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posted Oct 2, 2011, 10:55 AM by Susan Nguyen   [ updated Oct 2, 2011, 11:01 AM ]
One thing that I genuinely look forward to each morning is my cup of freshly brewed (from freshly ground beans, no less) coffee. I enjoy the looking forward to it, the aroma of it,  the taste of it, the comforting warmness of it, and last, but definitely not least, that little “zippy” feeling I get that spurs me on to finish cleaning up the kitchen, or get the laundry in the washer, or start or finish work on that special project.

Those are pleasures I only recently have become indulging in again after a decade or so hiatus. The reason? I linked the caffeine to exasperating or even causing my dreadful three to five day headaches that occurred on a regular basis. Also, if I didn’t have my morning cup, I would often get a headache presumably as a caffeine withdrawal symptom. The negatives of my daily cup of coffee indulgence far outweighed even those enticing benefits. It wasn’t that hard to quit.

Then one day, a friend of mine told me to drink plenty of water as a means of warding off the killer headaches. I have never been a fan of drinking water, but  gave it a try. I drank whenever I could. I even became one of those people who brings a water bottle with them everywhere. To my surprise, that very day my headache receded, days ahead of its expected departure. The result is that now I can once again enjoy my daily cup of brew, as long as I combine it with an adequate intake of water. I’m glad I tried that little experiment!

I  do limit my coffee to one cup a day, however, since too much is definitely bad for the body. Many folks with AD/HD are famous for self medicating by drinking too much of it. What is really needed to help achieve focus and reduce hyperactivity is not caffeine, but carefully prescribed medication. Yet, as a result of a one shot trial with meds that yielded undesirable results, many have abandoned them altogether and denied themselves the benefits that have made all the difference for others. They abandoned their cup of coffee, as it were, when all they needed was to join forces with a savvy doctor to patiently try different dosages or different types of medications until they came up with something that works.  80% of people with AD/HD can benefit from the taking of medication that has been properly prescribed. 

An ADHD Partner Survey conducted by Gina Pera, author of Is It You, Me, or Adult A.D.D.? revealed that 70% of partners responded positively to the question ”Did the quality of this relationship change after your partner started taking medication for ADHD?” It would seem that time and energy spent exploring this resource would be well worth it. Not only for the PWADD, but for partners and coworkers as well.

Here is a link to Gina's very informative blog about this topic:<;zidType=CH&amp;zid=2024372&amp;zsubscriberId=752576828> 

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