Category: ADD & ADHD

5 Myths About ADHD

By Donna Krutka, MD There are many misconceptions about the condition of ADHD. Here are some of the most common — and inaccurate — theories about ADHD. 1. Consuming too much sugar causes ADHD. There have been an abundance of articles about the correlation of ADHD and food. Sugar and food additives have been the primary food types implicated in the cause ADHD. It is important to understand that symptoms of hyperactivity could possibly be triggered by certain foods, perhaps food dyes, preservatives, and additives. But the diagnosis of ADHD is more comprehensive that just hyperactivity. ADHD is a...

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Why Women With ADHD Hide Their Symptoms

By Jeff Emmerson A woman gave birth to me, and another woman saved me from a life of misery by being there for me during my darkest hour as a young man. Later on, a woman known as my wife was there to see me survive a suicide attempt, and she stood by me through my psych-ward stay, helping me get to where I am now — a freight train of determination to raise adult ADHD awareness worldwide. Women have played vital roles throughout my life, so it’s frustrating when they are overlooked. It’s particularly unfortunate that they are...

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ADHD Symptoms and Diagnosis

By Lynn Marks Medically Reviewed by Robert Jasmer, MD A diagnosis of ADHD is based on reported signs, symptoms, behavior, and history rather than any single test. Symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) often vary depending on the exact type and severity of the disorder. While ADHD can be diagnosed at any age, by definition the condition causes symptoms beginning in childhood — even if the child wasn’t evaluated by a medical professional at the time. Signs and Symptoms The key signs of ADHD are inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Children who experience inattention may: Be easily distracted or...

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What Is ADHD?

By Lynn Marks Medically Reviewed by Robert Jasmer, MD Characterized by impulsive behavior, this disorder can affect every aspect of a child’s life. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a condition that’s characterized by impulsive behavior, inattention, and hyperactivity. It’s usually diagnosed in childhood, but symptoms of ADHD can continue through adolescence and adulthood. With proper treatment, children and adults with ADHD can live successful, productive lives. ADHD vs. ADD Attention deficit disorder (ADD) is an older term for what’s now known as ADHD. The condition was referred to as ADD until 1987, when “hyperactivity” was added to the...

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Is an ADHD Diet the Answer?

By Katherine Lee | Medically reviewed by Pat F. Bass III, MD, MPH Food allergies may be connected to adult ADHD symptoms. Learn how following an elimination program, such as the Feingold Diet, may help you identify your triggers and create your own ADHD diet. If you are an adult living with ADHD, a growing body of nutrition and diet research shows that what you eat can make a difference in managing symptoms. Eating certain foods and following an elimination diet such as the Feingold Diet, which cuts out food additives among other guidelines, can help. Keep in mind...

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