Do you find yourself to be easily distracted from what you are busy with; are you restless and do you act very impulsively? Do you find yourself to not keep promises and find it hard to really commit to something? Do you misjudge your time regularly or maybe drive too fast and have you become dependant on cigarettes/alcohol/drugs? You are then maybe suffering from an undiagnosed childhood ADHD...

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurobehavioral syndrome characterised by inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. These characteristics are severe and persistent and interfere with the individual’s normal functioning to an increased or lesser extent. The imbalance of important brain chemicals: dopamine, serotonin and noradrenalin causes people with ADHD to think, feel and act differently.

The causes include: Genetically predisposition (↑ in dopamine, ↓ serotonin); environmental and family factors, congenital factors, brain structure factors, neuro-physiological factors and dietary factors like food additives, colouring, and sugar.

These adults seem to be unable to stand in a queue or drive in hectic traffic, they can impulsively spending too much money, and they tend to lose things, be late for appointments and forget important things. Their moods can change rapidly and they are generally irritable.

This disorder is easily misdiagnosed in adults because the symptoms can relate to many other mood or emotional disorders and even stress.
There seem to be an increase in anxiety when ADHD is combined with fear or worry conditions. 20% - 30% of ADHD clients tend to have an anxiety disorder either general anxiety or obsessive compulsive disorder or maybe post traumatic stress disorder.

When I read all this I sort of recognized some of these symptoms and got quite worried that I might have this condition too!
do believe that some of these symptoms are in all of us but what one should seriously consider, is that we should not attempt life and expect to have live in abundance when we have unfinished business or unresolved trauma or even unforgiveness in our lives. When you carry these things and add to it a bit of stress and maybe a traumatic event or a problem child, you can easily battle with these symptoms!

Guard your heart in love; stay out of quilt/shame and look after your body nutrition-wise and fitness wise! (Refer to article on nutrition and mood stability p2).

Make time to spend with God even if you just sit in His presence and learn to “be” …

Maybe you will understand that difficult child you are battling with now because ADHD runs in families. If you need to talk to someone—find someone you can trust and don’t delay! You can email: elizabethd@wholeness-minstry.co.za for help as well.

In this section you can mail me at: elizabethd@wholeness-ministry.co.za to ask any question concerning your health and wellness as well as any biblical truths you are battling with.

I will answer to my best know-ledge and will find out if I don’t know. I will publish a letter or two every time without any references to names but only with your permission.

I received a question the other day from a client wanting to know what the influence of stress on the body is and why does it cause depression and other mood instabilities?

Stress is the one thing in our life that brings about the most devastating chemical changes one can ever imagine!

When we experience stress our adrenals which form part of our kidneys, excretes adrenalin to assist us in combat ting with the stressful situations. Our heartbeat is increased to increase the blood flow and oxygen supply to the acting muscles. The pupils in our eyes are enlarged to be more alert in what we visually perceive our glycogen stores release more energy into the bloodstream to be available for whatever is getting us in this stressful situation. If however, the stressor is internal all these changes take place and putting your body at risk by overindulging it with stress hormone to no prevail! We need to take precaution when constantly living under stressful circumstances by exercising regularly and eating healthy! Make Phil. 4:8 your life model.

Why do we battle from mood-instability?
• PMS/Menopause
• Unresolved trauma
• Post Traumatic stress Syndrome
• Unresolved Emotional issues
• Incorrect eating habits

 

Why can nutrition help?
Brain chemicals: neurotransmitters which regulate our behavior, are closely linked to what we eat!. Neurotransmitters most commonly associated with mood are serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine. The consumption of the amino acid, Tryptophan increases the amount of serotonin made by the brain. Serotonin helps to ease tension in the body. Some products that contain tryptophan: complex carbohydrates: brown/full grain/rye bread; brown rice/pasta; full grain muesli etc. High protein foods (No fat) promote the production of dopamine and norepinephrine which promotes alertness. We should focus on protein like chicken/fish/ostrich.

What should I avoid when feeling down?
• Sugar: Cold drinks/sweets/cakes/energy drinks (higher than 5% sugar / L)
• Chocolates
• Coffee (caffeinated)
• Alcohol

What should be part of my daily eating plan?
Eat plenty of raw fruits and vegetables with soya beans, brown rice and legumes. Take in essential fatty acids: salmon and white fish. Eat no turkey for an up lifted spirit! Refrain from eating wheat which contains gluten.

“Combat the negative effects of stress by exercising regularly, eating healthy and having fun!” -Elizabeth D.

Refrain from eating wheat, because it contains gluten and can be linked to depressive disorders. Avoid all artificial sweeteners apart from aspartame it also contains an allergen: phenylalanine. Avoid food high in saturated fats—it leads to sluggishness, slow thinking and fatigue.

There are products on the market in health shops to help you with proper functioning when mood swings get the best of you. (Email: elizabethd@wholeness-ministry.co.za for help). Vitamins, minerals and amino acids that can assist you with your mood swings are:
• Selenium • Calcium/Magnesium • Omega 3,6,9 • Tyrosine (amino)
• Vitamin C + zinc • Vitamin B12 • Folic acid

Lifestyle choices to improve your mood: Exercise at least 3x a week, don’t smoke or stop smoking and increase your water intake to 2—3L per day!

Many times I have thought about what happens in the spiritual realm while I am busy living my life in the physical realm—but even more important what is the influence of what I do in the physical realm on what happens in the spiritual realm to me or other people!

God’s way isn’t our way but He gives us clear guidance as to how to live so that we will have life in abundance on all levels of life—and what is that? (John 10:10) God gave us a new heart (Ezek. 36:26) and He wrote His laws on our hearts and on our innermost thoughts and understanding (Heb. 10:16) . If we know what is right and we carry the love of Christ in our hearts and do just what we knew Jesus did and what the Holy Spirit inspires us to do...we will obey the Lord and He will hear from heaven, forgive our sin and heal our land (2 Chron. 7: 14,15).

Thus in the spiritual realm we are continuously temped to do the opposite of what God tells us but in the moment of obedience and thus being in righteousness before God, the evil one looses the fight between good and evil and God smiles -we are lifted to a higher level - more intimately with God…