The ADHD Fix
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?”
It’s been a great time away from work or school over the holidays. Hopefully, you’ve had time to recharge your batteries and are ready to get back at it. While you love being with your children, you are likely also looking forward to their return to school.
I don’t have a personal Christmas wish list. When you get older, the holidays are all about being with family, and taking the time to be thankful for what we have. Its’ Thanksgiving extended from October to January. However, here is my list of what I would want to have happen, if your child is diagnosed with ADHD.
Holiday celebrations are beginning. This season often attempts to inform us just how happy we should be, but for many of us, this time of the year is anything but that. The stress and pressures of shopping, planning, visiting and re-evaluating the calendar year all add to our distress. Here are some common issues and how to take them on.
Most people in North America have heard of Rob Ford, the mayor of Toronto, and his history of making public mistakes and poor choices in behaviour. Our unelected Senators have also made poor choices. I have been asked a number of times to comment on the Rob Ford situation and have avoided doing so in this blog.
If you have ADHD, you likely have been criticised because you sometimes act too quickly without thinking through all of the possible consequences of your actions. On the other hand, you may know someone who never seems to be able to take action or “pull the trigger” with an idea or business opportunity. Fence sitters often lament what they could have done, only if?
When you got up this morning, what was on your mind? Were you dreading that drive into work and taking on another day of trying to please someone who doesn’t appreciate your efforts? Are you living in a situation at home or within a family unit that continues to cause you stress and unhappiness? Do you lack the time to do any of the things you promised yourself you’d do when you “grew up”?
If you are wondering if you have ADHD, it may be because your child just got diagnosed, your spouse or partner is complaining, or you began reading my book, The ADHD Fix, and said “that’s me.”
Once you receive a diagnosis of ADHD, you likely want to start working on getting your life, and specifically, your day organized. Setting goals will help you do that. Long-term goals, although interesting and exciting for a moment, will quickly lose their ability to motivate you.
Perhaps your child has just been diagnosed, or your spouse or family thinks you have ADHD. It can be confusing because many conditions, life patterns, or behaviour can appear to be ADHD and even make you wonder.
At some point with ADHD, you are going to have to fight for something. For high-school students, for example, in September the complete semester of assignments and required readings and examinations should be provided so that the student in grade 9 diagnosed with ADHD can be successful.
I have received a number of email questions recently from many of you who listen to my podcast or read this blog. I am going to focus on answers to those questions in this blog at times, so if you have something you would like to ask me, and you think others will benefit from sharing it.
It was an amazing day. We were floating down the Saugeen River, and I was into the 45th minute of the fight of my life on my fly rod. The Salmon had decided to use the current to fight my efforts to bring her to the boat for pictures and a release, but I would assume the Salmon didn’t know that.
You have a lot of them. You likely think of some daily. But, we know that if you don’t write down your dreams and set a plan, it is likely that you will never achieve them. Until you write them down and the action you need to take to get there, goals are just a dream, a fantasy.
I know many of you will hate this blog, and likely transfer that on to me. It seems like it’s very difficult today to own a problem. It’s much easier to blame someone else. Likely, I will get more hate emails for this, than I did when I suggested that golf was not a sport, and that just because Tiger Woods was a great golfer did not mean he was not a pathetic husband or father.
It was September of 1975, I was sitting in my first class at the University of Western Ontario (now called Western University-yes, renaming a school with a rich tradition is a very stupid thing to do).
One of the latest discoveries of neuroscientists is that when we are waiting for or receiving an email, certain parts of our brain become active. It is the anticipation of getting and “opening” up something that makes us feel a rush of energy and at times Adrenalin.
As children and teens return to school, homework can become a challenge. Children with ADHD often have difficulty with homework, taking hours to complete something that should take 20 minutes. Parents get frustrated and can spend their evenings as “homework cops”.