Exercise Hurdles: Overcoming Aches And Pains

seniorjoggerFinding the motivation, routines or workouts to lead a more active life has never been easier. Still, exercise isn’t without its troubles – sore feet and aching muscles are no fun! – which have a habit of tripping up beginners at the first hurdle.

There’s no doubt your body will take time to adjust, but there are a number of ways to prevent or lessen the impact of the most common ailments, to ensure you and your family are keeping fit and having fun.

Muscle Stiffness & Soreness

Keep Cool

While opinions remain split on the advantages of the age-old icepack, many people swear by it. Directly applying an icepack wrapped in a dish cloth or t-towel can help to alleviate immediate muscle discomfort, as well as help prevent Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness, which usually occurs within 24 to 48 hours after exercise as a result of overexerting yourself.

Warm Up

Cooling down may help post-workout, but research suggests that warming up with lighter exercises leads to better long-term results, and happier muscles. Instead of launching straight into your workout, introduce some light routines to allow your muscles the time to prepare for the exercise ahead.

Baby Steps

They say Rome wasn’t built overnight, and neither was your body ready to run a marathon just because you said so! That you’ve taken these initial steps is a great start, but it’s important not to push yourself too far at the outset.

Understand your limitations, get to know what you’re comfortable with, and start slow. Take a walk with a friend. Go for a jog around the block. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Slowly work your way into new, more intensive workouts, and allow your body the time it needs to adjust.

Blisters

Does The Shoe Fit?

joggingWhether you’re taking a walk or running a marathon, it’s vital that your footwear is working with you, rather than against you. Everyone’s feet are different, so make sure you take the time to select a pair of shoes that fit your needs.

Overly tight? You’ll be uncomfortable from the get-go. Overly loose? Your shoes will jostle and rub, inevitably leading to blisters. As tempting as it may be to get out there and get moving, make sure your footwear is as ready as you are. Your feet will thank you for it.

H2No

Much like chafing, moisture only speeds up the occurrence of blisters, whether its damp socks or wet shoes. Your best bet is to look for moisture-wicking socks, aiming for synthetic fabrics like Spandex or
Acrylic.

Easy Does It

New shoes are notorious for causing blisters, so take it easy. As tempting as it may be to throw those old, smelly sneakers in the trash, try alternating between your old and new pair instead. Not only will this give your new shoes a chance to soften up, but it gives your feet a break and means blisters are far less likely.

Chafing

Dress To Impress

Just like blisters, chafing is caused by excessive friction between surfaces, so when it comes to exercise, it’s important to choose workout gear that will let your skin breathe. Synthetic, moisture-wicking fabrics are, yet again, recommended, helping sweat to evaporate quickly and ensuring your skin is kept cool. Oh, and avoid Cotton. It may be your friend on a cold winter’s day, but it’s your worst enemy when it comes to the training track, as it holds onto moisture and makes chafing that much worse.

Clothing with flat or minimal seams and stitching is also a plus, as is clothing that fits your body. Loose fabric and clothing can rub and lead to chafing and the increased potential of fungal skin infections, so snug fitting is best. Just make sure it isn’t too tight, as blood circulation is still important!

H2O

Keeping hydrated is vital when it comes to exercise. Making sure you’re getting enough water also has the added benefit of alleviating the risks of chafing, preventing dehydration and allowing you to perspire freely.

Pills & Potions

Clothes picked out? Water bottle handy? Even with smart preparation, for some, chafing is inevitable. Habit may have you reaching for the Petroleum Jelly, but there are natural anti chafing alternatives that are that much better for you.

Anti-chafing creams help by alleviating and preventing the friction that causes chafing, applied to problem areas like the inner-thigh or underarms. Not only that, but these natural alternatives help to repair the skin, and don’t rub off as easily in harsher environments like their chemical alternatives.

Do you have any tips of your own? A fantastic home remedy to fight the aches and pains of exercise? Let us know in the comments below!

10 Things Anyone Can Do To Lead Healthier Lives

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healthillustratedThousands of books have been written on what to eat, how to exercise and even where to work in order to enjoy a healthier, happier life. But the keys to a long, vital life are basic. The International Council on Active Aging (ICAA) has put together the 10 tips below based on recent research. And in most cases, they apply to people of all ages.

1. THINK POSITIVE. Strive for success in all you endeavors, especially those related to your health or fitness program. Negative thoughts can become self-fulfilling prophecies. And never let your age be a barrier. Research has shown that thinking positively about getting older can lengthen your life by as much as 7.5 years.

