|This month we answer your questions about newer medications and introduce you to some ways to manage ADHD in non-medicinal ways. And, as always, we provide news and resources we think are particularly relevant for you and your family.|
After sifting through responses to last month's questions about our content and format, we've put together this newsletter in a new way. We hope you'll find it easy to get through as well as informative, and would appreciate your taking a look and letting us know what you think!
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"I think that people with ADHD represent some of the most fascinating, fun, and fulfilling of all the people I meet, however, words such as structure, supervision, reminders, and persistence don't even begin to describe the magnitude of the tasks they have to tackle every day."
- Edward M. Hallowell, M.D.
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Q: I have been hearing some information about Aricept trials for children with primarily inattentive ADHD. I am an adult diagnosed with this type of ADHD. I have not been able to find very much information about this...
A: Aricept or donepizil is a drug that increases the neuro-chemical acetylcholine. Since acetylcholine is important for memory, some clinicians have become interested in using Aricept to help with ADHD. Currently, there is very little scientific information to support its use. Two studies have been done, both in adults. One study found a positive effect for Aricept. The other study found no benefit.
Aricept has not been approved for use in children. Aricept can be a difficult drug to take as common side effects include nausea, diarrhea, muscle cramping, and vertigo, and more serious side effects include seizure and irregular heart beat. It may be that with more study, we find that Aricept is a useful drug for ADHD , but for now, the jury is still out. - Paul J. Sorgi M.D., Sudbury Hallowell Center
Q: Halloween is a time when my kids over-indulge in sweets, but I particularly worry about my ADHD daughter as she gets wild after lots of candy. Should I try to manage the amount she eats per day, or hide it (no easy battle on either front), or just let her eat it but remind her that she should be making good choices?
A: Halloween comes once a year. While it's not pleasant to live through the sugar highs, hopefully the candy is out of the house fairly quickly. Your best bet is probably to talk with her about how candy impacts everyone (including her), and ask her - on the honor system - to limit her consumption each day so she's not subjecting herself or you to sugar highs and crashes. Don't monitor unless you think she has a long-standing eating disorder or problem.
Conversations about how food fuels the body - and how making healthy choices optimizes your ability to focus and learn - should be ongoing. A great way to have these conversations is around the food choices you make for your family while you are cooking (invite her to join you) and on shopping trips. As an example, you might have a "fiber test" for cereals. If it doesn't contain a minimum of 2 grams of fiber it doesn't come home. At the store she can help you find the healthy choices. Or she can help you figure out how to incorporate at least 5 fruits and vegetables a day into your meals.
|Considering a Prescription? Check Your Vitamin D Level First
It is estimated that somewhere between 21% to 58% of adults and adolescents in the U.S. and one billion people worldwide are vitamin D deficient. So if you experience depression, anxiety, restlessness, insomnia and/or joint pain you may want to ask your doctor to check your Vitamin D level before you discuss a medication prescription. One common reason for Vitamin D deficiency is living, studying and working all day in buildings with dim or artificial light.
Vitamin D is a potent andro-steroid. Like testosterone, Vitamin D also plays a key role in muscle strength and the integrity of connective tissue and the maintenance of bones and cartilage, as well as with repair and recovery from injuries. Vitamin D is key to efficient brain function. It is essential for the metabolizing of calcium which affects our brain cells' ability to function efficiently. And Vitamin D is important in the production of serotonin, which prevents depression, anxiety and improves sleep. Studies of sun-tanning in both natural sunlight sun and in tanning beds have shown increases in brain levels of serotonin, endorphins and dopamine, which boosts mood, improves sleep and reduces anxiety and depression.
The best kind of vitamin D is vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) which comes from the sun and fatty fish such as salmon and mackerel. Happily, most vitamin supplements are vitamin D3. Milk is also fortified with vitamin D, but at very low levels.
When being tested for vitamin D deficiency, calcidiol is the only blood test that should be drawn. If you are considering a Vitamin D supplement, consult with your doctor about the appropriate levels of Vitamin D as excessively high levels could be toxic to your kidneys and heart. Learn more about the new Vitamin D guidelines here
Rebecca Shafir M.A.CCC, is a clinician at the Sudbury Hallowell Center and can be reached at the Sudbury Hallowell Center or at 978-287-0810 x117
ADHD and Children, Teens and Young Adults
Chiropractic Drug-Free Help for ADHD -
Chiropractors can help both children and adults who are looking for natural ways to control ADHD. The SHINE For Doctors program, co-founded by Dr. Hallowell, trains people to manage their impulsivity, calm their minds, and channel their energy through safe and painless adjustments combined with brain based neurological assessment, nutrition protocols and counseling, neuropsychological assessments, exercise and strategic counseling. Find a SHINE For Doctors Chiropractor near you here.
