Scientists have observed that lower levels of dopamine are associated with symptoms of ADHD. A study published in European Neuropsychopharmacology shows that caffeine appears to normalize levels of dopamine and improve concentration in people with ADHD. Does that mean it can be used as treatment?
Additudemag.com released an article discussing the truth about caffeine for ADHD. Here are a few key points to consider:
- The effects are different for each individual - there’s no one-size-fits-all solution.
- The stimulant calms some people while creating anxiety in others.
- Caffeine may interact poorly with certain medications.
- The amount of caffeine needed to affect ADHD could be unhealthy.
- The research is relatively small and inconclusive.
The safe level of consumption can vary for each person based on their age, weight, level of sensitivity, and medical history. The general recommendation for adults is no more than 400 mg per day. If you consume too much caffeine you can experience negative side effects including headaches, nervousness, rapid heartbeat, sleeplessness, and muscle tremors. However, many parents and adults report that moderate amounts do improve focus and concentration.
While this is something to consider, you will need to find what works best for you and discuss options with your physician. What could work for someone else may not be helpful to you. This might be just one piece to your ADHD puzzle.
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