More on Diet and ADD ADHD —ADD Tip o the Day 543

We all have opinions 

We form our beliefs based on our feelings. Then we find data to support them, and ignore data that refutes them.

Fortunately, there is science.

This man seems to know what he’s talking about:

Stephen V. Faraone, Ph.D.


Stephen V. Faraone, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry, SUNY Upstate Medical University

More recent meta-analyses of omega-3 fatty acids suggest that they show some efficacy, about half as much as stimulant drugs. Those with a high EPA/DHA ratio seem to have the best effect. —

. Another way to look at these studies is using a standardized measure of treatment response effect where 0 means the treatment does not work and higher numbers are better. For stimulant drugs, the effect is 0.9, for food color restrictions it is about 0.5 and for other elimination diets it is about 0.4. Because most of the food color studies focused on kids with high levels of food colorant intake, the overall effect is smaller. Also, removing food colorants from kids with high levels gives a statistically reliable effect (i.e., we can believe it). The effect for other elimination diets is not reliable. A key issue is that the elimination diets are not easy to implement.

On human nature

It is hard for us to examine our beliefs and assumptions, and harder even to change them.

It is hard for me to accept that food coloring may play a part in ADD ADHD in some children.


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Who really knows what’s in there?

reason, logic, or emotions?   – excellent discussion

 on food additives

other viewpoints on foods

homey on using a notebook for a planner

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No Time to Think, Too Busy, Frantic, Overloaded — ADD Tip o the Day 542

The New York Times

The New York Times took some time off from bashing ADD, ADHD, Ritalin and the other medications to print this article, which explains a lot.


We make ourselves busy so we can avoid feelings or problems. We don’t want to think or feel.


We are faced with too many choices– too many channels, too many apps, too many devices, too many events, – – –.

Every time we make a choice,we use up a little willpower, which some of us didn’t have a whole lot of to begin with.


Busy is an attitude. If we focus on one thing,  do that, then focus on another one thing, we don’t have to feel busy. It’s our infinitely long to do list in our head that causes the feeling.



Here’s the article:

no time to think

Bonus link

from laura stoker: understand your ADD ADHD

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consider the lilies of the field. okay, so it’s not a lily, still-


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How to function with ADD ADHD – ADD Tip o the Day 541

Coping and functioning

Isn’t that what we try to do? So if we have ADD ADHD we try to cope with it. We can’t cure it, but we can treat the symptoms, and we can use strategies to cope. And our life can be better.

Is there a treatment?

This is controversial.  The medications-Ritalin, Adderall, Strattera, Vyvanse, etc. – help the symptoms for most of us. They make us more able to utilize the strategies to cope and therefore to improve our functioning.

Making things better

Improving our sleep, our diet, and our exercise will help our ADD ADHD. These are keys to health, not treatment.

Recognize and acknowledge

Once we recognize that we have ADD ADHD, we can begin to identify the specific problems it causes us.  We can make strategies to help us cope with those. We can consider treatments for the condition. We can decide to improve our habits, which will help.

Our life can be better.


from Dr. Prevatt  this is like a summary of my tips

Bonus link o the Day:

Myths abut ADD ADHD from Melissa

Bonus comment o the Day

from Bryan Hutchinson on his great web site:

Please remember that when discussing medication and / or supplements each member is responsible for his or her comments. Each person’s experiences may be different and no one should make any changes or try anything new with regard to medication or supplements without talking to his or her doctor first.

Bryan’s site Adderworld

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Some days it’s just too much.



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How can you tell if they know about ADD ADHD? — ADD Tip o the Day 540

Finding a knowledgeable professional – a followup

Hard to do.  Lots of misinformed people, including professionals.  Other things can mimic ADD ADHD. I assume most ADD ADHD certified coaches know what they’re doing.

Good suggestions:

From mike: look them up on the net.  Are they reviewed?  Have they published? Does someone else refer to them in a book or other place?

Check with CHADD or other ADD ADHD organizations.

Someone else made another good suggestion but I’ve lost it!  Can you repeat it?

Who knows about sensory processing disorder (SPD)?

How do you distinguish it from ADD ADHD? Do I have both, or is my hypersensitivity just part of my ADD?