2. TURN YOUR SPARK INTO A FLAME. Do you have a passion, talent or hobby that you do well at? Nurture it, grow it, and let that enthusiasm spill over into other areas of life.

3. KEEP YOUR MOTOR RUNNING. Lacking energy and motivation may result from challenges in your life as simple as losing focus on your goals. If you suspect your lethargy is caused by physical or mental health issues, by all means see a healthcare professional. But don’t underestimate your ability to recharge through lifestyle changes and gain the energy to do the things you love to do when you want to do them. Having energy and motivation are hallmarks of healthy living.

4. EAT A BALANCED DIET. This is the one you knew was coming: a balanced diet and healthy weight are keys to physical and mental health. Instead of the latest fad diet, start with a common-sense approach – eat lots of fruits and vegetables, go easy on the sugar and salt. Cut back on calories if your weight is trending the wrong way. You can do it!

5. REGULAR EXERCISE. Staying physically active fuels the body and mind and helps prevent physical and mental decline. If you’re already exercising regularly, keep it up. If you’re just getting started, set realistic goals based on your own fitness level, then move towards them at your own pace. Just walking for as little as 10 minutes, 3 times a day is infinitely better than doing nothing. The key is to be consistent. Get started!

6. CONNECT WITH PEOPLE. Keep your social life active. Go out with friends to see a movie or enjoy a coffee. Even better, do volunteer work on a regular basis. Research shows that people who volunteer have higher levels of well-being and life satisfaction than people who don’t. Volunteering and other kinds of civic and social engagement can contribute to better health.

7. DON’T STAY DOWN. Everyone feels down at times, but full-blown depression is a major cause of disability and cannot be ignored. If you’re feeling out of sorts for two weeks or more, talk with your doctor. In many instances, exercising and changing to a healthier diet can help lift you out of the doldrums.

8. KEEP LEARNING. Studies show that lifelong learning is good for you. Learning adds a needed dimension to life, whether it involves staying in touch with what is happening in the world or keeping the brain stimulated. The best news is that you can start learning new subjects or physical activities at any age. So why not start today?

9. INVEST IN YOU. Shifting your expectations of yourself – then embarking on new behaviors to realize your goals – takes energy and effort. Consider your effort to improve as a small investment in a plan that pays big dividends. The results will be well worth it.

10.HAVE FUN! A healthy life is generally a life filled with joy and laughter. So do what you need to do to kick up your heels and have a good time. Ride a bike, learn a language, take up square dancing. Step outside of your comfort zone if you have to. Make 2015 the best year ever to be alive.

About International Council on Active Aging

ICAA, an association that leads, connects and defines the active-aging industry, supports professionals who develop wellness facilities, programs and services for adults over 50. The association is focused on active aging, an approach to aging that helps older adults live as fully as possible within all dimensions of wellness; and provides its members with education, information, resources and tools. As an active-aging educator and advocate, ICAA has advised numerous organizations and governmental bodies. These include the US Administration on Aging, the National Institute on Aging (one of the US National Institutes of Health), the US Department of Health and Human Services, Canada’s Special Senate Committee on Aging, and the British Columbia ministries of Health, and Healthy Living and Sport, among others. To learn more about ICAA, visit: http://www.icaa.cc

Three Types Of Fungi Responsible For Most Fungal Skin Infections

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footodorThree types of fungi are primarily responsible for the majority of fungal skin infections that afflict millions of Americans each year, says Joshua Fox, MD, medical director and founder of Advanced Dermatology P.C. Trichophyton, microsporum and epidermophyton, all part of the fungal genera category, are the three main culprits. Fungal infections of the skin account for about four million visits a year to outpatient medical facilities in the U.S. alone.

To understand how pervasive and hard-to-treat fungal skin infections can be, it is good to know how they emerge, explains Dr. Fox. Often described as superficial fungus infections, the microscopic organisms that cause them feed on warm, moist, dark environments, like the feet and the jock area. The four main microorganisms that cause fungal skin infections include bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi.

Athlete’s foot, jock itch, ringworm

Athlete’s foot is perhaps the most common of the fungal skin infections and very often one of the most stubborn, says Dr. Fox. There are three different types, including interdigital athlete’s foot, the most common form; moccasin athlete’s foot, which begins on the sole and spreads to the side of the foot; and vesicular athlete’s foot, which is the least common and shows up as blisters on the bottom of the foot. In fact, athlete’s foot (“jungle rot” as it was called) was one of the most the most common foot problems Vietnam veterans have suffered, and they still plague many veterans today.

The clinical reason for such outbreaks is due to an imbalance of microorganisms in the body, Dr. Fox explains. “A decrease in bacteria and an increase in the growth of fungi, sometimes caused by the use of broad-spectrum antibiotics, is a common culprit,” he adds.

Jock itch is also a common complaint, especially among men. Jock itch, a form of ringworm, usually occurs in the groin area and on the upper, inner thighs and buttocks.

Ringworm, which can occur on the hands, nails, feet or scalp, typically appears as a circular rash with patches that may be red or peeling or have bumps that resemble blisters. Like the symptoms of athlete’s foot, the infected areas are often itchy and can spread easily. Blistering and cracking of the skin is particularly common on the feet.

A yeast-like fungus, known as Candida, is the culprit behind the common vaginal yeast infection, says Dr. Hu. Such yeasts normally live on the skin and mucous membranes without ever causing infection, she explains. But overgrowth of such organisms can produce an infection in certain areas of the body, adds Dr. Hu.

Tips for treating fungal skin infections

If over-the-counter medications don’t eliminate irritating fungal skin infections, Dr. Fox suggests medical intervention. The kind of treatment that’s given for most fungal skin infections depends on the severity of one’s condition, he notes. For some, oral treatment is the only solution.

“Many people have suffered with fungal skin infections for years,” Dr. Fox says. The choice of oral anti-fungal medications depends on the type of fungus that needs to be treated, the affected area, other co-existing diseases that a person might have and interactions with other medications currently being taken. The most common oral medications are Lamisil, Sporanox and Griseofulvin.

Maintaining best hygiene practices is perhaps the best way to prevent fungal skin infections from recurring or even happening at all. To prevent athlete’s foot, for example, Dr. Fox suggests wearing footwear in public locker rooms and shower areas. One should wash the feet daily and most importantly, dry them thoroughly. Wearing shoes that give feet room to breathe and wear cotton socks and underwear. If necessary use a powder to keep them dry.

Dr. Fox says that while fungal skin infections can be annoying to deal with, proper treatment and attention to hygiene practices can keep such conditions from recurring.

“Unfortunately there is evidence that fungal infections of the skin can recur, even after treatment,” says Dr. Fox. “However, with careful adherence to good hygiene and close monitoring we find that most patients can overcome fungal skin infections.”

Advanced Dermatology P.C., the Center for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery (New York & New Jersey) provides cutting edge medical, laser & cosmetic dermatology and plastic surgery services. http://www.advanceddermatologypc.com

Joshua L. Fox, M.D., F.A.A.D., is the founder and medical director at Advanced Dermatology P.C. He is a leading authority in the field of dermatology with expertise in skin cancer, cosmetic surgery and laser procedures and is program director of a fellowship in laser and cosmetic surgery

Judy Hu, M.D., F.A.A.D. is a board certified dermatologist with Advanced Dermatology P.C. Dr. Hu specializes in medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology with extensive experience in skin rejuvenation utilizing injections and laser therapy.

Obesity And Acid Reflux Precursors For Esophageal Cancer

Submitted by The Baylor College of Medicine…..

newsDriven by obesity and acid reflux, adenocarcinoma of the esophagus has become the fastest rising cancer in white men in the United States, said experts from Baylor College of Medicine and University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in a review article published in New England Journal of Medicine. The review summarizes the latest developments in the risk factors, pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment of the two major types of esophageal cancer.

“It’s important to remember that the risk factors (obesity and acid reflux) are potentially modifiable,” said Dr. Hashem El-Serag, senior author of the review and chief of gastroenterology and hepatology at Baylor.

Esophageal cancer is rare in young individuals but increases with age, peaking at ages 70 to 80. The cancer is three to four times as common in men as it is in women, the authors stated.

The review details how daily and weekly symptoms of acid reflux increase a person’s likelihood of developing this form of cancer. It also explains how abdominal obesity increases the risk of developing Barrett’s esophagus and cancer. Increased pressure causes the stomach to move upward, which can cause and exacerbate acid reflux symptoms.

Barrett’s esophagus, a precursor lesion to adenocarcinoma, can be detected through an endoscopy.

