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Posted by Sunstorm on November 13, 1999 at 09:39:31:

In Reply to: Anyone hear of treating ADHD with caffeine?? posted by Sheryl on November 12, 1999 at 16:58:56:

Hello there Sheryl,

I am both a coffee drinker and an adult with ADD. I can drink enough coffee to make others bounce
off the walls, but it also can give people a sour stomach, escpecially if consumed alone. It can also
make the pulse race and raise blood pressure, like all stimulants, not a good thing for long term health. Coffee really
isn't going to help much with ADD however, hence the use of much more powerful stimulants such
as Ritalin or Prozac. But a lot of ADD people do try to self medicate themselves with caffeine. ADD is however
one of the most misunderstood and misidentified disorders there is. It would be a good idea to get your
child tested by more than one specialist to see if there is something really going on with him. The problem
with ADD is that it doesn't show itself in the same way for any two people. One basic aspect about
ADD is that people with the disorder actually are under aroused, they have problems with alertness and
stimulants affect that. There are also neuro-transmitter imbalance problems that the stimulants counteract
or at least reduce in severity. So if he does in fact have ADD, medication may or may not be needed..... I was
never put on Ritalin myself. It'll take more than a mere pill to get a handle on ADD, but with a lot of love and
support, it can be mastered.

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