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ADHD and Hyperactivity - What are its symptoms and what can help?

It's hard to decide who suffers from ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) more, the parents, or the children. As a single father with two boys, I say it's the parents who have it hardest. Which is why Calm Bomb with L-theanine is a standard in my backpack. 

ADHD children and stressed parents

What are the symptoms of ADHD?

ADHD normally shows up as children having a problem with paying attention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Also known as driving you insane!

Symptoms of ADHD can include:

  • Difficulty paying attention or staying focused on tasks
  • Fidgeting or squirming in seat
  • Difficulty remaining seated in appropriate situations
  • Difficulty following through on instructions
  • Difficulty with organization
  • Avoiding tasks that require sustained mental effort
  • Losing things like toys, tools, or school assignments
  • Being easily distracted
  • Forgetting things on a daily basis
  • Excessive talking
  • Interrupting others 

What are the usual ways of dealing with ADHD?

The usual strategies for dealing with ADHD include:

  1. Medication: Ritalin or Adderall are most people's first stop. While they can reduce the symptoms, most parents agree the child is seldom happy or themselves.

  2. Behavioral therapy: This type of therapy can help individuals with ADHD learn strategies for managing symptoms, such as organization and time management techniques, and strategies for improving focus and attention.

  3. Parenting/teacher training: Parenting and teacher training programs can teach strategies for managing ADHD symptoms in children, such as positive reinforcement, setting clear expectations, and effective consequences.

  4. Exercise: Regular physical activity can help improve focus, attention, and impulse control.

  5. Diet: A healthy diet that is low in processed foods and high in fruits, vegetables, and lean protein may help improve symptoms of ADHD.

  6. Sleep: Ensuring enough quality sleep can improve attention, memory and mood.

  7. Accommodations: Accommodations at school or work, such as preferential seating or extended time on tests, can help individuals with ADHD succeed.

  8. Mindfulness and relaxation techniques : Mindfulness practices such as yoga and meditation can help reduce hyperactivity and impulsivity and improve attention and focus.

While these are all valid and long term ways of helping a child (or adult) with ADHD, you can't suddenly feed your kid a healthy diet when he's throwing a tantrum in the snack aisle at Woolworths. 

Calm Bomb works fast and tastes great.

Calm Bomb contains multiple ingredients that work for ADHD, especially the H part.

  • L-theanine is an amino acid found in tea leaves, and has been found to have lots of benefits while also being considered GRAS or Generally Regarded As Safe. It has been used for anxiety, sleep even cancer. But the interesting part is that it helps reduce symptoms of ADHD, particularly improving attention and focus.
  • Valerian Root has been shown to improve sleep, reduce anxiety, relaxing muscles, relieving pain and reducing stress. But it also improves cognitive function and reduce symptoms of ADHD.
  • Lemon Balm has been shown to improve anxiety, sleep and stress. But it also improve cognitive function and concentration, and may also help reduce symptoms of ADHD.
  • Sceletium has too many benefits to mention, but it has been shown to be calming, improves focus and improve cognition.

What have studies shown about L-theanine and ADHD in particular?

A 2019 study [1] tested children with ADHD and gave them L-theanine and caffeine. They found that attention span and cognitive performance improved, decreasing the mind wandering. Together, they also seemed to decrease impulsivity. While focus was improved with only l-theanine or caffeine, used together they had a much more profound effect.

What have studies shown about Valerian Root and Lemon Balm in particular?

A 2014 study [2] tested giving Valerian Root and Lemon Balm to children with concentration difficulties and hyperactivity. The percentage of children with poor ability to focus decreased from 75% to 14%, hyperactivity from 61% to 13%, and impulsiveness from 59% to 22%. Parents also found social behavior, sleep and symptom burden showed highly significant improvements. 

So does it work?

Well, my boys have both been taking Calm Bomb since before the age of two, with a noticeable calming effect. It also helps to take one as the parent as well. And it doesn't hurt that it tastes delicious, and babies even chew on the package for a while.

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6574559/
[2] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24837472/

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