The ADHD Fix
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).
This past week I received an email form letter from the president of the University of Western Ontario (they did change the name, but UWO still appears on any degree, so I call it that) telling me that Homecoming this year would be moved until late October effective immediately. The reason for the change was so that the weather would be less hospitable to party, students would be studying and therefore would break fewer laws. As one administrator was quoted as saying last year “we were a thrown beer bottl
As thoughts turn to summer vacation for yourself and your children, the thought of cutting back on your ADHD structure seems a natural fit. You are away from work or your child away from school or University so why should you keep up with the self-charting, prescriptive exercise or regular routine?
Some researchers believe that up to 80% of us hate our jobs and would like to do something else. You can read some of these findings here http://www.businessinsider.com/what-do-you-do-when-you-hate-your-job-2010-10. But what if how you feel about your job has nothing to do with that actual job? What if ADHD is causing you to be bored with an occupation or work activity that you should really be doing?
As a child, someone said go left, and you insisted on going right. You saw things at school that weren’t “fair,” so you fought them. You had teachers you disagreed with, so you argued. In high school, you didn’t like most of the rules, and fought for those as well. At University or College, you didn’t think the lectures in front of 1,000 students were worth going to, so you got notes online and from your friends and didn’t attend. You still got an 85%. In our practice, we often see this with Temporal
Scientists and researchers have finally provided compelling evidence that a new treatment is available to treat cognitive decline in aging and even the size of parts of our brain that are responsible for memory and concentration.
Traditionally, athletes who experience a concussion are advised to rest and not do cognitive or physical tasks until symptoms of dizziness, inattention, nausea and sensitivity to light are resolved. Recent research, however, suggests that other than the first few days after injury, it may be beneficial to get involved in cardiovascular activity because more oxygenated blood is sent to the brain to aid in recovery. This makes sense at many levels, but we don’t have enough research to tell us what types of
Just yesterday I was on my favourite stream trying to land a very nice steelhead that had just hit my small fly. As I was fighting the fish, enjoying every minute, I started wondering if I would release him or keep him for a cooking show episode (if I catch one, I usually eat one trout a year). Well no sooner had the thought hit me of how I would prepare the dinner, then the trout broke off my line. Had I tried to bring him in too quickly? Had I tied a bad knot? Did I forget to check the line for any f
If your child seems defiant and oppositional to everything you ask them to do, it can get more difficult if they also have ADHD. A recent poll at our web site www.drsvec.com found that approximately 50% of those that answered the question of who is in control at home reported that it was their children. Not a good thing.
Each year about this time, my wife and I sponsor 2 little league football teams so that more children can play. It’s a worthwhile endeavour and activity for children who need physical exercise, learn team play and develop a work ethic. This year we thought of starting a new initiative that will in a small way help more children play football and other sports safely. We decided to start a center to research sport concussions. At the Sport Concussion Research Center our goal is to better understand the pr
In trying to help a person find a career path, psychologists often turn to Psychological-Vocational Assessments to help guide the process. This testing gives some idea of ability, intelligence, skills and aptitude necessary to study or start a career in a specific field. Want to be a plumber, electrician, psychologist, lawyer, accountant or run your own tech firm, we have tests and a profile for what most successful professionals in each field look like. Adults diagnosed with ADHD require very specific s
As I put the finishing touches on my book “Don’t be a Wimp Raise a Strong Leader: Parenting Strategies from Conception to Late Adulthood,” I wanted to share with you the 10 item check list you can use to see where you stand.
Switching jobs or even careers seems to be a common event today. The days of signing up to work somewhere and sticking it out until the gold watch is presented after 30 years of service to the same company or organization seems to be a thing of the past. It is generally reported that a person will switch jobs or careers from 5-7 times in their working lifetime. Recent statistics suggest that it is even more common to switch jobs every 12 months.