Biggest Stressors in America in 2020

The American Psychological Association (APA) has conducted an annual study for decades on stress in America. This year, their study coincided with the COVID-19 pandemic, which captured the specific stressors related to this unprecedented situation. Not surprisingly, two prominent findings from this year’s study were parental stress and pessimism about the future. During the pandemic, most schools transitioned to remote learning, leaving parents responsible for overseeing their child’s or children’s education from home. At the [...]

By |2020-06-28T13:42:04+00:00June 28th, 2020|

Rejection Sensitivity

For many individuals with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), there is increased sensitivity to feelings of rejection, which is appropriately named, “rejection sensitivity.” This could be outright rejection (such as a child being told that no one wants to play with him) or perceived rejection (such as misinterpreting a friend saying they’re busy as purposefully avoiding you). In either event, the feelings of rejection can feel more intense for individuals with ADHD and lead to emotional distress. [...]

By |2020-06-16T13:16:20+00:00June 16th, 2020|

Should I Tell My Child Their Diagnosis?

Consider this scenario: You’ve noticed for a while that your child is not learning the way others do. It takes them longer to do homework and they can’t seem to grasp certain educational concepts. Their grades are suffering and you’ve been wondering if maybe there was an underlying reason for your child’s struggles. You pursue an educational evaluation, and the results show that your child does in fact have a learning disorder or ADHD. How [...]

By |2020-05-19T14:45:01+00:00May 19th, 2020|

Social Deficits with ADHD

A lot of people are surprised to learn that social deficits and relationship problems are common for kids and adults with ADHD. At its core, ADHD is characterized by inattention, hyperactivity, and difficulties with impulse control, all of which can negatively impact social interactions. Let’s look at these areas and how they can impact social relationships: Inattention: When we talk with others, we expect them to listen and understand us. For people who struggle with [...]

By |2020-05-02T14:00:08+00:00May 2nd, 2020|

Stress & The Body

We have long suspected the relationship between the mind and body, with research confirming this link over the past several decades. Stress, in particular, has a significant impact on the body, as well as brain functioning. When the body is under significant and prolonged stress, the hormone cortisol is released, which can lead to inflammation and a strain on the immune system. Multiple other body systems can be impacted by stress (either acute or chronic), [...]

By |2020-04-16T14:08:10+00:00April 16th, 2020|