Can an ADHD person get hyper from caffeine, or does this mean that person doesn’t have ADHD?

Can an ADHD person get hyper from caffeine, or does this mean that person doesn’t have ADHD?

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  1. I most definitely have ADHD there’s no question about it but caffeine does make me shaky and can make me more hyper.
    For some reason it affects me differently than other stimulants. I think it depends on the person. Every person with ADHD is not the same.
    My boyfriend has ADHD but it’s not as bad as mine and he does not get hyper or shaky when ingesting caffeine in reasonable amounts.

  2. Teacher friend of mine did her master’s thesis on coffee and ADHD. It seems coffee gives us the balanced effect other stimulants do by speeding up the other parts of our brain. Basically catching up with the ADHD affected part of the brain.
    Interestingly enough when told her I had learned how to use my ADHD which I now consider my superpower, she asked me if I drank a lot of coffee. I had at the time. Teachers on campus often recognized me from a distance due to the coffee cup in my hand.
    Not one of my longer answers but hope I helped.

  3. My family enjoy their coffee , they buy the beans and grind it because they claim they could not go without during work. Coffee has the opposite effect for me, I noticed this from being 16 . On a morning I decline coffee cause it just sets off a thousand eye watering yawns I feel dazed . My Mum used to go mad at me because I’d be whipping up an espresso to take up to bed with me

  4. Can an ADHD person get hyper from caffeine, or does this mean that person doesn't have ADHD?

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    NO. 100%. Every. Single. Time. Caffeine does not cause hyperactivity in people with ADHD, but can cause problems (e.g., sleep disturbance/insomnia, or anxiety).
    There are some things that need to be understood about what “hyper” means compared to the effects of caffeine use by an ADHD affected person.
    A brief explanation of hyperactivity is that it is a physical state in which the body’s motor functions operate faster than normal.
    Other medications or substances, but not caffeine, can cause hyperactivity. If you wonder if caffeine causes hyperactivity in people with ADHD, the answer would be “no.” Caffeine is a stimulant, yes, but it does not influence physical activity.
    We can recognize hyperactivity in young children affected by ADHD. Sometimes parents or guardians describe them as “bouncing off the walls.” This hyperactivity, though, has nothing to do with caffeine use, like many people seem to think. The reason caffeine does not cause hyperactivity is that it has no effect on physical activity.
    Caffeine stimulates the nervous system, just like other stimulants such as nicotine, cocaine, caffeine pills, and amphetamines. It can enhance attention to detail and increase alertness.
    However, these effects are very short-lived (e.g., only lasting about three hours). Caffeine does not cause hyperactivity in people with ADHD, but can have some negative effects, including sleep disturbance/insomnia or anxiety.
    Caffeine also increases dopamine levels in the brain, which is why it is used as a medication for ADH…

  5. No two people are the same, so if caffeine does in fact make someone who’s ADHD more hyper, I’m not going to think or say either way.
    But generally speaking, and for me as well, caffeine and prescribed stimulants do not make me more hyper or out of control, it evens me out. I can fall asleep after drinking black coffee if need be.

  6. Can an ADHD person get hyper from caffeine, or does this mean that person doesn’t have ADHD?
    Short answer: ADHD people can get hyper from caffeine.
    I like to repeat an idea about this that a health-care professional once shared with me. (I don’t remember who, but I remember the conversation.)
    Attention from stimulants (e.g. caffeine) in all people follows a curve. With no stimulants, the average person is at the “zero” level on the curve (the baseline). As stimulant intake increases, attention increases, producing a slope on the graph of intake vs. attention. But attention increase levels out as intake increases, and then actually degrades, producing a downward slope. So there’s “sweet spot” on this graph, where attention increase from stimulant intake is at its highest, and beyond that, attention starts to get worse again. That area on the back side of the slope is the state we call “hyper”.
    (Basically, stimulants push you up the hill, but if you take too much, they’ll push you right back down the other side of the hill, and down into the big ravine at the bottom.)
    People with ADHD start below the baseline for attention, e.g. without stimulants, they have lower attention levels than the average person. Just like with non-ADHD people, stimulant intake increases attention, pushing ADHD people “up the slope” towards that sweet spot at the top of the curve. At lower levels of stimulant intake, that will push ADHD people into the baseline level, putting them at the same level as “normal” people who have not taken any stimulants. From there, increased stimulant intake will continue to increase attention, up to that top level. However, just like with non-ADHD people, taking too much stimulant will push ADHD people past that ideal top level, and down the slope into the “hyper” side.
    Thus, just about everyone gets hyper from too much caffeine, but it takes more caffeine to make ADHD people hyper than it does non-ADHD people.

  7. Can an ADHD person get hyper from caffeine? Does it count if you have a caffeine drink later than you should and it keeps you awake? If that happens than I am guilty because that happens sometimes to me and I have ADHD that I take doctor prescribed Adderall for.

  8. Stimulants, including caffeine, work for some (not all) with ADHD.
    X-ref: Paying attention vs inattention; concentration, memory, sustained attention

  9. Not necessarily it in fact creates more of a calming effect and allows me to more easily focus on tasks. In that way it acts very similar to the medication I was prescribed in high school. Although it usually only last about an hour and is not nearly as noticeable as say Vyvanse.

  10. From experience: A few cups makes me sleepy. 2-3 liters or more or very high caffeine espresso in excess and I get jittery and numb. Like I haven’t slept all night, but not really hyper.
    I’m not sure what, if any, the connection to adhd is. I suspect the connection is fairly weak, meaning some might react like me to coffee and still not have adhd. Others with ADHD, may get easily extra hyper …

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  11. I have ADHD. When I was unable to get my meds, I found that drinking a little bit of Coke helped me concentrate a bit. If I drink a whole can of it though, I get REALLY groggy.

  12. One of the confusing issues about such is that for ADHD, autism, and some others, stimulant and sedative medications don’t always work the way they do for neurotypicals. Most ADHD medicines are stimulants, as caffeine is, but don’t exactly stimulate. They may have quite the opposite effect.
    What this means to someone with ADHD is that the effect of caffeine is unpredictable, at least until you’ve tried it.
    I don’t think it’s all that common but apparently ADHD medication that’s working can sometimes reverse the effect. I’ve known cases. As I recall, it may be related to puberty.
    Also, ADHD medicines don’t have the same effect on a given person. As with autism, it is not uncommon to have to try several to get one tha…

  13. Because it has stimulant properties, consuming caffeine could theoretically be a helpful way to manage ADHD symptoms. However, caffeine affects everyone differently. While some with ADHD find that it helps them focus and concentrate, others experience the opposite effect and become increasingly irritable or agitated.

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