October 18, 2011
October 18, 2011
October 16, 2011
ADHD awareness week started today, October 16th, and will last through the 22.
Which means that I will be posting about ADHD a lot this week.
Full disclosure -I have been tested exhaustively for ADHD not once, but three separate times in my life. Once as a child for the initial diagnosis, and twice as an adult.
A lot of people seem to think that ADHD testing is as simple as checking off a symptom list. It shouldn’t be. There is no one test for ADHD. Instead psychiatrists use a battery of surveys, clinical assessments, behavioral rating scales. formal cognitive tests, and academic and medical history to determine if a patient has ADHD.
I have ADHD (combined type) and was diagnosed in fifth grade. Other people in my family have also been diagnosed with ADHD. I’m not really capable of being objective about arguments for or against the existence of ADHD.
Instead, I’m hoping to share my perspective on advances in ADHD care and treatment, diagnosis, trends, etc…
As you can imagine, the science behind what makes my brain work differently is an area that interests me very much. It’s something I’ve spent a long time learning and reading about.
How ADHD is perceived is very important to me. It impacts my life in a big way, and it’s important to me personally that misinformation (at least what I perceive as misinformation) is not continued to be disseminated.
Some misconceptions I want to clear up:
It’s also important that people understand that ADHD is not limited to children. Adults have ADHD as well!
People tend to think that having ADHD means you can’t concentrate or pay attention to anything. This is not the case. That’s not how ADHD is defined. Additionally – ADHD is a condition whose symptoms may or may not be present, depending on the situation (also known as situational variability)
October 16, 2011
I think my first act of advocacy was as an elementary school student.
I remember writing to Coca-Cola and asked that they stop using plastic rings to hold the six-pack of soda cans together, or at least develop a new model that would break apart more easily so marine animals wouldn’t get caught in them.
About a month after sending the letter I got a canned (pun intended) response from them explaining how they were aware of the danger presented by plastic rings, and their solution was encouraging consumers to cut the rings up before throwing them away.
They also sent me a bunch of Coca-Cola stickers. I was rather disappointed by that response.
The “Sustainable Seas, Sustainable Me” lecture by Anna Cummins, of 5 Gyres (which I summarized briefly here), helped me realize that although I was aware that marine plastic pollution was an issue I didn’t understand the scale of it, and wasn’t aware of the some of the specific dangers posed by plastics.
Plastic in the oceans
“Plastic particles can act like a sponge for pollutants in the ocean, like PCBS, pesticides (DDT), and PAHs . these chemicals don’t mix with water, they are hydrophobic and lipophilic. One single particle of plastic can have up to a million times higher concentration of these chemicals than the water around it”
A million times. That’s kind of a lot.
September 11, 2011
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