ADHD and Bipolar Disorder

ADHD and bipolar disorder are both mental disorders that can cause problems with focus, energy, mood, and impulsivity. People with ADHD have difficulty paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviours, or being overly active. Those with bipolar disorder experience extreme changes in mood, energy, and behaviour. ADHD is one of the most common mental disorders in children and adolescents. It is estimated that between 3 and 5% of school-aged children have ADHD. Bipolar disorder is less common, affecting about 1-1.8% of all children, but that's still a lot of children! Until only quite recently it was believed that only adults could have bipolar. However,…

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CBT for Children with ADHD

ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder, one of the most common mental disorders affecting children.  It is a developmental impairment of the brain's executive functioning.  This affects a child’s ability to focus, stay organised, sit still and manage impulse control.  Treatment for children with ADHD will often involve stimulant medication and therapy.  The most promising improvements seen in children with ADHD are those who are on medication combined with CBT, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. What is CBT? Whilst CBT was developed from various ideas, the work of Dr Aaron T. Beck (1921-2021) is recognised as the most prominent.  He believed that negative schema, thoughts,…

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ADHD medication

Honestly, this is one of the hardest decisions I think a parent of a child with ADHD must make.  Should I give my child with ADHD, medication?  Firstly, because we are talking about a child, our child.  Secondly, because we are potentially making a life-changing decision for them.  No one wakes up one day and thinks I want to ‘drug’ my child, but what if that is the best decision you could make for them?  It's such a tough call, especially when they have been diagnosed incredibly young.  This post is in no way trying to sway you one way or another. …

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