ADD/ADHD-Friendly Jobs and Careers – Part 3

If you have read the first two installments of this series, then you already know that there are actually jobs and careers that cater to our ADD needs.  These are jobs that offer stimulation, a wide variety of tasks, and the ability to work independently.  Obviously, not all jobs are going to provide all three of these, but the ones I talk about hit the mark more often than other job areas.  Decide for yourself which of these traits are the most important to you, and whether you can live without one of them.  This will help you prioritize as you read about the different jobs and careers.

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Nutrition and Brain Function: The Importance of Protein

In a previous article we had a look at the importance of neurotransmitters in optimum brain function. These important chemical formulations can be accurately described as the ‘brain’s messengers’ as they play such a crucial role in facilitating the movement of impulses between different nerve cells. The very same things that we require from a ‘real life’ messenger service (i.e. an overnight courier) also apply to neurotransmitters namely that they should do their work speedily, efficiently and reliably. If this is not the case you could very well end up with a situation in which the brain simply does not perform as it should. The symptoms of this kind of sub-optimal performance can range from mild mental fuzziness to serious mental health problems. A strong case can be made that some of the symptoms associated with ADD-ADHD can also be traced back to deficient neurotransmitter activity. Continue reading “Nutrition and Brain Function: The Importance of Protein”

Nutrition and the “Brain’s Messengers”

Last week we began our look at how brain function is influenced by nutrition. One of the key points that were made was that the brain needs a sufficient amount of good quality chemicals, called neurotransmitters, in order to function properly. The primary function of neurotransmitters is to transmit, strengthen and control the transmission of signals (also known as impulses) between neurons (nerve cells). This week we will profile four main neurotransmitters (some other will also be discussed in subsquent artiles) by focusing on their role in keeping the brain ‘ticking over’ as it should. This will enable us to deepen our understanding of the kinds of foods that will be most beneficial in boosting brainpower. The value of this knowledge for someone attempting to conquer ADD-ADHD cannot be overstated as restoring proper brain function should be a key priority in this battle.
Four of the most important neurotransmitters are:

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Tips for Helping Kids Manage School

bored_kidSchool is far too often the place where a child’s ADD creates the most trouble.  The teachers are overworked and underpaid so many problems get neglected.  On the other hand, a lot of kids with ADD can also have behavioral difficulties and teachers are paying so much attention to those that there is little time left for dealing with issues of learning and succeeding.  Can you arm your child with skills that can compensate for his difficulties?  Absolutely!  And most of the techniques are easy to implement!
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The Glycemic Index’s Clever Twin Brother

Over the past few weeks we looked at the theory behind the Glycemic Index (GI) and we specifically noted its importance in designing an anti ADD-ADHD diet. This can be found in the fact that the Glycemic Index measures the release of energy into the bloodstream. People with ADD-ADHD are often subject to wild swings in terms of their energy levels and ability to focus. Paying attention to GI and choosing Low-GI foods that provide steady energy release can go some way to alleviate this. Over the next few weeks we will start to look at the practicalities of designing an ADD-ADHD busting diet. Before we can do that however we will have to look at one last foundational concept related to GI namely that of Glycemic Load. Continue reading “The Glycemic Index’s Clever Twin Brother”

A Letter to My ADHD Son

hand-writtenDear Henry,

I am writing this letter late at night after trying to get you to go to sleep.  Why?  Perhaps someday you will read this and realize that while you were certainly a challenging kid, you bring me endless joy.  Besides, I am so frustrated right now that I thought writing might be therapeutic (after all, I’m a writer – what else would I do?) Continue reading “A Letter to My ADHD Son”

What’s So Great About Having ADHD???

If you are like most of us with ADHD, you have no doubt been told about the disadvantages of having it.  You’ve endured negative comments and your own fears about handling this temperamental disorder!  Believe it or not, there ARE advantages to having ADHD.  While the ADHD brain is certainly wired differently, their are also some unexpected benefits.  Take a look at these positive characteristics of people with ADHD.  While not all are present in every ADHD personality, you will recognize at least some of them in yourself and those you love with ADHD.

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