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ADHD Simplified

For many of us who have had ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), or who have had firsthand experience with the condition ADHD is for the most part easily recognizable. Ironically, what seems to be happening is the medical community is moving more towards over complicating this common mental health disorder than simplifying it.

For example the three basic types of attention deficit disorder are inattentive, hyperactive/impulsive, and the combined type. Putting these in perspective isn’t all that difficult since over 90 percent of children with ADHD falling into the category of combined, with the vast majority of those being noticeably inattentive. But in the last few years two more classification have been added with more sure to come.

Another factor that tends to over complicate ADHD is a little know statistic stating that 70 percent of all of those with ADHD have at least one co-existing mental health disorder of some type in addition to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

The most common examples of this are learning disorders, tic disorders, and manic depressive episodes.

When co-existing conditions exist what once was a fairly straightforward condition starts to take on a level of complexity that will require a medical professional to unravel its intricacies, and decipher the every changing laundry list of symptoms into a diagnosis and ultimately a successful treatment plan.

You should also be aware that even when it comes to ADHD without overlapping or co-existing conditions there are not any tests that can definitively prove that your child has the condition. There will be forms to fill out and numerous questions to be asked, but ultimately it will be up to your doctor to subjectively make the final call.

This has driven many parents to cry foul when their young daughter or passive son fail to receive a positive diagnosis  due to the absence of impulsive and/or hyperactive behaviors.

It is a case of the squeaky wheel getting the oil in many cases, leading some to suggest that there are millions of diagnosed you girls and boys who are simply falling through the neatly defined cracks of current diagnostic criteria.

ADHD/ADD simplified

So once you look past the complicated diagnostic criteria and classifications what we are left with is inattention and distractibility. Does your child seem particularly forgetful? Do they tend to under achieve in class even though they put in the study time? Do they tend to have poor time management skills? Are they unusually disorganized? Do they often lose things such as their books and/or homework? Do they struggle with details never seeming to get homework specifics correct? Do they start projects only get distracted and not be able to restart?

If you are sitting there saying to yourself that this describes my son or daughter there is really good chance they have ADHD. Their brains just don’t connect as effectively in some areas as their peers and most experts in the field believe the primary culprits to be the brain chemicals norepinephrine and dopamine.

Looking for help

For those children struggling with ADHD finding an effective treatment option is an important first step to leveling the playing field. The most common form of treatment currently are prescription stimulants such as Ritalin, Adderall and Vyvanse. While effective, all stimulant medications come with a number of serious short and long term label warnings.

The risk of side effects, or perhaps lack of success with stimulants, has prompted many parents to investigate other options. A couple examples of this are behavior modification therapy (not often recommended for young children) and/or natural remedies. Natural remedies for ADHD are a side effect free way to address such problematic child ADHD symptoms as inattention, distractibility, impulsivity, erratic behavior and hyperactivity and can be used both as a standalone treatment or as a compliment to other nonprescription alternatives. 

Rob Hawkins has spent the last 20 years as an enthusiastic advocate promoting the benefits of natural lifestyle supported by the use of complementary herbal and natural medicines, with much of the last ten dedicated to spreading the word online.

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Aspergers and Relationships and Fashion

Most aspies will realise how hard it is to have a relationship. Some Aspie girls find it easy to attract guys. It is no secret that women find it far easier to attract the opposite sex. But this video is to address firstly my video to Aspergersgirl and my apology to her because of the past. Also to point out about how some Aspie Women do like fashion and do try and dress NT and that does not mean that they are less of an Aspie as other women.

People sometimes are fine with whatever amount of friends they have; and sometimes people want to force Aspies to be different.
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ADHD Treatment

Attention deficit disorder (ADHD) treatment: ADHD most commonly involves impulsive behavior, the inability to stay focused, and possibly hyperactivity. ADHD can sometimes include mental and behavioral disorders that can keep one from learning or performing well. About 5-10 percent of children in the US are affected, and treatment is 10 times more frequently seen in boys. ADHD treatment can begin between the ages of 4 and 7 years of age and can sometimes go into ones adulthood.

The American Psychiatric Association lists 14 signs of which at least 8 must be present to be officially diagnosed as Attention Deficit Disorder or receive ADHD treatment. The 14 signs of ADHD are:

*Often fidgets with hands or feet (restlessness)

*Has difficulty remaining seated when required to do so

*Easily distracted by extraneous stimuli

*Has difficulty in following instructions

*Has difficulty awaiting turn in games and group activities

*Has difficulty playing quietly

*Often talks excessively

*Often shifts from one uncompleted task to another

*Has difficulty sustaining attention in tasks

*Often interrupts or intrudes on others

*Often loses things necessary for tasks

*Often engages in physically dangerous activities with considering consequences

*Often does not seem to be listening to what is being said

*Often blurts out answers before questions are completed

Conventional ADHD treatment: ADHD treatment usually consists of stimulants such as amphetamines, most commonly in the form of Ritalin.

