Medical And Non-Medical Treatment Options For ADHD

 

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The 2017 Pediatric ADHD Conference was organized to address one of the most prevalent chronic childhood illnesses in America. There have been approximately 9% of children from 3 to 17 years old that are diagnosed with ADHD, and this was one of the main concerns that were discussed during the event. Caregivers, parents, and other primary care providers of kids with ADHD were also invited to join the training and workshops held that day, which were geared towards teaching them knowledge and skills to care for these children in their communities efficiently.

Medical doctors, psychiatrists, nurses, and other healthcare professionals also graced the conference. They either joined in the discussions or in the workshops. One of the most essential discussions done during the event were the common behavioral and medical therapies used to treat ADHD.

Medications For ADHD

The most common prescriptions given by physicians for ADHD are Adderall and Ritalin, although they might not be appropriate for your child, and there are other medications aside from these.

ADHD medications can help your child focus better or stay still in the shorter term. However, until today, there has been no research or study proving that they help improve relationships, school performance, or behavioral issues among children and adults with ADHD for the longer term. In the short term, on the other hand, medications won’t resolve concerns or problems completely.

In addition, there are issues about the impact of these strong drugs to children’s developing brains. Worst are the side effects of these medications – loss of appetite, insomnia, and restlessness could add to the current problems. It is a reality, then, that medications may be a tool but not a cure.

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Exercise And ADHD

Engaging in physical activity is among the most convenient and effective means to decrease ADHD symptoms. Exercise rapidly shoots up the brain’s dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine levels, and all of these positively impact attention and concentration. This way, medications like Adderall and Ritalin and exercise work the same way, only that exercise does not need any prescription, and it’s free from the adverse side effects.

Sleep And ADHD

Sufficient sleep can tremendously reduce and improve ADHD symptoms. Sadly, most children have difficulty sleeping at night. Often, these sleeping problems are caused by their stimulant medications, which can be alleviated or eliminated by stopping these medications. If your child must take his medications, you will need to create a regular bedtime for him and have him follow it strictly. If he is distracted by noise, turn on the fan or a sound machine. Lastly, do not let him play or engage in too much physical activity during the evenings.

 

Is My Kid Safe? The Dangers That Hide On The Web

The Data Protection Conference 2019 aimed to share the new data protection rules with legal practitioners and data protection specialists. It is our duty as parents to care for you and your child’s data, especially when you’re online.

The Internet is both a beneficial and dangerous invention. And although it carries new knowledge, there are dangers hidden on it that your child may face without you knowing. Here are some of them. 

Cyberbullying

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Bullying is a form of abuse that your children may encounter not only in schools but also online. Cyberbullies often hide in the anonymity that the internet provides, pushing them to become more hurtful and vicious.

Real-life cases have shown that some children who experienced relentless bullying online have resorted to hurting themselves and being antisocial.

Online Predator

Sexual predators are also dangers that lurk online. These people prey on children, often befriending and sending them messages in their social media profiles. Some anonymous apps allow these violators to connect with your children, taking advantage of your young innocence.

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Adults fall for scams. So what can you expect when your children fall for false rewards in exchange for their parent’s credit card details. Even the games that seem so innocent online may entice your kids to give out private information about them and their families.

Viral Challenges And Dares

Some dares are fun until it becomes a danger to your children. Kids want to feel like they belong. So, they may end up trying dares online to be in with their peers.

However, some of these seemingly fun dares are not good for your kids as it can harm them physically and may force them to do things that they shouldn’t even be doing, like crossing the street with a blindfold on.

Inappropriate Content

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As the internet is a highway of information, it can give your children access to inappropriate content, like pornography and malware. Sometimes, their favorite characters may entice them to watch adult-themed content without knowing, introducing them to violence and foul words.

The internet has both useful and terrible sides. But we will not always know what websites our children can access. Setting boundaries and using parental control software can help protect our kids from the dangers lurking online.

How The Global Lockdown Is Affecting My Kids

As parents, our number one priority at this time of the pandemic is to keep our family and children safe from the Coronavirus. That is why we are very eager to remind them of the necessary things they have to do concerning proper measures, such as social distancing and frequent hand washing. But even though we are fully supportive in caring for their safety, this whole situation can still affect their emotional and mental state. Here is how this COVID-19 outbreak is upsetting my children.

