Friday, December 22, 2006

Inattentive ADHD and Caffeine

At Johnath’s Blog there is an interesting article on the effects of Caffeine.

He makes the point that a stimulant like Caffeine is probably only useful if you are feeling tired. If you are already feeling tense and alert then Caffeine is likely to be counter-productive.

I have also read that the impact of caffeine varies between extroverts and introverts. Introverts are more likely to benefit from caffeine in the evening since they are more likely to be afternoon people, while extroverts are more likely to benefit from caffeine in the morning. Since people with Inattentive ADD tend to be introverts, they may benefit from using caffeine as an afternoon pick-me-up.

Many people with Inattentive ADD though have high anxiety levels, which are made worse by high levels of caffeine. This also means that they don’t tend to respond well to stimulant medication.

I usually only drink a couple of cups of tea in the morning and can’t sleep well if I drink caffeine in the evening.


Kim said...

I was reading that caffene can raise dopamine levels similar to the way that adhd meds do - and one article I read said that 100mg caffene (about one strong cup of coffee) was equivilent to 5mg of ritalin.
Which would explain why apparently adhd ppl like it. I am inattentive add but can drink a bucket of coffee and sleep like a lamb...same goes for my stimulants. Though they do make me more awake and energetic I can sleep on them no problem - Id have to probably take like 4 or 5 times the dose before they would keep me awake (which is good because my ADD affects my social skills so I often do medicate in the evening - Id hate to have to choose between sleep and functioning ok)
I am I think an introvert - and I am definately the afternoon type - I get the mid afternoon slump but if i work through it will be powering away at my work from around 4-7pm (probably much later but they tend to kick you out of the office then)

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