Posts by chris

Burning Out Instead of Tuning In

Posted by on May 4, 2017 in Essential Development | 1 comment

Lets face it folks, we are burning out. And our kids are burning out. Why are we burning out?   Peaches constantly needs to be seen Let me give you an overly simplistic explanation that says it all. A 14 year-old girl named Everly was feeling lonely and so she opened her ipad and began posting on crackbook. She put up a really cute picture of herself with a witty caption underneath extolling her “amazing” Hawaii trip. She had no idea why she really posted that ad, but would probably answer something about ‘being real, authentic, showing the world who she is’ if asked. In truth,...

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What is the Edison gene?

Posted by on Jun 28, 2016 in Attention/ADHD | 2 comments

The Edison gene may end up saving the human race.   “The genetic form of this disorder is not really a disorder at all.” Dr. James Swanson – University of California, Irvine The Edison Gene   In his book, The Edison Gene – ADHD and the Gift of the Hunter Child, Thom Hartmann offers a fascinating account of why ADHD is so prevalent in our culture today. Just as interesting is his proposal that the Edison gene may turn out to be the key to humanity’s survival. What is the Edison Gene? “There is no such thing as a specific gene for alcoholism,...

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ADHD Neurotransmitters

Posted by on May 27, 2016 in Attention/ADHD | 1 comment

Let’s continue our exploration of the biology of ADHD by now turning to ADHD neurotransmitters (NT). ADHD Neurotransmitter regulation is very complex ADHD Neurostransmitters The general impression with ADHD is that the dopamine systems are not working right, especially when needed during concentration. Additionally, the neurotransmitter norepinephrine is also suspected by some to be involved as well. This is not a single problem in the biology of ADHD, but rather the end result of a number of things that can go awry at multiple levels of NT regulation: not enough substrate to make the...

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Biology of ADHD

Posted by on May 10, 2016 in Attention/ADHD | 0 comments

Last week we met “Ryan.”   Read more about “Ryan” here   “Ryan” is a case of classic ADHD with hyperactivity if we were to use the standard labels. In review, he had the core ADHD symptoms of inattention, distractibility, disorganization, hyperactivity, restlessness, and impulsivity. But is this just his personality? Is this just how he is built? And if he is “built” this way, is this necessarily a problem? Do we need to do anything about it? And if so, do we need to do it now? Let’s take a look at some of the biology of...

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Classic ADHD

Posted by on May 7, 2016 in Attention/ADHD | 0 comments

“Ryan” is 9 years old and has alot of energy. Does he have classic ADHD?   “Ryan” is a bright, beautiful handful (disclaimer: this photo is not really “Ryan”)   His teachers say he is easily distracted and often obstinate with them (although, when you ask his swim coach, he doesn’t think that this is true). Ryan has trouble paying attention in most classes, but has no problems tinkering with bikes and lawn mowers for hours. He also can play video games for long periods (when allowed to). His room is very messy. Ryan can be very impulsive...

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