Sunday, April 30, 2017

How to Survive a Dysfunctional Family

How to Survive a Dysfunctional Family

hey all have mentally disturbed parents, one of them serving as the “mentally disturbed parent-in-chief,” and the other, if there is another, serving as the “enabler of the disturbed parent-in-chief.” Sometimes one finds a folie a deux, in which two parents share a psychosis.
These parents then become casting directors and create the roles each child in the family will play. One child, normally the oldest, plays the role of the savant. Others play varying roles that share a common denominator: they all have an accepted place in the family. The final role is the designated scapegoat who must take on most of the family’s anger and is viewed as not really belonging to the family and is therefore an outcast.
The “accepted” siblings are given permission by the mentally disturbed parents to treat the scapegoat any way they want. Scapegoats are demonized by the parents and therefore characterized as children who deserve whatever treatment they get. The siblings are glad to have someone over whom they can feel superior and on whom they can displace the anger that their parents have unconsciously contaminated them with. Nobody in a dysfunctional family emerges undamaged, but the buck stops with the scapegoat, so he or she is the most damaged.
It is hard to survive a dysfunctional family because these parents brainwash their children into regarding them as good parents, and they usually train the oldest children to praise them and stand up for them if one of the other children expresses criticism or anger. Each member of the family’s role is repeatedly described, so that by the time a child reaches adulthood his or her habits, attitudes, and feelings have been so well-practiced that they seem normal. Thus it seems completely normal for an older child to mock, kick, insult and in general treat the scapegoat like an inferior.
Over and over, a child is told who he is and what he believes. After a while, he or she believes that he is actually the person he has been cast to be, and no longer bothers to try to find any real self. This is especially true of the members of the family who have the better roles, such as the one who plays the savant. R. D. Laing, the British psychiatrist, compared this to hypnosis and noted, “How much of what we ordinarily feel is what we have been hypnotized to feel? How much of who we are is what he have been hypnotized to be?”*
The scapegoat is the most likely to wake up from the spell, because his or her role is the most repugnant. However, Laing warns, “If anyone in a family begins to realize he is a shadow of a puppet, he will be wise to exercise the greatest precaution as to whom he imparts this information to.” If the scapegoat, for example, exclaims to any members of the family, and especially to the parents, “This is crazy! This family is crazy!”—the scapegoat will be severely punished. Nobody must ever, ever cast doubt on the family mythology.
This is why families often feel threatened when one of their members goes into therapy. They fear that the family mythologies, which have been so well rehearsed for so many years, will fall like a row of dominoes, one after another. The fear is unfounded. Even when the scapegoat or other siblings with lesser roles in the family wake up and begin to tell it like it is, they are treated as if they are the crazy ones and sometimes are even admitted into mental hospitals in order to calm them down and bring them “back to sanity” (that is, back to a place of loyalty to the family’s mythology).
Indeed waking up and individuating from such dysfunctional families is a lengthy and arduous ordeal. In order to find one’s sanity after having been hypnotized and brainwashed for years, one must first of all have help—either from friends who have made this journey or from a professional who can hold your mind as you utter what seem like profane notions and cry out seemingly traitorous memories about the family abuse. The scapegoats in such family have had their egos crushed and it is extremely difficult for them to assert themselves or think for themselves.
The family and its remaining members (that is, most of the family) will ostracize, mock, belittle, degrade and in other ways punish the one or ones who break away and will try to make the breakaways feel like traitors. They will do anything and everything to prevent such a breakaway, for again it threatens the sanctity of the family and the very identity of those in the family.
The dysfunctional family will never let up and will never leave those who wake up in peace. Eventually, therefore, those who wake up will often need to make a complete break from the dysfunctional family, and even then the dysfunctional family will try in every way to interfere in this complete break or, in fact, initiate it. They will often be rude and abusive to those who break away, so that the dysfunctional family can think it was its idea to send the traitors away.
Therefore the breakaways must often do years of ego building through psychotherapy or another means. They will need to learn to believe in their true selves, as opposed to the selves they were hypnotized to believe the are. They will require years of practice relating in a different way.
Eventually, those members who have awoken will need to fight back. The best way of fighting back is to no longer react to the mocking, belittling, condescending and demonizing of the dysfunctional family. The best revenge is, as they say, living a good life. The breakaways eventually understand and ignore the dysfunctional family, even if a member of the dysfunctional family falls to the ground in front of them and feigns a heart attack, exclaiming, ‘You’re killing me!” It is then they can find peace.
The scapegoat can learn to stop playing their designated role in their adult life, but it won’t be easy. Each new situation in his or her life will arouse the scapegoat response that has been conditioned in them throughout their childhood. It will take years of practice, but eventually the scapegoat can discover who he or she really is, and can begin living a life that reflects their own aspirations rather than their parents’ frustrations.
Laing, R. D., (1969), The Politics of the Family, Harmondsworth, England: Penguin Books.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

