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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Boredom: How it Affects Someone With ADHD

Boredom: How it Affects Someone With ADHD

Jeremy was a bright student who worked hard and succeeded academically. He was bored easily, but he loved to learn and had done exceptionally well at a prestigious university. As a result, Jeremy attained his dream of being accepted to med school.
He expected that medical studies would be an extension of the smorgasbord of intellectual challenges he had experienced in college. But Jeremy was soon disappointed.
The memorization of more or less unimportant facts made Jeremy and his brain feel half asleep. He resorted to simultaneously listening to both the television and the radio to remain awake enough and have sufficient attention to commit to memory what he needed for his exams.
That Jeremy’s brain began to fall asleep when confronted with uninteresting information was an important sign that Jeremy had attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Your Brain’s Role in Boredom

Despite the endless controversy, ADHD is a legitimate brain disorder that results in problems with low stimulation and boredom.

Because the prefrontal cortex or governing system of the brain is impaired in ADHD, there is also often difficulty with executive functions or common forms of self-regulation, including focus, attention, concentration, goal-setting, planning, organization, and impulse control.
And, they have difficulty tolerating boredom. In fact, many individuals with ADHD feel understimulated—even bored—because the activity in the front of their brains is too low.

ADHD and Stimulation

Some individuals with ADHD experience low prefrontal cortex activity and under stimulation to an extreme degree.
Activities that would make most of us tremble with anxiety—such as motorcycle racing or skydiving—seem to calm these individuals, probably because these exciting activities boost the low activity in their PFC.
For example, a man I knew who was an airplane wing walker required an extreme amount of stimulation was for him to feel calm and comfortable.
Most of us would be paralyzed by anxiety walking on the wing of an airplane mid-flight, but this man, who normally experienced boring situations as remarkably intolerable, was optimally stimulated when engaging in his hobby.
He stopped being distracted and became simply mindful, alert, and fully aware in the present moment. Why?
Well, the adrenaline pumped out by his adrenal glands boosted his typically very low-functioning PFC, so he felt calm and focused walking on wings instead of rattled by his normal state of intense boredom. To each his own, for sure.
This is the important point I want to make:

Many people with ADHD have difficulty tolerating boredom, and many seek out experiences in which intensity or stimulation is high.
Sometimes the stimulation is extreme. The wing walker overcame his intolerable boredom by walking on the wings of an airplane in mid-flight.
But the stimulation can also be of a different order.
Think of those who are “addicted” to their iPhones and other mobile devices, because the constant pings alert them to new information; novelty stimulates and relieves their boredom.

ADHD’s Interference With Everyday Tasks

Many individuals with ADHD who could barely spend ten minutes doing boring activities such as paying bills or doing their taxes can easily lose themselves for many consecutive hours playing exciting video games.

The constant change and feedback they receive by playing overcome their boredom.

The stimulation, novelty, and excitement get them to pay attention. Without it, they are apathetic, fatigued, or spacey.
Some patients with ADHD even become bored in their relationship with a romantic partner after several months; they break off the relationship, not because it is a bad one, but because they need a new relationship, a new person, someone fresh, novel.

At Amen Clinics, we understand the pain and frustration that ADHD can cause for families and adults.  We approach each individual with a sense of compassion and respect. Our experienced clinical staff will take a full history of each patient using The 4 Circles Approach before beginning treatment with SPECT imaging or making other recommendations. Connect with us today by calling 888-288-9834 to learn more – we are waiting to help you, or schedule a visit today!


What’s stopping you from losing weight?

Don't use your troubled upbringing as a crutch or an excuse for your bad choices and anti-social behavior.

Find out what renews your mental energy — and what doesn’t

Boredom, late nights and watching TV: 

What’s stopping you from losing weight?

IF YOU can’t drop the pounds despite watching what you eat, it could be your lifestyle that’s to blame. 

Tweaking your daily routine can work wonders for weight loss.

Lifestyle changes such as watching less TV and getting a proper night's sleep aids weight loss

You may have banished bread, ditched the wine and stopped snacking between meals but no matter what you try the pounds just won’t shift. 

According to the experts your lifestyle could be the problem.

By making simple changes to your day-to-day routine you could lose weight effortlessly and without cutting out your favourite foods.

