ADHD and Social Issues. Parents ask this question so often; I’m surprised a book hasn’t been written on this one topic.
Everyone seems to think kids are maturing at later ages now more so than even in the recent past. It appears that this delay in reaching some level of maturity is probably related to changes in our society. Kids in countries where styles of living aren’t so relaxed tend to show signs of maturity at a younger age. Is this the price we pay for all of our technologic advances? I’ll let you be the judge. Everyone matures at a different age, at different rates and reaches levels of maturity that can vary so widely as to make it difficult to say when it has been reached. This is probably one of the first things parents notice when a child is beginning the stages of “growing up”. As kids mature they stop answering questions with huh? Some teens develop social skills before their teen years. For the parents of most teens, this may be one of the most demanded and sought after signs of maturing.
Executive Functioning and Learning Disabilities. I have often written about learning strategies, and how important it is to help students become “strategic” in their approach to learning, and I discussed some ways that teachers can promote student learning by both teaching and reinforcing the use of effective strategies to their students and by imbedding effective teaching strategies into their classroom instruction.
What was missing from that discussion was any real focus on the kinds of “thinking” students need to do when they are confronted with different types of learning challenges and opportunities. These “thinking ingredients” fall under the umbrella term “executive functioning.” A Working Definition of “Executive Functioning” “Executive functioning” is a term used to describe the many different cognitive processes that individuals use to control their behavior and to get ready to respond to different situations. Teaching Students with Attention Deficit Disorder. If you find this page useful, please share it. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Diagnosis Children mature at different rates and have different personalities, temperaments, and energy levels.
Most children get distracted, act impulsively, and struggle to concentrate at one time or another. Sometimes, these normal factors may be mistaken for ADHD. ADHD symptoms usually appear early in life, often between the ages of 3 and 6, and because symptoms vary from person to person, the disorder can be hard to diagnose. Parents may first notice that their child loses interest in things sooner than other children, or seems constantly "out of control. " No single test can diagnose a child as having ADHD. Between them, the referring pediatrician and specialist will determine if a child: A specialist will also check school and medical records for clues, to see if the child's home or school settings appear unusually stressful or disrupted, and gather information from the child's parents and teachers. The specialist also will ask: A learning disability.
Treatments Medications. ADHD & the brain: Does ADHD treatment improve long-term academic, social and behavioral outcomes? The ADHD challenge The core symptoms of ADHD frequently cause significant impairment in academic, social and behavioral functioning that adversely impact individuals’ quality of life.
These symptoms often persist into adulthood, potentially compromising an individual’s functioning over many years. Understanding how ADHD impacts long-term functioning, and whether adverse long-term affects are diminished with treatment, is thus extremely important. However, despite ample evidence that treatments such as medication and behavior therapy yield substantial short-term benefits for most individuals, the impact of treatment on longer-term outcomes remains less well-established. This is an important gap in the research literature. In last month’s issue of Attention Research Update I reviewed a paper that synthesized research on long-term academic outcomes for youth with ADHD. The evidence review The Results. What is ADHD? - Cathi Zillmann - All about ADHD. The definition of this disorder is a work in progress because the exact nature of brain problems is as yet impossible to see.
The most recent official definition from the American Academy of Psychiatry was published in 2013, and many in the ADHD field are not satisfied with it because it leaves out any discussion of executive function. The complete name is Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, it comes in three types: -Predominantly Inattentive Presentation (formerly called ADD) -Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Presentation -Combined Type (formerly called ADD with Hyperactivity) The name is confusing, and most people have trouble remembering that it isn’t just about “being hyper” despite the name. ADHD: Executive Function Impairments. A New Understanding of ADHD in Children and Adults: Executive Function Impairments by: Thomas E.
Brown Preview the first 18 pages by clicking here Purchase this book here A new model of ADHD proposed by Thomas Brown, Associate Director of the Yale Clinic for Attention and Related Disorders in Yale’s Dept. of Psychiatry, explains why individuals with ADHD can focus very well for a few specific activities that strongly interest them or which threaten imminent unpleasantness, even though they have chronic difficulties in focusing for most other tasks, including some they recognize as important. Many who know persons with ADHD, even some professionals, assume that individuals with ADHD simply need to exercise “willpower” to make themselves apply their ability to focus in other areas where they need it.
Dr. ADHD and Addictions Blog Posts, Books and Articles. If you find this page useful, please share it.
While adults with ADHD are only 5% of the population, ADDers are dramatically over represented in people who are addicted to alcohol and drugs, the SMALLEST numbers I’ve seen on ADHD and addiction are 20-25% in peer reviewed clinical journals in Pub Med, and I’ve frequently seem much larger ones. If adults with ADHD aren’t diagnosed and treated, and 85% of them aren’t, they will find ways to treat themselves or self medicate. Unfortunately as many former addicts have told me, many Adders going through rehab or drug and alcohol counselling, aren't told about the connections between Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Addictions, which will make it harder for them to stop and stay sober.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) HealthyPlace Mental Health Support, Resources & Information. Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD and ADHD) - Psych Central. An Introduction to ADHD in Adults By John M.
Grohol, Psy.D. Have you ever had trouble concentrating, found it hard to sit still, interrupted others during a conversation or acted impulsively without thinking things through? Can you recall times when you daydreamed or had difficulty focusing on the task at hand? Most of us can picture acting this way from time to time. Unlike a broken bone or cancer, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD, also sometimes referred to as just plain attention deficit disorder or ADD) does not show physical signs that can be detected by a blood or other lab test*. The causes remain unknown, but ADHD can be diagnosed and effectively treated. Attention deficit disorder has been around a lot longer than most people realize.