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Kevin Ju
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This reply was originally posted by user adhdmomma in ADDitude’s now-retired community.

Eating your emotions, as they say, is common for many people, especially those with anxiety (to which myself and my 17-year-old daughter qualify). It seems the more I point out to my daughter how unhealthy her eating habits are, the worse it gets. She eats no fruits or vegetables—only carbs and sugar. 🙁

Binge eating can happen with ADHD:http://www.additude.com/adhd/article/7306.html, and eating disorders in general are very common for girls and women with ADHD: http://www.additude.com/adhd-web/article/2032.html.

I want to address the hair pulling you mentioned too. It’s called trichotillomania: http://www.additude.com/adhd/article/11316.html. Studies have shown the supplement Inositol can be very effective for this. You can read more about that online by googling it (it’s also really good for anxiety).

Penny
Moderator, Author on Parenting ADHD, Mom to teen boy with ADHD, LDs, and autism