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"Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them; disagree with them; glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignoring them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do."

Kids with ADHD often struggle with managing their emotions. For some, that can mean mood swings that leave their parents, teachers and friends wondering what caused such a swift change in attitude and behaviour.

It may not take much, however, to set the pendulum in motion. Here’s an example of an ADHD mood swing. A child who’s been happily playing outside comes in for lunch. As he sits down, he accidentally spills his milk. In that instant, he becomes angry and frustrated, and his mood totally changes.

The largest imaging study of ADHD to date identifies differences in five regions of the brain, with greatest differences seen in children rather than adults.

The results from our study confirm that people with ADHD have differences in their brain structure and therefore suggest that ADHD is a disorder of the brain," added Dr Hoogman. "We hope that this will help to reduce stigma that ADHD is 'just a label' for difficult children or caused by poor parenting. 

One Mothers Story!

When I worry about if ADHD has taken a toll on my son’s happiness, all I can do is remind him that the condition is not the sum total of who he is.

A picture tells a thousand words, but today, as I stare at my 10 years old son’s school picture, only one word comes to mind: sadness.

Some excellent advice for this time of the year! 

Molly stopped taking holidays several years ago. It wasn’t that she didn’t enjoy the time off...she did...it was because she didn’t like returning to work. Molly has ADHD and has learned to use it to her advantage in her job. Her job in sales requires her to always be on the go and spends most of her time on the road, visiting clients. She manages to complete her paperwork first thing in the morning, before all the distractions of the day set in.

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