How to Make ADHD worse

When you have ADHD, here’s your recipe for disaster:  Mix sleep deprivation with carnival food.  Deep fry.

Hold the physical exercise and Omega-3s.

No one says, “I want to be my worse self.”  Yet many of us are doing exactly what we need to get us there or keep us there.

When you have ADHD, sleep deprivation makes your symptoms worse, carnival-like food makes your symptoms (particularly forgetfulness) worse and lack of physical exercise and Omega-3s keeps them from getting better.

If you want to give yourself the best chance at optimal brain functioning, here’s the winning combination:  sleep enough, eat healthy food (including Omega-3s), and exercise regularly.  This is true for all us but is essential when you have ADHD.

Consider that chronic sleep deprivation looks like ADHD.  Combine them and you have more extreme ADHD.  Check out recent research on ADHD and circadian rhythms here.

Omega-3s matter so much, there’s even an Omega-3 prescription for ADHD called Vayarin.  See specifics on the Omega-3 and ADHD connection here:  Something Fishy.  See the latest review and meta-analysis on use of Omega-3s for ADHD here.

As for exercise, namely cardio exercise, check out this recent review.

Try the winning combination for even just one week and see what you notice.  Your brain will thank you.

Author: Tonya Lippert

With the publication of TRANSFORMING ADHD, I have crossed into the world of authorship, and, with this, blogging. My hope is that others find my sharing of resources, research and reflection of use. By workday, I am a mental health therapist, a part-time researcher, and a forensic interviewer. During my alone time, I am an aspiring author of children's picture books. I value close connection, compassion, kindness, reducing suffering, adventure, courage and playfulness. I want to live, and to help others to live, a rich, full and meaningful life.

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