ADHD and Exercise

Much has been written about treaments and remedies for ADD/ADHD. Dr. John Ratey, author and ADD Expert recently wrote a book entitled, “Spark” which focuses on the many benefits of exercise to the management of ADD/ADHD.
 
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Brain Areas Wired Diffefently in Adult ADDers

Several recent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies show altered brain areas related to executive function and attention control in adults with ADHD. One study found major volumetric abnormalities in the brain scans of ADHD adults, compared with non-ADHD adults, providing evidence that the disorder is biological. ~Biological Psychiatry

Study – Teen’s More ‘Connected’

Today’s teens are more interactive and multitask more than any generation before them. Here’s how and how often they are connected:

  • Most teens own cell phones (33 percent of kids ages 12 to 14; 57 percent of teens ages 15 to 17). Thirty-three percent report using a cell phone to send a text message.
  • Sixty-two percent of teenagers 12 to 18 years old multitask with other media, such as listening to an iPod or watching TV while using the computer.
  • Seventy-five percent of online teens use instant messaging, compared with 42 percent of online adults. According to The Pew/Internet & American Life Project Teens and Technology, “Teens who participated in focus groups … said they view e-mail as something you use to talk to ‘old people,’ institutions or to send complex instructions to large groups.”
  • Children ages 8 to 18 spend more time (6.5 hours per day) in front of computers, televisions, and game screens than any other activity in their lives except sleeping.
  • Teens report use of the Internet for e-mail (89 percent), online games (81 percent), searching for current events (76 percent) and instant messaging (75 percent).
  • Eighty-seven percent of teenagers use the Internet.
  • More than 60 percent of teens would not post a resume on social networking web sites MySpace, Facebook or Friendster for employers to see. But 32 percent would remove content from these sites if they knew their employer could see it.
  • Teens are the greatest contributors to blogs, message boards and chat rooms about their companies. 

Sources: Kaiser Family Foundation; National Institute on Media and the Family; Pew/Internet & American Life Project; Spherion.

ADHD: Always on the Go

ADHD: Always on the Go

Warning signs for attention deficit disorder.

By PsychologyToday.com

We all have garden-variety memory lapses. Where are my eyeglasses? Did I turn off the stove? But the adult with ADHD is a special case. Over and over, he leaves his wallet at the store, she forgets her son’s basketball game, he can’t finish projects at work, her finances are in the red, or he forgets to unhook the gas pump from the car only to drive off (the last example has to be the most original).

Some 4 to 5 percent of children have ADHD, and 60 percent of these children carry symptoms well into adulthood. For the adult with ADHD, the disorder can interfere with relationships at home and at work. And to make matters worse, other problems and conditions—such as alcoholism or social anxiety—can hide symptoms, making treatment difficult.

Untreated symptoms can often bring on feelings of low self-esteem or low mood. The ADHD adult can be a high achiever, for example, but her disorganization holds her back from unmet goals that then lead to poor self-image. Of course, symptoms may lead her straight to a bout with depression or even chronic anxiety.

What’s more, these individuals are also more likely to smoke; smoking is twice as common among people in this population. Researchers at Columbia University are studying smokers who have ADHD symptoms; they are interested in the effects of the drug methylphenidate and whether it might reduce symptoms of ADHD as well as tobacco withdrawal. Research like this may help us better understand the disorder.

Yet the tendencies of the ADHD adult can also be directed to one’s advantage. Some, for instance, are hyper-focused on tasks that interest them. That’s why professions such as medicine, science, or art may be better suited for these individuals. It’s no surprise, then, that people like Albert Einstein, John Lennon, and Beethoven are said to have had symptoms of ADHD.

Sometimes, just being aware of the symptoms can be a big help. What you may not know is that there are three types of ADHD: inattentive, hyperactive, or impulsive. While all types affect executive function, each one has its own quirks. Here are some signs to look for:

Listen UpThe inattentive ADHD adult is pretty much a disorganized person. She often gets bored and easily distracted, losing herself in daydreams. With little attention to detail, she can make careless mistakes. All of which leads to an inability to focus and follow instructions. Conversely, this person can focus too much on tasks of interest and can even underestimate the time needed to complete these tasks. This can fuel procrastination and lateness. Don’t be too put off as the inattentive ADHD adult can appear aloof or even arrogant.On the Go

The hyperactive suffers restlessness, even fidgety hands and feet. It’s not surprising to find this person squirming in general. He also is known to talk excessively, hopping from one topic to another. She may be dogged by feelings of being overwhelmed.

Thinking Before Acting

The impulsive type may suffer irritability, anger, and impatience. She, in fact, cannot curb her reactions. In interactions with others, he may speak without thinking, interrupt others, and suffer poor timing. These people sometimes suffer addictions like impulsive shopping or even eating disorders.

