Broad-Spectrum Micronutrients Effective for ADHD, Depression

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MiA Blogger Julia Rucklidge (et al.) find, in a double-blind, randomised, controlled study published today in the British Journal of Psychiatry, that an 8-week course of broad-spectrum micronutrients is effective in the treatment of ADHD symptoms in adults, according to both patients’ and clinicians’ ratings of symptoms.  Post hoc analysis found improvement in symptoms of moderate to severe depression as well. There were no  differences in adverse events between those receiving active treatment (micronutrients) and  those receiving placebo.

Abstract →

Rucklidge, J., Frampton, C., Gorman, B., Boggis, A.; Vitamin-mineral treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder in adults: double-blind randomised placebo-controlled trial. British Journal of Psychiatry. Online January 30, 2014

Of further interest:
Vitamins ‘effective in treating ADHD symptoms’ (BBC)
Micronutrient Supplement May Ease Adult ADHD, Boost Mood (Medscape)
New treatment may help ADHD sufferers (The Australian)
Micronutrients bring aid for ADHD (The Press)

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected]