Did you know that Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder or ADHD affects more or less 2 million people in America alone? Most of them are children. These children find it difficult to learn in school, not because of a learning disability, but because of the symptoms of the disorder disrupts them and makes it hard to learn. Consequently, their self esteem drops and it will also be hard for them even during adulthood. It is therefore important to look for ADHD solutions as early as possible so that you would be able to control the symptoms and help your child. There are a lot of ADHD solutions. In fact, several kinds of ADHD solutions can be used in conjunction with one another.
Let's face it: having a child with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder or ADHD brings in a lot of questions to your mind. Aside from asking yourself "what happened" or "is it curable, " you may also be wondering what ADHD behavioral issues will manifest in your child. What first is ADHD? Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder is characterized by three core symptoms: hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattention. It is normal for kids to display these behaviors but in children with ADHD, these persist and become age inappropriate. Children diagnosed with this disorder usually behave in a way that irritates others, without them actually intending to do so.
The deployment of soldiers to the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan is increasing the need for mental health services provided for their family members, according to a new study by researchers at RTI International, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. The study found extended U.S. Army deployments increase the occurrence of depression, anxiety, sleep disorders and other mental health diagnoses for soldiers' wives left at home. The study, published in the Jan. 14 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine, estimated the relationship between the time U.S. Army soldiers spent deployed and the use of mental health services and mental health diagnoses among their wives.
During a neuroanatomy lecture in medical school, one of our professors related his own experience of blanking out during an exam on this very topic. He related how he sat there, becoming more and more stressed, with the clock ticking as he racked his brains for answers. Stumped, he finally relaxed a little, sat back, folded his arms behind his head and simply said to himself: "So, tell me about yourself! " Only about half the class got the joke, but that's another story. But seriously, if our brains could talk to us, what do you think your brain would like to discuss? Well, I imagine it would give us some advice... namely, on how to take better care of it.
"The pervasive prescribing of psychiatric drugs to children and adolescents is one of the greatest public health crises in the history of modern medicine." states Grace E. Jackson, M.D. in her book, Drug Induced Dementia: A Perfect Crime. "We will quite likely see an epidemic of early-onset dementia in 40 to 60 year olds as these children and adolescents grow up, " Dr. Jackson adds. "Tragically, many will die prematurely a result of the physical harm caused by these drugs." These statements are cause for great concern and frustration for parents and children who cope daily with ADD/ADHD. Psychostimulants, tranquilizers, neuroleptics, antidepressants, and anti-hypertensive medications are among the drugs commonly prescribed to children, adolescents, and adults who suffer from ADD/ADHD.
In the course of a therapist's career, there are usually one or two patients whose journey doesn't just touch the heart; it remains there for life. For neurofeedback practitioner Molly Raamakers, a nine-year-old boy named "Nick" was one of those patients. When Ms. Raaymakers first met Nick, he had just moved with his mother, "Diane, " and his two siblings, from Colorado to Michigan following Diane's divorce. His mother had hoped the move would help Nick to overcome his emotional insecurity and bludgeoned self-worth. The prior years had been overwhelmingly difficult. Despite being in an open-minded and encouraging educational system in Colorado, Nick had been unable to learn well, struggling with concepts, math, writing, and friendships.