- folks with ADD and ADHD are more likely to have broken sleep
architecture, referring to those nice 90 minute cycles of deeper sleep
punctuated by lighter sleep and dreaming?
- students with ADD are more likely to
have night wakings, delayed sleep onset, even nightmares and sleep walking. And
on top of that, what’s more interesting at 10pm than getting to bed? Answer:
- and on top of that, folks with ADHD are often using stimulant medication
which, for some, may delay sleep onset.
Hooray for exercise
Did you know that
- adults report better mood and perform
better on measures of cognitive functioning after a period of physical activity
and the benefits last for hours?
- exercise actually has an
- for older adults, exercise has protective properties for
brain functions. (Physical activity, typically three times a week about half an
hour, increases brain derived neurotrophic factor which helps protect the hippocampus
which is so important for laying down new memories.
So this morning I offered a training on Personality Disorders, including an overview of the DSM-5 alternative model. Our focus was on the impact of these disorders on the disability review process.
Click through the slides and leave your comments or questions or observations in the comments below. If you think a similar training would be a good match for your team, contact me
And P.S. - hope to see you at an
Hey kids - I was doing a websearch this afternoon for resources on this topic, and thought I'd share a couple of good ones with you guys. Also (pretty) please (with sugar) pass on to me any good stuff you've got on the ADHD and HR theme.
"...looking back, I see that I performed very differently for different kinds of bosses. The ADD friendly bosses all had similar profiles and so did I when I worked for them.
Listen, you don't have to have ADHD to love
Evernote, but a lot of ADHD coaches, and a lot of adults and students are big
So in this post I'll provide a quick overview for how Evernote might
help you in terms of organizing yourself, your time and your goals.
3 basic functions
all Evernote essentially has 3 functions, you can writenotes, or takepicturesor recordsound. Now the most obvious Evernote feature is
the note taking and note saving function, Shopping lists for example are a
great way to use Evernote, and packing lists and the ever popular bucket list.
Free 1-Hour Programs at Local Libraries
is the first in a series of talks I'm offering at local libraries for parents of children and adolescents with ADD/ADHD. The next one is in November inNorthborough
The one-hour interactive and high-energy program offers a practical introduction to ADHD, and an overview of what current brain research tells us about medication as well as non-medication interventions.
continues to be a fount of awesome advice, hacks, tips, and ideas. AuthorMihir Patkar
offers a brief overview, and the graphic below, of an approach to weekly activity scheduling called "The Rule of 3."
This looks a lot like the "weekly overview" and "morning review" we review at the ADHDworkshop
. The "Monday Vision" activity is a quick once-weekly preview of the week in which a "Rule of 3" practitioner identifies 3 top outcomes for the week.
Q: Dr. Nowell, I'm 21
and in high school my SLD instructor told my mother and I that I may have Asperger's
Syndrome and not ADD, but we didn't follow this lead. How similar are ADD and
Asperger's and are they treated differently?
is some overlap among the two disorders but they are conceptualized as two very
different neurocognitive conditions, with different functional impact.
How about you - when you think about your biggest challenges:
- Where do you see it the most?
In response to a comment in mynewsletter
today, reader Jill Lack asks:
Q: I just got your email newsletter and was interested to know more about the ADHD study and exercise. Is there anyway you can tell me what 'before school exercise' was provided in the study that helped decrease the ADHD symptoms? Thanks so much! Jill Lack,Building Blocks Occupational Therapy
A: Good question! So I reached out to one of the study's authors,Dr. Betsy Hoza
of the University of Vermont, and she replies:
Q: My biggest struggle with ADHD right now is my tendency to just do the bare minimum.
I'm in law school and I know I should be working harder, but I don't. I do way less than I should, get B+'s and call it a day. I want A's but
can't find the strength to sit down and work for hours or even one
hour. I want to be able to do it, but every time I try, I seem to
I spend most of my time participating in hobbies, with not much to
show for it. I want to find a way to perform better, but I take such pride in
barely working and still doing pretty well.