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Nutrition for ADHD, Behaviour & Learning Mood

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Start Date: 01 November 2020

End Date: 01 November 2020

Duration 1 hour

Dr Alex Richardson focuses on ADHD, and the relevance of diet.  This presentation gives an overview summary of recent research findings in this area, and their practical implications for parents, professionals and policymakers.

Nutrition is fundamental to the healthy development and function of brains as well as bodies; and the consumption of ultra-processed foods raises risks not only for physical health disorders like obesity and Type 2 diabetes, but also for many neurodevelopmental and mental health conditions, including ADHD.

Increasing evidence shows that dietary interventions can help in the management of ADHD and related developmental conditions such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and Autistic Spectrum Disorders. Although ADHD is defined in terms of attentional problems and/or impulsivity and hyperactivity, in practice the overlap with other conditions is very high indeed, and many of the same nutritional issues are relevant to difficulties with other aspects of behaviour, including the regulation of mood, stress, anxiety and sleep.