“People who are obese or have chronic acid reflux should consider having an endoscopy to be screened for Barrett’s or adenocarcinoma,” El-Serag stressed.

A technique called radiofrequency ablation can help prevent progression to cancer in those with Barrett’s esophagus who develop an abnormality called dysplasia.

“Radiofrequency ablation can be done endoscopically by a gastroenterologist,” El-Serag explained. “This reduces the risk of cancer and has proven safe and effective.”

He estimated that as many as 86 percent of dysplasia cases treated with radiofrequency do not go on to become cancer.

The other author in this review is Anil K. Rustgi, chief of gastroenterology at University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia.

How Beliefs Can Ruin Or Transform Your Life

By Kac Young PhD, ND, DCH

theroadupAll the talk in the New Year about resolutions won’t get you anywhere but disappointed. Statistics show that only 8% of people who make New Year’s Resolutions are successful.

Why is that? Are we all losers?

Far from it. There is a definite secret to making changes stick. You can make all the resolutions you want but until you change your beliefs, you will not succeed. The way to change your reality is to change what you believe.

• Your beliefs are your motivating drivers. They are the convictions, opinions and views that you have accumulated and that represent you.

• Your beliefs are positions and philosophies that you endorse.

• Your beliefs express your attitudes and your way of thinking and looking at things.

• Your beliefs dictate your approach and outlook to life.

• Your beliefs are the core of your truth.

• What you believe is what you stand for.

If you are not getting the results you want in your life, (money, love, health, fame, weight, job, friends, etc.) then you need to change what you believe about yourself before you will create the change you want to see.

Step One: Carve out some quiet time for yourself, get out a piece of paper and a pen (note: hand write this step because it will mean more if you do).

Take about ten deep breaths so your body relaxes and lets go of the day’s stress. As you relax, allow your mind to consider any resolutions you have made.

When you have them in your mind, write them down. One at a time, consider the resolution and what you believe about it. Ask yourself:

• Do I believe I can accomplish this change?

• Do I believe that I am not worthy of this change?

• Do I believe there are too many obstacles to change?

• Do I believe my thinking blocks my change?

• Do I believe I have the courage to change?

• Do I believe others will have negative opinion about my change?

Step Two: Once you have written the answers down, repeat the process for each thing or condition you want to change. When you have completed all the answers to all of your resolutions, ask the following of yourself:

• How do these beliefs affect my life?

• Are these beliefs actually true?

• Do these beliefs benefit my life?

• Do these beliefs support the life I want to live?

• Are these beliefs someone else’s voice?

thumbsupStep Three: Take the next few moments to create new beliefs about yourself and about the change(s) you want to make.

Form the new beliefs in your mind like this:

• I now choose to believe I have the power, tenacity, and courage to ___________.

• I believe I have the knowledge and the intelligence to ______________.

• I honor and trust my mind, body and soul to make this change in a whole and balanced manner.

• I feel safe and supported in my desire and intention to _________________.

Step Four: Take the time to write your positive statements and convictions down. You want to be able to repeat these affirmative statements to your mirror every morning. Sheer repetition will turn your new beliefs into your new reality.

You now possess the secret to changing your life through changing your beliefs. Use this formula for everything you want to make better in your life. And be sure to pass it on. Everyone should be able to share the secret for success.

- Kac Young has a PhD in Natural Health, a Doctorate in Naturopathy and a Doctorate in Clinical Hypnotherapy. She is a former television producer/director, a licensed Religious Science Minister, a spiritual counselor and the author of 11 books. Please visit www.kacyoung.com.

Everlast Climbing Advocates For Quality Physical Education In Schools

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groupkidswbgFor the sixth consecutive year, Everlast Climbing participated in the annual National Health Through Fitness Day to urge Congress to pass key legislation to “Get America Moving to Improve Health.”

Everlast Climbing and PlayCore were two of more than 40 corporate sponsors of the March 4 event that was organized by the Sports and Fitness Industry Association. Approximately 150 leaders from the sports, fitness and physical education industries met with Congress to discuss the importance of federal funding to support quality physical education in schools and to encourage more physical activity for families. Primarily, Congress was asked to approve the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) in Fiscal Year 2015. This program provides the only dedicated federal money to school districts and community-based organizations for physical education and innovative physical activity methods.