Common side effects of Ritalin according to the Merck Manual may include sleep disturbances, depression or sadness, decreased learning, reduction of growth, behavioral changes, headache, stomachache, suppressed appetite, and elevated blood pressure, not to mention ADHD drugs such as amphetamines can be highly additive drugs.

Natural ADHD Treatment: Pycnogenol an extract from the bark of the French maritime pine, consisting of phenolic acids, catechin, taxifolin and procyanidins, treatment for ADHD with pycnogenol has shown significant reduction of hyperactivity and improvement of concentration in children with ADHD.

Results Show: According to a 4 week randomized, placebo-control double-blind study, sixty-one children with ADHD were supplemented with 1 mg /kg/day of Pycnogenol. After one month of treatment with Pycnogenol, results were superior to that of placebo. In the placebo group no positive effects were found. One month after treatment and termination of Pycnogenol administration a relapse of symptoms was noted. Our results point to an option of ADHD treatment with Pycnogenol as a natural supplement to relieve ADHD symptoms of children. European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 2006;15:329-335.

Best Source for Pycnogenol: A natural supplement Isotonix OPC-3 (Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins) is an isotonic-capable food supplement that is made from a combination of bilberry, grape seed, red wine, pine bark extracts and citrus extract bioflavonoids, all found to be potent antioxidants. Isotonix OPC-3 contains the only isotonic form of Pycnogenol in the world.

Richard Bonney is a Nutraceutical Consultant with NutraMetrix providing Advanced Nutraceuticals, Gene SNP DNA Analysis and Patient Wellness Education in Medical offices. For further information on Isotonix OPC-3 visit http://naturaltreatment.isotonix.com/product_info.cfm?productcode=13009&view=intro

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Adhd Symptoms

When you know this is Adhd Symptoms for Child. You could give a child with ADHD a prescription drug… or you could give him Mindflex From Mattel. Personally, I’d choose a game over a drug any day.

ADHD is a serious condition that is tough on kids and parents alike. Treatment for ADHD can get pretty expensive. So I think it’s awesome that a simple, very affordable toy is helping kids with ADHD.

Mindflex is a game for one to four players, ages eight and up. The player wears head gear and earlobe clips that allow the game to measure brainwave activity.

These brainwaves, in turn, affect a flow of air on the game board. The flow of air moves little balls along a preset course.

Players can set up different obstacles (that come with the game) on the course.

The game keeps track of performance and timing so players can compete against their own best times or against each other.

Kids are fascinated with this game. They love seeing how their thoughts can have an impact on an object. It feels like magic to them, and it makes them feel powerful.

It also slows them down and increases their powers of concentration. Anything that can do this can have a powerfully positive impact on ADHD.

Here’s what Scott Herbst, Ph.D. in Behavioral Psychology, has to say about the kind of mind control Mindflex teaches: “In labs where they do this sort of therapy, children with ADHD have shown serious improvement in functioning. Some kids are able to get off meds altogether.”

Usually, this kind of therapy-biofeedback and other forms of mind focus monitoring, is far too expensive for the average consumer. It’s also intimidating or boring for kids.

But a toy? It’s not only affordable, it’s fun!

Mindflex from Mattel is one of the most cutting edge toys on the market and one that I think is going to help a lot of kids with ADHD.

You could give a child with ADHD a prescription drug… or you could give him Mindflex From Mattel. Personally, I’d choose a game over a drug any day.

ADHD is a serious condition that is tough on kids and parents alike. Treatment for ADHD can get pretty expensive. So I think it’s awesome that a simple, very affordable toy is helping kids with ADHD.

You know this is Adhd Symptoms for Player. Mindflex is a game for one to four players, ages eight and up. The player wears head gear and earlobe clips that allow the game to measure brainwave activity.

These brainwaves, in turn, affect a flow of air on the game board. The flow of air moves little balls along a preset course.

Players can set up different obstacles (that come with the game) on the course. The game keeps track of performance and timing so players can compete against their own best times or against each other.

Kids are fascinated with this game. They love seeing how their thoughts can have an impact on an object. It feels like magic to them, and it makes them feel powerful.

It also slows them down and increases their powers of concentration. Anything that can do this can have a powerfully positive impact on ADHD.

Here’s what Scott Herbst, Ph.D. in Behavioral Psychology, has to say about the kind of mind control Mindflex teaches: “In labs where they do this sort of therapy, children with ADHD have shown serious improvement in functioning. Some kids are able to get off meds altogether.”

