Few psychiatric disorders have stirred up as much controversy and as many strong opinions as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), with claims that it is overdiagnosed or does not exist at all, and that children are being drugged with potentially dangerous medications for normal naughtiness or fidgetiness, so as not to inconvenience teachers and parents. Factors that would seem to lend credence to the claim that ADHD is not a real disorder are the fact that (like almost all psychiatric disorders) the diagnosis is made purely by clinical impression, as there is no definitive biological test—or even a definitive cognitive test—for its diagnosis, and the symptom criteria can be interpreted quite broadly to apply to a large proportion of people. … [Read more...] about Is ADHD a Real Disorder or One End of a Normal Continuum?
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There were brief moments where DeYoung second-guessed his method and doubted himself as a musician. During our discussion, he described how the hit songs that can still be heard on the radio today did not take off immediately. In fact, “Lady,” one of their most enduring anthems, was not well-received initially. “It didn't sell. And so, as a young man, I thought, well, they hate me. I'm the opposite, I'm the opposite of Sally Field: They hate me, they really hate me. I thought what I did naturally was not acceptable,” DeYoung recalled. “So, it was a very difficult time for me. The next two albums — as the writer and a musician — I tried to be anyone else but myself. And I had no success at that. And then accidentally 'Lady' is picked up on the most powerful radio station in Chicago ... this program director, Jim Smith, goes into the past and picks 'Lady' out of thin air. So, for me, I always knew how close we were to … [Read more...] about How Dennis DeYoung Helped Me Face the Life Ahead of Me
To complicate things even further, this fall and winter will occur during the most devastating pandemic the world has seen in over 100 years. In fact, a recent survey indicated that 50 percent of those responding reported already struggling with some significant depression symptoms—twice as many as in 2018 and 2019 (Bates, 2020). So it’s not just the double whammy of the seasonal flu exacerbating COVID-19 we’ll be up against in the coming months, but also the confluence of SAD with an already staggering amount of people suffering from symptoms of clinical depression. … [Read more...] about ‘Tis the Season to Be… Not Jolly
Dry January started several decades ago in Finland as part of a post-WWII effort to help the Finnish public control their alcohol use. In 2013, the UK and other European countries re-launched it as a public health initiative to encourage people to take a break from alcohol for the 31 days of January. … [Read more...] about Dry January: What Is It, and Why You Should Try It
Now, we're getting closer to the two words mentioned in the title: Volitional Attention. Now, while the words volitional attention don't exactly roll off the tongue, they are critical to rerouting old brain behaviors. What these words mean is that you need to engage energy--your mental willpower--and pay attention to the habit and what you want to replace it with. … [Read more...] about Two Words Stop Toxic Habits and Addiction in Their Tracks