Archives for April 2011

ADHD Comorbidity

I don’t know about you, but I find the term ‘Comorbid’ a grim term. I am sure it would have been possible to come up with a more cheery description of an ‘individual that has more than one medical condition that exists both independently and at the same time.

However, regardless of the term, if you have Adult ADHD there is a 75% chance that you have another condition and that condition could also affect your attention.

Below is a list of the most common conditions that exist with ADD.

Here are the other conditions:

1) Depression
Struggling with unmanaged ADD is difficult so it’s not surprising as many as 16-30% of adults with ADD experience a major depression and 20-37% mild depression.

2) Anxiety
Statics show that 50 percent of adults with ADHD also have an anxiety disorder. An anxiety disorder could be Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Panic Disorder, Social phobia or specific phobias, such as fear of flying or fear of spiders etc.

3) Bipolar Disorder
Around 20% of adults with ADD also have Bipolar disorder. It can mimic symptoms of ADD and like ADD, it is heredity.

4) Sleep difficulties
People with ADD find it hard to fall asleep because their mind is working +++. They also find it hard to wake up in the morning and it takes them a while to ‘get going’. While Insomnia is the most well known sleeping difficulty, the other common ones for ADHD adults are Teeth Grinding, Sleep Apnea and Restless Leg Syndrome.

5)Learning Disabilities
People with ADHD have an increased likelihood of also having a learning disability.

6) Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Dr Hallowell believes most people with ADD have a mild form of PTSD because if left unmanaged ADHD can mean repeated traumas, humiliation, rejection and failures.

Remember if you do have one or more of these conditions along with ADHD, there is good news. When you start to treat and manage ADHD, issues with these conditions very often improve greatly too.

Don’t forget to read more about each condition that interests you.


Earth Day

If you have ADHD there is a very good chance that you care greatly about the planet, but struggle to implement daily actions that can help. Here are 5 tips that can help you help our earth:

1. Take shorter showers: Taking shorter showers is a win-win. Not only does it help the environment by saving on the energy used to heat the water, it also helps you to get out the door faster in the morning.

2. Eat less animal protein: Meat production taxes the earth’s resources +++ and most Westerners eat more protein than is healthy for them. However, a healthy protein (lean meat, eggs, etc.) with every meal helps your ADHD brain function at its peak. So choose your protein carefully and where at all possible help the environment by choosing organic and locally produced meat.

3. Recycle: Recycling helps the environment as it reduces pollution, saves energy (less is used by using recycled products than new materials) and preserves natural resources.Recycling becomes a habit. Take it day by day. You might feel like that one water bottle won’t make a difference, but little steps make a big difference.

4. Buy products with the smallest amount of packaging: For example, when selecting fresh produce, such as, tomatoes choose the ones on display individually rather than pre-wrapped in packs. Purchase products that are sold in larger quantities or come in
concentrated form.

5.  Walk to work: Walking to work reduces pollution to the environment. Exercise, such as, brisk walking helps your ADHD by increasing focus and concentrate and also reduces depression. Walking to work is another win-win as it helps you to exercise first thing, have a productive day and help the earth. If you live too far to walk, cycling is another great idea.

These five ideas are a great way to get started being green. Good luck and let me know how you get along!