Less Than 2 Hours of Screen Time Recommended For Your Child

Research results recently reviewed in The Sun, looked at the effects of screen time and how it related specifically to an increase of ADHD in children. It seems as technology usage increases, so do associated negative effects. The published research confirms this view. 

The study reports that children who spend more than two hours a day in front of a screen are almost eight times more likely to be severely hyperactive. This study interviewed over 2,400 Boy Couch Potato Chips Holding Remote SMparents regarding their five-year-old's behavior as it related to the use of mobile phones, TVs, computers, and tablets. It was found that children spent an average of 1 hour and 24 minutes on screen time daily.  13.7% of these children exceeded two hours of screen time per day. The study found that the children who had more than 2 hours of screen time were 7.7 times more likely to have attention-deficit/hyperactivity...

Why Your Child Should Have More Play Time

Many parents want to know if they can prevent their children from developing ADHD or are they born with a predisposal to the diagnosis. Researchers have not found a concrete answer but more evidence has become available which tells us how we might be able to prevent or curb ADHD symptoms. Youth 2436343 640

A new study from the University of Alberta states that too much screen time before the age of 5 may cause ADHD. They found that children who had more than 2 hours of screen time per day were seven times more likely to meet the criteria for ADHD. Children who had 30 minutes or less screen time each day had better attention and fewer behavior issues. The research team admits that they need to take a closer look at the quality of screen time and whether the time of day changes the outcome. They also found that children who had more structured physical activity each week were less likely to...

ADHD Diagnosis on the Rise

Diagnosis of Pediatric attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD) is on the rise. Currently, diagnosis is up 31% from 2010 to 2017 among Americans age 2 to 18 years old. This information is from a study conducted by Blue Cross Blue Shield Association reported recently in an Diagnosisarticle published by ADDitude Magazine.

This study was completed over eight years and found that age, gender, and geography influenced the likelihood of an ADHD diagnosis. The highest rate of diagnosis included 9% who were middle school students and boys were twice as likely as girls to be diagnosed. Unfortunately, girls are often undiagnosed because they do not have the behavioral competent that boys often exhibit.  This means they are often overlooked or classified as "just a daydreamer". To learn more about Why ADHD is Often Overlooked in Girls, visit our website blog post on this topic. Additional...

Top 5 Beverages to Keep You Hydrated & Focused

Staying hydrated throughout the day has been shown to help students maintain peak performance at school. Research, conducted at King’s College in London, found that prolonged dehydration caused a decline in performance in adolescents. These were children without ADHD.  Therefore, if a student has an ADHD diagnosis, it may be even more difficult for them to push through the afternoon slump if they are dehydrated.

The following list includes our top 5 beverage picks that are best for hydration and good health:Drinking Water

Milk

A study in 2016 reviewed scientific evidence available on how dairy products (excluding butter) affect human health. The analysis determined that milk is beneficial to our nutritional needs and may prevent some chronic diseases. They also found that it can reduce the likelihood of childhood obesity. Plant-based non-dairy products need further research on humans to...

Why your ADHD Teen Should Be Getting More Sleep.

Teenagers have a lot working against them when it comes to getting enough sleep. They often have after-school activities, heavy loads of homework, and addiction to catching up on social media before bedtime. Teens with ADHD are also struggling with executive function.  This can make it difficult to get homework done and manage time.Teen Sleeping 2

A new study, conducted by the American Physiological Society, reported that the teens who got less sleep in their study showed significant deficits in executive function. The volunteers in this trial were asked to restrict their sleep to 6 ½ hours per night for a full week.  They then extended their sleep up to 9 ½ hours per night for a week. The subjects were tested after each week to determine how the shift in their sleep schedule affected their executive function. This is the first study to display how sleep affects executive function in teens...

When Adult ADHD Affects Your Career

Adult ADHD diagnosis is on the rise.  The symptoms of adult ADHD can have a huge impact on our lives - especially at work.

Regardless of a diagnosis, attention difficulties can negatively affect an adult’s relationships, personal life, and career. Mental Health Frustrated Woman WorkNet discusses that adults with ADHD often experience difficulties in the workplace that include:

  • Concentration
  • Task Completion
  • Struggle with rigid authority
  • Have difficulties controlling emotions
  • Quit or change jobs often because of boredom

Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA) looked at a study specifically regarding, Impacts of ADHD at Work. Data were reviewed from US-based studies on ADHD published between January 1990 and June 2011. During this time, it was found that "Overall national annual incremental costs of ADHD ranged from $143 billion to $266 billion. Most of these costs...