Motivational and inspirational writer, Bryan Hutchinson is the author of several books about life with ADHD including the highly acclaimed, best selling "One Boy′s Struggle: A Memoir" and the author of the hilarious eBook that went viral "10 Things I Hate about ADHD"

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Several Studies Say Drinking COFFEE May Be GOOD, even GREAT!

In a recent study of tens of thousands of people over many years, it was found that coffee drinkers (I raise my hand with pride) have no more heart attacks or strokes than those who do not drink coffee! But, here’s the catch, coffee drinkers actually appear to have lower risk. (Get out of town! That’s my kind of catch.) It’s true. The study says so. For me that’s good enough. (I sip my cup of Joe in satisfaction.)
I love coffee. I do. I sip it. I caress it. And. Let me be a little more open than usual (you can look away), I sometimes talk softly to it. Yes. Coffee may provide the best stimulation I have ever experienced from something in a cup. I’m blushing. I don’t care. I have no shame. Not for something I love.
Guess what, though, according to WebMD, coffee may actually have even more benefits. (Can this day get any better?) More and more research shows that coffee drinkers, compared to (gasp!) non-coffee drinkers, are less likely to have type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and dementia. And there’s more, coffee drinkers may also have fewer cases of certain cancers and heart rhythm problems.
Now, let’s be clear that I am not advocating that you drink coffee, but for me, as someone with ADHD, this is all great news. No. I take that back. It is glorious news! The first thing I want in the morning is a cup of coffee! As a matter of fact when I had trouble waking up in the morning I used to have a thermos of coffee on my night stand. Just a sip, a heavenly sip, that’s all I needed and my eyes would brighten, my brain would light up (like Christmas) and I would finally be able to do the incredible, remove my blankets. Another deep sip and I would be standing, ready for the day! Dare I say I even became a cheerier person?
Yes. I said it: CHEERIER!
Remember a moment ago when I asked if this day can get any better? It can! I stumbled upon an article on CNN that for women, the risk of depression falls as coffee intake rises. (Get the heck out of here!) Yep, AND I think it is for men, too. I mean, I’m a guy and don’t I seem happier? Let me take another sip. Oh yes. Can’t you see my smile widen? Take a sip of yours. There you go. Now we are smiling together.
Reading the CNN article further, according to yet ANOTHER study (better and better), conducted among men in Finland, has also linked caffeine consumption to lower risk of depression. (This is truly one heck of a good day!) Happiness in a cup of Joe. Somehow I think I already knew this one. It’s the same with chocolate. Who doesn’t get happier after eating a piece of chocolate? Guys, too. You don’t have to say so, but we all know the truth. Chocolate + Coffee = the world is a better place. Indeed.
Do you want more good news about coffee? Are you sure you can handle it? It might be too much in just one blog post. Go ahead and take another drink of your precious Joe. I will wait. (Yes. I am convinced coffee helps my ADHD symptoms. So I can wait very patiently while you taste your lovely Java. Take your time. No rush.)
Okay, are you ready for this? Then here you go: According to an article on Physorg a study by researchers at the University of Scranton shows that Coffee is the number one (1) source of antioxidants in the U.S. diet! We’ve hit the mother-load of good news about coffee! And you thought popcorn was good, but how about some coffee with that popcorn?! (If you’re confused about my popcorn reference please read the awesome news I posted about it in a previous article here.)
Furthermore, in the many forums and discussions I have been involved in about ADHD, many people have said that coffee helps them with their ADHD symptoms. That’s not a study, of course, just my totally inconclusive observations. Even so, Coffee is known to have some side effects and in depth research is needed on the benefits for adults and children with ADHD. For me, though, personally, I started drinking coffee much later than most, in my 30′s and perhaps only coincidently, my ADHD symptoms have improved in that same timeframe. (Example: when I lose my car keys, my reading glasses or my wallet, a nice, long, deep passionate drink of Coffee helps me remember where I put them. Seriously.)
Final word: I love coffee! Did you have any doubts? So, are you a coffee drinker? Do these studies provide, well, a certain sense of grand satisfaction?
Oh, and by the way, drinking coffee doesn’t make anyone shorter. That’s just a myth. Really. I think.