ADHD Camps and schools 2017 guide

ADHD Camps and schools 2017  guide 

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

ADHD Kids Camp Guide

Every parent wants his child to have an amazing summer kids camp experience. When your child has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, success at camp often depends on factors that go beyond what watersports are available and the particulars of the arts and crafts curriculum.
You want a kids camp that offers continuity of your child's ADHD treatment and the right environment for managing ADHD symptoms. Kids with ADHD often have a harder time making friends at camp or participating in traditional camp activities, like competitive sports.
But at the same time, the right summer camp can be an asset for children with ADHD because it gives them a variety of experiences and a chance to learn valuable personal and social skills.
"Summer camp provides the child the opportunity for some level of independence with supervision," says ADHD expert Sam Goldstein, MD, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Attention Disorders.
Summer camp is one more way to help children with ADHD learn to manage their own lives and relationships successfully. As a bonus, Dr. Goldstein observes that children and teens who go to camp usually participate in a diversity of activities rather than becoming enmeshed in one singular activity, usually something on the computer."

Choosing the Right Kids Camp
At first, the endless list of summer kids camps might just seem overwhelming to parents trying to choose wisely. And as tempting as it could be to narrow your search to camps that specialize in ADHD, Goldstein advises proceeding with caution before you do so.
"I ask parents how their children function in groups during the school year, such as church, scouts, or at school," says Goldstein.If the child functions adequately, then I suggest just a general day or sleepaway camp rather sending them to specialized camp with children who may be more severe and with services that their child may not require."
As you investigate camps, keep these tips and guidelines in mind:

  • Look for a variety of outdoor activities.Very helpful for everybody, but particularly kids with ADHD is to be out of doors. That's what camp is - there's nothing between you and nature other than the walls of your cabin," says Vicki Hand, a Toronto resident whose son attended Camp Kirk in Ontario, Canada, a sleepaway camp that specializes in children with ADHD and/or learning disabilities. At the same time, she says you shouldn't get stuck on specific amenities. Camp Kirk, for example, has a large swimming pool but not a lake, and parents whose vision of kids camp includes a lake could miss out on a good option for their child.
  • Get your child's wish list. Talk to your child about what he is hoping for so that you can make the best match. Sending your budding artist to a sports-themed camp could backfire for reasons other than ADHD. Older children and teens can have more input into the type of kids camp they attend. Once Hand's son was too old for Camp Kirk (which accepts children between 6 and 13), he opted for more educational summer programs.

  • Get philosophical. It's a good idea to find out about a camp's philosophy to see if it matches yours. Henri Audet, camp director for Camp Kirk, says that children with ADHD are often stressed about how they measure up to peers and siblings, so his camp's philosophy is one that focuses on having fun while doing your best, but without competing against others. On the other hand, if you want your child to have a good time with competitive sports, you might want a camp like the NYU Child Study Center's summer camp, which specifically teaches children with ADHD how to play three of the most popular team sports.Unfortunately a lot of these children, because of their ADHD symptoms, have not been very successful on team sports," says camp director Karen Fleiss, PsyD. But, she says, with fun and dedicated education about rules and good sportsmanship, they often go back to their home teams with renewed excitement.
  • ind out about food choices.Food can be a big issue for children with ADHD because ADHD treatments may interfere with their appetite, leaving them hungry at awkward times or inclined to snack during the day. Ask if healthy snacks will be available throughout the day or if you can pack more snacks for day campers, and whether your child will have access to more substantial fare if he gets hungry after dinner.

