A new study suggests that caffeine may help relieve some ADHD symptoms, especially those associated with alertness. learning and memory.
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Share on Pinterest The caffeine found in coffee may be an effective treatment for some ADHD symptoms. Catherine Falls Commercial/ A recent review suggests that caffeine may be effective in counteracting attention, learning, and memory deficits in an animal model of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
. Data on the effects of caffeine on hyperactivity and impulsivity are mixed.
Caffeine can be used to treat people with ADHD, whose symptoms primarily involve attention deficit disorder, but researchers need to validate these findings in human studies. A recent review summarizing studies in animal models of ADHD suggests that caffeine may help manage cognitive symptoms, such as poor attention, learning, and memory in people with ADHD. Data on the effects of caffeine on hyperactivity and impulsivity is mixed, suggesting that caffeine may not be suitable for people with ADHD who have these specific symptoms. Study co-author Javier Vázquez, a researcher at the University of Catalonia Oberta in Spain, explains why they decided to investigate the effects of caffeine: “Therapeutic avenues for relieving ADHD are limited, and there are certain The degree of controversy. types of drugs and stimulants, especially in childhood and adolescence. Therefore, it makes sense to study the effectiveness of other substances such as caffeine.” Her research was designed to summarize recent research on caffeine in animal models of ADHD. therapeutic effect. This review appears in Nutrients Magazine.
ADHD and Stimulants ADHD is a mental illness that affects children and adults. According to a 2016 national survey, 9.4 percent of U.S. children and teens ages 2 to 17 were diagnosed with ADHD. The prevalence of ADHD in U.S. adults was 0.96% in 2016, compared with 0.43% in 2007, but adult ADHD remains underdiagnosed. ADHD is characterized by difficulty maintaining attention, hyperactivity or restlessness, and impulsive behavior. There are three main subtypes of ADHD, and the most common subtype is characterized by people exhibiting all three symptoms. The other two subtypes include inattention but no hyperactivity or hyperactivity and impulsivity but no symptoms of inattentiveness. Common medications for ADHD include stimulants such as methylphenidate (Ritalin, Concerto) and amphetamines. Although it is a common misconception that stimulants can make ADHD worse, I