Does too much caffeine or sugar cause Adult ADHD?
Although too much sugar and/or caffeine can cause restlessness or a surge in blood sugar, research does not support the popularly held views that ADHD is caused by excessive consumption of either substance. Dr. Yen will warn her patients, however that ingesting too much sugar or caffeine can exacerbate the symptoms of ADHD and should be consumed in moderation.
What if Adult ADHD goes untreated?
Some childhood symptoms of ADHD may fade with age, however ADHD can be a lifetime problem. Adults who don’t receive proper treatment for ADD or ADHD may have trouble with the following:
- Getting a job
- Keeping a job
- Getting to work on time
- Completing tasks on a deadline
- Staying organized
- Getting along with other adults and co-workers
- Accepting criticism calmly
Some research has shown that as many as 40% of the people in prison have adult ADHD, many who are undiagnosed and untreated. Untreated Adult ADHD can have a greater impact on self-esteem, depression and lead to higher rates of divorce. Risky behaviors can harm adults with untreated ADHD including:
- Drinking, smoking or drug abuse
- Risky sexual activity
- Gambling addiction or problems
- Trouble with law enforcement
- Car accidents
Do more men or women have adult ADHD?
Studies show that more men are diagnosed with adult ADHD than women. In adults over the age of 19, 1.6 times as many men are diagnosed with adult ADHD in comparison to 1 times as many in women.
Are symptoms of Adult ADHD worse in women?
Clinically, the symptoms of adult ADHD are similar in men and in women. however, there are different outcomes between men and women, which can vary drastically. For instance, adult men with ADHD tend to have more problems with anger, behavioral issues and car accidents. Women are more prone to eating disorders, obesity, low self-esteem, depression and anxiety.
Furthermore, societal “norms” place a bigger burden on women with ADHD when they are expected to be the at-home organizer, planner and parent. Remembering birthdays, anniversaries, organizing household chores, and keeping track of events can be difficult for a woman with ADHD.