- Do you have to be in a relationship to feel good about yourself?
- Are you obsessive about working out?
- Do you reach for chocolate, sugar or alcohol regularly & when you get upset?
- Can you live a day without the Internet or e-mail?
- Do you work obsessively angering friends and family?
Dopamine is responsible for feelings of happiness and the natural enjoyment of life. People with ADD are often work-out fanatics, like my oldest son. It is one of the things that helps him feel good about himself and "normal." Working out is a natural way to increase dopamine levels in the body. Eating a diet of tyrosine rich foods like meat, fish and eggs offer a natural way of raising dopamine levels. Blueberries and Spirulina (blue-green algae) also raise dopamine levels. Using alcohol raises levels of dopamine in the braiin, easing anxiety and depression. It is no wonder so many people with ADD also have addictions.
- 40% of ADD/ADHD patients are alcoholics.
- 20% of ADD/ADHD patients are drug addicts
- 25% of ADD/ADHD patients have a mood disorder (depression)
- 50-80% of prisoners have ADD as a component of their psychiatric picture. 80% of chronic repeat offenders in the justice system had learning disabilities and histories consistent with ADD
- 30-50% of children with Attention Deficit Disorder and ADHD are held back at least one year and 25%-36% never complete High School
- An ADD brain is unable to inhibit or to put the brakes on certain thoughts, feelings, behaviors, or cravings and, therefore, is prone to addiction.
If you or your children exhibit any of the signs of ADD be watchful of early use of alcohol or drugs. The combination of depression and addiction can be deadly.
(1)The Mood Cure by Julia Ross, M.A.
(2)Eagle County Health Department
(3)Choosehelp.com a network of specialized behavorial health care services
(4)Edward M. Hallowell, M.D. &John J. Ratey, M.D. Book "Answers to Distraction"
(5)Language Disorders Across the Lifespan by Betsy Partin Vinson, M.M.Sc.,CCC/SLP
(6)National Institute on Drug Abuse www.drugabuse.gov/infofacts/cocaine.htm
(7)Add/Adhd Alcohol Drug Treatment www.adhdalcoholdrugtreatment.com/i-drugsalcohol.htm
(8)Men's Health Magazine, October,2005 issue "The Addicted Man"
(9)Case Study and Research Paper, University of Colorado
(10) Dr. Daniel G. Amen, M.D. Amenclinics.com