The effects of stress on your physical and mental health
brain and blood vessels: Stress hormone cortisol increase your heart
rate and your blood pressure. Cortisol can also raise your cholesterol
levels, raising your risk for heart attacks and strokes.
- Immune system: Stress response weakens your immune system, therefore decreasing your ability to fight cold and other illnesses.
- Digestion: Stress hormones interfere with your stomach normal functioning, causing stomachaches, diarrhea or constipation.
gain: Stress hormone makes you crave, sugar, fats, and carbohydrate
leading to weight gain and increasing your risk for heart disease and
health: Stress hormones creates a constant state of tension in your
body, and may eventually lead to, insomnia, anxiety & depression.
How to deal with stress
in daily exercise, this is one of the best stress-busters, and it can
improve your mood and alleviates symptoms of depression and anxiety
- Find time to do joyful & fun activities ( music, gardening, etc)
- Learn some relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing or meditation.
time for yourself and treat yourself well by eating healthy meals,
getting enough sleep, avoiding smoking & drinking too much &
you are unable to handle your stress, talk to a therapist who could
help you find other ways to manage the stress in your life.
What is ADHD?
Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a condition that becomes apparent in
some children in preschool and early school years. It affects 3-5% of
school children. About 2 million children in the United state are
diagnosed with this condition and at least one in a classroom of 25-30
children will have ADHD. ADHD often continues into adulthood.
Symptoms of ADHD
principle characteristics of ADHD are Inattention, Hyperactivity, and
Impulsivity. According to the most recent version of the DIAGNOSTIC and
STATISTICAL MANUAL of MENTAL HEALTH (DSM IV-TR), a person with ADHD may
show one of three patterns of behavior,
hyperactive & impulsive, inattentive, or combined type.
How do you know if it is really ADHD?
Not everyone who is hyperactive, impulsive, or inattentive has ADHD.
The diagnosis requires that such behavior be demonstrated to a degree
that is inappropriate for the person's age, the behavior must appear before
age 7 and continues for at least 6 months. Above all the behaviors must
create a real handicap in at least two areas of a person's life such as in the
in the playground, in the community or at home. It is important that a
child receive a though examination and appropriate diagnosis by a well
Diagnosing ADHD in Adults
ADHD in adults is not easy. To be diagnose with ADHD, an adult must
have childhood-onset as well as persistent and current symptoms. for an
accurate diagnosis the history of the person's childhood behavior
together with an interview with his partner, parent or any close
associate or friend is needed.
Treatment & Intervention Approaches for ADHD
Parenting skills training