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Fight Depression This Season:

The holiday season can be difficult for some people. A chaotic schedule, lack of seeing family and friends, or dealing with a loss can have a major toll on one’s well being. It is not easy,but you are not alone. You will make it through. Depression is a serious condition that is often comorbid with ADD/ADHD. It can be difficult to differentiate the symptoms between the two, Sad Girl but both can have a negative effect on one’s emotional and cognitive wellbeing. Follow these steps from Additude Magazine and our Holiday Survival Guide to be your jolly self during the holidays. 

 

1) Talk With Someone:

 

Talk to a doctor or a therapist if you are not feeling like your ordinary self. Being honest with yourself and talking with a specialist will help set you on the right path to healing. If these options are not readily available, talk to family or friends. These are people that...

Stay Super This Holiday Season!

Welcome to your Holiday Survival Guide! Over the next couple of months, we will be sharing tips and recipes to help you survive this holiday season. You have been working hard all year, and we want you to finish the year strong as you gear up for the New Year. Having a healthy diet and staying active will help improve your brain function, and help you be your best self this Holiday season! Super Foods 1

 

The Thanksgiving feeding frenzy is coming. Turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes and more will soon be upon us. This Thanksgiving dinner, don’t just make room for dessert, make room to make your holidays super! By using superfoods in your recipes, you can help control your ADHD symptoms and optimize your brain function. Check out Attitude Magazine and below for some healthy tips! 

 

Stay Away from Sugars, Artificial Dyes, and Preservatives

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5 Steps to Take the Chaos Out of Your Morning

As the holiday season is approaching, how are you going to finish out your year? Holiday shopping, family visits, and all of the holiday foods can really have a toll on one’s body and productivity. Harvard University and EverydayPower have published some great articles to help you create a morning routine to stay in control this season. Follow these simple steps for children and adults and watch as your habits improve leading into the New Year.

Step 1) Create a morning routine:Morning Success

Mornings can be hectic. There are a million things to do, many different people to see, and many ways for it to go wrong. Having a morning routine can help you reflect on your previous day, plan for your current day, and relieve some (not all) of the stress of a busy day. After you wake up, take a few minutes to journal or outline your day. Write about what you completed the day before, what tasks that may...

Stress Begone! How to Enjoy Your Holidays:

The holiday season is quickly approaching. Houses need to be decorated, gifts need to be purchased, and feasts need to be planned.  It is a time for love and laughter, but for others, this can be the most stressful time of the year. It is nearly impossible to make everything perfect but is even more difficult when your gift is ADHD. There are so many juggling pieces that must be handled with care, that you must be prepared for anything. Additude Magazine has provided some great tips to help you be ready for anything this holiday season!Stress 1

 

Plan Ahead….Way Ahead: 

Planning should have a seat reserved at your Thanksgiving table this year. Organizing and planning ahead can help lift so much stress from your holiday season. Go ahead and organize the recipes that you will be using, place your order for your turkey, have your shopping list ready. This will allow you to have...

Can a Traumatic Brain Injury Cause ADHD?

A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is defined by the Mayo Clinic as a brain injury that results from a violent blow or jolt to the head or body. It can also be caused by an object that penetrates brain tissue. Many symptoms can result from a TBI.  One symptom category is Cognitive and Mental.  This category includes memory or Girl With Head Injury 2concentration problems, mood changes or mood swings, and feeling depressed or anxious.

Recently an article published in The Hornet Newspaper cites a study that links ADHD as one of the mental conditions that can occur after a TBI. The study, published in JAMA Pediatrics, found that ADHD became present in children and adolescents five to ten years after a TBI. The study looked at 187 children with severe TBI as well as lower levels of maternal education level.  They found these individuals had an increased risk of ADHD. They found...

ADHD Diagnosis & The Youngest Child in the Classroom

Does the age of a child in a classroom setting matter when discussing ADHD? In late September, Reuters published an article reviewing a study that found children who are younger in the classroom are more likely to be diagnosed with learning disabilities, depression, and ADHD than older students in the classroom. ADHD In The Classroom 1

Researchers in this study examined school enrollment data and electronic health records of more than 1 million students ages 4-15 in the U.K. The students’ ages were calculated based on their date of birth and the cut off of school enrollment of where they lived. 

The study found that children whose birthdays were within the final three months before the enrollment cut off were 30% more likely to be diagnosed with an intellectual disability, depression, or ADHD.

Researchers believe the following factors helped lead to increased diagnoses: 

  • Younger children...