn more about a diet for ADHD, talk with your child's doctor about the pros and cons of trying a diet that eliminates food additives to see if it makes a difference in your child's behavior. Make sure your doctor or an ADHD dietitian helps supervise the diet plan. A diet that eliminates too many foods can be unhealthy because it may lack necessary vitamins and nutrients.

Read on for a list of foods that may be linked with ADHD symptoms. 

 

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The ADHD Food Fix

Food plans and nutrition can make a significant difference in the lives of both children and adults who have been diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD).

I have used nutritional interventions for hundreds of patients with ADHD during the past 24 years. In many cases,  changes have not only improved the symptoms of hyperactivity, concentration, and impulsivity, but also calmed oppositional behavior.

Many adults and parents of children with ADHD are eager to try foods and supplements to help manage symptoms, but they often don’t know where to start. Below, learn how to fine-tune an ADHD diet for kids and adults alike— foods to add to your family’s daily meals, things to eliminate — in order to deliver significant symptom relief.

 

Principals for Managing ADHD

14 Best Principles for Managing ADHD

  1. Give Your Child More Immediate Feedback and Consequences

  2. Give

  3. 14 Best Principles for Managing ADHD

  4. Give Your Child More Immediate Feedback and Consequences

  5. Give Your Child More Frequent Feedback

  6. Use Larger and More Powerful Consequences

  7. Use Incentives before Punishment

  8. Externalize Time and Bridge Time Where Necessary

  9. Externalize the Important Information at the Point of Performance

  10. Externalize the Source of Motivation at the Point of Performance

  11. Make Thinking and Problem Solving More Manual or Physical

  12. Strive for Consistency

  13. Act,Don’tYak!

  14. Plan Ahead for Problem Situations

  15. Keep a Disability Perspective

  16. Don’t Personalize Your Child’s Problems or Disorder

  17. PracticeForgiveness

  18. Your Child More Frequent Feedback

  19. Use Larger and More Powerful Consequences

  20. Use Incentives before Punishment

  21. Externalize Time and Bridge Time Where Necessary

  22. Externalize the Important Information at the Point of Performance

  23. Externalize the Source of Motivation at the Point of Performance

  24. Make Thinking and Problem Solving More Manual or Physical

  25. Strive for Consistency

  26. Act,Don’tYak!

  27. Plan Ahead for Problem Situations

  28. Keep a Disability Perspective

  29. Don’t Personalize Your Child’s Problems or Disorder

  30. PracticeForgiveness

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