According to the Journal of the American Dietetic Association people who eat slowly have on average a BMI 11 per cent lower than those who eat quickly.
“Foods when eaten quickly lead to high food intake and low satiating effects,” says Claudia Louch, of the Harley Street Skin And Nutrition Clinic.

“Scoffing your food only provides brief periods of sensory exposure which give the body insufficient cues for satiation.”
It takes some time for receptors in our stomach lining to signal to our brain that we are full. Eating slowly facilitates this process and makes us eat less as a result.

“When drinking diet sodas people allow themselves to binge on other foods,” says Claudia.
The body is tricked into getting ready to absorb nutrients and when it only receives chemicals from a diet drink the brain conveys the message that we need to eat something in order to make up for the lack of vitamins and minerals.
“When we drink diet soda it provides a sweet flavour but no real sugar,” adds Claudia.
“This triggers the body into craving real sugar as our blood sugar levels have become unstable. This brings on food and sugar cravings in particular.”
She advises drinking water instead, as any drink that isn’t H2O triggers the body’s gastric juices that make you feel hungry.

Going to bed at a reasonable time and getting enough sleep may prevent late night snacking 
Recurrent sleep deprivation increases our desire for high-calorie foods because when you are tired fatty foods send reward signals to your brain.
“Lack of sleep can affect the hormones that regulate your appetite and this can lead to obesity,” says Claudia.
“Sleeping for less than five hours a night appears to increase the likelihood of weight gain. In Western societies chronic sleep restriction is common and food widely available.”
Avoid reaching for the wrong foods by making sure you get your recommended seven hours of shut-eye a night.


“Walking is always a good thing and not just for aiding weight loss,” says Claudia. 

“However if you are on a diet it may help you to lose weight a little faster.” Driving everywhere certainly won’t help you drop those unwanted pounds.

 Walking for an hour a day can burn up to 250 calories and over a year that could help you lose 4 pounds.

If an hour a day seems a stretch too far start small and walk to the end of the road and back. Even walking to the bus stop is enough to get your heart rate up.
Studies have shown that regular public transport users are up to 13 per cent less likely to become obese.

Putting the needs of others before your own increases your risk of overeating. 
You may accept food when you don’t want or need it because you feel pressured to do so.
It’s important to get the balance right and to feel comfortable to refuse politely if you don’t wish to eat something.
“Forming friendships with people who will be supportive is terribly important as it can be difficult to keep up morale alone,” says Gillian.

Settling down to a TV dinner might be your ideal night in but if your mind is preoccupied you are more likely to eat without realising it.
Even the adverts remind you of food and trick you into thinking you are hungry.
“It is the quality of the food you eat in front of the TV that is a problem,” warns Claudia.
“If you were to eat only low energy foods such as cucumber it wouldn’t matter as much.”

Create a distinct place and time for eating proper meals such as at the kitchen table.
Train yourself into not engaging with foods outside those set places.


If you have ever thought to yourself, “This is the last time I’m going to have a takeaway and then I’ll stop” this thought process is known as permissive thought.

“We all have them,” says Gillian Todd, senior lecturer at Norwich Medical School. “You just need to be aware of them and try not to accept them.”

Ask yourself instead how much better you will feel if you resist eating it. She also advises keeping a detailed record of everything you eat before you consume it.

“If you have to acknowledge that you’ve had a biscuit by writing it in a diary it may just be enough time to reconsider.”
We all have setbacks in life and weight loss is no different.

“It is important to learn from your setbacks rather than beating yourself up about them and feeling down,” says Gillian. 

“Don’t give up and try putting it into perspective. Think of strategies to get back on track and have a better day tomorrow.”

If you have a lot of weight to lose it can seem overwhelming. 
“Change your cognitive process to acknowledge that losing even just one pound is a good thing.”


“To help you stay motivated try to think about why you want to lose weight in the first place,”
says Gillian.

On the inside of your fridge keep a list of questions such as: “How would you like to look?” and refer to them when feeling disillusioned.

“Rather than looking at long-term goals think about what you want to achieve by next week,”
she says.

Give yourself short-term goals with non-food related rewards.
If you lose a certain amount go to the cinema or have a massage. 

The busier you are the less time you’ll have to think about food.
Being content also makes choosing healthy foods easier.

