Thursday, 16 May 2013
Tuesday, 23 April 2013
Sleep apnea is not just an adult problem. Far from it. Between 1- 3% of young children have sleep apnea/disordered breathing, and if untreated, can grow up with lasting scars. Habitual nighttime battles for adequate air can set a child up for ADHD symptomology and a lifetime of mental health problems…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013
When I tried yoga a few years ago, I found that there were certainly a lot of benefits. It is a well known fact that with the advanced breathing techniques which are correctly applied, you can gain the following benefits:-
Now, when experiments with yoga for ADHD children have been tried, they have found that there are many benefits for them too and some relief from common ADHD symptoms. So much so that yoga courses are now offered in some elementary schools. That is a great way to begin a childhood, rather than giving them a new electronic gadget.
We should not be surprised that forward looking educationalists realize the value of yoga. It is truly a unique combination of learning how to relax the body, stretching major muscle groups and learning to use breathing techniques for maximum benefit.
The ADHD child or adult does not have to be an expert although some practice will be needed to gain maximum results:-
As we have seen, there are definite advantages in considering some yoga practice which can tie in very nicely with a comprehensive type of program which may include some form of medication coupled with behavioral training. It can complement help with learning and support for homework tasks. It should really be just regarded as another tool in the ADHD treatment plan.
Saturday, 16 February 2013
Ever wondered what your toddler is thinking as he or she has a temper tantrum in public? Well, nothing much is going on in the brain except that there are emotions like frustration and anger. This is the only way she knows of trying to get what she wants!
Now contrast that with you. You are the one who is rational, reasonable, sensible and you have it all thought out! You are going to give several reasons why this behavior is unacceptable and you may throw in a few threats and consequences as well. You are also keenly aware of how people in the vicinity might be judging you and that is going to also determine your behavior!
As we can see, these two approaches are worlds apart and they are light years away from resolving the problem. So, how can we approach this enormous gap in attitude, thinking, maturity and the way each of the protagonists sees the world.
Four tips to help with temper tantrums in public
So, there you have it. We can more confidently deal with temper tantrums before bed and in public by following these simple steps. Learn more about temper tantrums for no reason.
Watch the video on tips for child anger management
Thursday, 7 February 2013
Earlier this week, the New York Times featured a long article on Richard Fee who hanged himself after becoming addicted to Adderall and other psychostimulant drugs. It is no surprise that there were over a thousand comments on that article.
Richard did not suffer from ADHD but was prescribed these meds because he was determined to get into medical school and he found that the stimulants helped him to study. Through clever lying and careless medical personnel, he was able to support his habit.
But he became addicted and displayed increasingly aggressive behavior, moodiness, psychosis, and became delusional. In spite of his parents pleading with doctors not to prescribe him these meds, it was too late. The final result was a tragic suicide.
When we talk of stimulant drug danger like the above heartbreaking case, we should not forget that when these drugs are properly prescribed after correct diagnosis, they can change the lives of many ADHD children and adults for the better and help them cope.
But what happens when young college students take them without prescription? These meds can be addictive for those who do not really need them. There are many health risks and psychological dangers which can ruin lives. These meds are easily available on college campuses and can be bought for between $5 and $10. There is no need to fake ADHD symptoms.
DON'T DO DRUGS - MAY HAVE SIDE EFFECTS!
ADHD drug update
Guess which segment of the population is now taking these meds on an ever increasing basis? They are young adults in the 20 – 39 age group and they had 14 million prescriptions filled for their ADHD in 2011. That is an increase of 250% compared to four years ago! We can explain this partially by saying that there is a growing awareness of ADHD and that people feel less inhibited about their condition.
But that whopping number also contains those students who are faking their symptoms to get an unfair advantage. Many of them are getting prescriptions by filling out questionnaires dishonestly and also with the connivance of obliging doctors. These are the ones who are taking the drugs legally. Those who are getting them on campuses illegally are committing a felony. In either case, they seem to be completely unaware of the medical and psychological dangers.
Moral of the story? We should be alert to stimulant drug dangers. We should also look carefully at a more comprehensive treatment program and other alternative ADHD treatments.
College Students Snorting ADHD Drugs
Friday, 25 January 2013
Tuesday, 22 January 2013
- Nancy Lanza never locked her guns up although she knew that her son was getting more and more antisocial and had behavioral problems.
- she visited a shooting range often and Adam is also known to have been there.
- as a teacher, she must have been aware of the dangers
- she had taken him to a psychiatrist because she was alarmed at his isolation.
- he would spend hours and hours on video games
- when they went out, he would have screaming fits presumably as a sort of withdrawal syndrome from being taken away from the games.