In attendance from Everlast Climbing was Jeremiah Neville, Director of Outside Sales. He held meetings with representatives from congressional districts including Ohio, Idaho, Minnesota and Texas. “I feel confident that we succeeded in bringing the message about the importance of physical activity and the need to ‘Get America Moving’ to the attention of legislators,” remarked Neville. “It was very exciting to be involved in the democratic process.”

According to the 2014 United States Report Card on Physical Activity for Children & Youth, “only one quarter of children and youth in the U. S. are meeting physical activity guidelines.” Also, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that more than 50% of American adults do not get the recommended amount of physical activity. PEP helps to educate youth about the benefits of being physically fit and sets them on a course towards lifelong fitness.

“We really look forward to National Health Through Fitness Day. It’s an honor to be part of the event and to advocate for youth fitness is such a significant way,” said Tim Sudeith, General Manager of Everlast Climbing.

(RE) Connecting With Your Teen On Spring Break

By Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC

teensSpring break is here and that means family trips. If you’re like many parents, you’ve been busy with your job, your kids’ activities, your partner and your aging parents. It’s easy to forget that you are raising teens, and taking everyone on a family vacation may be more challenging than you expected. Teens aren’t the easiest to travel with. They have an attitude over things that may not have concerned them before; they insult under their breath; and often they melt into screaming, slamming doors and tears. It can make living with them trying, but traveling with them can push you over the edge.

Rather than give in to your own stress and anger, it’s better to embrace an attitude of reconnecting with your teen(s). This requires you to be an adult, and not take what they say personally, but rather see the vulnerability inside. You want them to be grateful for all the sacrifices you’ve made, and you have a better chance of seeing their gratitude if you make an adjustment within yourself.

Here are suggestions to help you get closer to your teen on spring break, or any time.

* Calm yourself down first. Vacations can be stressful and when you take your stress out on your teen, you will get it back double fold.

* Remember you’re the parent. Your child is not your friend. Don’t get drawn into petty arguments with them. There is no worse car trip than being locked inside fighting with your teen.

* Respect boundaries. Your teen needs privacy and that need is present on vacations, too. Create a space for them to be alone at times, and don’t guilt them or shame them for needing that.

* Talk less, lecture never, and listen always. Kids will tell you so much if you don’t make them feel interrogated.

* Kids learn most by watching you, especially how you treat their other parent, strangers and waiters. If you are rude, talk down or are mean, they learn that it’s okay to treat others that way.

* Before the trip have expectations listed and make sure each child understands exactly what is expected on the trip. Teens are less anxious when they know what to expect.

* Always look for behaviors your kids do right, and tell them how impressed you were. Teens need to know they please you.

* The whole family needs to have a set time to unplug on vacation. Decide that prior to the spring break and enforce it with your kids and yourself.

* The family that plays together stays together. Lighten up, join your kids in ridiculous laughter and fun. Life without humor would be unbearable.

If spring break is going to be spent at home instead of away, these same suggestions apply. Use the time to reconnect with your teen.

Spring break is an opportunity to take a break with your child, getting to know who they are, and reconnecting with them without the pressures of school activities.

- Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC, is a licensed psychotherapist and co-author with Janine J. Sherman, of Start Talking: A Girl’s Guide for You and Your Mom About Health, Sex or Whatever. Read more about the book at StartTalkingBook.com and more about Rapini at maryjorapini.com.

Break The Cycle Of Un-Resolving Your Fitness Resolve Every Year

By Anne Pennington

womantwistingAre you scared of the fact that this time also you will carry on your cycle of breaking your fitness resolution? If is it so, make sure you do not repeat it this time. When resolution is about being healthy and taking care of yourself, there is no choice with you of breaking it. Here are a few tips that can help you:

Best start on Mondays

To get started, do not make a resolution on 31st December or 1st January, just make a plan and start following it from the coming Monday. This way, you will be prepared mentally to carry out your resolution efficiently. Moreover Monday’s are famous for carrying out any new endeavor either it’s health related or work related. It worked for me, I hope it does for you as well.

Prepare yourself mentally

It is very important that you are mentally prepared for becoming fit. If you make up your mind and clear your intentions about working out and eating healthy, no one can stop you. Indulge your friends. Ask them to make you realize it every third day and point out if your going against your plan.

Chuck out any alternative

Meaning, you fall back on your objectives when you have a plan B, you do not put in enough efforts. Having a backup plan is likely to make your resolution a failure as you think otherwise. So, do yourself a favor by avoiding it.

