The ADHD Fix
Having a child or adult child with ADHD can be a frustrating experience. It can be especially frustrating if you also have ADHD. In my 25 plus years in private practice I’ve worked with many parents who get worn down and frustrated when trying to help their children. Here is a summary of some of those common challenges and what you can do to help.
Having ADHD can mean many things to you and your child including acting too quickly without thinking. Impulsive behaviour gets in the way of performing to your potential at school, work, with family or friends. Money management is also often impacted by impulsive actions. Here are the different situations where acting too quickly can cause harm and what to do about it.
Often children and teens with ADHD are more susceptible to alcohol and drug use. There are a number of different risk factors that may help distinguish young people who are more likely to begin using drugs from those less likely to use.
As an adult with ADHD you likely need a very specific structure around your investing and saving actions. Last week I talked of the need to save, live, give and spend as the order and structure that would be helpful. I am not a financial advisor so do not make any changes after reading this without consulting your financial advisor. Here are some general themes that will help if you have been diagnosed with ADHD or your child has been and you want to teach money management and investment strategies.
Having ADHD can mean that often you have problems managing your money, buying things you don’t need, impulsively buying a friend dinner without thinking of the consequences. Having credit cards can often mean that you are very susceptible to this problem. Here are the 4 Simple Keys to taking control of your money. For each create a small folder to put the money in, or 4 separate bank accounts to have money deposited automatically when you get paid
Today in the London Free Press there is an interesting article of how the Fowler Kennedy Clinic at the University of Western Ontario is joining forces with an American network, to continue to research the impact of concussions on athletes and others who experience them. I am interested to know how an organization known throughout the world as the “go to place” for orthopedic injuries is going to use those professionals to diagnose and treat concussions or traumatic brain injury. Truth be told, no one will
Hard to believe, but it’s back to school time. Having a child with ADHD means you will need to attend at school to make sure programs and modifications are in place before school starts. Here is my “must do” list updated for you this year.
I am embarrassed to tell you about this. I still can’t believe our precious health care dollars are being spent on teaching people to smoke crack and use other drugs in a safer manner. It’s true. It’s called harm reduction. Having ADHD can mean that you or a family member may turn to self-medication to control some of your symptoms.
Getting the most out of your work day can be challenging for many reasons. Constant emails, un-announced meetings, distracted environments to name a few, can have a significant impact on your productivity. Working for someone else or yourself in your own business means you need specific strategies and structures to stay focused.
I am starting to wonder why, if we know how to manage our ADHD symptoms, many of us choose not to. Could it be that the very common symptom of ADHD, getting bored easily, is stopping you from being successful? Let’s take performing better in social situations. Having ADHD means that often when in a social situation if you don’t use a deliberate strategy, you may talk too much because of working memory issues, not understanding others’ conversations, or just not fit in.
We sometimes have a tendency to place stress in an entirely different category than other physical ailments. Sure, the effects of stress are real and can be felt, but we tend to separate stress from other viruses or sicknesses, and this connotation can sometimes cause us to take stress more lightly that some of its medical counterparts.
If you or a family member has a diagnosis of ADHD or Chronic Pain things have changed in your family. Healthy families adjust to help take care of the symptoms or limitations placed on the person by that diagnosis. If this has been going on a long time, then the family system becomes rigid or fixed or less likely to change.
While you may know your strengths, or what you are good at, it is highly likely that without a doubt, especially if you have been diagnosed with ADHD, you know your weaknesses. People have likely been telling you all of your life what you don’t do very well.
“Henry needs to pay better attention in class. He seems distracted and not doing his best. Homework is often incomplete. His desk isn’t organized, and performance rarely meets expectations. He needs to be more social with peers and come out of his shell. Have a great summer.”
You or your child may be taking medication for ADHD symptoms. Assuming you have received an accurate diagnosis, I ask this question: “What else are you doing?” It is a question you should be asking yourself each week you or your child is taking medication for ADHD.
As we quickly approach the summer holidays, for children and teens, it’s a good time to get perspective and set goals and things to do. Here is my list for you this year if you or your child has been diagnosed with ADHD.
A poll question posted at our web site demonstrated that most of you felt that creativity was one of the most beneficial traits of having ADHD. While research isn’t clear on this one, it is widely felt by those of you that answered the poll question that this is a fact (67%). Creative thinking is often called “out of the box” thinking where solutions presented by the ADHD brain are not in keeping with what most people would think.
In our practice at www.drsvec.com we focus on assessing and treating ADHD, and also the assessment and treatment of chronic pain. While this blog will continue on a twice monthly basis, I am pleased to announce the launch of one other blog that I will be writing twice a month titled “Living with Chronic Pain.”
You walk into a restaurant for the first time, and it’s very dirty. The floors haven’t been cleaned in a while, tables are full of dirty dishes, and the place is empty, even though it’s dinner hour on a Friday night. Would you go in and order the special? Would you trust them to prepare your meal?