Millions of Children are Diagnosed with ADHD and the Numbers Keep Increasing - There is tremendous controversy over medication for children, and Dr. Hallowell offers his viewpoint in the pros and cons of Ritalin with co-guest Alan Sroufe, PhD, who's article, Ritalin Gone Wrong, was published in The New York Times. Listen to the podcast with Joe and Terry Graedon from the People Pharmacy here.Children with ADHD Perform Better with Exercise - The results from a recent study show once again that children with ADHD can ignore distractions and focus better after they have been active. Read more here.
We suggest parents of kids with ADHD use exercise tactically - for example, letting kids run around (and get more focused) before doing their homework. Self Medicating with Marijuana - The number of adolescents who believe that marijuana use is harmful has been decreasing in recent years. A new study shows that regular use of marijuana is on the rise in this population and can result in a very significant 8 point IQ loss for those who start as teens. Read more here.
Shire 2013 ADHD Scholarship - Scholarships are available to US citizens applying to, or attending, an approved university. Deadline March 27, 2013. Find more information at Shire.
Upbeat Video For Children with Learning Disabilities - This short animation offers hope and inspiration to children with LD. Watch it with your child here.
FREE SMART LEARNING Audio Download - The New York Hallowell Center teleseminar, Help Your Child With ADHD Say "I Can!" is available now. Download this free informative audio file from the NYC Hallowell Center website here and find out how to help your child focus better and increase their self-esteem.
ADHD and Adults
Men with ADHD Fare Worse Than Counterparts
An equal number of males in two groups (approx. 140 each) were evaluated on socio-economic, educational and social factors to determine the long-term effects of ADHD. The group of ADHD males, who were diagnosed at approximately 8 years old and now averaged 41 years old, had worse outcomes on all three measure than the group who did not have ADHD. Read more here.
CHADD in NYC
Melissa Orlov will speak to CHADD's ADD Resource Center about ADHD and its impact on adult relationships on November 5th. Read more here
Dr. Hallowell's Course on DVD
- If you were unable to attend the Cape Cod Institute this summer, they now have Dr. Hallowell's course available. Learn more here
ADHD and Professionals
CHADD Conference in San Fran (For Individuals too!)
San Francisco, CA, November 8-10, Visit us at booth #307.
Dr. Hallowell is giving 2 presentations:
11/8/12 1:30-4:30pm The Human Experience of ADHD: A Strength Based Approach
11/9/12 1:30-3:00pm Dr. Hallowell will co-present with Ron Minson: A Neuroplasticity-Based Approach to ADHD. Register at CHADD.
Free Teleseminar for Chiropractors - Most people with ADHD prefer to explore non drug, alternative approaches to symptom relief. Dr. Hallowell contributes his ADHD expertise to empower the chiropractor with the tools and resources they need to help ADHD patients. If you are a chiropractor, learn more by joining us on November 27th at 4:30PM EST. Register at www.shinefordoctors.com.
Teachers: Dr. Hallowell is the Keynote Speaker at the American Montessori Society 2013 Annual Conference - Dr. Hallowell believes that teachers wield enormous power to change lives for the better. On March 16, 2013 from 10:30am-noon in Orlando Florida, Dr. Hallowell's presentation "Igniting Every Child's Full Potential" will better equip teachers to help students achieve greatness, rather than drift into a life of marginal existence. Learn more here. The Institute of Montessori Education now offers Mining Magnificent Minds training to their teachers.
Social Workers in NY: CE Course
- Melissa Orlov trains participants on how to identify undiagnosed ADHD in couples seeking marriage therapy, and effective therapeutic interventions. November 7th, 6-9pm. Learn more at NASW-NYC
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CrazyBusy Word Contest Winner!
"Rubix Brain" submitted by Vanessa! Definition: When your head is spinning with billions of combinations, but you can't focus to find the one solution.
CrazyBusy Tip by Dr. Hallowell:
PLAY this Halloween
Halloween is a great time to remember the fun and excitement of childhood, when we created imaginative costumes and became who ever we wanted to be!
