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More on ADHD and Eating Problems

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Last year I blogged on the link between Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and eating problems (the diagnosis is now ADHD, not ADD) and I want to give you additional info on the subject from Is There a Link Between ADHD and Overeating. Here are some highlights, though I recommend you read the whole article if you have questions about whether you have ADHD or not or how it may relate to your eating.

  • “ . . . research associates ADHD with eating disorders that involve overeating. There

is also scientific evidence to support a link between ADHD and obesity.”

condition that can produce a range of symptoms relating to the inability to focus, impulsive or hyperactive behavior, or both.”

  • “As ADHD involves difficulty with staying focused, impulsive behavior, or both, 

people with the condition may find it hard to prioritize and plan meals. They may eat impulsively or find it difficult to notice when they need to eat. If they leave it too long between meals, they can end up extremely hungry when they finally notice that their body is in need of energy. This can result in overeating.”

  •    “ . . . overeating and raised levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine play a role in the 

relationship between ADHD and obesity.”

and compulsive overeating. Research shows that this type of talk therapy can be effective for treating disordered eating, as well as ADHD and obesity.”

  • “Doctors may also prescribe medication for some people who have ADHD and an 

eating disorder that involves overeating. Some medications treat both of these conditions.”

You already know you have eating problems. However, many people are not sure if they have ADHD (or maybe don’t want to know it). Several of my clients have had difficulty accepting the diagnosis. Some were ashamed or feared taking medication. They saw ADHD as yet another defect of theirs. 

Please understand that ADHD is a treatable biological “condition.” It’s simply the way your brain works for better—and there are positives about having it, including increased creativity in some people—or worse. The best book I know of on the subject is Delivered from Distraction written by psychiatrists Edward M. Hallowell and John J. Ratey both of whom have ADHD and lead quite successful lives.