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Guidelines For Taking Supplements With ADHD: Part II

Introduction

In my previous article, I discussed three strategies for aiding individuals with ADHD to engage in proper self-care to take supplements properly.  They include but are not limited to being patient, taking supplements on a full stomach, as well as taking supplements consistently.  This article will expand upon this topic and provide readers with more strategies to engage in proper self-care to take supplements properly with ADHD.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids Can Be Taken Any Time Of The Day

To start this article, one type of ADHD supplement called Omega-3 Fatty acids can be taken at any time during the day.  This will add flexibility to your schedule, especially if you are busy.  According to danarayburn.com, the following can be stated:

Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids, the most common ADD / ADHD supplement, can usually be taken any time of day. If you take more than 1000 mg of Omega-3s per day it makes sense to divide the dose. It usually doesn’t matter what time of day you take multivitamins.

Pay Attention To Your Body

It is also important to pay attention to your body.  Listen to your body and be aware of any side effects.  According to danarayburn.com, the following can be stated about this particular topic:

Pay attention. Following the recommendation of Dr. Ned Hallowell, my favorite ADD guru, I tried taking 2000 mg of Omega-3 Fatty Acids a day; his recommended dosage for treating adult ADD / ADHD. Except at 2000 mg I noticed my legs and arms got achy. When I cut back to one gram the aches went away. I eat an Omega-3 rich diet, so I suspect I can take less Omega-3  supplements. Perhaps that was the problem. I don’t really know, but I listen to my body.

Keep Your Doctor Updated

It is also important to keep your doctor updated.  You may think these are just supplements and you do not have to inform your doctor of them.  However, they may interact with other medications you are currently taking.  According to danarayburn.com, the following is worth stating:

Tell your doctor. Be sure to keep your physician up-to-date on what supplements you take to treat your ADD / ADHD.

Conclusion

To conclude this article, three more strategies have been mentioned to aid individuals with ADHD to engage in proper self-care to take supplements in accordance with ADHD appropriately and safely.  They include knowing that Omega 3-Fatty Acids can be taken at any time during the day, paying attention to your body, and keeping your doctor updated.

 

Guidelines For Taking Supplements With ADHD: Part II


Lauren Walters

My name is Lauren Walters. I am currently heading into my final semester of graduate school for Mental Health Counseling in the Spring of 2016. Through my own experiences with mental illness, I love to inspire others through my writings and reassure them that they can live healthy, productive lives, despite mental illness. I hope you enjoy my articles. Feel free to comment. I will be sure to respond to you questions and/or comments in a prompt manner. Enjoy!


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APA Reference
Walters, L. (2017). Guidelines For Taking Supplements With ADHD: Part II. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 15, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/living-with-adhd/2017/03/guidelines-for-taking-supplements-with-adhd-part-ii/

 

Last updated: 14 Mar 2017
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