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Saturday, April 27th, 2019

ADHD Advice for Middle Schoolers

In S3 Mini 29, Dr. Hallowell offers up tips for helping your  6th, 7th and 8th graders manage their ADHD so they can thrive during these critical years.

If you just found out that your child has ADHD, learn more HERE.

Thursday, April 4th, 2019

ADHD and Addiction

Of the many masks that ADHD wears, substance abuse is one of the most difficult to see behind because the substance abuse itself causes such problems. When someone is alcoholic, abusing opiates, or vaping, we often become so preoccupied with the problems the drug use creates that we fail to consider what purpose the drug must be servicing for the user. ADHD is one of the underlying causes of substance abuse that is particularly important to look for, because it can be treated.

For those addicts who do in fact have ADHD, it is essential that the ADHD be treated as well as the addiction. By treating the ADHD one reduces the likelihood that the individual will go back to abusing the original drug.

Those with ADHD are 5 to 10 times more likely to develop an addiction to a chemical substance or to an activity, or both. In Distraction S3 Ep 28,  ADHD coach and advanced practice nurse, Kristin Seymour, joins me to discuss the very real issue of ADHD and addiction in young people. Kristin specializes in treating adolescent boys and has seen firsthand the devastating consequences that vaping, opioids and other substances can have on young lives.

LISTEN NOW  to my podcast with Kristin and learn more about ADHD and addiction, the harmful effects of juuling and the advice you should stress to your kids about pills.

Statistically only 10% of people with addictions, get help. That means 90% of addicts don’t seek treatment. If you or someone you know are struggling with addiction, I encourage you to seek help for yourself or the person you know now.

Learn more about ADHD treatment HERE

Learn more about getting help for addiction at the:

National Institute on Drug Abuse

National Drug Helpline

This episode is sponsored by Landmark College, the college of choice for students who learn differently. Learn more HERE.

Saturday, March 2nd, 2019

ADHD Diagnoses on the rise!

Why have ADHD diagnoses in the U.S. gone from 6.1% in 1997 to 10.2% in 2016?  Is that a good thing or bad thing?

In Distraction, S3 Mini 23, Dr. Hallowell shares his thoughts on why more U.S. kids aged 4 to 17 are being diagnosed with ADHD, and what that increase really means.  LISTEN NOW!

What you should know about getting an ADHD Diagnosis and the   Treatment of ADHD 

 Make sure you consult with a well-trained specialistThe doctors who have the most training in ADHD are child psychiatrists. If you are an adult, be aware that all child psychiatrists also are trained in adult psychiatry. Ask the person you see if he or she has extensive experience in working with patients in your age group. It is imperative that you consult with a professional who has extensive experience. If you can’t find such a person, start by calling the department of psychiatry at the medical school nearest to you.

The diagnosis rests upon a careful history taken from the identified patient as well as at least one other person, such as parent, spouse, sibling, or close friend, as well as, if possible, teacher comments.

You should develop a comfortably connected relationship with the person diagnosing and treating you so that you can turn to him or her with trust whenever the need arises.

The history may be supplemented by neuropsychological testing. This is paper-and-pencil testing that includes puzzles and games. It’s actually often fun to take these tests. They are not diagnostic of ADHD, but they add valuable information.

Treatment begins with education. The patient and concerned others need to learn what ADHD is, and what it is not. A diagnosis of the mind, like ADHD, must be fully understood if it is to be mastered and made good use of. At its best, ADHD can become an asset, rather than a liability, in a person’s life. But, for this to happen, the person has to develop a deep appreciation for how ADHD works within him or her. To understand ADHD, a person could begin with one of my books, like Delivered From Distraction, or with some other book on the topic. Just be sure you read a book by a highly qualified expert who writes clearly and well.

Treatment proceeds with a re-structuring of one’s life. Usually, disorganization is a leading problem in the life of the person who has ADHD. Often an organizational coach can help enormously in developing new habits of organization and time management.

Treatment should also include physical exercise, at least 4 times per week. Dr. John Ratey’s work and his book, Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, notes that physical exercise is one of the best treatments we have for ADHD.

Proper nutrition plays an important role in the treatment of ADHD in all ages. The key simply is to eat well, avoid junk food and sugar, eat whole foods, and don’t self-medicate with carbs, as many people with ADHD are tempted to do.

If you think you might have ADHD, CLICK HERE to learn what the Hallowell Centers can do for you.

Thursday, December 27th, 2018

Resolutions Are Out. Gratitude Is In!

Instead of making New Year’s Resolutions this year, why not focus on what you’re grateful for in 2018?

Listen to Distraction S3 Mini 16 to learn why Dr. Hallowell promotes preserving and nourishing what you’re grateful for instead of making resolutions for the new year.

Happy New Year!

Friday, December 21st, 2018

Give the Gift of Love!

As December 25th approaches, I can’t help but reflect on warm memories from holidays long gone, and encourage you to reach out to those around you regardless of whether or not they celebrate Christmas. It’s a time when everyone can give love!

Listen to S3 Mini Episode 15 and join  me as I reminisce about my favorite holiday and what the season is about. I hope you’ll be inspired to give the greatest gift, which is the gift of connection, the gift of LOVE. 

Wishing you a wonderful, safe and happy holiday filled with love and joy.

Wednesday, December 19th, 2018

Parenting a Child with ADD?

 Parenting a child with ADD / ADHD or another learning difference?

Dr. Hallowell talks to Dr. Sharon Saline about what it takes to help your child succeed every day with ADHD, Dyslexia and other co-existing “disabilities.” Listen to Distraction S3 Ep 15 and learn her key components to help parents to raise empowered and confident children with ADHD. This is a powerful episode with insights for the entire family.

To learn more about parenting your ADHD child, click here. 

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