Coffee As Treatment for ADHD?

Coffee As Treatment for ADHD?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (or ADHD) is a chronic condition that affects the lives of many adults, making it difficult to pay attention or calm down. It might sound crazy for someone suffering for ADHD to drink a caffeinated beverage, but some adult sufferers claim that coffee actually calms them down. Though this has not been a highly-tested phenomenon, if you consider how many ADHD prescription medications work, it is not quite as crazy as it initially sounds.

Stimulants and ADHD

Coffee is a stimulant. The stimulants in certain ADHD medications (those that contain methylphenidate and amphetamines) work by increasing your brain’s dopamine levels and blocking the reuptake of neurotransmitters like norepinephrine. This does not necessarily mean that other stimulants such as coffee will have the same effect, but some affected adults claim that it works for them, and it is possible that the fact that it is a stimulant is one of the reasons why.

Blood Flow to the Brain

Another slightly less well-known side effect of coffee is that it can cause a decrease in the blood that flows to your brain. ADHD medications like Ritalin also have this affect. Again, similar effects on the body do not necessarily mean they are comparable as treatments, but if coffee truly is an effective treatment for ADHA, this may be one of the reasons behind that.

The Opposite Effect

What is well known is that stimulants will generally have the opposite effect on adults who suffer from ADHD than it will on those without it. Most people find that drinking a lot of coffee (or other stimulants, like those in energy drinks) will make them much more alert and more energetic than usual. Sufferers of ADHA, however, have widely reported that coffee will instead make them feel more calm and relaxed. In extreme cases, some have even claimed that it can help them fall asleep at night.

Coffee as a Treatment

If you are an adult who suffers from ADHD and you would like to try a treatment that is not a prescription drug, it couldn’t hurt to give coffee a try. See how working coffee into your daily routine affects your attention span and your hyperactivity. If you find that it helps you to feel calmer and lets you get your work done in a way you prefer, than this might be the perfect treatment for you, or at least a supplemental treatment to your doctor’s recommendations. And, as an added bonus, it tastes delicious and comes without the potentially harmful side effects of a prescription drug. So, give this natural solution a try and see if it works for you.


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