ADHD and our Culture: Overdiagnosis As a psychologist who has specialized in diagnosing and working with ADHD individuals over the past twenty years, I firmly believe ADHD has been (and still is) over diagnosed — and that medications are used too much. Having said this, I think it is a mistake to “throw the baby out with the bath water”.
I am going to post a three-part series on Adult ADD / ADHD. The first deals with understanding what ADD / ADHD really is. The second takes a look at the issue of overdiagnosis. The third discusses the impact of ADHD characteristics in the workplace. ADULT ADD / ADHD: MYTH, EXCUSE, OR REALITY? Adult ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) is one
Spring is a fascinating time of year. New growth. Delicate flowers and flowering trees. Longer days. The return of wildlife and insects (I saw three different types of swallowtail butterflies on our lilac bush this week!) And unpredictable weather. Growing up in Kansas, I never understood what the “big deal” was about Spring. Spring in Kansas consists of warmer days,
This week I have been reading Benjamin Franklin’s The Way to Wealth. I have always been intrigued with Franklin, and I also am personally committed to learning from successful individuals across history. Two of his key themes in The Way to Wealth are the interrelationship between the practice of frugality and industry. To cite some of Franklin’s comments: “It is
Our culture is information saturated.Â In fact, I would say many of us are information addicts.Â We think we need to know more, or at least the latest information, before we make a decision or act.Â The problem is — there is so much information available and it is coming at us so quickly, we really can’t know everything on
One of the most common statements I hear from families with whom I work is: “We just want our kids and grandchildren to develop a good work ethic.” This is sometimes in the context of discussing their wealth transfer plan, and they don’t want to leave their heirs so much money that it interferes in their developing foundational character qualities.
I have often been asked to speak on managing stress, work & life balance, and similar topics. But I have never been asked to speak about (and I have never seen an article on) rest. This is one of those postings that clearly comes from my personal experience (and is one of those topics I am giving myself the liberty
The topic of “work” has been in many of my discussions recently. It is the time of the year when parents and their student-children (especially high school and college aged) are discussing plans for this coming summer. And, in my house at least, the topic of work is part of that discussion. But, additionally, many families with whom I work
Boy, my entries have been pretty heavy recently. Being truthful, I’m glad we’re through with the leadership articles. Good info, but a bit weighty. So, let’s have some fun. In fact, let’s talk about how to have fun in our daily work. An ancient Hebrew saying states: “A person can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find
The final article on leadership in the January 2007 American Psychologist ,â€œAsking the Right Questions About Leadershipâ€ by J. Richard Hackman and Ruth Wageman, attempts to summarize the issues raised by the authors of the key contributing articles. Hackman & Wageman suggest that a new set of questions need to be asked to better understand leadership. They contrast previously asked