Benefits of ADD / ADHD

The Sunflower, Yellow and Hope: Rebranding to Destigmatize Depression One Lowe’s Mood-lite at a Time

I have been missing quite a bit lately, and figured it was about time I gave a reason for my disappearance.  It isn't that I don't love writing about my experience with ADHD -- I do.  It's therapeautic and I love talking to all of you and hearing your stories and suggestions.

I have been MIA and have not written, quite frankly, because of all of the wonderful things added to my schedule and my ADHD. ...

Addictions

Happy Mental Health Blogging Day! Please Join Us in the Global Mental Health Movement

It is so amazing how organizations are popping up all over the world helping us join forces to tackle mental health diseases.  I was privileged enough to speak in Athens, Greece a few years ago about iFred's rebranding depression work, and learned from countries around the world just how important it is we work together to solve our greatest challenges.

I've just recently been asked to join their advisory board, and continue...

Diagnosis

How Do You Know if You Need Therapy?

Recently I told someone I thought they could benefit from therapy, because they were having a series of issues in their life.  I was surprised when I heard the response 'But I don't have a mental illness.'  It shouldn't surprise me, as a big part of my life's work is rebranding depression and the associated stigma, but still for some reason the comment left me with my jaw to the floor and...

Children

How To Convince a Child to Meditate

Readers respond quite frequently to my blogs: 'if only I could convince my 10 year old to do meditate.'  It may be majorly challenging to get children to practice, but if we can get them to sit for hours in front of video games, brush their teeth regularly, or study for exams, I do believe it's possible.

There are three things a parent must first be willing to give in order to start...

ADHD

ADHD, Restlessness and Impulsivity; “Really, You Won’t Die”

I've been working through Jack Kornfield's series; "The Inner Art of Meditation', and I have to say I am incredibly impressed with his instruction and ability to ground us in our practice.  I never thought of myself as particularly 'H' of ADHD, but more of an I for impulsivity.  In working through meditation, I am finding I am much, much more H than I never realized,...

meditation

Yoga and Meditation: The Benefits

I used to think that Yoga and Meditation were the same thing. In my twenties, I rolled my eyes at both, preferring the adrenaline pumping action of movement – any movement – to the quiet stillness of what I thought was wasted time.

My thirties forced me to reconsider, when I came down with Lyme’s disease that went undiagnosed for many years, and unfortunately became chronic. My aching...

ADHD

The Irony of Meditation; If It Feels Like Torture, It’s Working

As you may know, I've been trying and trying to meditate for months.  I'm doing a pretty good job - 15 minutes a day in the morning and at night, with deep breathing exercises.  However, these last few weeks have been particularly trying and I don't mean to be flippant, but have felt like torture.

Literally I sit down and the cells in my body cry out "You have too much...

ADHD

ADHD, PMS and Women: Mastering Monthly Hormones When You Have ADHD

I haven't read studies, but I have to believe that women with ADHD have a much harder time coping with PMS than those without it.  I have always had depression, but my life was mixed with alcohol which makes things a lot less clear, as it is always changing your brain chemistry.

When I quit drinking completely at 33, and started living a more aware life sitting through any type of feeling, I...

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