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Psychology Around the Net: November 21, 2015


With Thanksgiving just a few days away, we're in the throes of the holiday season here in America; unfortunately, this isn't a happy time for all. However, psychologists have a few tips and tricks to keep your holiday blues in check.

Of course, we've also got the latest on sex and happiness, how a mother's age could affect her daughter's mental health, whether your child's ADHD medication puts him or her at risk for bullying, and more.

Have a happy Saturday!

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ADHD Overdiagnosis? Most Done After Checklists, Neuropsychological Testing

A lot of people have gotten this idea -- myself included -- that a diagnosis for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is pretty easily obtained. I've been led to believe this by media hype about the "overdiagnosis" of ADHD. Some journalists I've spoken to in the past believed this so insistently, they based their entire story around the premise.

But what if the common wisdom and journalists are wrong?

What if most ADHD diagnoses are made after careful consideration of a child or teenager's actual behaviors, verified through a behavior rating scale or checklist? What if most children who receive an ADHD diagnosis actually go through neuropsychological testing too? What if, before giving an ADHD diagnosis, most parents were also questioned about their child's behavior in different settings too?

Could so many diverse measures and datapoints all be wrong?

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3 Challenges Unique to Women with ADHD and How to Overcome Them

As a woman with ADHD, you might try your best to keep everything together. But because of your symptoms, it’s that much harder to pay attention, prioritize, perform, get organized and complete tasks. ADHD affects every facet of your life. It comes with a variety of challenges -- some of which are especially unique to women.

The good news is that you can successfully navigate these challenges. The key isn’t to work “harder,” which you’ve likely already tried. And tried.

Instead, it’s to be open to other strategies and perspectives; and be OK with seeking help.
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ADHD & Parenting: Tips for Creating Calm

When your child has ADHD, there may be a lot of frustration. Your child might get frustrated with having to complete homework that bores them. They might get frustrated with so many thoughts ping-ponging in their brains. They might get frustrated that they have such a hard time focusing -- and have to deal with many other challenges triggered by ADHD.

And you might get frustrated with everything from their taking forever to get ready in the morning to not following your rules. As a result, you might apply more pressure, thinking this will motivate your child.

But it only backfires.
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FREE Webinar: ADHD Awareness Month: Strategies That Work

October is ADHD Awareness Month! During this special month, webinar host Zoë Kessler presents two special webinars you won’t want to miss.

In this, the follow-up to our previous session, "ADHD Awareness: 7 Keys to Unlock Your ADHD Potential," we'll regroup and discuss what strategies we tried, what lessons we've learned.

If you missed the first session, please click here and watch the replay. Download the handout at , then join us to talk about what works to raise ADHD...
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6 Additional Ways to Reduce or Stop Racing Thoughts that Stall Sleep

It’s really frustrating when you’re lying in bed, and your thoughts just won’t stop. It might be thoughts about what you need to do tomorrow or thoughts about what went wrong today. Your brain is lit up like a Christmas tree. Your body feels like a firecracker -- about to explode with energy and restlessness.

Recently, we shared five tips to reduce or stop racing thoughts – everything from listening to guided meditations to processing the...
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ADHD & Adults: 5 More Things that Make You Feel Overwhelmed and Tips to Help

When you have ADHD, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. The symptoms make it harder to navigate all areas of your life. Recently, in this piece, we shared four things that cause overwhelm -- from the barrage of thoughts and ideas in your brain to the endless piles and clutter that might surround you.

Today, we’re sharing five more triggers, along with practical strategies to help you reduce overwhelm, manage ADHD and get things done.
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Why Nature is So Good for Your Mental Health

Where did you go on your last vacation? If you live in the city or the suburbs, there’s a good chance that you spent it in a natural setting, perhaps at a national park, the beach or a cabin in the mountains.

Most of us have felt the inexplicable pull of the outdoors, even if it’s simply prompting us to take a neighborhood walk or sit in the backyard watching the clouds or the squirrels. Nature holds a special kind of energy: it is pure and wild and spirit-renewing.

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ADHD & Adults: 4 Things that Cause Overwhelm and What You Can Do

When you have ADHD, many things can cause you to feel overwhelmed. In fact, you might feel like you’re constantly behind and playing catch-up. You might run around all day long and yet not get much done.

The symptoms of ADHD affect your ability to be organized and efficient, said Juli Shulem, PCC, a productivity coach and organizing expert who specializes in helping people with ADHD. Maybe you can relate to what Shulem’s client said: “Life just happens at me.”

The good news is that you can do something -- a lot of things -- to help you navigate and reduce your overwhelm.
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Connecting to Your Body to Cope with ADHD

Adults with ADHD commonly have an uncomfortable or combative relationship with their bodies. According to psychiatrist Lidia Zylowska, MD, in her book The Mindfulness Prescription for Adult ADHD, adults with hyperactivity might get frustrated with their restlessness. Adults with inattention might get frustrated with their sinking energy. Many adults with ADHD also neglect their basic needs, such as eating and getting enough sleep.

In
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Succeeding in College When You Have ADHD

Navigating the first year of college is hard for anyone, but staying organized and productive is especially difficult for those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). My impulsivity and lack of attention caused me to attend four different schools and declare three different majors.

Once I figured things out, though, I graduated with honors and secured gainful employment. Now I’m five classes away from earning a master’s degree.

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Free Webinar: Stop the Chaos! Everyday Management Tips for Moms with ADHD

Join Psych Central host Zoë Kessler for a conversation with Terry Matlen, ACSW. Ms. Matlen is a psychotherapist, consultant, writer, and coach, specializing in women and moms with ADHD. Terry is the author of two books: "The Queen of Distraction” and "Survival Tips for Women with AD/HD" and is the founder of ADDconsults.com. She also runs QueensOfDistraction.com, an online coaching program for women with ADHD. A nationally-recognized expert and speaker on ADHD, she served for many years on the board of directors of ADDA (Attention Deficit Disorder Association).

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