    • Get the facts on returning children. A camp that is successful in its programming will have a fairly high rate of returning campers.
    • Discuss your child's medical needs.If your child is taking medication you should certainly provide all needed information so that the camp can administer the medication if necessary," says Goldstein. If your child is going to a day camp and has his ADHD symptoms reasonably controlled by daily medications, you might be able to skip this step although Fleiss emphasizes that it is helpful for staff to know about medication issues in case your child needs emergency medical care or skips a dose and behaves differently that day. Be prepared to coordinate between a specialized kids camp and your medical team if there are more complicated ADHD treatment concerns.
    Audet notes that parents and even physicians occasionally want to take a child off ADHD medications for summer camp. However, he says, if they need ADHD treatment to succeed in school, they should probably have it at camp as well. Even though camp is fun and different, navigating through the day (and night) at a residential camp can be stressful - this isn't the right time to stop managing ADHD symptoms.
    Make sure you follow the camp's instructions related to providing medications for your child. This step is especially important if you are sending your child to a kids camp that is not dedicated to ADHD children. In this instance, says Fleiss, talk to administrators beforehand about your child's ADHD treatment and introduce your child in advance to his counselor and others at the camp.Your child needs to have someone he can go to," 

  • Ask about socialization. Many children with ADHD have a hard time making close friends. They can be outgoing and funny, but at the same time, their ADHD symptoms can prevent lasting friendships from developing. If this is a concern, find out how the camp supports friendships. A therapeutic camp, like the one at NYU, may actually dedicate staff time and energy specifically to helping children understand when to talk and when to listen, how to read emotions, and how to be a good friend. Ask staff members of camps you're considering how they handle cliques, conflicts, bullying, friendships, and the tendency for some children (especially those who tend to be inattentive) to end up sitting on the sidelines of activities.
she says. With a little upfront work, including letting camp staff know about your child's particular challenges and how to handle them, children with ADHD should be able to have a pleasant time in any kids camp.
  • Ask about staff size. Find out about the staff-to-child ratio. Some specialized camps offer close to a one-to-one ratio (although staff will still have to move around during the day).A good staff-to-child ratio is one staff member to two children. One-to-three is acceptable, but more than that would be hard," says Fleiss.
You should also ask about staff training with respect to managing ADHD symptoms. Specialized camps should require several weeks of training for staff to manage behavioral concerns.

  • Go over any specific behavioral concerns. For example, if you know your child has a problem coping with the frustration of not performing as well as his peers, ask how this is handled.If you have had a particularly difficult time with your child, you might want to run this by camp staff to see how they would handle that situation," says Hand.
Hand offers this final piece of advice for parents who are sending their children to camp: Let them have their experiences - whatever they might be - on their own. Parents of special needs children often find that their child is the focus of their lives, but you should resist the urge to yank them out of camp at the first sign of homesickness or difficulty, although it is a good idea to be available if staff members want to ask your advice on your child's needs. Staffers are (ideally) trained and experienced in getting kids through the tough spots.
"There's a time in their lives where kids need to just be themselves," says Audet, who makes a point of encouraging all his campers to be as different as they are and to enjoy being different.They need to enjoy being a kid, screw up, get into a fight, and resolve it. It's part of growing up."

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Study Finds a Possible Biological Reason for Health Benefits From Marriage

Study Finds a Possible Biological Reason for Health Benefits From Marriage

Results from a recent study suggest that one reason married couples may be healthier than their single counterparts (be they divorced, widowed, or never-married) is that married people have lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol. The study, funded in part by NCCIH and conducted by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, was published in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology.
Cortisol is a key component of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA axis) and of the biological response to stress. Generally, a person’s level of cortisol rises quickly after awakening, and falls as the day goes on. Lower levels of cortisol, and a steeper negative slope pattern when it drops, are both associated with better health. In contrast, higher levels of cortisol and flatter slopes are associated with numerous health problems, from heart disease to metabolic syndrome to shorter cancer survival times.
In this study, the investigators examined cortisol levels, and slopes of drop, in 572 healthy adults in three marital-status groups: currently married (or in a marriage-type relationship), never married, or previously married. The team theorized that the married group would show lower cortisol levels and steeper drops than the other two groups. All participants were adults in excellent health, aged 21 to 55, and living in greater Pittsburgh. Samples of saliva, which contains cortisol, were collected at multiple times during waking hours on three nonconsecutive days.
After analyzing and adjusting their data (including for some personality characteristics), the researchers found that the married group had lower levels of cortisol than the other two groups. The married group also showed a faster drop in cortisol levels through the afternoon hours, but only when compared to the never-married group (i.e., the differences between the married and previously-married groups were negligible). All groups had started with similar cortisol levels early in the day.
Overall, the authors found more evidence that cortisol appears to play a role in the relationship between marital status and health, and some support for the concept that marriage helps buffer people against daily stresses. Their findings also fit with earlier evidence that people who undergo persistent threats to their social well-being (such as loss or shame) tend toward higher cortisol levels in the afternoon.
The researchers also noted some important limitations to their findings—e.g., the relationship between cortisol and marital status showed correlation but not necessarily cause-and-effect, and the results were not generalizable to other populations such as people over age 55 or not healthy. In addition, there could be other reasons for marriage’s apparent health benefits, such as certain lifestyle factors. According to some theories, unmarried people have particular psychological stresses and less access to interpersonal support against stress.