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Kids Miss Being Socially Active

Understandably, it is essential to keep away from people at this time of the pandemic. Since the virus can quickly spread through close contact, it is vital to practice social distancing. With that, my kids have to stay at home. But the prolonged period of home quarantine makes them miss being socially active. It upsets them to think that it has been more than a month that they do not go to school. My kids miss their teachers and our neighbors. It hurts them more than anything, not to be with their friends. They are eager to go out and go back to the way things were. They want to play outside and spend time exploring nature again.

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Kids Get Easily Bored

Honestly, since this lockdown, I know a lot of us already tried to make a couple of lists to keep our children out from boredom. Perhaps you already tried changing the routine over and over again only to make your kids excited about home activities. But unfortunately, as every day passes by and no signs to the end of the virus, children get easily bored. That even if they once like the activities you prepared, they are now finding it a waste of time. There is this one time; my kids look so physically drained even though there is nothing much they do around the house.

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Kids Feel Depressed

At an unfortunate time like this, no one can tell us what to feel and whatnot. All of us only understand at this moment is sadness. There is an abundant feeling of loneliness and emptiness due to the situation’s uncertainties. As for my kids, they find the situation very depressing. They have these mixed emotions on whether to stay positive for survival or allow negativity to sets in. I can’t blame the kids, though. I also feel the same way. However, their emotions and mental stability are more vulnerable at this stage. That even though you encouraged them to think that everything is going to be okay, they somehow understand that it will take time for that.

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Kids Embrace Isolation

We understand the importance of home quarantine protocol. That is the only way we can flatten the curve and slow down the spread of the Coronavirus. However, the limitations we have, particularly in the number of people we have to allow in our parameter, bring us to the feeling of isolation. With that, my kids are taking social distancing and home quarantine negatively. I tried explaining that this situation is temporary, though. However, the more the restrictions from the things they can do grow, the more they feel alone. It upsets them to know that there is nothing they can contribute to addressing the situation.

Sadly, my children are now experiencing emotional and mental instability. And as a parent, I can’t stand to see them suffer in this unfortunate situation. But again, there is nothing I can do as well. I am also bound to follow strict protocols, the same as every people in the world. I just hope and pray that this could end soon.

The Effects Of Poverty On Children

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The 2017 Newark Conference continues to promote accessible and quality education for students coming from low-income families. Providing education for children living in poverty is one of the main issues global leaders are acting on. As poverty continues to cripple communities and countries, children are most often impacted directly from it.

Children do suffer a lot from poverty. Their vulnerability, physically and mentally, makes them an easy target for health concerns and social discrimination. Difficulties in finishing their studies, and meeting basic needs such as food and housing hinder their growth and development. We must act now. Here are some of the effects children face due to living in poverty at a young age: 

  • Health Risks

Children living in overcrowded housing and impoverished neighborhoods are prone to respiratory difficulties, heart ailments, hypertension, and obesity. A significant reason for the problem with childhood obesity comes from inaccessibility to healthy food for low-income families, forcing them to buy unhealthy cheap meals instead. Hunger and undernutrition can impact children’s cognitive development and motor skills. Children living in poverty are likely to be affected by mental health issues as well, and involvement with child welfare.

  • Impairing Academic Achievements

Growing up in a low-income family can hinder the academic achievements of a child. Hunger is one of the factors, as it will be hard for children to focus and learn in school while having an empty stomach. Also, their problems extend outside of the school as problems at home with their families can become stressors, further discouraging them from attending school. Few opportunities and lack of resources to finish their schooling prompt them to drop-out early on.

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  • Stigmatization And Alienation

Children living in poverty often feel insecure, excluded, and embarrassed by their friends. They are also likely to be bullied and judged for their economic condition. The experiences of children being stigmatized and alienated can damage their emotional well being and initiate a feeling of worthlessness and hopelessness. It can also result in children growing up with low self-esteem.

  • Safety Risks And Exposure To Violence

Living in disadvantaged neighborhoods gives children early exposure to violence and crime. The experiences and indirect displays of abuse can lead to adverse developmental outcomes. Children living in poverty-stricken communities are also at risk of being involved in juvenile justice agencies.

An Apology: Our Problematic Middle Child

It is hard to be a parent, especially if you got more children to manage.  There is no one formula that fits in raising all of them in one household.

