Nutrition and Mental Health
Finding the right ADHD treatment, including ADHD medications and/or behavioral therapies, is crucial to managing ADHD. You will be excited to know that a double-blind study found micronutrient formulation is an effective and safe treatment for ADHD.
Researchers from the University of Canterbury and the University of Otago, New Zealand, randomized 80 adults diagnosed with ADHD to take either the micronutrient formulation or identical-looking placebo pills for 8 weeks. Most of the study participants had at least one psychiatric diagnosis in addition to ADHD. Additional diagnoses included multiple anxiety disorders, major depressive disorder, dysthymia, bipolar disorder, reading disability, and alcohol/substance misuse or dependence. The nutrient group reported more than double the improvement in attention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity symptoms, compared with the placebo group. Clinical psychologists rated more than twice as many people in the nutrient group ‘very much’ or ‘much’ improved in overall symptoms. They also rated moderate and severely depressed participants in the nutrient group as having nearly double the improvement in depression symptoms. Researchers found that the micronutrients were completely safe; there were no differences in side effects between the two groups.
Vitamin–mineral treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder in adults: double-blind randomised placebo-controlled trial.
Rucklidge JJ, Frampton CMA, Gorman B, Boggis A. The British Journal of Psychiatry. 2014 Feb;204(2): doi: 10.1192/bjp.bp.113.132126
Working Memory Training
Also, Considerable research has documented that many children and adults with ADHD have working memory deficits and that this contributes to difficulties associated with the disorder. Cogmed Working Memory Training is an evidence-based computerized training program designed to improve attention by effectively increasing working memory capacity through a systematic training period.