  • Chin B, Murphy ML, Janicki-Deverts D, et al. Marital status as a predictor of diurnal salivary cortisol levels and slopes in a community sample of healthy adults. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2017;(78):68–75.

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

The Couple's Guide to Thriving with ADHD

2015 Benjamin Frankling Silver Award-Winner for best psychology book, 2015 from IBPA (Independent Book Publishers Association).
Best Psychology Book of 2014, Foreword Reviews, IndieFab winner

Calm the emotional Hot Spots in your relationship...

Even as they work to improve their relationship, couples impacted by ADHD experience difficult emotions they would prefer to avoid.  This book, winner of three awards, is based in the stories shared with Melissa and co-author, Nancie Kohlenberger, over the last seven years, is about calming those emotions.
In ‘Thrive’ we show you how to take a relationship that is more challenging than you would like it to be, and make it a lot better.  We share scientifically-researched techniques that can help you replace emotions such as ambivalence, frustration, and anger with feelings of love, compassion and joy.  We provide ADHD relationship-specific advice, designed to help you thrive together as a couple.

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Can you virtually improve your knee pain?

Can you virtually improve your knee pain?

Robert H. Shmerling, MDFaculty Editor, Harvard Health Publications

If you’ve ever had significant or persistent knee pain, you know it can be a major problem. Climbing stairs or just walking around can be agony, and trying to exercise on a bad knee can be impossible.
For people with severe osteoarthritis of the knee — the type most closely linked with aging or prior injury — knee pain may be unrelenting and often worsens over time, causing disability and reduced quality of life. Osteoarthritis is also expensive: we spend billions of dollars taking care of this condition each year in the U.S. The prevalence of osteoarthritis and the costs of caring for it are rising due to our aging population and rising rates of obesity (which is a major risk factor for osteoarthritis).
While exercise, loss of excess weight, and medications can help, they tend to be only modestly effective and temporary at best. That’s why an estimated 700,000 knee replacements are performed each year in the United States. Though there are risks associated with any surgery and it’s not 100% effective, knee replacement surgery is the most reliably effective treatment for severe osteoarthritis of the knee.

A new study, a new approach

recent study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine takes a unique approach to the treatment of people with osteoarthritis of the knee.
Researchers divided 148 people with osteoarthritis of the knee into two groups: one group was encouraged to access standard educational material from the web regarding osteoarthritis. This included information about medications, diet, physical activity, and exercises from the research website. The other group not only had access to these same materials, but also received:
  • an interactive web-based program about how to cope with pain, with eight weekly sessions lasting 35-45 minutes in which participants learned relaxation techniques, how to balance rest and activity, ways to distract one’s attention from pain, and other strategies
  • seven Skype-based sessions over three months with an experienced physical therapist. Each session lasted 30 to 45 minutes and covered home exercises to strengthen lower limb muscles. In addition to video presentations, each participant received free resistance bands, ankle weights, and a pedometer.
  • email reminders that regularly encouraged participants to take full advantage of these interventions.
The study found that after the three-month period was completed, those receiving the additional pain management and physical therapy care through the internet-based programs reported significantly less pain and better function than those receiving only the standard information. And the improvement continued for at least six months after the program ended.
As is true for all studies, this one had limitations. For example, it included patients who self-reported their diagnosis. That means that some of the study participants’ knee pain could have been due to something other than osteoarthritis. And all the patients had access to the internet and the ability to use it; the result might not apply to less educated individuals or those without regular online experience. And it’s possible that the improvement noted by those receiving online pain management teaching and online physical therapy was due to the placebo effect; after all, this group had much more attention and interpersonal interaction than the standard education group. Of course, if an intervention is reliably effective, safe, and inexpensive, it may not matter much if it’s due to the placebo effect.

