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Do you have ADD/ADHD? Studies estimate that ADD/ADHD affects nearly nine million adults in the U.S; however, only a few receive accurate diagnoses and undergo proper treatment. Research shows that the condition can impair social, occupational and academic functioning, resulting in academic underachievement, underemployment, difficulties in personal relationships, conduct problems, and motor vehicle safety. It also causes hyperactivity, although this may decrease over time. Adderall is the most commonly prescribed drug for Attention Deficit Disorder treatment.

Psychological Conditions Associated with ADD

Nearly 50% of adults with ADD also suffer from associated psychological conditions such as borderline personality disorder, anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, and others. The co-existence of these conditions makes it difficult to accurately diagnose ADD since symptoms are remarkably similar to that of ADD. Medical practitioners must determine if the patient has ADD or a mental disorder with symptoms similar to that of ADD, or both ADD and a mental disorder. Speak with a licensed ADD doctor in Miami today, call us now.

Common Symptoms of ADD

  • Common symptoms of adult attention deficit disorder include:
  • Chronic tardiness
  • Chronic boredom
  • Low frustration threshold
  • Low motivation
  • Anger management issues
  • Poor prioritizing skills
  • Concentration and attention problems
  • Procrastination
  • Impulsive behaviors
  • Problems in primary relationships
  • Poor management of time
Symptoms of ADD/ADHD
ADD/ADHD Symptoms

These symptoms can either be direct manifestations of ADD or a result of issues with proper social adjustment. Depending on the situation and innate disposition, ADD patients can exhibit antisocial tendencies (such as withdrawing from friends and family) or become uncomfortable when left alone, thus requiring and demanding constant social attention.

If left untreated, ADD will adversely impact the quality of the patient’s life and upset several key areas, such as proper management of home life, ability to foster close relationships, and being successful at work. Adderall can help with symptoms. To determine if ADD is a serious problem, speak with a licensed ADD doctor in Miami today.  Let’s take a look at some of the ways it can impact your daily life.

Happiness

One of the major ways ADD affects a patient’s life is in his/her level of happiness. The symptoms of ADD can wear you down, causing you to feel overwhelmed with life or overreact when confronted with stressful situations. It makes you tired, anxious, and nervous while making you feel like you are on an emotional roller coaster. This could lead to feelings of depression, rendering you incapable of enjoying the pleasures of life.

Productivity

Adult ADD can make it difficult to finish projects, whether big or small. This means that little household tasks such as paying bills, house cleaning, laundry, etc. are either not done properly or not done on time. The same goes for larger projects such as completing a house renovation project, taking classes to improve professional skills, etc. These manifestations of ADD significantly impact your productivity, thus reducing satisfaction and overall efficiency.

Relationships

When it comes to relationships, most people see ADD sufferers as impulsive, inattentive, distant, and unconcerned; however, this is not the case. ADD symptoms make it difficult for patients to be effective communicators and attentive listeners, meaning that they are not their best in social settings. Miami ADD patients may forget important information such as partners’ birthday, anniversaries, and social events and may interrupt others when speaking. As such, many persons see them as socially inept or immature and may begin to keep their distance.

Self-Esteem

ADD can also impact a patient’s feeling of worth and self-esteem. Since symptoms of ADD make patients unable to complete projects or precisely focus their thoughts and energy on a particular undertaking, it makes them question their capabilities. This could reduce the feeling of self-esteem and confidence they have in themselves. Others may also feel that ADD patients cannot be relied upon to complete projects as at when due, further worsening the situation.

These are just a few ways that ADD negatively affects the everyday life of those suffering from the condition. In short, yes: ADD is a serious issue and can affect the quality of life of a patient. The good news is that accurate diagnosis, management, as well as appropriate Attention Deficit Disorder treatment in Miami can greatly improve the symptoms and manifestations of the latter. You do not need to live an unsatisfactory or unhappy life, incapable of creating deep and meaningful relationships with those you care about or underachieve in your chosen career or profession. If you would like to meet with a qualified physician to discuss your Attention Deficit Disorder treatment in Miami and see if Adderall prescription can help, please schedule an appointment at our ADD/ADHD Miami clinic by calling (305) 776-2898.

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Do you know the impact of sugar on your ADHD? Reports from a Yale University study show increased inattention in ADD patients who consumed high-sugar diets. The University of South Carolina conducted another research. It has also shown that hyperactive children who consume large amounts of sugar tend to be more restless and destructive. However, other studies found no correlation between high sugar intake and increased hyperactivity in ADD patients. The truth is that sugar affects the functioning of the brain and since ADD is a neurological condition, sugar does have some effect on ADD symptoms.

How Your Body Processes Sugar

Sugar comes in many forms including sucrose, corn sweetener, dehydrated cane juice, corn syrup, dextrin, dextrose, maltodextrin, malt syrup, sorghum syrup, maltose, rice syrup, saccharose, molasses, and sorghum. When you consume carbohydrates, the body converts them into glucose (a kind of sugar), which the muscles and organs (including the brain) use as an energy source. The neurons within the brain are unable to store glucose, and as such, they require a constant and steady supply. If the neurons within the brain receive a larger than normal supply of glucose, the body tends to become hyperactivity and experience sugar crashes. It should be noted, however, that there is “good” and “bad” sugar.

“Good” and “Bad” Sugar

“Good” sugar is obtained from the breaking down of complex carbohydrates and fruits. Complex carbohydrate takes longer to be processed and digested, and as such, they release energy (in the form of glucose) to the body over an extended period. Fruits release glucose at a steady rate due to the presence of fiber. On the other hand, “bad” sugar refers to the refined sugar present in soda, candy, and cookies. The effects of refined sugar are almost instantaneous. The brain becomes flooded with glucose, resulting in the release of serotonin which makes you feel happy. The spike in the level of blood sugar causes the pancreas to produce large quantities of insulin, in a bid to absorb the sugar. Once this happens, you will begin to “crash,” causing feelings of tiredness and loss of focus.

Effects of Excessive Sugar Intake

Consuming large amounts of sugar over time leads to memory loss, issues with processing information, anxiety, and depression. All of these are symptoms adults with ADHD and ADD tend to exhibit. Aside from obesity and diabetes, adults with ADHD are susceptible to hyperactivity, fatigue, mood swings, insomnia, alcoholism, drug addictions, etc., all of which are exacerbated by the intake of large amounts of sugar.

How Sugar Impacts ADHD
Effects of Excessive Sugar Intake

Does Sugar Worsens the Symptoms of ADHD?

There are no studies showing that sugar causes ADHD or ADD. Nevertheless, too much of it could result in behavioral tendencies that mimic its symptoms. It is obvious that sugar does worsen the symptoms in patients with the disorder. Therefore, it is a good idea to watch your sugar intake, especially refined sugar. Eating a healthy, balanced diet ensures a stable, steady supply of blood sugar for your body all through the day. This will lead to increased mental focus, balanced moods and improved attention.

Some ADD patients believe that mega doses of minerals and vitamins can help alleviate the symptoms. There is little evidence that nutritional supplements can help manage ADD. In some cases, such supplements interact with and affect the functioning of ADD medications such as Adderall.

It is always best to talk with a professional about the symptoms of ADD. Discover what the best type of diet for ADD patients is. Some foods and supplements may worsen the symptoms. The good news is that ADHD/ADD is a manageable condition and with the right professional help, you can live a remarkably productive life. If you would like to meet with a qualified physician to discuss your ADHD/ADD, please schedule an appointment by calling Mango Clinic in Miami at +1 (305) 776-2898.


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