Play a bet with your friend

It has been found that people who bet for completing their new year fitness resolution lost 14 more pounds than those who did not indulge in any monetary deals. You set goals and the amount, you will pay your friend for not completing your tasks per week. Moreover, money can be a biggest motivation towards achieving your goals. When you know you will be getting a cash reward if you fulfill your target, you won’t skip your routine.

Break your goals into small parts

Achieving your goal by working whole year can be quite overwhelming. You don’t understand where to start. So, break your goals on weekly or monthly basis, it makes it easier to achieve your goal and is more gratifying. For instance, you want to loose some 40 pounds this year and want to achieve a perfect muscles. Break it by losing 1 pound every week and increasing your workout every other week.

Learn to deal with temptations

How will you ignore that piece of your favorite cake or your favorite sugar filled beverage? By practicing obviously, leave that place where you see such temptations and if in a party, some friend tease you, ignore and head for some healthy snack. Keep reminding yourself —how bad this is for your health. If you lose your mind in such situations, there are many such apps, that keep your calorie count recorded.

Keep a track of your progress

Keep tracking your progress consistently. It acts as a major motivation tool in the direction of achieving your goal. Suppose, when you record your weight after one week and you find out that you lost 2 kg in just one week, you will be self motivated to work more towards it. Your progress scream out loudly—Yes! You can do it! And so you will.

Stick to your routine

For any activity to become a habit, it takes 21 days and 6 months for it to become the part of your personality, claim experts. So, stick to your routine for a long time, nothing happens overnight, be patient and persistent.

Don’t stop trying

seniorexerciseEven if you run out of of steam in keeping your resolution by February, don’t lose hope. Restart it all over again and recommit yourself within next 24 hours. It will take a little time to be on the track again.

Use Your Willpower

Using your willpower wisely can lead you through many obstacles. Willpower is like a muscle that also need time to rest and recover after being used enough. Therefore, it makes hard for you to stick to your goals. So, try to do challenging tasks of all day in the morning itself, when your willpower is fresh and active.

Perseverance is another quality that you need to have in order to convert your daily routine into a habit. Carry your routine continuously for atleast 90 days, after that, you can be lenient with yourself.

- Anne Pennington is a passionate blog writer and loves to share her own views on various interests. Recently she is working for weightloss5ws.com which is a blogging site cover all topics and issues for healthy weight loss. She also contributes to various healthy online publications. When she’s is not educating her readers with her writings, she’s most likely educating herself by reading her favorite stuff.

Diagnosing ADHD In Children: When Is the Right Time?

An interesting article courtesy of PRWeb, written by ADHD specialist Dr. Ashley Gorman. What are your thoughts, please share in the comments section below…..

groupkidswbgAccording to ADHD specialist Dr. Ashley Gorman, the keys to an accurate diagnosis are the extent of the symptoms and their duration. Are these behaviors interfering with your child’s ability to function at home and at school and how long have they been present?

Is your child unable to sit still at the dinner table? Daydreaming in class? Having trouble following instructions? Interrupting others and blurting out inappropriate comments? These are all normal behaviors in children. They might also be signs of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). How do you know? If you have the nagging suspicion that it might be ADHD, when is the right time to have your child tested? “All children exhibit the behaviors that characterize ADHD some of the time,” says ADHD specialist Dr. Ashley Gorman of Morris Psychological Group. “The keys to an accurate diagnosis are the extent of the symptoms and their duration. Are these behaviors interfering with your child’s ability to function at home and at school? How long have they been present?”

ADHD, one of the most common childhood brain disorders, is characterized by inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity, which are also hallmarks of normal childhood behavior. Even when the behavior is severe, the diagnosis may be missed. Not all children exhibit all three behaviors and children who are primarily inattentive, for example, are sometimes not flagged for ADHD evaluation because they tend to sit quietly and not be disruptive. The prototypical “off the wall” behavior is more easily identified but the child may be thought to be lacking discipline or simply be “high-spirited.” Conversely, normal childhood behaviors – getting distracted, acting impulsively, or having trouble concentrating – can be mistaken for symptoms of ADHD.

