The ADHD Fix
What would make you happy? Being able to do what you want when you want, say when you retire? Having all of the money you would need to do those things? Perhaps that would make you happy for a while. For some of us, that type of freedom could actually lead to crippling anxiety or even depression. But why is that?
If you watch the Dragons Den on the CBC, you may have noticed the pitch from a father and daughter team on a new form of home health-care monitoring: http://www.cbc.ca/dragonsden/pitches/iheart
In October of 2015, I wrote the emotional blog that I have repeated below, outlining why I thought schools needed to ban cell phones, but never would. Today the tide seems to be turning. The principal of a Toronto School has decided to ban cell phones effective today.
While it makes sense to give your child the latest innovative technology to keep them ahead of the curve, a cell phone may be more damaging than helpful. A recent article in the Economist, http://www.economist.com/news/special-report/21716462-price-constant-entertainment-tap-smartphones-are-strongly-addictive, provides a summary of findings on the addictive nature of the phone.
Last week I discussed the current reported trend that children are bullying their parents. I used an example of a 9-year-old flipping out because they couldn’t get their parent to buy the cereal they wanted. The child then became disrespectful and even started hitting.
This is getting a bit hard to believe, but a recent article in Psychology Today reports that more and more children are bullying their parents: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/when-kids-call-the-shots/201701/how-pushover-parents-raise-bullies. According to this author, more and more children are controlling their parents, making demands and even using bullying tactics. The author goes on to caution on the long-term implications which include the children bullying others at school and emotional and s
Mental Health and our children are taking center stage today. Young children are being diagnosed with ADHD, depression, psychosis and even bi-polar disorder. The diagnosis can often label the child prematurely, which then leads to life altering treatments.
Dieting and weight loss is a common thought this time of the year, so let me continue from last week's blog. You only need to do two things over time to get healthy and lose weight so here they are:
This time of the year, you may be motivated to join a health club, buy some home exercise equipment or join one of those clubs that gives you points for eating expensive food you must buy from them. If it works for Oprah, why won’t it work for you? Because we all know that it’s not going to work for Oprah either. So - Don’t do it. Let me tell you my story and a new way to get healthy.
I was 6 years old, and on some Saturdays my father and I would travel to Chatham, Ontario to do a bit of shopping and visiting. He would meet with a group of other men, a real estate broker, a clothier and others. I would often play on the floor of the clothing shop with a truck or car while the men would sip coffee from very small cups and talk business.
If you are using time-out as a form of discipline, you likely aren’t doing it correctly, as reported this past week by the CBC: http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/time-outs-study-parenting-1.3888166. According to the research conducted in the United States, parents are incorrectly using this popular technique of punishment because of the following:
You have deadlines to complete tasks at work, personal ones and even those of what to buy for someone as we approach the holidays. Leaving tasks to the last minute can cause an increase in stress and anxiety. But last minute pressure can also do something to your brain that then makes you complete the boring task or work just in the nick of time.
I’ve been taking as many taxis as I can when travelling to support the taxi industry. I didn’t feel it was right to not help them in their businesses when they paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to get their cab license, only to have it rendered useless by Uber. Cities and local businesses profited from the taxi industry and highly regulated the industry, which drove up the price of the cab license. Now Uber is changing the way we look at rented transportation. I was resisting until now.
The recent student protest in the United States includes children in elementary and secondary schools walking out with teacher and parental support. The cause to protest is the recent election of Donald Trump as president. In San Francisco, the School District has actually written lesson plans for teachers to teach that he is a racist and many other things that make him not worthy of the election victory.
Today, the CBC reported that teen depression is increasing at alarming rates causing experts to point to solutions, including earlier diagnosis and treatment. Surveys done comparing teen depression rates over time have demonstrated a significant increase. More stress, less certainty and lack of resources are all pointed to be the cause.
If you have a child who has been getting into trouble at school, you have probably received many phone calls from that school principal. On those weeks you don’t receive any calls and are told your child has had no behaviour problems, you may have chosen to use a reward such as a special gift or meal. But what if your child hasn’t learned any new academic skills during that well behaved week? You have rewarded the wrong behaviour. Learning is the most important thing.
The Millennial Revolution is upon us: www.millennial-revolution.com. According to this video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGaEqwGGXfQ, traditional character traits such as hard work, loyalty and perseverance are no longer useful. The video talks of how to retire in your 30s, never truly work again and just travel the world.
Although we aren’t directly involved, as Canadians it’s pretty hard to ignore what is happening in the United States right now with the presidential election. Many psychologists have weighed in and tried to analyze Mr. Trump, but frankly, that’s impossible to do and not very scientific or helpful. It’s speculation at best. Here is my take on why I think he may actually win the Presidency.
In getting ready for work today, I watched the CBC discuss the issue of a 4-year-old child getting the wrong prescription for his ADHD and other behavioural difficulties from a drug store: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/4-year-old-given-10-times-the-right-dose-of-antipsychotic-drug-1.3801461. The prescription mistake is scary to most of us, but the other question you have to ask is what led to a 4-year-old being diagnosed as having ADHD in the first place and given an anti-psychotic medication?
Most of us are pretty much experts at picking out what is wrong with something. You eat some food and it tastes pretty good, but it could be warmer or the service could be better. You appreciate living in a country such as Canada or the United States, but quickly you can pick out problems with a road, or school system or politician. With ADHD, the temptation is also to look at problems and not give thanks for those gifts that come with it. So here is my list. If you have ADHD, once things get worked ou