Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common childhood disorders, affecting 1 in 20 school going children.
The primary symptoms are inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity.
It is recognized by World Health Organization(WHO ).
ADHD is not just a childhood Disorder, long term studies have shown that ADHD is a lifespan disorder and it does not resolve spontaneously. Symptoms of ADHD may persist into adulthood in 60-70% cases.
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If you are a parent of a child with special needs – Autism or otherwise, you know that the tug-of-war between the school and the parent is real and stressful. The IEP meeting every year is something all of us dread. You probably attend seminars , ask for ideas in Autism groups online, read various tips and tricks, try talking to a family advocate and gear yourself for the D-day . I’m guessing, the school ,on its part, does a ton of meetings and collaboration to come up with an IEP that they believe is practical and effective. Same goes for almost everything that involves your child and the school. There seems to be a constant back and forth trying to figure out what is best for the child. While every school year is an opportunity for the students to grow, it is also an opportunity for the teachers to learn more about the kids who need that extra attention because of their challenges.
If I was asked what I would want the school to know about my child and Autism in general, this is what I would say:
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Being a teenager has never been easy. The rush of hormones, combined with the physical changes and emotional turmoil they experience can be overwhelming. This true of both the teenagers and their parents.
When kids begin high school, these changes are magnified by the issues teens face today. These problems include things that teens didn’t face in the past. These things include cyberbullying and social isolation.
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This article is going to be one that attempts to put human emotions and faces on a disorder that is ravaging families and communities. First, we shall tackle the explanation of what Alzheimer’s disease is, and its stages.
Then, as the author of this piece, I will be relating some of my personal experiences from my years serving people who lived and died with Alzheimer’s and their families.
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My son Dylan and his twin brother Devdan were born September 29th, 2006. Dylan had some minor swelling in the groin area at birth, but nothing the doctors or nurses were concerned about. Over the next two months I continually questioned our pediatrician about the progressing swelling, however it was always dismissed as nothing to worry about and something to just keep an eye on.
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Five years ago I became my granddaughter Maggie’s aid at school.
Maggie has severe Cerebral Palsy. She is non-verbal, can’t walk, has to be fed and changed, and has minimal control of her hands and arms. But she is so bright. I went to school with her to help her brilliance shine.
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The official definition of schizophrenia according to the National Institute of Mental Illness (NIHM) is as follows:
“Schizophrenia is a chronic and severe mental disorder that affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves. People with schizophrenia may seem like they have lost touch with reality. Although schizophrenia is not as common as other mental disorders, the symptoms can be very disabling.”
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Autism was a word barely known 20 years ago, with America’s only real reference an award-winning performance of an “idiot savant” in Rain Man. Projection rates and real calculations vary, but the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Network reveals a startling 78% increase in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnoses between 2002 and 2008 alone. The cost of autism is high, with economic costs falling in separate categories of direct, indirect, and intangible.
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*A miracle is born*
Happily married to a loving and doting husband since 5 years and blessed with an affectionate and adorable son, aged 4 years, my life was perfect…
But like they say you have to pay a price for everything.
So did I.
Never in my wildest dreams had I dreamt about what lay ahead of me.
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Before my son’s diagnosis of Autism, I had never even heard about the condition. No one in my family was familiar with it and I knew of nobody who had this diagnosis either. So I started with a blank slate, with absolutely no idea what to do, how to deal with its plethora of challenges , who to reach out to or where to start. I had no clue if what I was doing was right or wrong. Just as my successes were my own, so were my failures. We, as a family, learnt along the way as we experimented with different things. Over the years we’ve perfected a few things or so we think and there are some that we are still trying to figure out .
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Every year in the United States 6.4 million babies are born and put into the arms of proud and excited new mothers. These women have experienced nine or ten long months of pregnancy with all its physical and emotional challenges and have finally received the reward for all their suffering. Soon they are taking home their little bundle and daydream about their child growing up, going to school, and attending prom.
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Education is so important for someone with bipolar disorder. The more we know and understand, the better off we will be. Psychology is a science. Because of that, it is always changing. There will always be new information regarding bipolar disorder. There are now more medications than ever before. I know that many medications come with side effects such as weight gain, hair loss and tiredness. We are all unique and have a different genetic makeup. The medication that works for me may not work for a close family member. Our goal is to stabilize the chemicals in our brain.
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Our son was non-verbal until the age of 3 and need-based verbal until the age of 5. Now, at the age of 15 years, he speaks both fluently and effusively.
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Death is an inevitable part of living, and most humans struggle to remain alive for as long as possible. But, in the past century suicide has been romanticized as being a hero’s way to leave life, with Hollywood painting it as something that someone does as an act of love for his or her family.
However, the truth is much grimmer. There is nothing romantic about dying prematurely by your own hand because you have become overwhelmed and lost hope. Too many families are devastated every year, leaving them broken and wondering what they could have done to save the ones they loved.
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Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder. A stable mood is something that we want. We want to feel and react in a proper way to a stimulus. With that being said, there are two separate ends of the spectrum with bipolar disorder. These are defined as mania and depression. Mania is when our mood is at a high. Depression is when our mood is at a low.
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