A Love Letter to my ADHD

Contributed by Kate, author of Memoirs of an ADHD Mom, located on our Facebook page.

It is easy for all of us to complain about our issues, to talk about the things we don't like about our ADHD or our children's ADHD. It disrupts our lives, makes Love Adhdus work harder, causes turmoil.

But not this week! No, this week we are celebrating Valentine's Day, the day of love. It's time for us to talk about all the things we love about our ADHD. C'mon let's celebrate it!

My ADHD makes me spontaneous and a risk taker. I am up for anything. Therefore I have had more experiences than a lot of people. I have gone on spur of the moment road trips, taken jobs I wasn't necessarily prepared for, jumped from the highest rope swings I could find into the river below - the list goes on and on.

I am super generous. I give my time and support to all of those around me.

I think my ADHD makes me very funny. I...

Can Coffee Cure Your ADHD?

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?Woman Coffee

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...

Five C’s for Reducing Family Stress & Developing Your ADHD Child's Strengths

Children with ADHD often feel defeated and want to give up trying.  Adults can sometimes unknowingly contribute to these feelings; parents, teachers, coaches, and counselors, may focus on Shutterstock 484218700the child's weaknesses more than highlighting their strengths.

Recently an article was published in KQED News, Mind/Shift, Five Ways to Help Children with ADHD Develop Their Strengths. The article discusses ways to put the focus back on developing and encouraging strengths. Dr. Sharon Saline the author of, What Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew, writes that ADHD children want to feel normal.  They want to be like other children. She goes on to state that, “An informed empathy for ADHD children -- for what they experience on a daily basis -- can inspire parents and teachers to work with these children in ways that will help them grow into responsible and happy adults.”

Dr...

ADHD Overlooked in Older Adults

Recently ADDitude Magazine published an article regarding ADHD being overlooked in adults, 3 Rules for Evaluating and Treating ADHD in People Over 50Adult ADHD

Some of the reasons stated in the article include age-related cognitive changes, comorbid medical/psychiatric conditions, and psychological issues. The American Journal of Psychiatry states ADHD or ADD accounts for nearly 4.4% of all major psychiatric conditions in the US and only second to generalized depression. Adults between 50-70 with ADHD often go undiagnosed because of the reasons outlined above.

The article describes why there is a diagnostic disconnect.  Part of it is due to a lack of reliable information and data on ADHD in older populations. However, as the number of adults with ADHD increases, it is important for doctors to perform additional ADHD screenings when adult patients present...

Why You Should Eat More Blueberries

Blueberries 531209 640A well-balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains is recommended by nutritionists in order to stay healthy and improve cognitive development. There are some foods that have been shown to be more beneficial than others.  One of these is blueberries. Harvard Health states that the natural plant pigments in berries help improve memory.  A study, published in Annals of Neurology, found that women who consumed two or more servings of strawberries and blueberries each week delayed their memory decline by up to two-and-a-half years.

Blueberries, in particular, are neuroprotective and also help to slow down the aging process and fight against disease. Fortunately, blueberries are easy to fit into your diet. You can snack on them anytime or add them to your morning oatmeal. They are also great in smoothies and on top of waffles! 

Since...

Exercises to improve attention, working memory and executive function

Everyone knows exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle.  But did you know that exercise can be especially important for people with ADHD?  Exercise can improve attention, Family Bikingworking memory and executive function. 

Play Attention is sponsoring Additude Magazine’s special webinar, The Exercise Rx for ADHD, with John J. Ratey, M.D.

Click here to register and learn the effect of exercise on ADHD.

The 2018 ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth states that regular exercise can help creativity and social functioning in ADHD and Autistic children. Even a small burst of exercise before a test can produce stronger brain function.

However, the report states, “Only 35% of 5- to 17- year-olds are reaching their recommended physical activity levels.  On average, kids are still sitting too much and moving too little to reach their full...