Spring Cleaning - ADHD Style

baskets clean color 271711Thank goodness that spring is almost really here! For all of us Canadians, we have braved a serious winter and if you have ADHD, you might have some bottled up restlessness to let out. With that in mind, we have been thinking and chatting with clients about how to channel the momentum of spring into getting those nagging ‘to dos’ done (you know the ones!).

Here are our top four tips for “spring cleaning - ADHD style”.

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Online Assessments are here!

We have some exciting news to share about our assessments. We are thrilled to now offer our adult ADHD/mental health assessment online for residents of Ontario! If you live outside Toronto and prefer not to travel to our clinic, our online assessments are a great option for you.

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My Brain Needs Glasses

MyBrainNeedsGlasses BlogIt was at one of the many conferences that Dr. Gray has attended over the years that she heard Dr. Annick Vincent, a psychiatrist from Quebec, use an innovative but simple analogy for taking daily stimulant medication. An ADHD specialist and leader, Dr. Vincent has written books and used this description to help share how stimulants work for individuals of all ages. She is an important voice in dispelling fears about ADHD medication.

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Keep fighting the good fight: How remembering you have ADHD is actually the secret to beating it.

Receiving a diagnosis of ADHD is not an end point. Instead, it is an opportunity for a new beginning. By realizing that ADHD is actually a brain difference, you can put some context into your past, and help you understand why you often feel the way you feel. So, if the process is done right, a diagnosis is a chance for transformation, for change, and for individual growth.

Coming to terms with having ADHD is not about feeling guilt, or shame, or feeling bad about yourself. And it shouldn’t be about receiving a label either. It should be an empowering experience with the opportunity to build self-awareness, with the goal of getting closer to finding your true self.

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6 Common Myths about ADHD

There are many widely-held beliefs about ADHD that can lead people to dismiss a diagnosis. In reality, ADHD is not only real, but it is also highly researched. Our understanding of the disorder is evolving, but there are some common myths that we can dispel with confidence.

Here are six reasons why people might dismiss a diagnosis, based on common myths about ADHD...

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Be a step ahead this March Break: 5 must-ask questions before you hop on that plane!

Have you ever found yourself wandering along with a crowd, on your ‘vacation’ thinking: I don’t even like (insert whatever you are currently doing)?” 

Too often, we get so excited about the concept of a holiday that we just follow along with what the guide book says and don’t customize it to fit our own wants and needs, or the strengths and limitations of those traveling with us. You do the “must sees’ according to someone else, or hop on a pre-planned itinerary and skip the necessary steps to make it yours. You forget to ask yourself the meaningful questions about what you are wanting out of this time, and instead find yourself on holiday thinking “it would have been more relaxing to just stay home.”

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