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Temporal ADD

The temporal lobes are located under your temples and behind your eyes and are responsible for mood stability, memory, learning and temper control. People with Temporal Lobe ADD show decreased activity in the temporal lobes while performing tasks requiring concentration, which gives them a quick temper and causes them to suffer from frequent bouts of rage, panic, fear or paranoia.

These symptoms are often eliminated with anti-seizure medications, but are often made worse by serotonergic medications (Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, etc.). Anti-seizure medications work by increasing levels of the amino acid gama-amino butyric acid (GABA) in the temporal lobes. GABA is an essential neurotransmitter in the brain and is formed in the body from glutamic acid (L-Glutamine). Its function is to calm neuronal activity and inhibit nerve cells from overfiring or firing erratically.

GABA can be taken as a supplement (L-Glutamine), which produces a calming effect on people who struggle with temper, irritability, and anxiety (all of which are temporal lobe symptoms). Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid in the body and is a precursor to the neurotransmitters glutamic acid and gamma amino buryic acid (GABA). In clinical trials using glutamine, subjects taking this amino acid showed improved brain electrical patterns when compared with controls.

Many people with temporal lobe problems also suffer from memory problems, which can be helped with Phosphatidyl Serine (PS), Gingko Biloba and Vitamin E.

 
Diet & Exercise

A higher protein, lower carbohydrate diet is extremely beneficial. Don't forget that eating some form of protein is important for breakfast. 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
   
Periods of quick temper or rages with little provocation
 
Misinterprets comments as negative when they are not
 
Tends to become increasingly irritable and then explodes. Is tired after a rage.
 
Periods of spaciness or confusion
 
Periods of panic and/or fear for no specific reason
 
Imagines visual changes (sees shadows or objects changing shape)
 
Frequent periods of deja vu
 
Sensitive or mildly paranoid
 


 


Phosphotidylserine ( or PS) has been shown in human trials to improve memory, increase lucidity, increase rate of learning, and to help cope with the concerns of the day and increase sociability.
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