Got ADHD? Get moving!

Exercise and ADHDWe've talked before about the benefits of exercise in helping manage symptoms of ADHD (here and here). And, based on our our experience, we've seen how adding regular movement-oriented activities can improve mood and focus.

But why is exercise so helpful?

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Before my ADHD diagnosis, I was alive but not living

The Globe and Mail recently posted a personal piece by reader Michelle Baril-Price about her journey with ADHD, leading to her recent diagnosis and treatment. It's a poignant piece about realizing that ADHD looks different from what she thought it looked like. As she says, realizing that her "misconceptions and ignorance about the disorder had misled [her]" and delayed a potential diagnosis until later in life. Check it out here: Why couldn't I get my life together?

Anger Management and Children with ADHD

child 1548229 640Anger and emotional reactivity is often a big concern of parents with ADHD children. Emotional regulation is a skill that develops with age, but children with ADHD tend to take a little bit longer to learn these skills. As you can imagine, this can impact family life, friendships, school performance, and self-esteem.

As a parent, there are a few steps you can take to help your child manage their anger. For some ideas, take a look at this article we came across: Anger Is Important — But Only When It’s Managed.

The "Default Mode Network" and ADHD

neuroscience and ADHDThe Default Mode Network (DMN for short) is a term for several regions of the brain that show elevated metabolic activity when the brain is at rest and not engaged in a task or activity that requires focus. Interestingly, based on research, the DMN appears to be more active in individuals with ADHD, even when they are trying to engage in a task or activity that DOES require focus. So what does that mean for you if you have ADHD? To find out, check out this article talking about the DMN: ADHD's Secret Demon - And How to Tame It.

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The Nature Fix: Nature and ADHD symptoms

nature and ADHDSpending time outside is an important part of balanced wellness for everyone. But did you know that many studies have shown that spending time outdoors has a positive impact on ADHD symptoms in children, youth and adults? This could be going on a camping trip, taking a walk around the block, or even sitting in your own backyard for a few minutes. Whatever you do, exposure to green spaces seems to have the potential to improve concentration and impulse control. Not sure where to start? This helpful little list of nature inspired ideas can point the way right out the front door!