The caffeine effects on hyperactive people are different from those experienced by people that are not diagnosed with any form of hyperactivity or attention deficit, but in an unexpected way.
People who go through life with a diagnosis of hyperactivity disorder, such as ADHD, have trouble paying attention, are visibly restless and impulsive. You would think that a cup of coffee added in the mix, could turn them into supersonic hurricanes. But no. Unexpectedly, results from neuropsychopharmacology studies say otherwise.
Caffeine helps in the treatment of ADHD by bringing dopamine levels to normal and improving focus, a study in European Neuropsychopharmacology found. According to the study, caffeine intake helps improve memory and attention while regulating dopamine.
The caffeine in tea can reduce fatigue, increase people’s self-confidence, motivation, alertness, vigilance, efficiency, concentration, and cognitive performance, another study, published in Medical Hypotheses concluded.
Even though caffeine intake is suggested to improve the everyday life of people diagnosed with Hyperactivity and attention deficit disorder, it should be consumed with caution. Its benefits are seen if the right amount of caffeine is taken. Otherwise, it could trigger adverse effects.
Treating ADHD with caffeine might not be enough for severe cases, but in mild cases it is definitely an alternative worth considering. Such decisions should be made together with a medical specialist.
Caffeine – and other stimulants – should be avoided by people with ADHD who also have: anxiety disorders, high blood pressure, kidney problems, heart problems, liver disease or glaucoma.
Caffeine should not be added to any medication in a treatment, as it can cause stimulant overload.
Too much caffeine intake can result in irritability, anxiety, shaking, headaches, reduced appetite and trouble sleeping.
Hyperactivity could be a normal way of functioning for some people. It becomes problematic when it interferes with one’s normal development or with daily life tasks.