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Kids with ADHD often struggle with managing their emotions. For some, that can mean mood swings that leave their parents, teachers and friends wondering what caused such a swift change in attitude and behaviour.

It may not take much, however, to set the pendulum in motion. Here’s an example of an ADHD mood swing. A child who’s been happily playing outside comes in for lunch. As he sits down, he accidentally spills his milk. In that instant, he becomes angry and frustrated, and his mood totally changes.

The largest imaging study of ADHD to date identifies differences in five regions of the brain, with greatest differences seen in children rather than adults.

The results from our study confirm that people with ADHD have differences in their brain structure and therefore suggest that ADHD is a disorder of the brain," added Dr Hoogman. "We hope that this will help to reduce stigma that ADHD is 'just a label' for difficult children or caused by poor parenting. 

One Mothers Story!

When I worry about if ADHD has taken a toll on my son’s happiness, all I can do is remind him that the condition is not the sum total of who he is.

A picture tells a thousand words, but today, as I stare at my 10 years old son’s school picture, only one word comes to mind: sadness.

Some excellent advice for this time of the year! 

Molly stopped taking holidays several years ago. It wasn’t that she didn’t enjoy the time off...she did...it was because she didn’t like returning to work. Molly has ADHD and has learned to use it to her advantage in her job. Her job in sales requires her to always be on the go and spends most of her time on the road, visiting clients. She manages to complete her paperwork first thing in the morning, before all the distractions of the day set in.

We’ve all been there before and it’s something that’s often referred to as the entrepreneur’s curse or “superhero syndrome”. It starts off innocently, but as you scale your business and begin to grow you have difficulty saying no to things and even worse, delegating or outsourcing tasks to others. You have so many things on your plate but so little time. You get caught up in a vicious circle of burning the candle at both ends and fueling yourself with caffeine and junk food. Naturally, the first thing that always gets tossed by the wayside is exercise.

 

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