What’s the big deal?

While none of the interventions in this study was particularly novel, delivering them via the internet is. Increasingly, telehealth — providing medical care from a distance through telecommunications technology — is becoming more common. And in many settings, it’s already routine. A physician can talk to a patient thousands of miles away and examine certain parts of the body (such as the skin) and take good care of a patient who might otherwise be unable to get care at all. The ECG of a patient in an ambulance can be digitally transmitted to a cardiologist well before the patient arrives in the emergency room, allowing treatment advice from a specialist much sooner than in the past. Similarly, an x-ray, CT scan, or MRI can be read by a radiologist far from where the images were obtained.

What’s next?

While this study is encouraging, we still need better treatments for osteoarthritis. After all, online education, pain management modules, and physical therapy may help, but they are unlikely to prevent the need for knee surgery if the arthritis is severe.
But the results suggesting that telehealth may be able to improve the well-being of people with osteoarthritis of the knee is only the latest example of what is likely to be the widespread application of this approach to care. Considering the millions of people worldwide who lack access to basic as well as specialized medical care, the potential for telehealth to bridge this gap is enormous.
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Friday, April 21, 2017

Methylphenidate Titrated to Achieve Remission of Adult ADHD

   |   Kenneth Bender

A placebo-controlled trial with extended release methylphenidate used individualized dosage titration to achieve remission of symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in almost 50% of treated adults.   The protocol differed from several that have investigated the efficacy of osmotic-release oral system (OROS) methylphenidate (Concerta/Janssen) in adults, by not assigning subjects to specific dosage or titrating to a partial reduction of symptoms.   According to lead author David Goodman, MD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, "By design, these studies did not explore the possibility that allowing additional OROS methylphenidate dose adjustment(s) might produce further improvement, remission of symptoms, or better tolerability.”   The current trial randomized 357 adults diagnosed with ADHD to receive six weeks of placebo or OROS methylphenidate, titrated as tolerated for symptom remission or reduction. The baseline symptom severity for inclusion in the study was a rating of 24 or higher on the adult ADHD Investigator Symptom Rating Scale (AISRS), and those who were admitted to the study had a mean rating of 37.8.   Dosage was initiated at 18mg per day, and could be increased at each of the next three weekly visits to 36, 54, or a maximum of 72mg until subjects achieved an AISRS score of 18 or less, corresponding to remission, or reached a limit of tolerability. Goodman and colleagues noted that the AISRS scores range from 0 to 54, and a score of 18 or less was consistent with that found in adults who do not have an ADHD diagnosis.   A total of 141 subjects in the active treatment group and 138 in the placebo group completed the six-week study period. In the active treatment group, 13.6% remained on 18mg, 23.1% increased to 36mg, 24.3% to 54mg, and 39.1% to 72mg.  At end point, the active treatment group had a statistically significantly greater reduction in symptoms than those receiving placebo, with a mean reduction of 17.1 points to a mean score of 12.44 compared to 11.7-point reduction to a mean score of 13.3 with placebo.   A remission in symptoms, with an AISRS score of 18 or less, was achieved by 45% of those receiving medication, compared to 30.8% of those in the placebo group. The active agent was superior to placebo on secondary efficacy measures as well, including reduction of symptom frequency, and improved cognitive function, work productivity and quality of life.   "This improvement over time as well as the waxing and waning of symptoms and responses suggests that clinicians may consider allowing a period of time, weeks or longer, between OROS methylphenidate dosage adjustments with continuous monitoring such that the benefits of a particular dose have sufficient time to emerge," Goodman and colleagues recommended.   The controlled trial with individualized dosing of OROS methylphenidate, “Randomized, 6-Week, Placebo-Controlled Study of Treatment for Adult Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Individualized Dosing of Osmotic-Release Oral System (OROS) Methylphenidate with a Goal of Symptom Remission, was published in the January issue of the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.  

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

ADHD Alternative Treatment: What You Need to Know

ADHD Alternative Treatment: What You Need to Know

By Kate Kelly

Whether or not your child is taking ADHD medication, you may wonder what else might help reduce symptoms. Medication remains the most effective treatment for roughly 80 percent of kids with ADHD (also known as ADD). Behavior therapy can also be helpful. But there are alternative treatments you can try in addition to or instead of medication or behavior therapy.
Some of these options are backed by research as being effective to some extent. Others you may hear about aren’t. It’s important to check with your child’s doctor before starting any alternative treatment.
Learn more about these different alternative treatments and activities that may help with ADHD symptoms.

