Adhd

ADHD Is Real (And Not A Result Of Bad Parenting)

Patricia Tomasi | Posted 09.13.2016 | Canada Parents
Patricia Tomasi

To come across a neighbour or a friend questioning the validity of ADHD today is one thing. Coming across a teacher or a principal lacking knowledge about ADHD today is concerning. But to encounter an article in a prominent publication written by a therapist treating children with ADHD being shared on social media in today's day and age from a so-called expert that dumbs down the etiology of ADHD to a child's own "internal belief system" and the "pampering and coddling" of parents is more than insulting. It's dangerous.

We Need To Adjust Our Expectations For Personalized Medicine

Nicole Letourneau | Posted 06.15.2016 | Canada Living
Nicole Letourneau

We are a long way off from identifying definitive biomarkers and personalized gene therapies are likely generations away. The hype is big, but our hope is misplaced. The science isn't there yet, and the sooner we stop putting our faith in near-miraculous breakthroughs, the sooner we can realistically survey the options at hand.

How Do You Know When You Have Adult ADHD?

Dr. Tim Bilkey | Posted 06.10.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Tim Bilkey

Often adults will describe situations where they feel less interested, perhaps a little bored, and then they become more prone to procrastination, distractibility and forgetfulness. Against this, adults can often focus much better in novel stimulating situations, and in this way ADHD may be viewed as an "engagement deficit" condition depending on the context.

3 Quick Tips For Getting Focused From A CEO With ADHD

Brian Scudamore | Posted 06.03.2016 | Canada Business
Brian Scudamore

Distractible. Energetic. Impulsive. These are some of the words often used to describe me. They're also common descriptors for well-known execs like Richard Branson, David Neeleman of Jet Blue Airways, and Ikea's Ingvar Kamprad. That's because we all have ADHD.

ADHD Deserves More Respect, Recognition And Resources

Patricia Tomasi | Posted 05.30.2016 | Canada Parents
Patricia Tomasi

As the debate rages on in Ontario over access to provincially funded Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) therapy for children with autism over the age of five, let's not forget about autism's close cousin, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

What Causes Mental Illness? It's Complicated.

Dr. Diane McIntosh | Posted 03.21.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Diane McIntosh

I tell my patients, "Mental illnesses are medical illnesses, like diabetes or heart disease." Most of them struggle to believe me because they know that many people, even people who love them, think they can just "get over" their illnesses. And they're equally as hard on themselves. So let's talk about what causes mental illness, and why that question (and answer) are pretty complicated.

Treating ADHD In Children Shouldn't Be Up For Debate

Dr. Diane McIntosh | Posted 03.11.2016 | Canada Parents
Dr. Diane McIntosh

The debate about whether it's appropriate and safe to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is the psychiatry equivalent of the childhood vaccine debate in pediatrics. In both cases, the science is abundant and clear: vaccines and ADHD treatments are safe and effective.

ADHD In Girls Looks Very Different

The Huffington Post Canada | Patricia Tomasi | Posted 02.23.2016 | Canada Parents

“Girls with ADHD are often missed and misdiagnosed right up to adulthood.”

Experts Say You Shouldn't Praise Children (But I Think The Experts Are Wrong)

Julie M Green | Posted 02.02.2016 | Canada Parents
Julie M Green

Experts say you shouldn't praise children. I'm no psychologist, but I think they're wrong. Kids absolutely need to be praised. They deserve to be celebrated -- for the right reasons. I don't beat on to my son about how smart or handsome he is (though of course I'm biased on both counts). But when I know he has done something especially challenging, I don't skimp on the praise.

ADHD Stigma Is So Prevalent, Parents Are Delaying Diagnosis

The Huffington Post Canada | Patricia Tomasi | Posted 10.27.2015 | Canada Parents

"Many think ADHD is a cop out, so it's difficult to discuss. Darius is a great kid and I wish people could look past the stigma and see him for who he is.”

ADHD Can Be a CEO's Secret Superpower

Jessica Glazer | Posted 09.13.2016 | 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 08.30.2016 | 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 08.28.2016 | 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 08.26.2016 | 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 07.15.2016 | 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.