More Bad News — ADD Tip o the Day 385

Those of us with ADD or ADHD are more likely than average to have RLS, restless legs syndrome, and/or paroxysmal abnormal leg movements.  These uncontrollable urges to move our legs, or these uncontrollable jerks of the legs, tend to happen just as we are trying to go to sleep. They are important because they keep us awake, and good sleep is important for ADD or ADHD.

The symptoms may happen occasionally at other times and not only in the legs.  There are treatments for them.  My guess is that like ADD, it’s related to the basal ganglia.

Next, 20-40% of people with bipolar disorder also have ADD or ADHD, higher than the 4% of us in the average population.  That doesn’t translate backwards; not so many of us with ADD or ADHD also have bipolar, which is about 1% in the general population.  I couldn’t find out the percent of bipolar in the ADD/HD population, but obviously it’s significant.

This is somewhat controversial, but the increased incidence of ADD or ADHD in the bipolar population seems pretty clear.  All of this is treatable too, but with some difficulty.

It is important to carefully make the correct diagnoses.


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About doug with ADHD

I am a psychiatric physician. I learned I have ADHD at age 64, and then wrote two ADHD books for adults, focusing on strategies for making your life better. I just published my first novel, Alma Means Soul. Your Life Can Be Better; strategies for adults with ADD/ADHD available at, or (for e books) Living Daily With Adult ADD or ADHD: 365 Tips O the Day ( e-book). This is one tip at a time, one page at a time, at your own pace. It's meant to last a year. As a child, I was a bully. Then there was a transformation. Now I am committed to helping people instead abusing them. The Bully was published in January, 2016. It's in print or e book, on Amazon.
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3 Responses to More Bad News — ADD Tip o the Day 385

  1. doug says:

    homey – ps
    i left out the most important part, it made huge improvement when i made a rule, no caffeine (even decaf) or alcohol after 8 pm.


  2. doug says:

    homey – what i do are -stretches, esp achilles and hamstrings, ca/mg/zn tablet (not if you have kdney stones),; neurontin, now that darvon is off the market. works fairly well, darvon was better. also didnt take it every nite.
    as always, i appreciate your comments
    best wishes


  3. homemakersdaily says:

    So that’s why I have Restless Leg Syndrome! Bummer. I hate it. It definitely interferes with my sleep. Fortunately it’s not every night.


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