ADHD Alternative Treatments That May Be Effective

Some alternative approaches have been backed by research. Studies have shown them to be somewhat effective in relieving ADHD symptoms. These include:
Exercise: You’ve likely heard that exercise releases hormones that can improve mood. For kids with ADHD, it can also boost attention. These brain chemicals that exercises induce include dopamine, serotonin, norepinephrine, and GABA.
Kids with ADHD are often low on these brain chemicals. Your child doesn’t need a formal program to benefit—20 minutes of jumping jacks, running up and down the stairs or going for a brisk walk may help. The research found that a 30-minute exercise session improved executive function tasks like planning and prioritizing.
Going outside: When kids are doing homework or cleaning their room, they’re using their “voluntary” attention. It other words, focusing takes effort.
Kids with ADHD have a hard time sustaining attention. Spending time outside, especially in a natural setting, allows them to shift to “involuntary” attention and get a much-needed break.
This kind of attention is involved in automatic tasks. Those include things like breathing or getting out of the way of falling objects. Kids don’t have to consciously think of anything in particular. After giving their voluntary attention a break, they may be better able to complete tasks that require them to focus.
Omega supplements: Some kids with ADHD may have lower amounts of omega fatty acids in their blood. These fatty acids help neurons in the brain communicate more effectively. A lack of communication can result in ADHD-like symptoms. These include and impulsivity and trouble with focus.
Foods like fish, nuts, flaxseed and certain vegetables are high in omega fatty acids. They’re also available in supplements. Research found that kids with ADHD who took these supplements had a small improvement in their ADHD symptoms.
The supplements can have side effects, however. And not all kids with ADHD are low in omega fatty acids. Don’t give your child these supplements without talking to your child’s doctor.
Mindfulness: Mindfulness is a practice that encourages focusing on the present moment. Learning to be mindful doesn’t mean having to sit still, however—a plus for kids with ADHD. Kids learn different techniques to stay in the moment, such as deep breathing.
Learning to focus on the present helps kids let go of what’s already happened, which can reduce negative feelings. And avoiding thoughts about what’s going to happen in the future can reduce anxiety.
Changes in diet: Kids with ADHD are more likely to have allergies and food sensitivities. When kids eat food that doesn’t make them feel good, it can affect their behavior and worsen their ADHD symptoms. Some parents may try “food and nutrition therapy” to see if diet changes can help.
First, kids can get tested for allergies, which can pinpoint which foods are causing the symptoms. A child can test negative for an allergy but still have food sensitivity.
Identifying food sensitivity usually involves restricting a group of foods and gradually adding them back, one by one. It’s important to consult with your child’s doctor or a dietitian before restricting his diet.
Another strategy (which doesn’t require a doctor’s consult) is to cut out refined sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, food with dyes and other processed foods. Even if you don’t see a reduction in hyperactive behavior as a result, a healthy diet benefits everyone in the family. Read what a doctor says about ADHD and sugar.

ADHD Alternative Treatments Not Supported by Research

There are other treatments you may have heard about that haven’t been found to be effective by research. These include:
Vitamin, mineral and herbal supplements: You may hear that zinc, magnesium, iron and other kinds of supplements can improve behavior and reduce ADHD symptoms. There’s no research to support this, however. Plus, supplements aren’t regulated by the FDA. Don’t give your child any kind of supplement without consulting his doctor.
Melatonin: Kids with ADHD often have trouble falling asleep. Over-the-counter melatonin is often billed as a natural solution, and it’s not uncommon for parents to see if it might help their child wind down and fall asleep. Still, it’s important to know that OTC melatonin isn’t regulated by the FDA. And it hasn’t been found to help with insomnia.
“Train the brain” games: Proponents claim that these games improve memory, attention and other skills. But there is no research that supports this claim. Kids may get good at playing the game, but studies have consistently found no generalized improvements. That means no improvement to a child’s overall memory, attention, intelligence or other cognitive abilities. Read more on what experts say about “train the brain games” for kids with ADHD.
Chiropractic care: Some chiropractors believe that if the skull isn’t aligned correctly, it can cause uneven pressure on the brain, leading to ADHD symptoms. They claim adjustments through chiropractic care can correct this imbalance, reducing ADHD symptoms. There is no research that supports this claim.
Lavender and other scents: You may have heard that using certain scents can help with ADHD symptoms. But there’s no research that supports aromatherapy as an effective treatment for ADHD.
If you’re considering an alternative treatment, be sure to discuss it with your child’s doctor before starting. If your child was recently diagnosed with ADHD, find out what to do next. Learn about different professionals who can help you find an effective ADHD treatment plan. And discover strategies you can try at home to help your child with ADHD.
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  • If you’re considering an alternative treatment, discuss it with your child’s doctor before starting.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Top ADHD success stories

