Sleep and behaviour in children

Getting yourself and your children into a healthy sleep routine is key to improving mood and behaviour. A study published in the July/August issue of the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics revealed the following: A cohort study of almost 9000 preschool-aged children showed that those who averaged fewer than 9 hours of sleep per […]

Is ADHD over-diagnosed?

As many of you know,  I am not opposed to medication.  I am opposed to treating a condition that isn’t there which is why proper diagnosis is so very important.  A proper diagnosis is given after extensive interviews, paperwork, and tests.  It takes months, not days or weeks. Maclean’s has written a wonderful article that […]

Being labelled

For many people, a diagnosis of a mental health disorder, like ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar, fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome is  viewed as a label and is attached with a lot of stigma and fear. What if we change the perspective or the meaning associated with a diagnosis? I offer this metaphor: You’re driving towards a […]

Mental health – it’s not all in your head

Did you know that most of the serotonin that your body produces is in your intestines?  Serotonin is the chemical the tends to be low in depression. Far too often people believe or are told that’s in all in their head.  Attitude is everything and you just need to think positively.  While this is partly […]

ADHD resources

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, ADHD, is amongst the mental health diagnosis that elicits strong responses. I have a special interest in it as many of my closest friends and relatives deal with it daily (some suspect that I may as well). ADHD is still very misunderstood.  There are still people, including physicians and educators, who […]