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If you think about it, running and ADHD are a natural fit. What better activity for people who have trouble sitting still than being constantly in motion?

Running can be a kind of meditation. The rhythm of it, the constant movement, the release of anxious energy.

Which isn’t to say that motivating myself to go for a run is always easy. No doubt there are times when it seems like it would be easier to not go for a run. But when I do go for a run, I never end up saying to myself: “I sure wish I hadn’t wasted my time on that.

To celebrate ADHD Month this October and this year’s theme ‘Girls and Women with ADHD’ we are excited to let you know that in partnership with The Whelan Lab in Trinity we will be bringing one for the most international renowned speakers and experts on this theme Dr Ellen Littman to Ireland, for a special one night key note address.  

This 6 week parenting course will discuss the causes of ADHD, typical management issues for parents and practical strategies that include psychological treatments, the importance of diet and sleep as well current educational provision for children and adolescents with ADHD.

The Course will be facilitated by Elizabeth McCrann, Senior Clinical Psychologist with over 25 years’ experience working with children and adolescents in CAMHS with a special interest in promoting resilience and self-regulation in children and adolescent with ADHD.

I’m getting a mani-pedi today. If there’s a poster for self-care a mani-pedi would be on it. It’s relaxing, makes you look better, and it’s a couple hours away from the grind. The bonus is that I have a couple of gift cards to offset the cost so it’s not even a ding on the budget. 

As spring arrives I will take pleasure in my beautified bare toes and most certainly ruin my mani by the end of the day, but that’s not the point. The point is the break, the focus on myself. A much needed boost to my spirit. 

But is it ever enough?

Gareth Gregan, a recent graduate of Trinity College Dublin who now lives in London, says his previous diagnoses of anxiety and depression were “like a jumper that didn’t fit”.

Gregan got through school just fine, but when he reached uni, things started to fall apart. He failed two consecutive years, where previously he’d been getting top grades. “I'd sit exams in May, fail them, resit them in August, and fail them again. It was like this cyclical process that wasn't actually going anywhere.”

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