5. Beth Nielsen Chapman
Beth Nielsen Chapman is an American singer and songwriter, she lived with undiagnosed ADHD for most of her life, and she was diagnosed at the age of 56.
Beth Nielsen Chapman was born on September 14, 1958, in Harlingen, Texas as the middle child of five to a Catholic family, an American Air Force Major father and a nurse mother. While Chapman was growing up, her family moved several times and settled in Alabama in 1969. While living in Germany at age 11, Chapman started playing guitar after her mother hid a Framus guitar as a Father’s Day gift in her room. She also learned to play the piano at the same time she started playing guitar. As a child and teenager, she listened to a variety of music including Hoagy Carmichael, Tony Bennett, James Taylor and Carole King. In 1976, Chapman played with a rock and pop group called “Harmony” in Montgomery, Alabama, effectively replacing Tommy Shaw who had just left to join Styx. She played acoustic guitar and piano as well as providing vocals for the group in a locally-popular bowling alley bar called Kegler’s Kove and has returned to play in the area on an infrequent basis ever since.
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6. Channing Tatum
Channing Tatum is an American actor and dancer; he talks openly about how he suffered during his school time because of his ADHD. Tatum was born in Cullman, Alabama, the son of Kay (née Faust), an airline worker, and Glenn Tatum, who worked in construction.He has a sister named Paige. He is mostly of English ancestry.
His family moved to the Pascagoula, Mississippi area when he was six. He grew up in the bayous near the Mississippi River, where he lived in a rural setting.
Tatum has discussed having dealt with attention deficit disorder (ADD) and dyslexia while growing up, which affected his ability to do well in school. Athletic while growing up, he played football, soccer, track, baseball, and performing martial arts;As a child, he practiced wuzuquan kung fu.
Tatum spent most of his teenage years in the Tampa area, and initially attended Gaither High School. His parents wanted more effort and gave him the option of selecting a private high school or attending a military school; he chose Tampa Catholic High School, where he graduated in 1998 and was voted most athletic. He later attended Glenville State College in Glenville, West Virginia on a football scholarship, but dropped out. He returned home and started working odd jobs.
US Weekly reported that around this time Tatum left his job as a roofer and began working as a stripper at a local nightclub, under the name “Chan Crawford.” In 2010, he told an Australian newspaper that he wanted to make a movie about his experiences as a stripper.That idea led to the movie Magic Mike. Tatum moved to Miami, where he was discovered by a model talent scout.

7. Wendy Davis
Wendy Davis is an American actress, best known for her role as Colonel Joan Burton in Lifetime television series Army Wives (2007–2013). She grew up with ADHD, she has one daughter and she is also diagnosed with ADHD. She has a favorite phrase for ADHD “different, not defective.” Davis grew up in Joppatowne, Maryland. She attended Joppatowne High School and graduated with a degree in Theater from Howard University. Davis is a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority.
Watch :  Windy Davis on her (and her daughters) ADHD

8. Dusty Davis

Dusty Davis struggled in school as a child. He was hyperactive, and he had trouble focusing. So how did he get to become a successful race car driver? Hear Dusty’s story (and his parents’, too) on the challenges of growing up with ADHD.

William Adams (born William James Adams, Jr.; March 15, 1975), known professionally as, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, actor, musician, DJ, record producer and philanthropist. In April 2013, his hip-hop group has won eight Grammy awards. He stated that he has ADHD. According to him, having ADHD is a big factor.
William James Adams Jr.was born in Eastside Los Angeles, and was raised in the Estrada Courts housing projects in the Boyle Heights neighborhood, where he and his family were among the few African Americans living in a predominantly Hispanic community.Adams has never met his father,William Adams Sr. He was raised by his mother, Debra (née Cain),who encouraged him to be unique and to avoid conforming to the tendencies of the other youth in his neighborhood on the east side of Los Angeles. To encourage his musical career, she sent him to public schools in affluent West Los Angeles.While attending John Marshall High School, he became best friends with Allan Pineda (stage name, who was also a future member of The Black Eyed Peas. While still in high school, Adams and Pineda performed in East L.A. clubs and were soon joined by three other entertainers to form the socially conscious rap group, Atban Klann. Atban Klann caught the eye of Compton rapper Eazy-E and was signed to his label, Ruthless Records in 1992.

