ADHD

ADHD and diet

While diet alone can't cure ADHD, a healthy, balanced diet is an important factor in effectively managing ADHD and general well-being. Although some specialists do not recognise diet as playing a significant role, ADHD specific diets for kids have been developed like the Feingold diet. Learn more about ADHD and diet here with the latest information and research on the subject.

7 foods to boost your brain power

By simply changing your diet you can also boost your grey matter. Make the smart choice and eat these 7 foods to enhance brain power.

ADHD: More support for omega-3

Supplements of omega-3 and omega-6 improved the attention span and hyperactivity scores of young Australians, and was rated better than the common medication Ritalin.

Fish consumption lowers ADHD symptoms

Researchers found that eating at least two servings of fish per week was linked to about a 60% lower risk of kids developing certain ADHD-like symptoms.

Omega-3 may reduce aggressive behaviour in ADHD kids

Omega-3 is well-known for the important role it plays in promoting heart, brain and eye health, and now new research indicates that omega-3 supplements may improve behaviour in ADHD children with aggressive tendencies.

Kids of obese moms have elevated risk of ADHD

According to a new study, kids of moms who are severely obese are twice as likely to have emotional symptoms and problems with peers compared to kids of moms with a healthy BMI.

Dietary changes help some children with ADHD

Researchers have just completed an extensive report which reviews the studies which have been done so far on the significance of diet for children and young people with ADHD.

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Dr Renata Schoeman has been in full-time private practice as a general psychiatrist (child, adolescent and adult psychiatry) since 2008, currently based in Oude Westhof (Bellville). Renata also holds appointments as senior lecturer in Leadership (USB) and as a virtual faculty member of USB Executive Development’s Neuroleadership programme. She serves on the advisory boards of various pharmaceutical companies, as a director of the Psychiatric Management Group (PsychMG) and is the co-convenor of the South African Society of Psychiatrist (SASOP) special interest group for adult ADHD, and co-founder of the Goldilocks and The Bear Foundation (www.gb4adhd.co.za) She is passionate about corporate mental health awareness and uses her neuroscience background to assist leaders in equipping them to become balanced, healthy and dynamic leaders that take their own and their team’s emotional, intellectual, social health and physical needs into account. Renata is academically active and enjoys research and collaborative work, has published in many peer-reviewed journals, and has presented at local and international congresses. She is regularly invited to present at conferences and to engage with the media. During her post-graduate studies, she trained at Harvard, Boston in neurocognition and neuroimaging. Her awards include, amongst others, the Young Minds in Psychiatry award from the American Psychiatric Association, the Discovery Foundation Fellowship award, a Thuthuka award from the NRF, and a MRC Fellowship. She also received the Top MBA student award and the Director’s award from USB for 2015. She was a finalist for the Businesswomen’s Association of South Africa’s Businesswoman of the Year Award for 2016, and received the Excellence in Media Work award from SASOP during 2016.

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