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Brain Differences in ADHD

People with ADHD have been identified as having what we call “executive functioning deficits,” or inefficiencies in the “thinking” functions of the brain.  People with these deficits often have a harder time with certain tasks, such as those that take a long time, are difficult, and are not constantly rewarding or reinforcing.  A recent large-scale brain imaging study published in The Lancet, identified several differences in the brains of people… Continue Reading

Perfectionism: When Perfect Isn’t Good Enough

Most people are familiar with the Merriam-Webster dictionary definition of perfectionism: “a disposition to regard anything short of perfection as unacceptable.” However, for many so-called perfectionists, even perfect feels insufficient. As reported in Antony and Swinson’s book When Perfect Isn’t Good Enough, perhaps a more appropriate and detailed definition for perfectionism is the one David Burns generated in a 1980 article in Psychology Today: “’…[perfectionists are people] whose standards are… Continue Reading

Nine Tips for Overcoming an Eating Disorder

One of our favorite websites focused on Eating Disorder resources recently published a list of tips for successful Eating Disorder recovery.  Here are our top tips from the list with our thoughts on each one: Work with an eating disorder specialist treatment team if at all possible. I can’t overstate the importance of finding a team that has a lot of experience working with people struggling with Eating Disorders. How… Continue Reading

Advice for How Parents Can Talk to Kids About Race

Many parents wonder when and how to talk to their children about race and racism. Rachel Berman, researcher and graduate program director of the School of Early Childhood Studies at Ryerson University in Toronto, recommends that it is never too early to start talking to children about race. In general, she advises that parents be alert to the ways that they may be implicitly conveying their own attitudes about race… Continue Reading

New Study on the Link Between ADHD and Delayed Brain Development

Individuals with Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are all too familiar with outsiders’ descriptions of their behavior as “laziness” or “a willful lack of effort”. These comments are extremely frustrating for those who are motivated to achieve and succeed but struggle to put their thoughts into action. ADHD’s root causes are often misperceived by the general public. ADHD symptoms are related to brain dysfunction in the area of the brain known as… Continue Reading

Teen “Night Owls” May Have More Trouble with Self-Regulation

“Night Owls” and “Morning Larks” are more than just terms used colloquially to describe people who prefer to go to bed later or wake up earlier. Researchers have studied how different people exhibit different “chronotypes” – a term used to describe when their biological clocks make them naturally inclined to sleep. By using a scale that ranks someone’s “morningness” or “eveningness,” researchers can determine whether someone has a biological preference… Continue Reading

Devices, Stress, and Healthy Limit-Setting

In February 2017, the American Psychological Association (APA) released data from their annual nationwide “Stress in America” survey. The survey, conducted during August 2016 and January 2017, assessed the link between a range of factors on reported levels of stress. Some of the potential stressors surveyed included societal variables, such as the current political climate, technology, and social media. In reviewing the APA’s report, it was not surprising to learn… Continue Reading

When ADHD and Anxiety Occur at the Same Time

Living with ADHD is stressful. Thoughts related to procrastination, disorganization, forgetfulness and frustration over failed intentions abound-“Did I lock the front door??”; “What time is that appointment again? I forgot to write it down!”; “I’m going to be late for work! I never allow myself enough time in the morning!” These thoughts represent an internal state of panic and worry, that many living with ADHD recognize as their own. In… Continue Reading

Ways to Cope With Caregiving for a Loved One – Part 2

Although caring for a loved one who is suffering from a chronic illness (physical or psychological) is often very fulfilling, it can also take a serious emotional and physical toll.  As described in a recent article, Lessons for Caregiving in Monitor on Psychology (a journal published by the American Psychological Association), there are several research-based ways for caregivers to improve their quality of life: Find a support group: Finding support… Continue Reading

The Emotional and Physical Cost of Caregiving – Part 1

About 18 million Americans currently care for family members who are 65 and older and suffering from serious and chronic illnesses. By 2050, researchers predict that these numbers will rise even higher – to 30 million – as the number of older adults who are most likely to need intensive support increases. The authors of an article recently published in Monitor on Psychology argue that these caregivers need more recognition… Continue Reading