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Archive for October, 2011

Saturday, October 29th, 2011

ADHD Tip Understand mood changes…

Understand mood changes and ways to manage these. Know that your moods will change willy-nilly, independent of what’s going on in the external world. Don’t waste your time ferreting out the reason why or looking for someone to blame. Focus rather on learning to tolerate a bad mood, knowing that it will pass, and learning strategies to make it pass sooner. Changing sets, i.e., getting involved with some new activity (preferably interactive) such as a conversation with a friend or a tennis game or reading a book will often help.
Friday, October 28th, 2011

ADHD Tip Learn symbols, slogans, sayings…

Learn symbols, slogans, sayings as shorthand ways of labeling and quickly putting into perspectives slip-ups, mistakes, or mood swings. When you turn left instead of right and take your family on a 20-minute detour, it is better to be able to say, “There goes my ADD again,” than to have a 6-hour fight over your unconscious desire to sabotage the whole trip. These are not excuses. You still have to take responsibility for your actions. It is just good to know where your actions are coming from and where they’re not. 

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Are Americans More Prone to A.D.H.D.?

Dr. Hallowell was recently interview about ADHD for the New York Times online forum. To read the article,  go to:  http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2011/10/12/are-americans-more-prone-to-adhd

Friday, October 7th, 2011

ADHD Tip: Exercise vigorously and regularly.

Exercise vigorously and regularly. You should schedule this into your life and stick with it. Exercise is positively one of the best treatments for ADD. It helps work off excess energy and aggression in a positive way, it allows for noise-reduction within the mind, it stimulates the hormonal and neurochemical system in a most therapeutic way, and it soothes and calms the body. When you add all that to the well-known health benefits of exercise, you can see how important exercise is. Make it something fun so you can stick with it over the long haul, i.e., the rest of your life. 

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