Retirement and ADHD. Strategies to Help.

Recently ADDitude Magazine shared strategies for ADHD individuals who are retiring and trying to maintain a structured and fulfilling life. How to Retire with ADHD: Structure, Stimulation, Purpose, discusses why many people who retire spend their time in the wrong places such as online shopping, daytime TV, and restaurants. The article reveals that these activities do not lead to a life of purpose and fulfillment after retirement. Strategies that will lead to a successful and enjoyable Retirementretirement are also discussed.

Retirement can be challenging for individuals. For many years they have had the structure of a job, social connections, and a sense of purpose. Often after retirement, those things disappear which is often problematic for an individual with ADHD because they need structure as well as stimulation. The author of the article, Dr. Nadeau, states that often this leads to...

Why You Should Have Green Tea & Dark Chocolate for Dessert Tonight

A healthy diet is a key component for cognitive development and improving our ability to focus. Nutritionists recommend filling our plates with fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. However, certain foods that contain antioxidants are especially helpful in managing ADHD symptoms.Green Tea

Research shows that Oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs) have specific antioxidants that improve cognitive processing, working memory, and brain function. OPCs are found in fruits, vegetables, and nuts with dark or vibrant colors. The chemical that produces these rich colors (phytochemicals) is responsible for antioxidants that protect us from disease. Interestingly, these same compounds have also been shown to change our brain wave patterns. ADDitudeMag.com reviewed a book called “Miracle Cures” by Jean Carper.  Jean Carper’s book discusses how OPCs influence brain wave activity and...

An Increase of Mental Health Issues in Children

A recent study published in JAMA Pediatrics and covered in News Medical Life Science reviewed a study regarding increased mental health issues in children.  The study states that one in seven children are affected by some type of mental health issue.

The study was conducted by researchers from the University of Michigan reviewing the 2016 National Survey of Children's Health.  The survey was taken by parents of children and adolescents between the ages of 6-18. The results showed 7.7 million children had at least one mental health condition.

The mental health conditions included:Diagnosis Child

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Eating Disorders
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorders

It was reported that the prevalence of mental health conditions in children vary from state to state:

  • In Hawaii, 7.6 percent of children are suffering from one...

The Decline of Play & The Rise in Childhood Depression & Anxiety.

Studies over the years indicate that the rates of depression and anxiety, especially among our younger generations, are Sad Girl Poor Self Image SMincreasing year after year. Today estimates reveal that high school and college students are 5 to 8 times more likely to meet the criteria for major depression and/or anxiety disorder.  Recently Dr. Gray, from Freedom to Learn, analyzed why this trend is increasing in his article published in Psychology Today, The Decline of Play and Rise in Children’s Mental Disorders.  Dr. Gray reviewed recent evidence for the sharp generational rise in young people’s depression, anxiety, and other mental disorders from a newly released study by Jean Twenge at San Diego State University.

Twenge's study provided years of results collected from the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) questionnaire used to assess a variety of mental disorders given to college...

Healthy Snacks for Your Loved Ones

Valentine’s Day is known for giving the gift of chocolate and snacks filled with sugar. We do this because we want to show our family and friends how much we love them by giving them somethingVege Heart special. Sugar does not cause ADHD. However, if your loved one has ADHD, eating excessive amounts of sugar may make their symptoms worse.

The University of South Carolina conducted a study which found that the more sugar hyperactive children consumed, the more destructive and restless they became. A study conducted at Yale University indicates that high-sugar diets may increase inattention in some children with ADHD.

Click here to see 45 healthy treats for Valentine’s Day (or any special holiday). To help your loved one maintain their focus throughout the day, you may want to consider:

  • Fruit berries
  • Hard-boiled Eggs
  • Vegetable melodies
  • Sushi with salmon
  • Cheese and...

Doctors want more exercise, less screen time for ADHD students

As reported in the Montreal Gazette, a group of doctors recently published an open letter in the Journal of Montreal warning against the overuse of medication for children with ADHD. They are now proposing a different kind of solution, more exercise and less screen time. They recommended 30-45 minutes of daily physical activity. There is now a movement to mandate 40-minutes of recess time in Quebec schools.Kids Playing

The doctors stated that studies are showing that excessive screen time can “lead to the development of symptoms of ADHD or aggravate them should they already exist. They also suggest that schools impose a ban on the use of smartphones and tablets in classrooms unless they are used for learning purposes.”

The open letter from these physicians came out after a study showed that 14.5 percent of children aged 13-17 are prescribed stimulant medication in Quebec versus 4.3 percent in the...