Category Archives: Articles

ADHD: Checklist for Back to School Success

Posted on September 16, 2012

1) Review your child’s Individual Education Plan (IEP). Schedule a team meeting with the school. It is not uncommon to discover that as you child has grown and matured their needs may have changed. Make sure they get all the accommodations in school they are entitled to and that really help them thrive. 2) Help your(read more)

The Truth About Adult ADHD

Posted on September 16, 2012

Adults with ADHD have trouble concentrating, struggle with organization, lose things, forget things, feel restless, and make impulsive decisions. These are all the same symptoms that children with ADHD experience.  But ADHD impacts adult lives in some very specific ways. There are a number of patterns commonly seen in adults with ADHD.  These patterns are not listed(read more)

How I averted claustrophobia during an MRI exam. Mindfulness skills saved the day!

Posted on June 19, 2012

The first time I ever experienced claustrophobia took me by surprise. My doctor sent me for an MRI many years ago to find out why my jaw hurt. I didn’t know what to expect but I had no reason to worry about the small confines of an MRI machine because I had never experienced any(read more)

Food for Thought

Posted on May 22, 2012

If you are like most people you want to keep your brain as healthy as possible for as long as possible.  It is sobering to hear that a British study found that our brain’s ability to reason and remember starts to decline as early as age 45.  The good news is that we can take(read more)

Five Simple Mindfulness Skills That Work

Posted on March 15, 2012

Mindfulness meditation consists of skills and methods to unplug from the busy world around you and from the busy ‘monkey brain’ so often experienced in today’s life and particularly in ADHD, anxiety and depression. According to Jon Kabat-Zinn, mindfulness meditation trains and reinforces the ability to pay attention to the present moment, on purpose which helps(read more)

Is Negative Self Talk Holding You Back?

Posted on February 1, 2012

Is Negative Self Talk Holding You Back? by Debra Burdick, LCSW What is ‘negative self talk’?  Negative self talk is a pattern of talking to yourself either out loud or inside your head that consists of statements that are not only negative but usually inaccurate and self defeating.  Negative self talk stems from negative thinking and(read more)

Here’s the Scoop on Sugar!

Posted on November 1, 2011

American kids (and adults) consume way too much sugar.  According to the American Heart Association, toddlers are getting 12 teaspoons (tsp.) of sugar per day compared to the recommended 4 tsp., school-aged children are consuming 21 tsp instead of the recommended 3 tsp, and teens are getting up to 34 tsp instead of the recommended(read more)