The ADHD Fix
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?
I was set to enjoy a short 2-hour flight to Atlantic Canada. WestJet offers satellite television on flights, so between the business and sports channel, the time was to fly by. Problem is, when I sat down, I noticed that my television wasn’t working. When I asked the steward, he indicated that it just needed to rest. Later, after takeoff when it still wasn’t working, he told me he would give me a $25 voucher for the inconvenience. Fine I thought, might be a good time to just do nothing and recharge the
It was a very cold Saturday as we set out to hunt Steelhead on one of our favourite rivers this past weekend. (I’ll keep the name of the river private as most fishermen we don’t want to let people know where we go) Steelhead is a very smart, intelligent, athletic fish. They don’t get to be their size swimming down a very small river with hundreds of fishermen trying to catch them, unless they understand how to stay alive.
Why the Lambton Kent District School Boards Policy on Mental Health is going to Hurt Children Today, driving into the office, the local radio station led with the story of how the Lambton Kent District School Board announced a Board wide policy on Mental Health to help teachers better identify children in need and how to help them.
As we move into the spring, and thoughts turn to better weather and vacation time, it’s hard to believe that very soon your child will be moving on to University or College in September. If they are entering the final years of high school next September, it is also a very important time. With ADHD, your child needs to know what strategies are helpful and necessary to assist them with their specific type of ADHD.
We’ve all done it. You really don’t want to do something or go somewhere, but instead of saying, No, we make up an excuse. I’m not feeling well, or I have to work late, or something has come up, often is the excuse. It can leave you feeling guilty, anxious, or just not right. I have made those excuses when asked to play golf.
If you have been diagnosed with ADHD after a comprehensive assessment, the next step is trying to understand what you will need to do to help with the symptoms. You may consider medication.
Having ADHD and needing to travel for work or business can be a problem. Routines often set, when at home, can maximize performance and potential, but are quickly forgotten on the road. Here are some strategies to help you stay on track.
While you have likely gotten used to emails, text messages, and the internet in general, watching any movie or show when you want, paying bills online, and so on, you would think many of these technological advances have moved into our schools. You would think so. However, that appears not to be the case in one very specific and important area.
You have a break at work and decide to quickly go and get a gourmet cup of coffee. You quickly leave the office and head to your favourite spot. Impulsive you realize later, because you forgot you had some important work to do. If you had slowed down your thinking, here is what you may have realized.
Hopefully, if you live in an area where you are supposed to do this, you set your clock ahead one hour. “Spring” ahead is a tradition that can mean many things outside of that including the need to replace the smoke alarms in your home.
This time of the year many of us begin to notice the lack of light or sunshine available due to the weather. If you or your child has ADHD, you may be more susceptible to seasonal affective disorder or affect, which means that depression, is a direct result of a lack of sunlight. Here are some steps to begin to investigate this condition.
Once you receive a diagnosis of ADHD, what is your next step? Depending on how that was determined, you may or not be confident of the conclusion. Here are some possible steps for you to take.
As the federal government continues to reduce funding and resources for our veterans, one company has decided to do its part in picking up the slack. ExerciseMD, a prescriptive exercise program that can be done from the comfort of one’s own home, will now be offering free membership to any veteran who wishes to join.
I’ve pretty much had enough. I continue to hear day in day out of children and adults being diagnosed with ADHD after a brief 5-minute interview. At times, teachers are asked to fill out a checklist, but likely if you are a regular reader of this blog, you know how that isn’t helpful either.
For some time now a number of researchers and clinicians have pointed to the use of neurofeedback or EEG biofeedback to assist in the treatment of ADHD. The treatment consists of using behavioural management or reward techniques to help the user learn what it feels like to have the brain put out more “focused” levels of activity.
If you have ADHD, you likely play video games. I, on occasion, have been known to take on family members with a game of P3 Madden or NHL. The immediate reward and punishment of the systems and games can often result in hours flying by, which to an outsider means, “If he can focus on a video game for 2 hours, why can’t he focus on cleaning up the garage?”