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 Center,  states "The finding is a departure from views of ADHD as a single disorder with small variations –– and may lead clinicians to rethink a one-size-fits-all approach to assessment and care."

Your personal executive function coaches at Play Attention understand there's no single answer and no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to ADHD and your needs. So, we provide the most...

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 morning, or organizing your important papers.
 
Make a list of your resolutions and each day keep notes under each item. Reflect on the event and memorialize your activity which relates to a success.  As you progress, you will be able to visualize that you can achieve your goal! 
 
Avoidance and excuses are your enemies. Excuses such as, I must go shopping, it’s raining outside...

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 ADHD, or even that Late-Onset ADHD can't happen. "People can present later in life with ADHD symptoms that, upon more careful examination, had been present all along. However, this study suggests that “pure” adolescent or adult-onset ADHD may be much less common than the raw numbers suggest."

"The notion of a widespread adult-onset ADHD epidemic falls apart when you have access to detailed...

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.

1. Schedule, schedule, schedule. You and your child can sit together in a quiet place and draw a timeline with pictures. Start with a drawing of your car at your house with the time you’ll be leaving placed just below the car. Mark a point on the timeline where snacks will be eaten, where you’ll stop for lunch, take a restroom break, etc. Encourage your child to document your trip on the timeline...

Why we can be Thankful for ADHD

Thanksgiving Dinner IllustrationThis week is a time for giving thanks.  It is often easy to be thankful for the obvious - our family, good health, friends, roof over our heads and food on the table.  
 
However, what about the less obvious?  What about our ADHD?  It is easy to mention the negatives but there are lots of positives.  These are just a few of the positive ADHD traits we should be thankful for:
 
ADHD people are often...
 
1. Creative - always thinking outside the box
2. Able to hyperfocus when that spark is lit
3. Generous 
4. Funny
5. Resilient
6. Ingenious 
7. Spontaneous 
8. Able to provide us with a different perspective
9. Energetic
10. Accepting of others
 
Please add to our list and give thanks for all of the truly special and unique people in your life.

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 for your home. Pace yourself and take well-deserved breaks!

Holiday Traditions

Create family memories by first holding a family meeting to discuss each person’s favorite traditions. It’s what you do, not what you buy, that’s important, so don’t overlook small but significant family rituals. This list might include:

  • Buy one new ornament for the tree
  • Keep favorite holiday music going in...