Emotion Regulation in Teens with ADHD

Everyone EXPERIENCES A MIXTURE of positive and negative emotions daily. For some people, these emotions—particularly negative emotions like anger, frustration, sadness, and guilt—can be overwhelming. Emotion regulation is a term generally used to describe a person’s ability to manage and respond to an emotional experience in an adaptive way. Emotion regulation is essential for social and…

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Are You a Hotline Hothead?

How to Call Customer Service You have a customer service issue that you need to resolve by calling the company’s 800 number. This has been difficult for you in the past, as you struggle to regulate your emotions. Your friends and family may refer to you as “reactive” or possibly even a “hothead.” You are…

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Beyond Fight, Flight, or Freeze—the Fib

When did you first tell a lie? You were likely very young (maybe two or three years old), afraid or ashamed of a situation, and used language to protect yourself. What if some fibbing is not a character flaw? What if fibs are a self-preservation response, an outcome of challenges with inhibition, emotional regulation, working…

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How Do Prenatal Factors Impact ADHD?

Attention Magazine April 2019 - Living well with ADHD

This research update focuses on one overarching question: How do prenatal factors impact ADHD? The first study we discuss examined the impact of birthweight on ADHD in a meta-analysis. The second study examined the impact of maternal stress and psychosocial adversity on ADHD in a prospective cohort study. Birth weight and ADHD The first study…

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Stay Cool Through the Yule

PARTIES! RELATIVES! PRESENTS! NO SCHOOL! WEATHER CHANGES! NEW PLANS! VISITORS! TRADITIONS! SOCIAL GATHERINGS! REMEMBER LAST HOLIDAY SEASON, when you vowed Never again!? When the pressure of the season and so many things to do really got to you? Well, those days are back… the holidays are upon us. Most families have begun to feel the…

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The ReThinkStress Program

NO DOUBT, STRESS CAN HAVE NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCES on our health, our productivity, and our emotional well-being. But, according to Stanford psychologist Alia Crum, PhD, research also shows that stress can potentially have positive effects in these areas as well—if, that is, we can change our mindset about the very nature of stress. Our stress mindset,…

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Create Calm: It Really Matters!

MANY ASPECTS OF ADHD can impact behavior and performance, and the traits will impact each child differently. Always remember what it must feel like for these children every day—think of the chaos in their brains. I like the image of different colors of paint swirling together—beautiful, but chaotic at the same time. Our ability to…

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ADHD and Family Stress

THIS RESEARCH UPDATE focuses on the impact of ADHD on parenting and family stress. The reviewed studies also examined whether reductions in parenting stress follow ADHD treatment. How are early ADHD symptoms associated with family stress? Prior studies have documented higher levels of stress among parents and families of children with ADHD. This study sought…

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Project FOCUS: Helping Military Family Members Grow Stronger

UCLA’s PROJECT FOCUS (Families OverComing Under Stress) is a trauma-informed, skills-based prevention model designed to build upon the resilient qualities of military family members, many of whom endure enormous stress as a result of their service to our country. Considering the added stresses associated with attention or learning challenges for children growing up in military…

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Spontaneous or Impulsive? How to Know, What to Do

MOST OF US CRINGE WHEN WE HEAR THE WORD IMPULSIVITY, as it brings to mind what our impulsive decisions or behaviors have resulted in. Impulsivity can cause accidents, inefficiency, poor performance reviews at work, and adversely affect treasured relationships. What is impulsivity and how does it differ from spontaneity? Most of us like being spontaneous,…

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