Case Study: Adult ADHD Symptoms

A 30 year old male diagnosed with ADHD sought alternative methods to manage his symptoms without medication. His concerns included fatigue, decreased motivation, poor concentration, and impulsivity, which led to stepping away from his own business. He was previously on Vyvanse but felt the benefits had waned over time.

Notably, he was not someone who previously had issues with concentration and focus – so it was hard for him to accept he truly had ADHD.

He lived with his wife and infant child, and his job included long-term toxin exposure.

Diet was very healthy and included no alcohol or caffeine, although protein distribution throughout the day was poor – patient was a pescatarian.
The patient’s weight was stable, and he exercised regularly.

After his first visit, his naturopath added the following to his daily regime:

• Nordic Naturals Pro Omega
• RN Labs CDP-Choline Powder
• Basic multi mineral/B Vitamin support
• Encouraged optimal protein intake and distribution throughout the day.

Tests Run:

Previous blood tests with GP showed normal results.
Further tests were then conducted with his naturopath, including screening gluten and other major food allergies – which came back normal apart from a low free testosterone. He also completed a DUTCH Plus test, which revealed:
• Low afternoon/evening cortisol
• Low methylation
• High pyroglutamate
• High indican
• Elevated oxidative stress
The patient received further nutritional interventions and supplements, with an emphasis on protein intake and distribution.
This included:
• RN Labs Andro Fortify
• Magnesium and glycine for sleep
• Adrenal nutrient and herbal formula
• Spore-based probiotic

Two months after the initial appointment, the patient reported some minor improvements.

One month later, marked improvements were noted, including reduced “mind chatter,” increased energy, and notable weight and muscle gain. Repeat blood testing showed increased free testosterone.

The patient continues with the holistic treatment plan, with a follow-up scheduled in a month. This case demonstrates the efficacy of a comprehensive approach in managing ADHD symptoms, addressing underlying factors, and emphasizes the importance of DUTCH test results in guiding the intervention. It also highlights the link between suboptimal free testosterone and ADHD symptoms.

S QLD / N NSW Area Manager

Jessica Morland

Jess is a qualified Nutritionist with a Bachelor of Health Science in Nutritional Medicine. She believes that there is no one size fits all approach and is passionate about educating, inspiring and supporting clients and practitioners with a customised approach to healthcare. Specialties include preconception, pregnancy, post-natal and infant care. 

Jess is excited to build relationships, educate and share her knowledge with both retail and practitioners in South Queensland and Northern NSW.

Lauren Matich, BHSc (Nat.)

Lauren Matich

BHSc (Nat.)

Lauren is an NHAA accredited Clinical Naturopath with a Bachelor of Health Science. She is incredibly passionate about natural health and educating clients on the foundational importance of nutrition, lifestyle and stress management and believes complimenting these building blocks with nutraceutical support and functional testing often holds the key to optimal health and vitality. Lauren looks forward to supporting practitioners and clients in these key areas.

Specialties include supporting thyroid health, digestive disorders and mental health.