What You Can Do

Many people who have ADHD see marked improvement through a combination of talk therapy and medication. But each person is different, so treatment plans must be tailored to the individual. Here are some steps you can take to combat ADHD. First, consult a mental health professional and ask for a thorough assessment covering everything from attention span to medical exam. Also ask about medications such as Ritalin and Adderall. Different drugs, however, work for different individuals; you may have to try one and then another. Plus, studying up on ADHD will help as well as building skills like using to-do lists, day planners, and filing systems. You can also divide large tasks into smaller more manageable ones, that way you will not feel so overwhelmed. If you need further tools to manage your behavior, try meditation or relaxation techniques. And lastly, turning to others by joining an ADHD support group will let you know you are not alone.

Who has adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?

Who has adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?

By Psychology Today.com 

You’re distracted at work, behind the wheel, at dinner with your spouse. You can’t remember what someone said just minutes after speaking to them. When you see one of those drug ads on TV, you think, “Hey, that’s me! I lose my keys all the time.”

It seems like half of the working world is wondering whether they have attention deficit disorder (ADD) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Word is out that it doesn’t affect just kids: Experts say attention deficit also strikes an estimated 4 to 8 percent of adults, many of whom had it as children but were never diagnosed.

Now over-stimulated, overscheduled grown-ups are flocking to doctors in hopes that a pill can cure a scattered brain. But unlike the fairly clear-cut symptoms of depression and schizophrenia, symptoms of ADHD are considerably fuzzier. A diagnosis is in large part a doctor’s subjective interpretation. (Characteristic patterns have been detected in brain scans of ADHD patients, but few doctors use them in diagnosis.)

ADHD may manifest in a variety of ways: restlessness and distraction, short- term memory impairment, blurting out inappropriate thoughts, difficulty organizing activities, failing to follow through on a project or finish one’s work. In short, all behaviors that are part of being human in the modern world. Perhaps that’s why a recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll found 20 percent of Americans believe ADHD is a bogus disease.

So when does normal behavior cross the line? For clinicians, the buzzword is impairment: The symptoms are so severe that a person is failing in some part of life. Among experts, however, there is strong disagreement over what the standard of comparison for impairment should be. Should a distracted lawyer be compared with others who have similar cognitive abilities? Or should a lawyer be compared to a grocery store clerk or a bus driver — whose job doesn’t require the same intellectual focus?Some researchers say there is a danger of creating different standards for various strata of society.

Already, there’s evidence that a diagnosis of attention deficit depends largely on socioeconomic status and access to mental health care. Of adults who are diagnosed with ADHD, 73 percent are white, while only 15 percent are Hispanic and 6 percent are black. “ADHD is now a boutique diagnosis for middle-class people,” says Ronald Kessler, a professor of health care policy at Harvard Medical School. Among professionals, “the attitude is, ‘if I have a concentration problem and it affects my job, and this is an illness I can fix, then I want to fix it,'” he says.

Russell Barkley, a professor of psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, advocates more restraint in diagnosing and medicating ADHD. He argues that too many people believe intelligence should equal success, when it is merely a benchmark of one’s cognitive ability. “It’s not an indicator of how well your job or your family relationships should be going,” he says.

The point of comparison, Barkley says, should be what is normal for an average, healthy adult. People who truly have ADHD often have segments of their life, such as work, finances or parenting responsibilities, that are a complete disaster. “Unless you can show me that you’re functioning below normal — not simply below your level of intellect — you don’t have a disorder,” he says.

Thomas Brown, associate director of the Yale Clinic for Attention and Related Disorders in Connecticut and professor of psychiatry, says it would be wrong to withhold medication from a person who is high functioning, but still struggling. One of Brown’s patients is a young man who scored a 1.37 grade point average in his first semester at Duke University, despite scoring near 1400 on the SATs. “He wasn’t partying,” says Brown. “He just couldn’t get organized. He couldn’t remember what he’d read.” Brown diagnosed ADHD around Christmas time, prescribed a stimulant and in the spring semester the student’s GPA shot up to 3.74.

One could make the argument that if a student can’t keep up at a top college, he shouldn’t be there in the first place, says Brown. “But why not treat them?” he asks. “Are we only going to provide glasses to people who are practically blind?”

In the meantime, more Americans are visiting their doctors for a screening, which is a good thing, says Kessler. His studies show that only a small fraction of ADHD sufferers are being treated. Moreover, an increase in ADHD screenings is almost certain to turn up other serious disorders: About a third of people with ADHD abuse drugs, and another third will suffer depression. Anxiety disorders are common with ADHD, while over half of people with ADHD of all ages have a major learning disability. Says Kessler: “I’ve had people come in thinking that they have ADHD, but actually they had a whopping huge depression.”

Content by: Willow Lawson – Psychology Today