Are ADHD Students Getting the Help They Need in School?

Recently the Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that over 9% of children and adolescents have been diagnosed with ADHD at some point Frustrated Studentin their life.  This is approximately 6 million children. However, this number only represents children that have been diagnosed.  There are likely more children with ADHD that are not diagnosed until adulthood. The CDC notes that the rate of ADHD diagnosis has been on the rise for many years.  

With many children being affected by ADHD, it is essential that they receive the educational support necessary to ensure their school success.

Education Weekly released an article stating "One in 5 students with significant ADHD gets no school-based help".  The survey used in the study was administered by the National Survey of the Diagnosis and Treatment of ADHD and Tourette Syndrome. The survey was completed...

Why your retirement plan should include exercise

The symptoms of ADHD affect our attention, memory, and executive functioning. These symptoms may become worse as we reach retirement age. Scientists are still researching exactly what brain changes cause executive function to decline in old age.  However, studies do indicate that consistent Senior Exerciseexercise can help us delay this decline.

A recent report by Medical News Today reviews a collection of research that shows exactly how much exercise is needed to improve executive function in seniors. Executive functions allow us to stay organized, finish tasks, prioritize tasks, and control our behavior and attention. The results showed that moderate exercise such as walking is acceptable, however, it must be done consistently every week and done on a long-term basis.

Seniors, over the age of 73, who did aerobic exercise for an average of 52 hours over the course of six months saw...

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...

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...

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...

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...