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Basal Ganglia ADD

The basal ganglia are a set of large structures toward the center of the brain that surround the deep limbic system. The basal ganglia are involved with integrating feelings, thoughts and movement, along with helping to shift and smooth motor behavior. When they work too hard, people have problems with anxiety, nervousness, panic, fear, and physical tension.

For people diagnosed with Basal Ganglia ADD (sometimes called Ring of Fire ADD), what you eat has an important effect on how you feel. If your symptoms reflect heightened basal ganglia activity and anxiety, you'll do better with a balanced diet that does not allow you to get too hungry during the day as hypoglycemic episodes make anxiety much worse. If you have low basal ganglia activity and low motivation you will likely do better with a high protein, low carbohydrate diet to give yourself more energy during the day. It is also often helpful to eliminate anxiety producing chemicals such as caffeine, and to eliminate alcohol as the withdrawal symptoms often induce anxiety.

Some nutritional supplements such as Kava Kava and Valerian root have also been reported to help anxiety and likely have a calming effect on the basal ganglia. The B vitamins, especially vitamin B6 are also helpful, as is aromatherapy using chamomile and lavender essential oils.

 
Diet & Exercise

People with basal ganglia ADD are either extremely over-anxious or they're couch potatoes. If you have the "high-anxiety" form, then you will do better with a balanced protein/fat/ carbohydrate diet (such as "The Zone") that emphasizes the inclusion of protein, healthy fats and complex carbohydrates in every meal and snack will help stabilize mood and stamina. If you have the "couch potato" form, then you will do better if you follow a higher protein, lower carbohydrate diet. In either case, you should avoid simple carbohydrates, including white bread, white rice, white potatoes, sugar, corn syrup, honey and candy. Instead, choose complex carbohydrates, such as vegetables, whole grains, beans, and fruit.

Strive for 30-45 minutes of aerobic exercise at least 5 times a week. A fast walk is fine, but whatever exercise you choose needs to raise your heart rate. As always, consult your doctor or a certified personal trainer before starting a rigorous exercise program.

 

 
 
SYMPTOMS
   
Angry or aggressive
 
Sensitive to noise, light, clothes and/or touch
 
Frequent or cyclic mood changes (highs & lows)
 
Inflexible or rigid in thinking
 
Insists on having his or her own way, even when told no multiple times
 
Periods of mean, nasty or insensitive behavior
 
Periods of excessive talkativeness
 
Periods of excessive impulsiveness
 
Exhibits unpredictable behavior
   
Displays grandiose or "larger than life" thinking
   
Talks fast
   
Has the sensation that thoughts go fast
   
Appears anxious or fearful
   


 




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