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ADHD? You are twice as likely to die early

An enormous study of almost 2 million participants over a 32 year period in Denmark has shown that people with ADHD are twice as likely have a premature death. Individuals who were not diagnosed until the age of 18 years or older had a risk of premature death of 4.25 times that of people of the same age, compared to 1.58 times for those diagnosed in childhood. The author of the study published by The Lancet “suggests that ADHD persisting into adulthood often represents a more severe form of the disorder.”

The increased deaths have been attributed to:

Antisocial disorders – which increase the risk of violence and crime

Substance use – leading to accidents and fighting

Inattention and impulsivity – increasing accidents and poor health habits

Risky behaviors – leading to health risks and accidents.

As an adult with self diagnosed ADHD, I can certainly recall some risks I’ve taken in the past that almost made me one of these statistics. In fact just three months ago I almost died in an accident whilst on holiday, partying in Central America.

Read more about the study on Medical News Today:

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One in six college students misuse ADHD stimulant drugs

Researchers at the University of Carolina have published data that shows one in six college students misuse ADHD/ADD medications by using them un-prescribed or with off-prescription use.

In the United States, ADD/ADHD medications Ritalin and Adderall are Schedule II controlled substances, the same schedule as Cocaine and Methamphetamines. This un-prescribed use is opening up the students to considerable legal risks.

Similarly in Australia, Ritalin and Dexedrine are found under Schedule 8 alongside Cocaine and Amphetamines as controlled drugs in the Poisons Standard 2015.

While the intention of misuse has been to improve academic performance, the published results suggest the opposite is true, with a correlation of poor academic performance with stimulant misuse.

See the full article published by Eurekalert HERE…

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Pharmacogentic testing to end the trial and error game in ADHD treatment

When I went to a psychiatrist some years ago to see if I could be diagnosed as having ADD/ADHD, I was very surprised that he said the easiest way to test would be to first prescribe me the controlled stimulant medication – and simply see if it worked.

This happens to be a very common method for selecting medications for many ailments, especially psychological conditions. The reason for this is two-fold, first there is no 100% accurate way to diagnose ADHD due to it being a behavioural disorder with a large amount of subjectivity. Secondly, medications affect people differently and so there often needs to be experimentation with multiple medications before the ideal one is found.

This trial and error approach, while a legitimate one, is very old fashioned and inefficient. Yesterday PsychCentral publised an article stating that we are close to a stage where we will be able to test our DNA, resulting in a better understanding of our unique biology and biochemical makeup, resulting in a far more personalised efficient selection of medications that metabolise best in our bodies.

DNA lab at University of Michigan School of Natural Resources & Environment

DNA lab at University of Michigan School of Natural Resources & Environment

ADHD today – Prevalence and current treatments

Welcome to “Natural alternatives to ADD/ADHD treatments”

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is the single most common neuropsychiatric disorder in children, and continues with many into adulthood. The disorder is often characterised by people who are unorganised, easily distracted, poor listeners, restless, irratable and often late.


To improve focus and mental capacity, it is usually treated by prescribing strong controlled stimulants such as Ritalin (Methylphenidate) or Adderall and Dexedrine (Amphetamines).

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These are currently the most effective solutions prescribed by doctors, however their effectiveness comes with many unwanted side effects. These include:

  • loss of appetite
  • headaches
  • irritability and mood changes
  • addiction and drug abuse

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) says 5 percent of children are diagnosed with ADHD, however the Centers for Disease and Control has published data that 11 percent of American children have the disorder.

Figures in Australia are simillar, with childhood prevalence of ADHD of 6.8% (Everyday with ADHD)

There is much speculation and controversy in the media regarding an alleged over-diagnosis of ADHD and prescriptions, however Dr C. Edward Pitt expels many of the myths and media hype in this excellent summation of the situation: The Truth About ADHD 

As a self diagnosed ADHD sufferer at the age of 30 from Sydney Australia, I am passionate about this subject and will be continually updating you with information on changes to ADHD treatment across the globe, as well as offering alternative solutions that may allow you avoid the use of the legally controlled substances with high abuse potential.

If you have any feedback on treatment methods that have worked for you, please post in the comments section so we can all benefit.

Best of luck to you all.

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