The ADHD-ODD Connection

2018 06 11Ever find yourself wondering why your child with ADHD is sometimes aggressive, has emotional outbursts, or is constantly argumentative?  We know that there are behavioral issues associated with ADHD.  However, many parents have to deal with more severe discipline issues on a daily basis.  

According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there is a reported link between having ADHD and developing ODD. The correlation rate for being diagnosed with ADHD and ODD is staggering, ranging between 60% and 80%. It is the most common co-existing condition associated with ADHD. People with ADHD are 11 times more likely to be diagnosed with ODD than the general population. The CDC also reports: "Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) is one of the most common disorders occurring with ADHD. ODD usually starts before age eight, but no later than...

3 Minerals that may improve symptoms of ADHD 

ShoppingMagnesium has been shown to reduce hyperactivity in children in numerous studies. One study found that 72% of children with ADHD had lower levels of magnesium, and after being treated with a supplement, showed significant improvement in hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattention. Other articles have stated that magnesium has the potential to also help kids sleep better at night, relieve discomfort from sore muscles and growing pains, relieve constipation, and reduce anxiety.
 
Zinc has been shown to regulate communication between brain cells and plays a critical role in how your brain evaluates new information and forms new memories. The dopamine transporter is also regulated by zinc.  Researchers have seen that lower levels of dopamine are sometimes associated with ADHD symptoms. Dopamine is responsible for feelings of pleasure and reward.  It also allows us to...

Increase in ADHD medication overdoses and misuse in children

Medications 257344 960 720According to a report published this month in the Journal of American Academy of Pediatrics, there has been an increase in ADHD medication overdoses and misuse in children.

"From 2000 through 2014, there were 156 365 exposures reported to US poison control centers related to ADHD medications. The overall rate of reported exposures increased 71.2% from 2000 to 2011, followed by a 6.2% decrease from 2011 to 2014."

"Most of the calls — 82 percent — were reporting unintentional drug exposure, the report found: a child without ADHD (usually younger than six) getting into an unsecured medication bottle, for instance, or a child accidentally taking a follow-up dose too soon. The rest of the calls were reporting children, generally older ones, purposely taking more medication than had been prescribed to them. Some of these calls were related to attempted...

What you can learn from a marshmallow!

- It will change your life!

 

MarshmallwIt's an age old dilemma; we stare at a plate of chocolate chip cookies after eating just one. We know well that's all we should eat, but the impulse kicks in and we have another. And another. Science tells us how this lack of control will affect us long-term, and it's not just about your waistline.

Impulsive behaviors are often associated with children and adults with autism or ADHD. At times, they lack self-control. Impulsiveness is simply acting without forethought. There is no cause-and-effect rationale with impulsivity; in most instances, this population does not understand the consequences of their impulsive behaviors. The importance of developing self-control or self-regulation has been studied for more than 50 years.

In the late 1960s, psychologist Walter Mischel from Stanford University did an experiment on delayed gratification the ability...

Get outside, play, and improve symptoms of ADHD

 

ResearchRunning shows that playing outdoors reduces ADHD symptoms and summer is a great time to get your kids outside. Here are some ideas to give your children structured outdoor exercise (while having fun!):

  1. When playing with their friends, make sure they have access to jump ropes, hula hoops, roller skates, basketballs, etc.
  2. Sign them up for an outdoor sport like swimming, tennis, or soccer.
  3. Go hiking or kayaking as a family
  4. Put together a bike or running race with their friends. Give out prizes for motivation.
  5. Sign them up for a summer camp which involves obstacle courses, sports, and hiking.

Keep track of how your children respond to these activities, what they enjoy, and how you might be able to improve them. Ask your child to use a rating system and discuss what they did and did not like about each activity.  Discovering their interests may lead to...

How to get to sleep faster and quiet the ADHD mind

Sleeping WomanEstablishing sleep routines and sticking to the schedule can be tough. Then you have the struggle of falling asleep, especially when you know you have an early morning ahead of you. ADDitude Magazine reports that about half of all children with ADHD struggle to fall asleep by the time they reach age 12. This number goes up to 70%-80% by the time they turn 30 years old. Here are the most popular tricks I found to help you fall asleep faster:

  • ·Write down all your thoughts before bedtime to help free your mind. It doesn’t have to be neat or structured, this just gives your brain a receptacle for unfinished thoughts, worries, or ideas before bedtime.
  • ·4-7-8 breathing exercise. Inhale for 4 seconds, hold your breath for 7 seconds, and exhale for 8 seconds. This helps you to relax by increasing the oxygen in your blood stream, slowing your heart rate, and releasing more...