My definition of "Play" is to imaginatively engage with what you are doing. This will naturally bring to bear the best part of your mind. You will not waste time. You will improve whatever it is you are doing, and you will discover new ways of doing it or improve on old ones. You will not get distracted as easily. You will be both more efficient and more effective in whatever it is you are doing, from carrying on a conversation to carving a jack-o-lantern.
CrazyBusy is available in book, CD and MP3 format
Parenting Wheel of Life
As parent, there are many different roles you play in your children's lives. The Parenting Wheel of Life is a straightforward and easy to use tool to help you explore the concept of "balance" in your life. How satisfied are you with your success with each role you play?
Below are two samples of Wheels that represent some of the different aspects of parenting. Complete the wheel to discover what areas of your parenting you feel successful in and what areas you want to enhance for your whole family's balance.
You can look at either one and rank your level of satisfaction with each life area by drawing a line from the center, which represents NOT SATISFIED, to the outer edge, which represents VERY SATISFIED. Feel free to change or add to these to reflect your life's concerns.
The new perimeter represents your Wheel of Life.
Cindy Goldrich is a Certified ADHD Coach specializing in parenting children and teens with ADHD. She received her Master's in Education in Counseling Psychology from Columbia University, Teachers College and her ADHD Coach Certification from the Institute for the Advancement of AD/HD Coaching. She is a Certified Mentor for Think:Kids, dedicated to understanding and helping challenging children and adolescents.
Cindy facilitates the Calm and Connected Workshop
at the NYC Hallowell Center.
New session dates are:
Wed. 12:30 - 2 pm January 9, 16, 30, Feb. 6, 13, 27
Wed. 7 - 8:30 pm January 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13
|Social Media is Alive and Well!
Dr. Hallowell and the Facebook Community share their lives, stories and inspiration. As an example, here is a recent post:
"Spencer has ADHD. We have taught him how to use it for good (like doing something productive instead of hitting his brothers). He is the hardest working child that I have ever known. Last night, I came home and he had taken all of the covers off the couch and was washing them. Adults love him. He might be a B student at school, but will be very successful in life with his drive and motivation. We have had to take him off of meds recently because of his tics. Thanks for sharing this article. I will share with a friend whose son was just diagnosed."
Book Highlight of the Month
A Walk in the Rain with a Brain by Dr. Hallowell
"Everyone's smart... you just need to find out at what!" If you have a child with ADHD, this delightful, colorful story, written by Dr. Hallowell, encourages children to play and learn in order to find their strengths. The discussion guide for parents and educators provides support to help children discover the sparkling individuality of their minds. Learn more here
To learn more about all Dr. Hallowell's books, visit his book store here
Dr. Hallowell Live
San Francisco, CA CHADD Conference, November 8-10
Andover, MA Parent to Parent, November 13, 7:30-9:00pm
Stevenson, MD Odyssey School, November 14, 7:00pm
Webinar NYC Hallowell Center, November 9, 1:00pm
Newton, MA Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston, November 27 7:30-9:00 pm
Hackensack, NJ Community School, December 6, 1:30 - 4:00pm
Morristown, NJ CLA Summit, February 7 & 8
Orlando, FL American Montessori Society 2013 Conference, March 16
Events/ Seminars/ Workshops
November 5, A.D.D. Resources, ADHD and Your Marriage, with Melissa Orlov
November 7, NASW-NY, CE ADHD and Relationship course with Melissa Orlov
November 15, Webinar with ADDitude Magazine and Melissa Orlov
Hallowell Centers' Strength-Based Philosophy:
First we search for what is good, strong and healthy in a person, then what is in need of remediation. We offer a variety of diagnostic and assessment tools to help us evaluate and understand your specific needs. Based on what we learn, we then suggest a customized treatment plan, drawing from a cross-section of treatment modalities that may be used individually, or in conjunction with one another. This strengths-based plan is designed to leverage each individual's unique gifts to help overcome their cognitive and emotional problems.
Getting started is easy. Simply place a call to one of our new patient specialists:
· Hallowell Centers Sudbury, MA Hallowell Center New York
· ADHD Training for Teachers ADHD, Non-Medicinal Training for Chiropractors
· Dr. Hallowell's website Get the Most out of Your Employees
· CrazyBusywithDrHallowell.com Schedule Dr. Hallowell Speaking Services
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