I’m not sure about this:  on sensory processing  disorder

previous posts:

on finding a professional                                                                                

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on hypersensitivity

on evaluations

Bonus link:

From Linda – good tip on how to change your life

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ADD ADHD and hypersensitive — ADD Tip O the Day 539

Is it me or is it my ADD ADHD?

I’m hypersensitive to some noises – the dishwasher bothers me, the washing machine drives me up the wall, nose blowing is very unpleasant. I hate jarring – getting my chair bumped in the restaurant, a pillow dropped on the bed. Shock waves in the air feel like they’re killing my brain cells, and I have few to spare – snapping the wrinkles out of a pillowcase or a towel. I can’t stand having a breeze blowing on me.


I like most music. If it’s not too loud. I play music while I’m writing.  Touch and smell don’t usually bother me, but please don’t sit next to me and hog the arm rest.


I researched this and found that it’s quite common with ADD ADHD.  It’s not just me.

Is it a part of the syndrome, or a separate problem that often runs with it, like dyslexia?

How much of this is like autism? One comment was about liking being enveloped and deep pressure.

Some of the  comments  suggest the sensitivity is due to the distraction. Maybe some of it, but it’s the thing itself  that gets me.


Here’s the links                                                                            

ADHD sensitivities

ADHD sensitivities  2

it’s not just us

sensory integration dysfunction

emotional and physical

That would bother me!

 Crystal responds that her son hates silverware scraping on the plate. I had forgotten that one! Especially when they’re sawing something with a knife and trying to cut the plate.

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Do they know what they’re talking about? – – – ADHD Tip o the Day 538

Find someone who knows

I keep telling people to make sure that the professional they go to really knows about ADD ADHD.  Unfortunately, many don’t, and unfortunately, many don’t know that they don’t know.

So Rachel asked me, how do you tell?

my answer

Rachel – excellent question!
And I’m not sure I have a good answer.

Here are some possible questions to ask:
1. What causes ADD? – – We don’t know, it seems to involve genes, imaging shows that ADD brains are different from non- ADD,there may be other problems that could produce similar symptoms.
2 How is ADD treated? – – Usually with a combination of medication and strategies, coaching, sometimes therapy. Sleep, exercise, meditation, yoga are helpful.
3 How many people with ADD have you treated? how successfully? – – Claims of success should be encouraging, but not unbelievably good.
4 How do you make the diagnosis? – – – See  Tip number 536

The answers you get should be in the ballpark of the ones I’ve given, else I would question the capability of the professional to diagnose or treat ADD ADHD.


I assume a certified ADD ADHD coach would be knowledgeable. The benefit of a psychiatrist is the option of medications. I went to a knowledgeable child psychiatrist for myself.


Request  O the Day

Rachel and I are looking for some help here. How do you assess the ADD ADHD competence of a professional?

Mike has suggested looking them up on the net. There are reviews of professionals, and also you may find a book or article they have written. Fine suggestion. Thank you, Mike      9/5/2014

Tip 536 on evaluation  clik here

Bonus tip o the day

Tips from homey, on using planner, but these are effective in other ways too.

These kids know what they're doing!

These kids know what they’re doing! And they’re organized!

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ADD or ADHD -Label or Diagnosis? — ADD Tip o the Day 537

We all have our attitudes

Sometimes people have attitudes that seems strange to me, like about medications or diagnoses. But everybody is different, and we all see such things from our own viewpoints and experiences.

The best comment I’ve read on labeling is, “Would you rather your son be labeled ADHD or as the kid that nobody wants to play with?”

We’re all sensitive

Now there’s a controversy about the term ADDer.  I’m personally happy with it; I’ve been an ADDer for years.  But there is a difference between saying “He’s a schizophrenic -or a diabetic, or a homosexual” versus  “He has schizophrenia – or diabetes, or he’s gay. “

Or even more ungainly, “He’s a person with schizophrenia – etc.”

Maybe the issue is to remember that the label, or diagnosis, does not define the person.    It is simply one attribute of them.


tom (potty mouth) nardone – funny on labels

Dr. Mason ADDer’ Is a Dumb Name. Don’t Call Me That.

bonus question

I’m trying to write about how to tell whether a professional is knowledgeable about ADD ADHD or not.

I would appreciate your suggestions.  Thanks.

extra bonus question

What do you think about ADDer?

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Wasn’t there something else I was supposed to be doing?


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