What about sugar and food additives and supplements?

August 16, 2019 adhd-drbarr
  • diet, supplements, sugar, and food colourings have nothing to do with ADHD
  • caffeine plus stimulants increases risk of agitation, especially at the beginning

It may be ‘common wisdom’ that sugar makes kids hyper but there is no evidence to support ADHD being caused or made worse by junk food, sugar, food colourings etc.

There is also no evidence to support the many alternative treatments for ADHD. Biofeedback can produce a limited and narrow scope of improvement, while it’s being done, at vast expense, but shows no residual benefit after it’s stopped. To be fair, neither does medication, but at least medication is a lot cheaper.

Meditation can help but if you are restless and unfocused, it’s really hard to learn a trouvé. Better to combine medication and meditation or medication and counselling, or medication and strategies – it’s so much easier to remember and apply strategies if your ADHD is already being helped by medication.

There are chiropractors who want to manipulate your spine to fix ADHD, optometrists who claim that eye exercises and special glasses will help, and doctors who deal with addiction and think that there is no such thing as ADHD. I can only say that there is zero evidence to support these theories, but unfortunately the internet is democratic – any crackpot, any one with an agenda, anyone with a lot of knowledge in a very limited area can espouse their ideas, and looking impressive and being persuasive have little to do with the validity of the ideas.

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