Prescription medicine skyrocketed

As reported by ABC News, "The number of women in their late 20s who filled a prescription for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medicine skyrocketed by 700 percent between 2003 and 2015, according to a report released today by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."

These findings have prompted a discussion regarding the need for more research into how these medications may affect pregnant women.

"Half of all pregnancies in the United States are unplanned, and women may be taking prescription medicine early in pregnancy before they know they are pregnant,” Dr. Coleen Boyle, the director of the CDC's National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, said in a statement. 

This huge increase in prescribed ADHD medication for women is shocking and raises the question of why.  Why are...

mind·ful·ness

mind·ful·ness

ˈmīn(d)f(ə)lnəs/

noun

1.

the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.

2.

a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.

There has been a lot of discussion on how mindfulness can help the ADHD mind focus and concentrate.  The very definition of mindfulness being a mental state achieved by one's ability to focus on ONLY the present moment, is the direct opposite of the ADHD state of mind.  The ADHD mind is defined as an on-going pattern of inattention.  

So if being in the now is so important, how can you get there?   

There are several strategies and apps to assist you with this.  One simple strategy recommend by Practicing Mindfulness is a called...

Holiday Dress Rehearsal

 

Girl Smiling PeekingYou hope that all will go well on the way to grandma’s house. Things go well in the car, but as the door opens at her house, your child turns into a Tasmanian Devil! A whirling dervish of mayhem that grates on family members and causes you unneeded embarrassment and stress. Here are some tips that can help prevent your child from turning into a Tasmanian Devil.

​  Let's enjoy the holiday, and let everyone appreciate the wonderful​, talented, and creative side of your child.

1. Schedule, schedule, schedule. You and your child can sit together in a quiet place and draw a timeline with pictures. Start with a drawing of your car at your house with the time you’ll be leaving placed just below the car. Mark a point on the timeline where snacks will be eaten, where you’ll stop for lunch, take a restroom break, etc. Encourage your child to document your trip on the timeline...

What causes ADHD?

Working Memory AdhdNo one knows what causes ADHD.  Over the last several years, searching for the cause of ADHD has been equivalent to searching for the Holy Grail.

A new study Published in Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimagingfinds "Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a collection of discrete disorders in which the brain functions in completely different ways..."

Lead author, Michael Stevens, PhD,  of the Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center,  states "The finding is a departure from views of ADHD as a single disorder with small variations –– and may lead clinicians to rethink a one-size-fits-all approach to assessment and care."

Your personal executive function coaches at Play Attention understand there's no single answer and no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to ADHD and your needs. So, we provide the most...

Planning For The Holidays

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ADHD Adult: Start Pre-Planning for the Holidays

 Tis the Season . . .

When we think of the holiday season, we think of merriment and cheer, but for some adults with ADHD, this is not always the case. The shopping, the wrapping, the planning – all require organization, which can be a challenge to adults with or without ADHD.

The following is a compilation of great tips to stay organized, be efficient, and simplify this “holidazed” time of the year!

“Don’t forget that you set the tone for your home. Pace yourself and take well-deserved breaks!

Holiday Traditions

Create family memories by first holding a family meeting to discuss each person’s favorite traditions. It’s what you do, not what you buy, that’s important, so don’t overlook small but significant family rituals. This list might include:

  • Buy one new ornament for the tree
  • Keep favorite holiday music going in...

Tips to Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

​It is commonplace for everyone to make New Year’s resolutions, however, adults with ADHD can experience frustration by not following their list of resolutions for the following year.

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In an effort to eliminate that frustration and improve the likelihood of keeping your New Year’s resolutions, follow a simple process throughout the year.
 
Although New Year's resolutions are often life changing, start with a simple task such as cleaning out a closet, taking a ten minute walk each morning, or organizing your important papers.
 
Make a list of your resolutions and each day keep notes under each item. Reflect on the event and memorialize your activity which relates to a success.  As you progress, you will be able to visualize that you can achieve your goal! 
 
Avoidance and excuses are your enemies. Excuses such as, I must go shopping, it’s raining outside...