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Beyond ADHD… The Real Child

attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurobiological disorder that affects three to seven per cent of children. The disorder causes difficulties concentrating, sitting still, controlling emotions and listening. ADHD is one of the best-researched psychological disorders and the overall data on its validity are far more compelling than for most mental disorders. It is officially recognized by the World Health Organization. Children with ADHD are not problem children, but children who have difficulty functioning. These difficulties can be addressed. These children often have special characteristics, such as being energetic, adventurous, intelligent, having a great sense of humor and the ability to throw themselves into their goals. Unfortunately, these characteristics sometimes go unnoted strictly because the difficulties caused by ADHD always seem to be front and centre. The tendency of children with ADHD to be disorganized, forgetful and easily distracted sometimes makes it hard for their true colors to shine, but the potential is there and often just needs a helping hand. Physicians, parents and educators routinely offer guidance by teaching children with ADHD that the disorder is a challenge, not an excuse. With the help of medication, which can correct the underlying chemical imbalance, along with appropriate counseling, they have a fair chance of reaching their full potential. All medications currently approved to treat ADHD belong to a class called stimulants. A number of new investigational ADHD treatments...

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Understanding ADHD

The behavioural disorder attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has been recognized and treated since 1902. However, it is only in the last 20 years or so that research has demonstrated that it is a neurobiological disorder with far-reaching impact on children. Originally it was believed that ADHD was a condition that children would eventually outgrow. We now understand that ADHD is not caused by poor parenting, poor teachers or schools, or family problems, but due to chemical differences in the brain. It is not surprising, therefore that as many as 60 per cent of children diagnosed with ADHD will...

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ADHD Beyond the Classroom

attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is thought by some to be an “academic” disability causing difficulties with attention and concentration in the classroom. However, ADHD is more than just an academic issue, it is a neurobiological disorder caused by chemical differences in the brain. Untreated, it may affect all aspects of the lives of those with ADHD, including his/her social interactions, extra-curricular activities and family relationships. ADHD requires continuous symptom relief to improve the overall functioning of a child. Studies have shown that children with ADHD who do not receive treatment run the increased risk of accidental death, injury,...

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A Cure is Within Reach for Parkinson’s

(NC)—For a person living with Parkinson’s, each day can be a struggle with common tasks that most of us take for granted – walking, writing, eating, swallowing, sleeping. A spouse or partner often becomes the primary caregiver. Each step in this progressive, neurodegenerative disease (for which there is currently no cure) influences a family’s quality of life and financial status. Pain, fatigue and depression, often found in the early stages of this disease, can profoundly affect family relationships. As our population ages, there will be a substantial increase in the number of people diagnosed with Parkinson’s – one of...

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Thousands Across Canada are Affected by Parkinson’s

(NC)—One in 300 Canadians has Parkinson’s and many of them are turning to Parkinson Society Canada and its regional partners for help. People like June Hunt from Newfoundland whose husband, Ray, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1988; Alberta’s Ian McConnell who first experienced symptoms in his early 40s, and Shirin Hirji, a Quebec resident, who started having difficulty writing when she was 43. June had to find out everything about the disease so she sought advice from health care professionals and people at the Parkinson Society Canada office in St. John’s. With their help, she organized and now chairs a local support group and is a Board Member of Parkinson Society Newfoundland & Labrador. Her philosophy: “Don’t be negative. Nurture your friends. Prepare for the future but don’t dwell on it.” Seven years ago, Ian went to The Parkinson’s Society of Alberta for information and joined a support group. He got involved as a leader to get a special speech group off the ground and participates in super walk for Parkinson’s, Parkinson Society Canada’s national fund raising event. He says: “Never, ever give up. Retain a sense of humor. Keep fighting and hoping!” After she was diagnosed, Shirin (who immigrated from Pakistan) didn’t know much about Parkinson’s and had no family here to turn to. She called Parkinson Society Quebec who provided her with information and advice. She attends...

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