Judy April 1, 2012 at 1:32 pm

I started drinking coffee way back when I was 14 years old. Instantly falling in love with this drink that made my brain fog disappear, I haven’t once tried to stop drinking coffee. Of course, as I get older, I find my coffee preferences have changed a lot. Once content to drink any coffee, I now must have a dark roasted, freshly ground coffee bean…or a Starbucks latte:)
Sadly, I started taking Dexedrine Spansules last summer, and my ability to drink copious amounts of coffee has all but disappeared.
I adore my first cup of the day, and eagerly begin my second. But this is where it ends, at cup number 2, when I suddenly feel nauseated before I finish half of it:(
I’m seriously considering giving up Dexedrine.
BTW, I am reblogging this on my own blog:)

Bryan Hutchinson April 2, 2012 at 4:32 am

Ah, the first cup of the day, Judy. I am sipping my first cup now. And it tastes, sooooo good! And guess what, it IS dark roasted. It’s black, nothing added. It wakes me up and gets me ready with a smile :)

Sally April 1, 2012 at 1:33 pm

Yup, today you hit the mother load of funny
posts! What is your coffee of choice?

Bryan Hutchinson April 2, 2012 at 4:30 am

I have to make a choice, Sally? Okay, well, I am a huge fan of starbucks doubleshot, but I only drink that in moderation. More often I like to drink it black. I know, crazy, right, but if I want flavor I tend to LOVE french vanilla :)

Dlizard April 1, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Coffee has always relaxed me. It some how gets me to focus to. I just have to make sure I don’t have too much caffine at once. It will relax me too much. But if I drink it more steadily than I notice how it acts like a retiline. Which is great since I am not on meds for ADHD.

Bryan Hutchinson April 2, 2012 at 4:28 am

I’ve heard that a lot Dlizard, and have experienced the improved focus after drinking.

Cookie April 2, 2012 at 4:18 am

1-2 cups before I start my day makes me feel more alert, along with my meds. Probably why I drink it. We have one of those keurig makers, dunkin donuts makes a coconut mocha one that’s pretty darn good when you add almond joy creamer!! :lol:

Bryan Hutchinson April 2, 2012 at 4:26 am

Yum, Cookie!

Cookie April 2, 2012 at 4:32 am

Mmmm mmmm is all I can say lol

StevenCee April 2, 2012 at 7:37 am

I have had an odd relationship with coffee. I do like drinking it, however, when I drink it in the morning, I can easily go right back to sleep, same when I drink it late at night. Plus, it seems I only get a real lift, drinking it when I’m not at home. I have no idea as to how or why this is, but if I have a cup towards the end of my evening, and I’m out, it will give me a lift, at home, I can go right to sleep.

The times I do get some lift, when at home, drinking more cups does nothing more, similar to my brief dalliance with ‘coke’ many years ago. I’d feel it initially, but doing more never added any more effect…

David Crass , MD April 3, 2012 at 4:44 am

As a psychiatrist, I subspecialized in treating ADHD for the last 20 years of my practice. Caffiene, being a mild stimulent, definitely helps improve focus and concentration. I read one study years ago that estimated caffiene to be about one thirtyfifth as potent as the prescription stimulants for treating the symptoms of ADHD, but I don’t know how valid the study was.
A number of my patients noticed they were MUCH less tolerant of coffee after they started a prescription stimulant; but the positive benefits of the prescription stimulant were definitely worth it.
A number of ADHDers get calmed, or even sedated, by any stimulant; so it’s not surprising some of your readers would have a similar effect from coffee.
Good article

Danielle Phillips April 7, 2012 at 7:40 pm

:?: I think the bottom line is that almost anything has benefits to it, but it can become toxic if abused or excessively consumed. My Mom, Aunt, and I were discussing some of this yesterday. Is it advisable to give coffee to children with ADHD? Cheyenne’s therapist recommended for the one day she was without her medication recently and she had an important test to take at school. ;)

tery April 10, 2012 at 3:35 am

When I was a kid the DOCTOR told my mom that if Imissed a dose of my Ritalin to give me a cup of coffee. When my son was in grade school,, before his diagnosis, before any important test ( think state tests) he drank coffee, albeit with a lot of flavorings. He said it helped him focus.

tery April 10, 2012 at 3:35 am

When I was a kid the DOCTOR told my mom that if Imissed a dose of my Ritalin to give me a cup of coffee. When my son was in grade school,, before his diagnosis, before any important test ( think state tests) he drank coffee, albeit with a lot of flavorings. He said it helped him focus.

The Meaning of Me August 8, 2012 at 5:06 am

A few months late, perhaps, but I love this post! Big coffee fan – discovered it in high school. At that time, I think was when my ADHD symptoms really started to show. However, I went undiagnosed for years. But coffee has always made me feel more focused, more “on my game,” and there is NOTHING like that first long (and as you say) passionate sip in the morning. Heaven in a cup. :)

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