The ADHD Fix
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.
Since I started private practice in 1990, many things have changed with regard to family and relationship structure. At Michigan State University when studying marital and family therapy, generally the discussion was on the conventional family structure and how to help people stay together.
Having ADHD as an adult means that while at work your performance may fluctuate from greatness to your boss telling you “not sure what you are doing all day, but a lot of this paperwork isn’t getting completed.” With gifted ADHD or more complex conditions, the performance at work can even be more puzzling. Here are some strategies to help you overcome this problem.
In 1993, when I was just getting going in private practice, I thought of the idea of doing paper and pencil tests for junior hockey players. I was helping some Junior B teams, and the thought was if we collected some information on their learning by doing psychological screening before they suffered a blow to the head, perhaps re-administering the tests after a concussion could help with return to play decisions. At that time the program was voluntary and only a few players showed up to do the baseline te
This past week I had the honor to be at Queen’s Park for the second time, with a number of clinicians, coaches and experts to provide input as the Ontario Government moves forward to enact legislation related to concussion awareness and athlete protection. At this meeting, I again became deeply inspired by Rowan’s parents, MPP Lisa Macleod, who pushed for this new law, and the other professionals at the gathering. The inspiration relates to being able to contribute in a small way in the area that I work t
ExerciseMD.com and Thestressvaccine.com have been chosen as the only Canadian company to partner with www.mantherapy.org, a newly re-launched intervention started in Denver, Colorado to assist men with accessing Mental Health Services. Both tools, created and developed in the small Canadian town of Blenheim, Ontario, are the product of psychologist, Dr. Henry J. Svec. ExerciseMD.com provides prescriptive exercise programs and personal coaching to help users fight and prevent disease while the Stress Vaccine
One of my favourite restaurants on the East Coast of Canada closed recently, and the owner reported that part of her decision was based on the quality of the employees in the workforce today. She was quoted saying: “it's hard to get ‘the new generation’ to look away from their phones and focus on their jobs. When they're reading that cellphone … their focus on productivity is not there.”
Retirement is something many look forward to when in the working world. The thought of doing what you want when you want without having to worry about your boss, clients or money can be inspiring. Often retirement is thought of as a financial accomplishment, finally having enough money to leave the work life to complete luxury and freedom. Initially there is that jubilation of being away from the 9-5, but the reality can quickly hit that you are spinning. With ADHD, work life provides structure. You ar
The tragedy of the shootings in La Loche, Saskatchewan is an event that is difficult to understand. Many of us want to know what happened so that we can prevent such future tragedy to happen again anywhere in Canada. Unfortunately, it’s not a simple question. There are two general types of research or inquiry by social scientists, but you need to be careful when you consider what you likely will hear in the days to come. Some will point to poverty, lack of opportunity, possible mental health issues or a
It can be difficult to get in the habit of working out, training or doing repetitive tasks to get good-great at something. If you want to be a great chess player for example, you have to study, have matches and study some more. If you want to be a great curler you need to throw a lot of rocks each day and study the game. Most of the training or practice you need to do to be great is very boring for someone with ADHD. The novelty quickly wears off and then skipping to something else can prevent you from
After last week’s blog, I have been asked by a number of readers to further explain what I mean by Parent with Courage. Here is a short summary of the points to think about. In future blogs I’ll expand on each and give you more information to help.
As a parent, you have likely consumed every “expert” article, strategy, and tip available on the internet. I am one of those people that provide regular information and helpful strategies to parents in this blog or on the web in parenting classes and other media. So to give some balance to what is available out there, I have gathered a list of what I think are the dumbest trends or ideas that we have been exposed to in 2015. We can agree to disagree, and you will notice that many of these trends have bee
As I sat in the Member’s Gallery at Queen’s Park yesterday watching the members discuss issues of concussions in Ontario, I was drawn to the different stories of their own personal experiences with Traumatic Brain Injury. That is what a concussion is: a Traumatic Brain Injury. Among the many things it will improve, Rowan’s Law should empower all of us to say those words: Traumatic Brain Injury.
Do you remember in grade 5 or 6 when someone would act up in class and you were kept in at recess because of their behaviour? You did nothing wrong, got your work finished and could hardly wait for that game of British Bull Dog or soccer, only to be told you were being punished and lost recess because of what someone else did.
Each year we are told that more and more children and now adults are diagnosed with ADHD. The statistics are startling. While this detail isn’t available for Canada, I would suspect that it is a similar trend if you take 10% of the totals below.