The Feingold Diet Program for ADHD

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ADHD
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AGGRESSION
(See violence)
ASTHMA
- and diet
- Research
AUTISM
- and diet
- Research
- Parent ratings
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- Treatments summary
BEDWETTING (Enuresis)
- and diet
- Research
BIPOLAR DISORDER, MOOD SWINGS
- and diet
CONDUCT DISORDER
(See Violence)
DEPRESSION
- and diet
- Research
DYSLEXIA
- and diet
- Handwriting samples
- Mark's Story
- Michael's Story
EARACHE (Otitis Media)
- and diet
- Research
ECZEMA-HIVES
- and diet
- Research
EYE PROBLEMS
- and diet
- Research
GI PROBLEMS
- and diet
- Research
- G6PD research
- Some more research
HEADACHE, MIGRAINE
- and diet
- Research
LEARNING DIFFICULTIES
- Research
- Teaching suggestions
- Teaching math
NASAL POLYPS
- Research
OCD
- and diet
SCHOOL
(see Learning)
SEIZURES
- and diet
- Research
SKIN PROBLEMS
(see eczema)
SLEEP PROBLEMS
- and diet
- Research
- Gloria's story
- Alice's story
SPEECH
- and diet
- Brian's story
- Bradley's story
STOMACH ACHES
(See GI Problems)
TICS, TOURETTE'S
- and diet
- Research
- Hayden's story
URINARY PROBLEMS
(See Bedwetting)
URTICARIA
(see eczema)
VIOLENCE
- and diet
- Research
- Joshua's story
Symptoms that may be helped
by the Feingold Program



The symptoms commonly helped by the Feingold Program can be divided into symptoms of BEHAVIOR, LEARNING, & HEALTH (below). As depicted by the three interlocking circles, not everyone has all the symptoms - some may have only one symptom, while others may have many.

Everyone experiences some of these symptoms once in a while, but it is the intensity and frequency that can indicate when it is not a normal condition.

Physician supervision is always needed when changing medications. Although success on this diet may make them unnecessary, do not stop them on your own - work with a physician.

If any of these symptoms have appeared suddenly or if they are severe, consult a physician. It may be a symptom of some other, more serious, condition.

This material is for information only and is not intended to replace appropriate medical care.



Behavior Problems
Marked
hyperactivity
  • Constant motion
  • Running instead of walking
  • Inability to sit still
  • Inappropriate wiggling of legs, hands
Impulsive
actions
  • Poor self-control, unpredictable behavior
  • Disruptive behavior (disturbs others)
  • Unresponsive to discipline
  • Abusive behavior, unkindness to pets
  • Destructive behaviors
  • Little or no recognition of danger to self
  • Inappropriate noises
  • Excessive or loud talking, interrupts often
Compulsive
actions
  • Aggression
  • Perseveration (excessive repeating of an activity)
  • Touching things or people excessively
  • Chewing on clothing, other objects
  • Scratching, biting & picking at skin
  • Workaholic habits
Emotional
concerns
  • Low frustration tolerance
  • Demands immediate attention
  • Irritability
  • Overreaction to touch, pain, sound, lights
  • Nervousness, panics easily
  • Mood swings
  • Low self-esteem
  • Depression
  • Frequent crying
  • Suicidal thoughts


Learning Problems
Short
attention
span
  • Impatience
  • Distraction
  • Failure to complete projects
  • Inability to listen to whole story
  • Inability to follow directions
Neuro-
muscular
involvement
  • Accident prone
  • Poor muscle coordination
  • Dysgraphia (difficulty writing)
  • Dyslexia (reading problems)
  • Speech difficulties, delays
  • Difficulty with playground activities, sports
  • Eye muscle disorder (nystagmus, strabismus)
  • Tics (unusual or uncontrollable movements)
  • Seizures (if combined with migraine or hyperactivity)
Cognitive
and
perceptual
disturbances
  • Auditory processing problems
  • Visual processing problems
  • Difficulty in comprehension and short term memory
  • Disturbance in spatial orientation (up-down, right-left)
  • Difficulties in reasoning (simple math problems, meaning in words)


Health Problems
People who have symptoms of ADHD that respond well to dietary management also frequently have health problems such as:
Frequent
physical
complaints
  • Ear infections
  • Asthma
  • Bedwetting (enuresis)
  • Daytime wetting
  • Stomachaches
  • Headaches, migraines
  • Hives, rashes (urticaria)
  • Eczema
  • Leg aches
  • Constipation, diarrhea
  • Congestion
  • Seizures (if combined with migraine or hyperactivity)
Sleep
problems
  • Resistance to going to bed
  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Restless sleep
  • Nightmares, night terrors