We’re all tired of the virus thing. I just ask that you pay attention to the scientific experts, especially those willing to admit they don’t really know, and ignore the blathering and BS.
Here’s more ADHD science:
1. Sleep problems are the most common comorbidities with ADHD. ADHD and sleep problems make each other worse. ‘ADHD is a disorder of self-regulation, circadian rhythm, overstimulation, and motor activity, which manifest both day and night.’
We have initial insomnia, circadian rhythm disturbance, restless legs syndrome, and periodic limb movement disorder. I think the next blog will be about my problems with sleep and legs.
Many people with ADHD actually require less sleep than vanillas. Which would be reassuring, except I don’t think I’m one of them.
Consistent bedtimes and wake times are very helpful. I try, but —
2. There’s question about ADHD medications increasing the risk of psychosis in teens and young adults. There is a risk, but the rate is very low; it’s is higher with amphetamines than with methylphenidate ( Ritalin, et al).
3. Many studies suggest things that may be helpful, but most of these studies so far are flawed and only give weak evidence one way or the other: An elimination diet may help 1/3 of hyperactive children. It’s difficult to stay on these diets. Biofeedback might be helpful, but expensive. Fatty acids (fish oil) may be helpful, but less so than regular medication. It’s probably more effective in people who have low blood levels of the fatty acids and the test is probably not expensive. There is some correlation with ADHD and low blood levels of zinc. There may be some benefit from L carnitine in inattentive type, and from saffron, various herbs and vitamins, special kinds of acupuncture, yoga et al, massage.
Many things show possible benefit, but none of them have received adequate scientific testing. Generally they were possibly helpful when combined with the medications. You might want to try something that is inexpensive and has no side effects. Remember that the supplements are produced without regulations and you can’t be sure what’s in them and they can have side effects and interaction.
Make use of the science and keep safe.
Personal Notes O the Day:
1. Draft nine of the new ADHD book is and I’m ready to start on draft 10. I think it will be the one that gets published. When?
2. I take omega 3 and think it helps some. Yoga, Tai Chi etc, probably help but I don’t use them. I do try to meditate; it’s hard but inexpensive.