Reply To: Compulsive Overeating, Sugar Binging, and ADHD

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Kevin Ju

This reply was originally posted by user Dianne in the Desert in ADDitude’s now-retired community.

I would be less concerned about the sweets and more concerned with why she is seeking sweets. At 16, she has a lot of “stuff” going on that parents seem to have forgotten about.

Typically, this might be seen as an “energy depletion” problem, but that needs to be ruled out before anything else is tried. When was her last visit to the doctor? This behavior can also signal that her anxiety level is draining her energy and that she feels “fatigued”.

It may be time for you to sit down and have a talk with her and find out what she believes is going on with her. Do not mention the wrappers as if it was a huge “wrong”. Rather ask her if she is feeling well and if she thinks she needs something to help with her physical and or mental energy.

What other changes have you noticed? Is her face breaking out? Is she biting her nails? ADD can have a connection to the physical aspect, too.

Schedule the medical exam for a time when she is out of school (holidaybreak) so that you can take care of things quickly without interfering in school.

I would want to rule out the existence of other problems before assuming that this is or is not an affect of her ADD.

Dianne in the desert