Understanding Mental Health: Stigma and Self-Esteem

We are one week away from the Bell Let’s Talk day and at Springboard we are thinking and talking a lot about the impact of stigma.

Many of our adult clients’ mental health symptoms have been exasperated by feelings of judgment and shame. And too often, we hear stories from clients who have felt labelled from an early age for their challenges with attention, emotional reactivity, focus and mood. They were identified as a “class clown,” or a quiet “daydreamer”, but in reality they were often as confused as everyone else about why they couldn’t keep up. They continuously disappointed themselves and those around them and struggled to follow through with their intentions for as long as they can remember. By the time we see them at the clinic, they are usually exhausted by it all.

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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?

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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What happens in your brain when you pay attention?

What does it mean to pay attention? When you think of attention, you may think of what you are focusing on in a particular moment. For instance, while reading this, you believe that you are paying attention by focusing on the words on your computer screen. But, attention actually has more to do with what your brain is not focusing on - what it's filtering out.

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