Talking Back to Rumination

April 10, 2013

I was working with a young client recently, and we recognized that she was really shut down because of the negative pictures and thoughts going through her mind.  She couldn’t stop picturing worse and worse possibilities, so she was afraid to do anything.  Rumination like that is very debilitating.  We don’t realize that focusing on […]

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Hyperactivity Linked to City Living

March 31, 2013

I just saw an article quoting research that city living can harm our mental health.  This article in Scientific American Mind (March/April 2013) said that city populations are significantly more likely to suffer from mental illness such as depression and schizophrenia than rural populations.  As a matter of fact, researchers have calculated that city children […]

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Napping Helps Your Memory

March 25, 2013

When you are trying to learn a large amount of material, try breaking it into chunks, study one chunk, then take a short nap. Researchers have found that people who took a short nap were able to retain 85% of material they had just memorized before their nap compared to 60% for those who did […]

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Temporal Discounting and Impulsivity

March 22, 2013

Temporal discounting is our tendency to see small rewards now as much more desirable than a bigger reward down the road. We are all wired with this tendency, and we are all able with a pause and thoughtfulness to overcome this tendency and not give in to impulses. Scientists have learned that the temporal discounting […]

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Happy Spring!

March 20, 2013

Happy First Day of Spring!  Today is the spring equinox and a shifting of the seasons.  I’ve always loved the potential of spring time.  Growing up on the farm, it was a time for planting and many new babies appearing — colts and fillies, calves, pigs, sheep, baby chicks, and sometimes brothers or sisters. Those […]

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A Question of Consciousness

March 15, 2013

I was listening to some program recently and heard this statement: “If we’re not feeling, we’re not conscious.” That statement really caught my attention. I haven’t worked out exactly what it means for me as an inattentive ADDer, but here are some thoughts that came to my mind: Does this mean that if an ADDer […]

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