The ADHD Fix
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?”
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”?