 

We, parents, are humans, too, and we are also bound to make mistakes. We may even sometimes end up discriminating against one of our children because of many reasons such as frustrations regarding attitude and/or school performance.

 

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Neglecting Your Child 

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I see it myself now, how parents care differently for their children depending on their financial status, cultures, and educational backgrounds.   According to Raquel Anderson, LMHC, “A parent is the most important person in a child’s life. It’s never too late to make changes to ensure you’re raising your child in a safe, healthy, and loving environment.”

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I Caused My Daughter To Be A Kleptomania 

 My marriage is on the rocks, so I just decided to end up the relationship.   I decided to keep my child and raise her by myself.   

 

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It’s not easy to be a single mom.  I have to work shifts just to make both ends meet.  I feel tired all the time, and I hate being disturbed.    Continue reading I Caused My Daughter To Be A Kleptomania 

Tips On How To Help A Child Deal With A Narcissistic Mother

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Many people loosely use the term “narcissistic.” According to Heather Stevenson, PsyD, “I think that the word gets thrown around a lot. A person can have narcissistic traits and not have the personality disorder.” Some individuals believe that this word just refers to a characteristic of having too much love for one’s self. However, there is so much more that comes with this term. According to clinical psychologist Aimee Daramus, PsyD, “Narcissism is a personality style in which people have a powerful need to be the best, most important in the room.” Narcissism is a mental health problem that could make the person involved to become more distant to the people surrounding him. According to Kelsei LeAnn, PsyD, “Narcissistic Personality Disorder is defined as someone who lacks empathy for others, and they crave admiration. They’re often described as pathological liars, self-centered, manipulative, controlling.” At the same time, this illness can also result in some violence or harm for those close to him.

 

In the United States, a divorce between married couples is allowed. There are many reasons why a husband and wife would end up going separate ways. One of the common causes is the psychological incapacity of one of the parties to the marriage. Narcissism falls under this category.

 

If you believe that your partner has this condition and you both have decided to get a divorce, then do not worry because you made the right decision. However, you have to remember that your kids will be affected too. Therefore, it is essential to protect them from a narcissistic parent. Here are some of the things that you could do:

 

  1. Never Blame Yourself

 

Let go of all the regrets and what-ifs. The first step that you need to do is to get over the negative experience in your life. Take note that the more you get stuck with the failed marriage, the more it will be difficult for your kids to continue with their lives. Always remember that divorcing your narcissistic ex-wife was necessary. Otherwise, both of you will only live a miserable life.

 

  1. Show Your Support To The Children
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Your children have a high tendency to feel envious of what the other kids have. This is because of the influence that they may get from your narcissistic wife. As such, it is essential that you show them your support at all times. Make them feel that they are good enough. Remind the children that happiness must come from within and not from the validation of others.

 

  1. Listen To Concerns of Your Kids

 

Make it a habit of asking your kids about how their day went. Inquire whether there was a significant event that happened recently. Doing this will give you an idea if they are having a hard time in school or other aspects of their lives. Keep in mind that the pressure of having a narcissistic mom is too high. Make things lighter by striking up a conversation that they could all relate to.

 

  1. Help The Children Grow Better

 

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Growing up with a mother who has narcissism has adverse effects on the kids. They may get the attitude or acquire some personality traits from their mom. Because of this, they may throw tantrums whenever they do not get what they want. The best thing to do is to help them grow as responsible members of society. Remind them of the proper ways on how to act in every situation. Teach them to be sensitive to the feelings of other individuals.

 

Be sure to follow all the items listed above for the benefit of your children. Be a good example for them.

 

 

Verbal Abuse in Children: Types and Effects

Disciplining a child is hard work. According to Dr. Jennifer Hartstein, PsyD, “Discipline is a necessary thing in  life, for certain, and how we engage in it is important in building positive self-esteem and a healthy sense of self in children.” It involves reaching a balance between being an authority figure as well as somebody who loves them unconditionally. However, inadvertently parents may be caught off guard on not so good days and can verbally lash out at others, and this might include his/her child. The offense might sound minimal as compared to any other type of abuse. Oftentimes, parents might also rationalize their behaviors and temper as something out of their control brought about by the everyday stress of taking care of the kids as well as juggling their other responsibilities. Experts negate this frame of mind stating that any abuse is not justifiable.

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