So, what’s new?

So, what’s new?

After having completed another course sponsored by Yad Vashem on Holocaust Studies, I took off for the green land known as Canada. I was refreshed and delighted by sweet weather and my dear family and then it was time to come home to Kibbutz Nir-Oz.

Good to be back? Well, of course to hug my beloved children.

But in other news, as has been shown by ynet.com, it’s been a few days of constant listening. I carry out conversations in person, on the phone and in my head while  I periodically note booms and more booms. I await the call of the Red Alert from the regional system or from our Kibbutz located factory, and I carry on.

Newspaper reports don’t always acknowledge the rocketfire that goes on during the day. There are bigger rockets or more noteworthy landings near the big cities of Ashkelon and Be’er Sheva or even Ofakim. But those reports also engage my attention. There’s a kind of dual perception that sneaks into one’s life – the immediate engagements of the moment and the secondary reality of sporadic and possible danger.

Those with ADHD are the winners – those lucky folks gifted with multiple attention spans – no problem – they’re well rehearsed for these times.

Those who are more linear – who like their days piled neatly – are more shaken.

How do you categorize yourself? Could you keep the zen during these times?

Oh, and if you have facebook, perhaps you’d like to join my friend Adele’s new group: Life on the Border with Gaza, Things People May not Know (but should)

& may it be a peaceful weekend

-judih, August 26, 2011

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Idud: A successful approach to ADHD | health

Idud: A successful approach to ADHD | health.

A new national training program stresses encouragement and positive optimism for Jewish and Arab children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Thanks to an educational program initiated by an American immigrant, the outlook is brighter for scores of Jewish and Arab Israeli children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a common neurological condition causing inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity.

Idud (Encouragement) began as a pilot project in one religious and three secular elementary schools, says its founder, clinical psychologist and educator Stuart (Simcha) Chesner.

Please click onto the link to read how one man’s determination has opened the window to awareness and treatment for students with ADHD.

New Changes for ADHD Diagnosis in DSM-V May Mean Treating ADD Seperately from ADHD | Attention Deficit Disorder News – ADDitude

New Changes for ADHD Diagnosis in DSM-V May Mean Treating ADD Seperately from ADHD | Attention Deficit Disorder News – ADDitude.

No More ADHD? New Changes to the Guidelines for Diagnosing Children and Adults

As the mental health experts go back to the drawing board, expect updates to the current guidelines for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) diagnosis, age of onset, and symptoms. The label ADHD or ADD may even go away, or at the very least, change meaning.

My comment: Further talk on the DSM-V, and some readers’ comments.

ADHD Stimulant Medications: Do They Stunt Growth in ADHD Children? | Attention Deficit Disorder News – ADDitude

Can stimulant medications used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) negatively impact your child’s height? New research indicates that any effect on your child’s size is minimal and reversible.

ADHD Stimulant Medications: Do They Stunt Growth in ADHD Children? | Attention Deficit Disorder News – ADDitude.

New Changes for ADHD Diagnosis in DSM-V May Mean Treating ADD Separately from ADHD | Attention Deficit Disorder News – ADDitude

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual is being updated for the first time since 1994.  Amongst other conditions, ADD and ADHD are probably going to be separated. Click the link to read the article and more importantly, click straight into the DSM-V website to comment or suggest changes.

via New Changes for ADHD Diagnosis in DSM-V May Mean Treating ADD Separately from ADHD | Attention Deficit Disorder News – ADDitude.

Disconnect Between Brain Regions in ADHD – from UC Davis News

I just found this article:

Disconnect Between Brain Regions in ADHD

January 11, 2010

Two brain areas fail to connect when children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder attempt a task that measures attention, according to researchers at the UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain and M.I.N.D. Institute.

This research provides the first direct evidence that brain connectivity is missing in people with ADHD. “This is the first time that we have direct evidence that this connectivity is missing in ADHD,” said Ali Mazaheri, postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Mind and Brain. Mazaheri and his colleagues made the discovery by analyzing the brain activity in children with ADHD. The paper appears in the current online issue of the journal Biological Psychiatry.

Go here to read the article. (With thanks to ADDitude Magazine for the link)