ADHD Can Be a CEO's Secret Superpower

Jessica Glazer | Posted 09.13.2015 | Canada Business
Jessica Glazer

Bill Gates, Richard Branson, Jim Carrey, Howie Mandel -- all have ADHD. They have found ways to find complete order in their disorder. Once out of the structured school system, ADHD is not a disorder, but rather a beneficial trait in the working world. Perhaps this is why the creative CEOs we know and love today are so successful.

Children With ADHD Are Suffering Because of Lack of Awareness

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 08.31.2015 | Canada Parents
Dr. Shimi Kang

ADHD is not a recent phenomenon that you and I are witnessing for the first time, but instead it is something that has been often misunderstood, neglected, or taken too casually. It is of vital importance to understand that everyone can contribute towards spreading positive awareness about ADHD.

If You Have a Child With Special Needs, You Can't Go it Alone

Joanne Giacomini | Posted 08.28.2015 | Canada Parents
Joanne Giacomini

No kid comes with a guidebook. Kids with developmental disabilities of all kinds, both physical and neurological, are as diverse in thought, behaviour, strengths and weaknesses as their neuro-typical peers. With the added anxiety of raising very different children from what is expected, stress levels are higher, parenting is harder and divorce runs rampant among special needs parents. That is why it is so important for them to remain on the same side.

How to Support Your Teen's Mental Health While at University

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 08.26.2015 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

For parents with children away at university, it can be a giant leap of faith to step back and let their young adult children be independent, and know that they will be okay. Most young adults transition to university without difficulty and take charge of this new independent phase of their lives with motivation to do well and the skills to navigate their academic and social lives. But for some young adults, the stress of being on their own to manage the academic and social demands of university life may be a breaking point that heralds or worsens mental health issues, such as anxiety or depression.

Yoga Can Help Kids With and Without Special Needs

Julie M Green | Posted 07.15.2015 | Canada Parents
Julie M Green

Think yoga is just for stressed-out adults? Think again. The benefits of yoga can be reaped by young children, and the practice is gaining popularity with the preschool set. Not just with typically developing kids, either.

Scary Facts Many Parents Don't Know About ADHD Meds

The Huffington Post Canada | Alyson Schafer | Posted 05.06.2015 | Canada Parents

I am a therapist in private practice so I regularly have parents coming to my office saying that they have a child who has ADHD. What to do? I want to...

How To Help ADHD Kids... Without Medication

The Huffington Post Canada | Alyson Schafer | Posted 05.06.2015 | Canada Parents

Here in North America, we often think ADHD as biological. However, that is not the view elsewhere in the world nor is it supported by science. As note...

Navigating Valentine's Day When You Have ADHD

Zoe Kessler | Posted 04.15.2015 | Canada
Zoe Kessler

For many adults with ADHD, Valentine's Day can be a minefield. First, we suck at relationships. Second, we have terrible memories, so even if we're l...

What Not to Say to Those Suffering From Mental Illness

Sandra Charron | Posted 03.30.2015 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

To really nail the concept of what mental illness is and how it affects both those who live with it and those who live with us, here are a few tips to guide in what I hope will be an ever-growing trend to encourage communication and break down the stereotypes. So without further ado, here are things to refrain from saying to someone with mental illness.

8 Great Gifts for ADHD Kids

Zoe Kessler | Posted 02.07.2015 | Canada Living
Zoe Kessler

Being out in nature is good for anyone, but it's great for a lot of us ADHDers. Many of us feel markedly better in the woods, walking along the shoreline, hiking in the mountains, anywhere pretty and pristine in a natural setting. It's worth a shot to get out there with your kids at least once a week to see if this helps keep them on an even keel.

Why Learning Outside in Nature Is Good for Teachers and Students

David Suzuki | Posted 11.17.2014 | Canada
David Suzuki

Despite all the benefits for students and educators, moving classes outdoors can be daunting. Teachers cite a host of barriers, from parental concerns to lack of time, confidence and support from administration. So how can a teacher ease in (or jump right in) to teaching outside?

How Technology Helped My Dyslexic And Dysgraphic Son

Sarah Collins | Posted 10.05.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Sarah Collins

Last year, when he was in Grade 5, we both had access to iPads -- his through a gift using my brother's Save-On More points, mine through my school principal -- and we both began to explore the potential of this technology.

