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October Marks ADHD Awareness Month

Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD is still a disorder that some people know very little about. It is this lack of knowledge that perpetuates stigma and false perceptions of the illness. ADHD is
highly treatable and manageable and does not have to dictate the course of a person’s future.

During the month of October, many groups have banded together to help educate the public regarding the condition and how treatment can prove beneficial for both children and adults with the diagnosis. It is estimated that millions of people – young and old alike – feel the effects of ADHD every day. Chances are, most people even personally know of someone who is affected.    ADHD 9

ADHD has nothing to do with bad parenting. Those with ADHD are also no less mentally apt than anyone else. However, because of lack of education, these sorts of rumors persist. ADHD
Awareness Month
is all about helping others to understand what ADHD is and what it is not. As people learn the truth about the disorder, affected individuals can be properly diagnosed and receive the treatment that they deserve.

Researchers have recently uncovered some interesting findings when it comes to the treatment of ADHD among children. One study of 2,500 children, for example, showed that kids with the disorder benefited greatly simply by getting more exercise and walking to school. In fact, 80 percent of participants reported feeling less anxious after their morning walk, and the same group also
experienced feeling an improved overall level of health. An added benefit is that these same children advised they were also able to pay closer attention in class.

Sharing these kind of findings is exactly what ADHD Awareness Month is all about. For many years now, Family Guidance Center has been working within the community to dispel stigma and help individuals living with various mental health disorders, including ADHD. To learn more, visit https://fgcnow.org/.

Tips for Helping your ADHD Child Tackle Their Homework

Homework – the chore that challenges the patience of both parents and kids alikeat times. HomeworkADHD 8 can be challenging for any child, but for those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), the task can be extra overwhelming. However, there are things parents can do to make the experience more manageable and productive.

  • Allow children a chance to burn off energy. After school and before diving into focused activity, children need a chance to unwind and be kids. Every kid benefits from the opportunity to let loose and run free or to experience some type of free time where there isn’t a scheduled task.
  • Establish a homework routine. Children with ADHD thrive on routine. It helps them know what to expect, provides consistency, lessens anxiety, and builds reassurance. Therefore, children should know that every evening at such-and-such time, they will be expected to complete their coursework.
  • Go electronic free. In order to minimize distractions, make sure all TVs, computers, and electronic devices are put away and turned off. Playing music for children with ADHD, however, may actually help hone their ability to pay attention.
  • Offer frequent breaks. Any child can easily become disengaged and bored while trying to tackle homework. That’s why, especially with ADHD children, it’s important to provide regular breaks. Allot up to 20 minutes of study time then offer a five minute break. Breaks should provide an opportunity for kids to be physically active such as standing up and shaking out their arms and legs, engaging in jumping jacks, or running up and down the stairs a couple times. These breaks can help to reenergize and refocus on the task at hand – just make sure the breaks remain short so as not to become a distraction.

Homework isn’t one of those things that most kids look forward to, but that doesn’t mean it has to be miserable. Praise your children’s efforts and let them know you understand that it can be difficult sometimes. To learn more about how to help children with ADHD, contact Family Guidance Center.

The Face of Depression

Depression 1Depression is a disease of the brain affecting at least one of every 10 American adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Depression isn’t usually something that can be spotted from the outside. In fact, ask the ever common question, “How are you”, upon crossing paths with someone who happens to have depression and the likely response will probably be something polite like, “Fine! How are you?”

While that may be the furthest thing from the truth, it’s ingrained in members of society that it’s not nice to unload one’s private life onto others in casual conversation. Thus, a little white lie is told and everyone keeps moving. While it may be true that that sort of conversation is not appropriate for every person in passing, it is important to note that talking about feelings of depression or being down are important with family, friends, or one’s doctor. If it’s difficult to speak to loved ones or those in the medical profession, it may necessary to open up to a therapist.

Depression is not simply a temporary feeling of being sad. While everyone has his or her ups and downs, depression is not something that just goes away with time. The illness may leave individuals perpetually feeling worthless, unworthy of love or affection, different, cut-off from others, tired, lost, or despondent. At first, some people may not even realize that what they are experiencing is actually depression. They may simply wonder, “What is wrong with me?”

They may further isolate themselves from others and the surface level conversations where they have to pretend that everything is fine. Depression can also lead to thoughts of suicide when affected individuals begin to feel that they are a burden on everyone around them or that the world might just be better off if they weren’t around.

But depression doesn’t have to feel that way. Family Guidance offers coordinated treatment programs to help individuals at home and within their community. To learn more about Family Guidance’s innovative approach to success, visit familyguidance.org.

Family and Friends Play Important Role in Addiction Recovery

Addiction is said to be a family disease. Family and friends go on their own personal emotional journey just as loved ones live with addiction. But family and friends also play an important role in helping their loved one get the help they need to move forward in recovery.

While it can be easy to ignore addiction for fear of isolating a loved one, parents, siblings, significant others, and children may be the only people who can ultimately reach affected individuals and aid them in confronting the seriousness of their illness. In fact, many of those who seek help do so because of the urging of family and friends.

At times, it’s beneficial to enlist the help of a licensed counselor to aid in setting up an intervention. Intervention 1Counselors can help direct the process and mediate when emotions run high. Though, each situation is different, and sometimes intervention is left as a last resort only after the affected individual has not responded to private attempts to seek assistance.

There are two main types of treatment offered for addiction – outpatient and inpatient. Outpatient therapy is provided at a local facility where those affected can take classes and still remain at home with their families. Inpatient treatment involves receiving assistance in a facility where the patient is required to reside for the full duration of treatment, which usually lasts about a month. While it can be difficult to be separated from family for such an extended period of time, inpatient treatment may yield the best chance for success as it removes the dependent individual from his or her negative sphere of influence.

To fully take advantage of the benefits that addiction therapy has to offer, family and friends are also encouraged to attend Al Anon and Nar Anon meetings. Having a dependent loved one can be an extremely trying experience. Such meetings can help family members work through their feelings so that they can be of true emotional support without enabling the addiction.

Family Guidance has a variety of inpatient and outpatient services to aid in addiction recovery. Working through addiction is a process, but it is possible for the cycle to be broken. Learn more about Family Guidance’s Addiction Treatment Services by visiting familyguidance.org.