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.

 

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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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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A Cry For Help: Dealing With Abused Children

 

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One of the worst things that can happen to a child is experiencing verbal, physical and emotional abuse from his own parents. According to Christine Hammond, LMHC, “Emotional abuse is just as damaging as other types of abuse, if not more so because it leaves no visible scars. Instead, the wounds are deep and can take a functioning person and turn them into traumatized.” It can be disheartening to see a child, in his tender years, to be subjected to any form of aggressiveness or brutality. Obviously, the practice of child abuse by parents is widespread in society.

However, only a few people can dare to stand up against abusive parents and to help the kid in need. Do not be like these individuals. If you see a child who is abused by his mother or father, make sure of these things:

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A Teacher’s Guide To Handling An Abused Child

The beautiful thing about being a teacher is that you get to inspire children to grow up to become successful individuals. Most of their dreams are developed while they are in the classroom, talking with their friends and listening to your lessons. These students of yours look up to you for inspiration, which is why most of them may treat you as their second parents.

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Child Abuse: How Can It Affect Its Victims?

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A child who has gone through a lot of abuse and violence at home will most likely experience trauma. According to Suzanne Burger, PsyD, “Trauma is best understood as any life experience or enduring conditions that overwhelms a person’s nervous system and emotional capacity to manage it.” There are many adverse effects that are associated with child abuse. As you probably know by now, there are different forms of harm that a particular kid may encounter such as physical, emotional, and verbal. The causes of the infliction of this abuse may vary from one situation to another. However, when it comes to adverse effects, these are almost the same. Check this list:

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