Usually, this kind of therapy-biofeedback and other forms of mind focus monitoring, is far too expensive for the average consumer. It’s also intimidating or boring for kids.

But a toy? It’s not only affordable, it’s fun!

Mindflex from Mattel is one of the most cutting edge toys on the market and one that I think is going to help a lot of kids with ADHD.

I am Mohanchen read mathematics at Stanford and remained there for his MS. From 1998-1999 on researched in Evolution and in Animal Behavior in Camrbidge, UK. I was was then a professor in the departments of Anthropology and Biology, New Jersy College, USA. Now teaches at the department of Zoology. Carried out research in several areas of evolutionary biology, particularly in sexual selection and the comparative method.

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Iowa boy with autism questions Michelle Bachmann

A young boy from Iowa who has autism hits the campaign trail to asks candidates what they intend to do. This is his exchange with Michele Bachmann.

www.sharpbackpain.org Understanding how autistic children learn is key to teaching them with the same intensity as you teach other children. This may seem like a straightforward idea, but autistic children learn so differently that understanding autism itself is a must when you teach autistic children. By becoming educated in the disorder, teachers can effectively learn to deal with autistic children and adults both in and out of the classroom, creating a more understanding world for everyone. tags: types of autism, autism dsm, autism uk, autism in adults, autism treatments, autism teaching, different types of autism, autism, autistic, national autistic society, asperger syndrome, aspergers, diagnosis, triad of impairments, symptoms, causes www.sharpbackpain.org
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What is Aspergers Disease

Article by Dave Angel

Aspergers is not actually a disease at all but more of a condition that many children have. The word disease itself can give the wrong impression of Aspergers and the many wonderful children who experience it. In this article I will give a simple explanation of some of the characteristics of Aspergers and then give some useful tips on how to manage challenging behaviours which are often associated with this condition.

Aspergers is a developmental disorder that affects a child’s ability to socialize and communicate effectively with others. Children with Aspergers typically exhibit social awkwardness and an all-absorbing interest in specific topics. Signs and symptoms of Aspergers include displaying unusual nonverbal communication, such as lack of eye contact, few facial expressions, or awkward body postures and gestures. People with Aspergers will often show an intense obsession with one or two specific, narrow subjects, such as baseball statistics, train schedules, weather or snakes. They will appear not to understand, empathize with, or be sensitive to others’ feelings and will have a hard time “reading” other people or understanding humor. When they speak it is often in a voice that is monotonous, rigid or unusually fast. They will sometimes appear to move clumsily, with poor coordination and display an odd posture or a rigid gait

Children with Aspergers frequently display challenging behaviors as a response to a world which they cannot deal with effectively. Any attempt to discontinue the behaviors must first consider why the behavior is occurring. The best way to establish why the individual with Aspergers is displaying challenging behaviors is to complete an A-B-C analysis. This includes an analysis of the Antecedent, Behavior, and the Consequence. The antecedent is what happens before the behavior. The behavior is their response to the antecedent. The consequence, and this is the tricky one, is whatever immediately follows the behavior. Often the child with Aspergers will have limited ability to verbalize their needs; you can help them with this once you have identified the cause of the behavior. Remember it will be something that happens either before or after the behavior occurs. Once you have established the reason for the behavior, the child with Aspergers will need a consistent behavior program or method of intervention. Children with Aspergers crave consistency and routine and need to know what is coming, or you will simply create more challenging behaviors.

For children with Aspergers, the behavioral intervention should include consideration of environmental changes that may need to be made. This may include removing items that may be over-stimulating or providing things that they appear to need. For the child with Aspergers, the behavioral intervention should also plan to provide the individual with a replacement behavior. Remember, if you eliminate the behavior without meeting the need, they will find their own replacement behavior! Autism and Aspergers are difficult to diagnose especially in young children where language and cognitive skills are still developing. All children are different, and many toddlers show a sign or symptom of Aspergers at some point. It’s natural for small children to be egocentric, and many little ones show a strong interest in a particular topic, such as dinosaurs or a favorite fictional character. These alone aren’t reasons to be alarmed! However, if your child has frequent problems in school or seems unable to make friends, it’s time to consult your pediatrician. These difficulties have many possible causes, but developmental disorders such as Aspergers shouldn’t be ruled out. Hopefully this article will have provided you with some ideas of what to do next, where to seek help and how to manage your child’s behaviors better.

Dave Angel is a social worker with families who have children on the Autistic Spectrum and is the author of a new e-book that answers the 46 most asked questions by parents of children with Asperger’s. To claim your free 7 day Mini-Course for parents of children with Asperger’s Syndrome visit:http://www.parentingaspergers.com today.










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