ADHD Symptoms

The ADHD “Rebound” Effect – part 113 Jun

Robert Wilford, Ph.D. and Sarah Ferman, Psy.D., L.M.F.T.

Do you ever get ADHD Rebound Effect? Frustrating?

Life can be daunting when you or someone you love has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The symptoms and manifestations of ADHD can vary in different individuals, with some persons leaning more toward symptoms of inattention, and others more towards hyperactivity, and a third group having characteristics of both. In General, ADHD makes it difficult for people to direct sustained attention on activities that are dull and mundane. ADHD also can cause problems with memory and mood such as forgetfulness and temper outbursts that seem to come from no where, and this decreases the capacity to listen to others.
For these reasons, treatment is often recommended to those who have ADHD. Many doctors will prescribe treatment in the form of medications like Adderall or Ritalin. These drugs help stabilize moods, increase the ability to concentrate, and alleviate other problems caused by ADHD. For many people, these medications––as prescribed by their doctor––are the key to living a vibrant and productive life. Yet medication is not the total answer to symptom relief from ADHD.

There is a delicate balance of medication, hydration, and stable blood sugare levels that need to be maintained in order to avoid the ADHD Rebound Effect.

In most cases, this “rebound effect” occurs when the medication is wearing off after several hours, and frequently coincides with low blood sugar or dehydration. This ADHD rebound effect is not a phenomenon that occurs in the vast majority of ADHD cases, and this fact makes it sometimes difficult to diagnose. Common symptoms include sudden negative feelings like depression, moodiness, anger, hyperactivity, or agitation. In fact, if you have witnessed someone suffering from low blood sugar, he or she might have exhibited similar symptoms.
One of the issues is dehydration. With most medications, dehydration can occur, and this is particularly true with stimulants like those used to treat ADHD. Staying hydrated is a good practice no matter what, but be particularly aware of your water intake if you are taking stimulants and you ever feel something resembling the ADHD rebound effect. Also, if you have been taking medication and have not eaten for a while, the combination of dehydration and low blood sugar can result in the ADHD rebound effect. Many people don’t realize how quickly the body breaks down food, but in general, dairy and fruit sustain you for only about an hour, complex carbohydrates for about two hours, and protein three or four. It is recommended that you try to eat something every three hours to keep acceptable blood sugar levels.
All about ADHD Rebound effect to be continued in part two, please come back.

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