The Right Support For Children With Developmental Disabilities

Mitchell Parker | Posted 07.15.2014 | Canada
Mitchell Parker

There are simply not enough hours in the day for parents of children with developmental challenges to manage the complicated care needs of their sons and daughters. There are a number of ways in which "the system" can work well to support better outcomes for families dealing with developmental challenges.

Medicating Mental Illness Can Be as Necessary as Treating Cancer

Sandra Charron | Posted 06.16.2014 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

To tell someone with mental illness that treatment is not necessary in order to overcome the symptoms of the disease is about as sensitive as telling someone with a treatable cancer that surgery, chemo, and radiation won't be necessary.

Why Family-Focused Policies Are Good for Everyone

Nicole Letourneau | Posted 06.08.2014 | Canada Living
Nicole Letourneau

On every metric, children from disadvantaged homes face greater challenges to success than their more privileged peers. As a result, they do worse in school, get poorer paying jobs and suffer disproportionately from violence, addiction and mental health issues.

11 Mental Illness Myths You Hear All The Time (And Why You Shouldn't Believe Them)

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 08.12.2014 | Canada Living

You may not realize it, but you've probably already been impacted by mental illness. In Canada alone, 20 per cent of Canadians will personally experie...

How I Learned to Laugh at My ADHD

Zoe Kessler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Zoe Kessler

With my diagnosis, suddenly my life made sense. I resolved to learn everything I could about ADHD. What I learned was that women (who represent about 50 per cent of adults with the condition) are grossly under-diagnosed. We're just discovering why, but the fact that girls and women have slipped through the cracks has left a legacy of unmet potential. I should know. As a woman with a lifetime of über-disorganization, chronic lateness, serial job losses, hypersensitivities, and relationship breakdowns, I can attest to the destruction of undiagnosed ADHD.

7 Best Jobs For People With ADHD

Everyday Health | Chris Iliades | Posted 10.23.2013 | Canada Living

By Chris Iliades, Everyday Health Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is usually thought to be a disorder of childhood, but up to ...

For Once, Let's Celebrate ADD

Sylvia Forrest | Posted 10.24.2013 | Canada Living
Sylvia Forrest

ADD is constantly in the news, and the news is never good. Some of these issues are very real and very serious. However, I will not address any of them today. Instead, I would like to take this small opportunity to celebrate the very things that drive some people crazy. Let's shout a big "hurray" for the following:

Why Women are Trading Power Suits for Aprons

Nancy A. Shenker | Posted 09.14.2013 | Canada Business
Nancy A. Shenker

I recently visited the Fancy Food Show and was struck by how many women are hanging up their business suits and high heels and putting on aprons and hairnets and entering the food business -- specifically baked goods and healthy meal options.

Teaching Children About the "Ability" in Disability

Lindsey Athias | Posted 08.07.2013 | Canada Impact
Lindsey Athias

In order to embrace the ways in which others are different we have to realize the ways in which we are also the same. When it comes to teaching our children about kids with disabilities, the notions of "connectedness" and "sameness" are essential and something we must foster as a society.

The Evolution of Labelling Medical Conditions

Dr. Tim Bilkey | Posted 07.13.2013 | Canada
Dr. Tim Bilkey

The latest version of the DSM, DSM-V, will be available in the next several weeks, and we are looking forward to some important changes. When we come to the area of psychiatric medicine, sometimes the descriptive label does describe the condition fairly clearly, and sometimes not.

Youth And Mental Illness: When Stigma Kills

The Huffington Post Canada | Akihiko Tse | Posted 05.11.2013 | Canada Impact

Rachel Regula didn’t have a carefree childhood. At age five, she switched kindergarten classes because of the persistent bullying she faced. ...

If Your Child Has ADHD You Could Qualify for a Tax Credit

Dr. Kenny Handelman | Posted 06.19.2013 | Canada Living
Dr. Kenny Handelman

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has a provision for individuals living with a disability to claim a disability tax credit. While this has been in place for a long time, it was just a few years ago that individuals with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD) were allowed to claim the tax credit, if they meet the criteria as set out by CRA.

How Food Can Affect Your Child's ADHD

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 02.12.2013 | Canada Living

By Wyatt Myers; Medically reviewed by Pat F. Bass III, MD, MPH For years, doctors have speculated that certain foods may play a role in ADHD. A...