Special Issue "The Role of Nutrition in ADHD Treatment"

A special issue of Nutrients (ISSN 2072-6643). This special issue belongs to the section "Clinical Nutrition".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 September 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Roser Granero
Guest Editor
Department of Psychobiology and Methodology of Health Sciences, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain
Interests: eating disorders; behavioral addictions; methodology; clinical psychology; health sciences

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental chronic disorder which etiology seems the result of complex interactions between multiple factors, including genetic, biological and environmental influences. Treatment research evidence that the combination of both medication with behavioral therapy can improve ADHD symptoms, but the long-term effects of most intervention plans have not been clearly established. Moreover, recent studies suggest the need for new approaches aimed at the underlying triggers of this complex disorder (such as stress, poor sleep, overstimulation, technology or certain dietary plans), on the basis that making adequate lifestyle changes to minimize these triggers could contribute to better control ADHD symptoms. In this context, studies addressing the efficacy of nutrition on the developmental course of ADHD observe that deficiencies in certain types of foods can worse the symptoms of attention deficit, hyperactivity and impulsivity, while adequate dietary plans could optimize brain functions. But the specific causal pathways of the dietary styles (including diet eliminations/supplements) adjuvant for medication and psychotherapies contributing to prevent/reduce ADHD symptoms are largely unknown, as well as the long-term effects.

This special issue, “The Role of Nutrition in ADHD Treatment”, aims at obtaining evidence of the potential contribution of the nutrition style/s on the treatment outcomes of individuals with ADHD across development, and the underlying mechanisms explaining the direct and mediational effects. Given the multifaceted and complex nature of this neurodevelopmental disorder, the onset at early ages of the child and its chronic presentation across development, the findings of the works could also contribute to the elaboration of guidelines/recommendations for improving caring capacity of healthcare practitioners and family caregivers.

Manuscript submissions may include original research articles (clinical, translational or basic research), systematic reviews and meta-analysis on the effects of nutrition on the treatment outcomes of ADHD.

Dr. Roser Granero
Guest Editor

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  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Development
  • Dietary
  • Eating Behavior
  • Nutrition
  • Evidence-based Treatment
  • Interventions
  • Treatment
  • Outcomes

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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