Monday, July 13, 2009

ADHD and coffee?

The conventional treatment for ADHD revolves around prescription stimulant medication such as Ritalin and Adderall (short term) and Adderal XR and Concerta (long term). It seems to be a plausible idea that perhaps other stimulants such as caffeine laden coffee might produce similar effects.

In the late nineties this theory seemed to be gaining some traction due to the presumption that Brazilian children seemed to have a lower incidence of ADHD. Researchers were quick to link this assumption with the incidence of ADHD. So is it actually possible that giving your child a cup of coffee daily might enhance their ability to focus and concentrate singular tasks longer?

Both Philip & Thomas have ADHD. It makes me wonder if I shouldn't give them a cup of coffee everyday? Maybe it's worth a try? Other benifits of coffee include , antioxidant benefits for those who drink more than two cups daily, increased short term memory and decreased risk for diabetes and liver and breast cancer.


Shelley said...

I have 1 cup a week at church. I have been know to have 3 cups a week if I have coffee in the house.
It does perk one up.
But if I have more than one my hands shake.

Dianna said...

Well it might be worth a try.
I do more research on it for you.
it also is a laxitive of sorts.