The ADHD Fix
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
It’s been an amazing week getting feedback from many radio listeners and others who have read my book, “Don’t Be a Wimp Raise a Strong Leader.” https://www.amazon.ca/Dont-Wimp-Raise-Strong-Leader/dp/0968427502/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1470509909&sr=8-7&keywords=don%27t+be+a+wimp. This past week I started a new radio show, “The Parenting With Courage” Radio show on 1290 CJBK in London, Ontario. It airs on Saturdays at noon, and it is also available online.
Flying back from Fredericton, New Brunswick this weekend after speaking about Exercise and Brain Health, as well as doing a book signing, https://www.amazon.ca/Dont-Wimp-Raise-Strong-Leader-ebook/dp/B01JP00ROY/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1470510049&sr=8-2&keywords=don%27t+be+a+wimp, I was inspired to think of the different roles we play in life.
A recent article from Australia reports on the successful operation on a gold fish to remove a small pebble that was blocking his/her throat. The delicate surgery cost the owner of the “pet” some $500.
If you are looking for an ADHD coach to help you organize your day, achieve goals and experience the true potential you do have, it can be a confusing search. Currently there is no recognized training or licensing programs for coaches. Electronic coaches (you work with software, not people) can be helpful, and in some cases eliminate your need to seek out an actual person. These electronic tools can be free or cost as little as $9 a month.
After 3 years of thinking and 12 months of writing and extensive editing, my book is finally published and available at all distribution sources. Amazon, Amazon Kindle, Nook, Kobo and Apple, you name it, you can get it there now as we have final approval on all of those distribution sites.
When Michael Phelps continued to shatter records in the recent Olympics in Rio, many forget his early grade 6 diagnosis of ADHD. Here is an article from 2012 that further explains the ADHD story for him https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/suffer-the-children/201209/adhd-kid-olympic-gold-medalist.
Children of all ages can be difficult to parent and manage in intact two parent families. Children with ADHD or other learning challenges can add to parental stress and indecision. But what about when divorce hits?
A study announced today, has pointed to the increasing levels of stress and anxiety among teenagers in Ontario Canada http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/anxiety-teen-1.3688198 . The study questions the contribution made by the increased time on “screens” including digital phones and Ipads. What the study fails to discuss, however, is that stress, anxiety and even depression in young people is often caused by the child’s false belief that they have total control over their environment or are trying to change so
It’s hard to believe that it’s been 5 years since the launch of our book “The ADHD Fix,” where my son Joshua and I discuss the 15 Strategies you need to use to achieve success. With the changing technologies and the popularity of the book, we are set to launch the 3rd printing at www.amazon.com within a couple of weeks.
You may have noticed that as we moved into summer your stress levels are increasing. It may be because of change in routine, being with the children most of the day, or an increase in work responsibilities as your colleagues take vacation. Take a quick inventory now and rate your stress from 0-10, 0 meaning no stress and 10 most stress ever. What is your score average this past week? Here are some ideas to help you understand and bust through summer stress.
While those of us diagnosed with ADHD may seem to be more prone to depression and other ailments, most people that I meet diagnosed with ADHD seem quite happy once things get organized. We know of research that points to the fact that making approximately $75,000 per year is the sweet spot of happy.
Being successful as an adult with ADHD means you have a number of things in place that are working for you. From structuring your day, having the right supports, using prescriptive exercise, a proper diet and CBT strategies combined will work for you.
Once properly diagnosed with ADHD, you have to ask about your options for treatment. The word treatment often refers to the fact that someone else, or something else, will happen to make it better, and all you have to do is sit back and wait for it to take effect.
The Orlando shootings yesterday can’t be explained. We try, we look at the state of mind of the shooter (the mental health explanation), the access to weapons by him (one side of the political debate) to the belief that if those in the crowd had more guns they could have shot him instead (the other side of the political debate).