mind·ful·ness

mind·ful·ness

ˈmīn(d)f(ə)lnəs/

noun

1.

the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.

2.

a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.

There has been a lot of discussion on how mindfulness can help the ADHD mind focus and concentrate.  The very definition of mindfulness being a mental state achieved by one's ability to focus on ONLY the present moment, is the direct opposite of the ADHD state of mind.  The ADHD mind is defined as an on-going pattern of inattention.  

So if being in the now is so important, how can you get there?   

There are several strategies and apps to assist you with this.  One simple strategy recommend by Practicing Mindfulness is a called...

What causes ADHD?

Working Memory AdhdNo one knows what causes ADHD.  Over the last several years, searching for the cause of ADHD has been equivalent to searching for the Holy Grail.

A new study Published in Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimagingfinds "Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a collection of discrete disorders in which the brain functions in completely different ways..."

Lead author, Michael Stevens, PhD,  of the Olin Neuropsychiatry Research...

Planning For The Holidays

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ADHD Adult: Start Pre-Planning for the Holidays

 Tis the Season . . .

When we think of the holiday season, we think of merriment and cheer, but for some adults with ADHD, this is not always the case. The shopping, the wrapping, the planning – all require organization, which can be a challenge to adults with or without ADHD.

The following is a compilation of great tips to stay organized, be efficient, and simplify this “holidazed” time of the year!

“Don’t forget that you set the tone...

Tips to Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

​It is commonplace for everyone to make New Year’s resolutions, however, adults with ADHD can experience frustration by not following their list of resolutions for the following year.

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In an effort to eliminate that frustration and improve the likelihood of keeping your New Year’s resolutions, follow a simple process throughout the year.
 
Although New Year's resolutions are often life changing, start with a simple task such as cleaning out a closet, taking a ten minute walk each...

Adult-Onset ADHD is it a thing?

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Recently Psychology Today published an article that sheds light on what is known as Adult-Onset ADHD, or Late-Onset ADHD. What is interesting is that it might not be as common as we thought. If you survived childhood without having to deal with the frustration of ADHD, then the inattentiveness or hyperactivity you are experiencing now, as an adult, are symptoms of another mental health condition or substance abuse. That's what the statistics say.

This doesn't mean that adults don't have...

Holiday Dress Rehearsal

 

Girl Smiling PeekingYou hope that all will go well on the way to grandma’s house. Things go well in the car, but as the door opens at her house, your child turns into a Tasmanian Devil! A whirling dervish of mayhem that grates on family members and causes you unneeded embarrassment and stress. Here are some tips that can help prevent your child from turning into a Tasmanian Devil.

​  Let's enjoy the holiday, and let everyone appreciate the wonderful​, talented, and creative side of your child.
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