“One of the key elements to weight loss and weight maintenance is to keep active,”
says Gillian. 
“When trying to lose weight people often become preoccupied with thinking about food. 
Having hobbies to distract from those thoughts is key to psychological wellbeing.”
Try a hobby with other people for added social support, such as a team sport.


Thursday, April 5, 2018

Meditation Benefits

To experience the benefits of meditation, regular practice is necessary. It takes only a few minutes every day

Change is a Constant

How to Make Life More Positive: 

 •Smile more 
•Be yourself 
-Be optimistic 
-Don’t complain 
-Throw away clutter 
-Make a change/difference 
-Unfollow negative people on social media 
-Go to bed early and wake up early 
-Show more gratitude 
-Do things that challenge you

Always pray to have eyes that see the best, a heart that forgives the worst, a mind that forgets the bad, and a soul that never loses faith
The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials. ~ Confucius

People who are well liked: 

1 ask for nothing 
2 laugh at themselves 
3 listen with interest 
4 rarely complain 
5 inspire others 
6 teach 
7 give 

Make a plan to achieve your goals


  HATERS: Having Anger Towards Everyone Reaching Success


 If the plan doesn't work, change the plan but not the goal.

Never quit your GOAL. You can change the "HOW" you are going to get there but don't downgrade your goal

 Link:   Fearless Motivation‏ @fearlessmotivat 

Be positive and Stay patient.

No matter how far you have gone on the wrong road, you can still turn around 

Kindness in words creates confidence. 
Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. 
Kindness in giving creates love.
-- Lao Tzu

Be positive and trust the timing of everything. Just because it’s not happening right now doesn’t mean it never will. Stay patient.


Sometimes you just have to pick yourself up and carry on.

20 Most Powerful Affirmations Because Thoughts Become Things

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Reading is the best way to relax


Reading is the best way to relax, even 6 minutes can be enough to reduce the stress levels by more than 2/3

Live in the Present

You cannot find yourself by going into the past. You can find yourself by coming into the present. ~ Eckhart Tolle 

#Mindfulness #MindBody #OneHumanity

Sleep and good laugh Heals

Sleep and good laugh Heals  


Habits and attitudes to adjust: 

1. Trying to please everyone 

2. Fearing change 

3. Living in the past 

4. Overthinking 

5. Being afraid to be different 

6. Beating yourself up over mistakes 

7. Sacrificing your happiness for others 

8. Thinking you're not good enough 

9. Thinking you have no purpose
You don't get what you wish for. You get what you work for.

"Make a gift of your life and lift all mankind by being kind, considerate, forgiving, and compassionate." ~Dr. David R. Hawkins

It can be difficult to make decisions, especially late at night. Sometimes it's best to sleep on it, and figure things out in the morning. 


When you do not realize that you are one with the river, or one with the universe, you have fear. Whether it is separated into drops or not, water is water. Our life and death are the same thing. When we realize this fact, we have no fear of death anymore. 

- Shunryu Suzuki

  Negative emotions to manage over/regulate: 
  1. Anger: it breeds hatred. 
  2. Greed: it makes you selfish. 
  3. Regret: it brings sorrow. 
  4. Self-pity: it causes lack of self-confidence. 

Emotional intelligence is the ability to identify and manage your own emotions and the emotions of others. 
It is generally said to include three skills: 
- emotional awareness; 
- the ability to harness emotions and apply them to tasks like thinking and 
- problem solving; and
- the ability to manage emotions, which includes regulating your own emotions and cheering up or calming down other people.

“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.” 
- Marcus Aurelius


Feeling lonely?

Instead of turning away from loneliness, consider the possibility that the solution may not be to escape the self, but to go deeper within.

Moving away from loneliness means moving away from negativity. And if your circle of friends is contributing that, there’s no shame in looking for support elsewhere.

Feeling lonely? Here are things you can try to ease the pain


1) Remember That Loneliness Is Not Equal To Being Alone

2) Actively Try To Reach Out And Socialize

3) Strive To Fight Self-Deprecating Habits

4) Support Others Around You

5) Join A Group

6) Have Realistic Expectations

7) Nurture Yourself


To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don't grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float. - Alan W. Watts











Tuesday, April 3, 2018

International Childrens Book Day


“Stories make your heart grow.”

A love of books stays with you forever. Always, always, always encourage children to read.