“Signs of ADHD often show up between the ages of three and six,” says Dr. Gorman, “but diagnosis is difficult at that age. Children mature at different rates and delays in language development, for example, may cause frustration that looks like ADHD. Also, other medical and psychological conditions, learning disabilities or major life changes might cause behaviors that mimic ADHD. By around age seven, a qualified professional can generally confirm or rule out a diagnosis.” While there is no single test that definitely identifies ADHD, a clinical psychologist or other specialist will examine a combination of factors to formulate a diagnosis – a complete medical history and exam, interviews or questionnaires for parents, teachers and others who interact regularly with the child, and possibly an ADHD rating scale that helps collect and evaluate information.

Tips for parents: Signs and symptoms

The child who is inattentive…seems not to be paying attention even when spoken to directly, makes careless mistakes, loses things, has difficulty completing a task, is easily distracted, has trouble following instructions and staying organized, is forgetful.

The child who is hyperactive…runs around at inappropriate times, fidgets and squirms when forced to sit, seems to be in constant motion, talks nonstop, has trouble with quiet tasks, has a volatile temper.

The child who is impulsive…interrupts, blurts out answers without waiting to be called on, can’t wait his or her turn, acts without thinking, intrudes on others’ activities, overreacts emotionally.

Tips for parents: When to seek help

“All children will exhibit some of these behaviors once in a while or for short periods,” says Dr. Gorman. “And while most parents don’t want to be alarmist or subject their child to unnecessary examination and testing, it’s important to recognize that if the child does have ADHD, early intervention can forestall problems as he or she matures and is exposed to more complex social and educational situations.” Dr. Gorman suggests the following guidelines for parents considering seeking help:

* Are the symptoms consistent across all settings – home, school and play? If the behavior is exhibited in only one environment, chances are something other than ADHD is causing it.

* How long have the symptoms been present? A persistent pattern of behavior for six months or more is generally a criterion for a positive diagnosis.

* How severe are the symptoms? Are they negatively affecting the child at home, at play or at school? Is he or she falling behind academically? Isolated socially? The impact on a child’s life is the most important consideration in seeking an evaluation.

“There is no cure for ADHD,” says Dr. Gorman. “but it is treatable. The family pediatrician can usually recommend a qualified mental health professional who can perform a complete evaluation and recommend a course of treatment. Often a combination of medication and behavioral management is the most effective way to reduce symptoms and improve functioning. Some children grow out of ADHD and for some, it continues into adulthood. But at any age appropriate treatment and support can enable those with ADHD to reach their full potential.”

Ashley Gorman, PhD., A.B.P.P., specializes in comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations of a wide range of cognitive problems.

Morris Psychological Group, P.A. offers a wide range of therapy and evaluation services to adults, children and adolescents. http://www.morrispsych.com

Dr. Dental Celebrates American Heart Month

For our readers in the San Antonio, Texas region…..this article is courtesy of PRWeb, please share your thoughts below…..

brushteethLast month, Dr. Dental celebrated American Heart Month by helping their patients maintain good oral hygiene and heart health. To mark the occasion, the dental group shared tips and advice on how good oral hygiene can positively affect heart health.

According to WebMD, there is a link between oral hygiene and heart health. Experts note that taking good care of oral hygiene and heart health is beneficial for both. Evidence shows that the two have some commonalities. For example, inflammation is a common problem in both gum disease and heart disease.

Much research has been done on the link between dental health and heart health. According to WebMD, gum disease has been found to be a risk factor for coronary artery disease and for diseases of the blood vessels and arteries that supply the brain. There is also a link between clogged arteries in the legs and gum disease.

Dr. Dental advises patients to take good care of both oral health and heart health. With good periodontal care, patients could lower the risk of heart disease and gum disease. Dr. Dental recommends brushing and flossing regularly and visiting the dental office for regular cleanings.

Dr. Dental currently offers five convenient locations to their patients. They have three San Antonio, TX locations, one Converse, TX location and one Lytle, TX location. For more information about Dr. Dental, call 1-844-2-ORANGE or visit their website at http://drdentaltx.com/.

About Dr. Dental:

Dr. Dental is a growing dental group with offices in San Antonio, Converse, and Lytle, Texas. They provide dental services in a relaxing and innovative environment that is aimed to reshape patient’s experiences changing them from dull to enjoyable. Their offices provide nothing but comfort as patients wait for their scheduled appointment. Adults can enjoy a complimentary drink, children can settle down to play video games, and everyone can leave the office with a specially-crafted piece of sugar-free chocolate. Dr. Dental offers general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, children’s dentistry and oral surgery for their patients. Discover how to smile with a new experience at http://drdentaltx.com.