The ADHD Fix
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
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.