10. David Neeleman
David is a Brazilian American entrepreneur who has founded four commercial airlines, Morris Air, Westjet, JetBlue Airways and Azul Brazilian Airlines. He is also the co-owner of TAP Portugal, along with Humberto Pedrosa. But Neeleman credits his success, and creation of JetBlue, with his ADHD—saying that, with the disorder comes creativity and the ability to think outside the box.
Neeleman was born in São Paulo, Brazil, and raised in Utah, to a family of Dutch and North American descent. He lived in Brazil until he was five.
He co-founded (with June Morris) Morris Air, a low-fare charter airline, and from 1984 to 1988, he was the executive vice president of the company. In 1988 Neeleman assumed the helm of Morris Air as its president. In 1993, when Morris Air was acquired by Southwest Airlines for $130 million (Neeleman received $25 million from the sale), he worked for 5 months on their Executive Planning Committee.
After leaving Southwest, Neeleman became the CEO of Open Skies, a touch screen airline reservation and check-in systems company, later acquired by HP in 1999. At the same time, he helped with another upstart airline, WestJet. JetBlue was incorporated in Delaware in August 1998 and officially founded in February 1999, under the name “NewAir” by Neeleman.

11. Jamie Oliver
Jamie is a British celebrity chef and restaurateur. The star chef had ADHD as a child, but he told that healthy eating helps him manage it. Today, he’s a huge proponent for healthier school lunches and eliminating junk food from kids’ diets as a way to cope with attention disorders. Oliver was born and raised in the village of Clavering. His parents, Trevor and Sally, ran a pub/restaurant, The Cricketers, where he practised cooking in the kitchen with his parents.He has two siblings and was educated at Newport Free Grammar School.
He left school at the age of sixteen with two GCSE qualifications in Art and Geology and went on to attend Westminster Technical College now Westminster Kingsway College.He then earned a City & Guilds National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) in home economics.

12. Karina SmirnoffKarina is a USSR-born American professional ballroom dancer. She is best known to the general public as a professional dancer on Dancing with the Stars. She is a five-time U.S. National Champion, World Trophy Champion, and Asian Open Champion. She reported she was diagnosed with ADHD. Karina Smirnoff was born in Kharkiv, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union, and is of half Greek and half Russian descent. At 11, she began competing in ballroom dancing. She chose to pursue ballroom dancing. In 1993, Smirnoff immigrated to the United States.
Smirnoff attended multiple schools, including Nerinx Hall High School in St. Louis and Christopher Columbus High School in The Bronx. She finally graduated from Bronx High School of Science. Smirnoff graduated from New York City’s Fordham University with a double major in economics and information system programming.
Read: Karina Smirnoff on her AHDH

3. Jim Carrey
Jim Carrey is a Canadian actor, comedian, impressionist, screenwriter, and producer. He is known for his highly energetic slapstick performances. He is well known for his zany, all-over-the-place antics—but he said on the Celebrities with Diseases website that’s a result of his ADHD.  Carrey was born in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada, to Kathleen (née Oram; 1927–1991), a homemaker, and Percy Carrey (1927–1994), a musician and accountant. He has three older siblings: John, Patricia, and Rita. He was raised a Roman Catholic. His mother was of French, Irish, and Scottish descent and his father was of French-Canadian ancestry (the family’s original surname was Carré). According to his own testimony, at age ten, Carrey wrote a letter to Carol Burnett of the Carol Burnett Show pointing out that he was already a master of impressions and should be considered for a role on the show; he was, as a child, overjoyed at receiving the semblance of a formally written reply. Carrey lived in Burlington, Ontario, for eight years, and attended Aldershot High School. In a Hamilton Spectator interview (February 2007), Carrey said, “If my career in show business hadn’t panned out I would probably be working today in Hamilton, Ontario at the Dofasco steel mill.” When looking across the Burlington Bay toward Hamilton, he could see the mills and thought, “Those were where the great jobs were.”

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