The ADHD Fix
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
You’ve worked all your life. Gradually as you got closer to retirement age, or being eligible for the day to hang up your work life, you may have gotten nervous. Retirement is supposed to be a time of celebration, rejoicing that you made it through work and are now ready to enjoy the fruits of that labour. That’s the fraud. There is nothing fun or rewarding about retirement for some of us. As an adult with ADHD, you will need work-brain stimulation your entire life. Let me share my thoughts.
The holidays are over, and for many this means a return to the workplace and the slow grind back into your daily routine. It can be a stressful time of year, as the realities of another festive season fade into memory – and it can also be a good time to take stock of the things that are stressing you out.
This time of the year, you may be thinking of making a promise to yourself or family member to change some aspect of your behaviour. Problem is, usually nothing happens. If you go to ITunes, you will find over 3,000 APPS to help you lose weight and eat healthier. None of them work. Nothing changes because these ideas and pledges to yourself don’t help your hard-wired brain change any of the bad habits you may have. We are programmed to keep doing things the same way each day if they are helpful or not.
Having ADHD can mean that managing different emotions can be a challenge. The type of ADHD you have will make a difference when it comes to the type of emotional response you may have to stress or frustration. Here are the most common with a description of how the type of ADHD may be the cause.
Those looking for hidden stressors in their lives may need to look no further than their fingertips. A Canadian study recently found that constantly checking ones email might lead to added daily stress.
You knew when you got in the cab that the driver was a professional by the way he handled himself. He knew what he was doing and moved through the Vancouver traffic with ease. I always interview cab drivers when I travel our country, if they are open to a conversation. If they are willing and care, they can tell you about the economy, the sense of what is happening in our country based on their experience. They often also teach us lessons on investing, or, in this particular case, the importance of resp
You’ve taken the time and spent your hard-earned dollars to have your child properly assessed for ADHD, and the conclusion in the report supports your instincts. Your child has ADHD. You also learn that your child has a gifted potential that is being hampered by these ADHD symptoms. You triumphantly take the comprehensive report to the school, and the principal looks you in the eye and tells you there is nothing they have to do to help your child. They tell you that your child isn’t struggling enough, o
Living in Southwestern Ontario, Canada, and driving down rural roads, I’ve noticed many farmers harvesting their crops late into the night. Coming from a farm family, I learned very early when it’s sunny you need to make hay as they say. Farmers today will work as long as they can each day, often 14 or more hours, then sleep and eat at times on the field and start the cycle all over again until the crops are harvested. There is no such thing as work-life balance for a farmer when it is fall harvest time.
As ADHD has become more consistently diagnosed in adults the question of what happens as we age becomes more important. What should you expect if you have been diagnosed with ADHD as you get older?