The ADHD Fix
Now I’ve heard it all. A recent article suggests that reading to your children before bed may be a bad idea because it puts other children at a disadvantage if they aren’t read to as well.
I work in London. I pay school taxes in London. I have a clinic office in London. When parents ask us to help their children with ADHD and we ask the schools for help they often say they “have no money or resources” to hire an Educational Assistant, provide more physical and health education or activities. A few years ago, an employee in management for the Thames Valley District School Board and other Districts was found guilty of stealing approximately a million dollars from the student athletic fund.
If you or your child have been diagnosed with ADHD, you likely have had sleep problems throughout your lifetime. Often thoughts racing through your mind keep you from getting to sleep. Another problem is not being able to stay asleep, or waking up too early (I have this going on, often rising at 4:00 a.m. to start work). What could be causing this and what are some possible solutions?
Once diagnosed with ADHD, you need to investigate the next step in the treatment process. There are “medical” model types of treatments and “self-help” types of treatments. The medical model of treatment means something is done to you, or you take something to fix the problem. For ADHD, the improvement with medication for example only lasts as long as the medication is working. When it wears off, the symptoms return or may even be more severe than before the medication was taken. The Self-Help model m
A new study suggests that there may be a link between stressful childhood events and the development of type 1 diabetes. The Swedish study included over 10,000 families, all with children between the ages of two and 14 who were not yet diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. As they followed these families, they noted certain stressful situations for the children, such as the parents divorcing or the death of a family member, and they found that the children who went through these traumatic situations were almost
Often when we see certain things happening around us we wonder if the person was really wanting it to happen, did they make an honest mistake, was it impulsive from ADHD or more serious.
If you need an excuse to get more active, or wonder how you can help with focus and concentration, there is more evidence in support of exercise as the tool. We know that the hippocampus (part of your brain) generates new cells to help with your memory and to then consolidate that memory when you exercise. A great summary video is found here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdDnPYr6R0o .
A recent study led by University of Ottawa psychology professor Patrick Gaudreau suggests that student-athletes with an optimistic outlook may be better equipped to cope with stress.
Last week I discussed the launching of a new Premium service at www.exercisemd.com where they pay you to exercise. I also announced that on Wednesday April 1 only, the premium service can be purchased for just $49.50 using the coupon code “noaprilfool” all one word (no april fool).
I’m a bit obsessed with figuring out how to motivate humans. I often start with myself and try to change some aspect of my behaviour that will improve my overall health.
It was a long wait after my flight into Chicago and I was hungry. I quickly stumbled into an all-day breakfast café, the kind that smells amazingly good when you are famished. Immediately seated, the waiter came over and offered me coffee and a menu.
When we think of treatment for ADHD, we often think of some form of medical or psychological intervention that will create a long lasting change in ADHD symptoms. Medication, the most common form of treatment, may work while the medication is active, but will quickly wear off and return the brain to the ADHD state. Even though ADHD is a lifetime condition, most who take medication for it stop after 16 months or so. I’m often asked what I would do in a situation if I or my child were diagnosed with ADHD
What is a child or teenager to do if continually bullied at school despite taking all the steps they are supposed to do as recommended by the adults?
On Monday, the Ontario Ministry of Education will be providing the new “sex education” curriculum for teachers to be using for children in Elementary School. My comments aren’t about the content of the new curriculum, it’s about making teachers take on more responsibility when it comes to our children.
You may have had your parents or grandparents tell you how they had to walk through the snow miles to get to school each day in the winter time. Likely you didn’t believe them. A few days ago, the story of a man who walks over 20 miles each day to work and back surfaced in Detroit. Here is a short clip explaining the story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBJz1kNsgyk. James Robertson should be an inspiration to us all when it comes to leadership, work ethic, determination, and perseverance. He is gra
Last week in this blog, I discussed strategies that may be helpful if a child younger than 12 keeps getting bullied despite doing all the right things. On our web site, I placed a poll question that gave the recommended choices of action, as well as one that suggested, “punch the bully in the mouth”. At the writing of this blog, 60% of those that answered the question said it was an acceptable solution. As a parent, psychologist, and hopefully someday grandparent, I would agree. For younger children, fig
The recent #BellLetsTalk initiative was an excellent way to help bust the stigma of mental illness. It encourages all of us to speak out and support those who are struggling with depression, anxiety, or other diagnosed conditions. When it comes to being the target of a bully, a number of strategies have been suggested, including the need to speak up and report the violence. A child in Grade 5 for example is taught to ignore the bullying, then tell a teacher, tell their parents, tell the principal, speak
One thing you may have noticed as you age, especially with ADHD, is that you are starting to accept that there is a great deal that you know very little about. I’m going to be 59 this year, and have felt this way for a long time. I only know how to do a couple of things. The rest I leave to others. What happens though, I think, those couple of things you know, you are very confident about. Here are the few things I know, and some of the many I’m not sure about when it comes to what I do.
Could an early fall for a child be responsible for developing ADHD later in life? A study by Dr. Heather Keenan conducted in England concluded that, while there may be a link, current research does not support this belief. Children who are exposed to other injuries (injuries from a burn) in the first 2 years of life are also more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD than those who do not experience physical trauma.
The New Year brings many people to desire change. Usually a change that involves making themselves ‘better’ in some way - losing weight, making more money, beginning a new hobby/job, and possibly quitting bad habits and/or addictions. I am sure we can all relate to a time when we said we weren’t going to do something again, yet ended up doing it because of reasons such as: external pressure, lack of willpower, and/or lack of motivation, etc. Life changes take effort. They require motivation, strength, dete