According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 5.4 million children ages 4 to 17 in the U.S. have been diagnosed at some time with ADHD [attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder ], and 66 percent of those with current ADHD take medication to control the condition.
Is ADHD perhaps over-diagnosed? Might Ritalin be over-prescribed? In my humble opinion, yes. Is there something to be done about it? Yes.
I am not a child psychologist or educator and I don’t have children of my own. BUT I am an acute observer of human nature and work in the holistic health profession and am of the opinion that most prescription drugs are over-prescribed.
Why do we as a culture go along with this? Because we are a society of people who want a quick fix.
The best explanation I have found as to why ADHD is over-diagnosed comes from Sir Ken Robinson’s brilliant February 2006 talk on Ted.com about an 8-year old child in school in the 1930s: Gillian Lynne.
“Sleep is the golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.” Thomas Dekker
There may be no better way to improve health and energy, and reduce stress, than getting a good night’s sleep. But that seems to be more and more difficult to achieve in our 24/7 world. Prescription drugs and over the counter sleep aids are plentiful but may not be our healthiest choice.
Counting sheep has never worked for me, but here are 25 sleep solutions that will contribute to a good night’s sleep, without side effects:
“Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your human potential is!” Anne Frank
The author at the age of decision
One of my earliest childhood memories is of sitting in my second grade class at Our Lady Help of Christians School in Brooklyn, New York during a lesson on the human body.
During the class, my teacher said something that knocked my socks off! It was that human beings only use 10% of the capacity of their brains [that was wrong; it’s now understood that virtually every part of the brain is active most of the time].
But when I heard that statement, I made a decision right then and there to get to using 100% of my brain power in my life. That declaration led me on a circuitous exploration of personal growth, alternative lifestyles and spiritual paths, much to my parents’ chagrin.
What is the brain?? Is it our heart?
“In gentleness there is great strength. Power most of the time is a very quiet thing.” Sun Bear
It’s President’s Day, and this is an election year, so my thoughts have gone to considering what makes a good leader. And I wonder if we really know in this country what a good leader is. Or, more importantly, do our own leaders know.
Here are some Native American teachings about leadership:
- is the poorest man in the tribe because when the old and orphaned are without, the chief gives from his own stores to take care of them;
- has compassion and looks out for the well-being of others;
- takes responsibility and admits mistakes;
- listens to the counsel of women in order to have a balanced viewpoint;
- prizes peace above all else.
There is an old saying that, when the student is ready, the teacher appears. It certainly was true for me. I’m frequently asked how I got involved with the Native American spiritual path. The short answer is: “I asked the universe.”
During college, I experimented with the usual recreational drugs and had an epiphany one day on a hillside in the Santa Monica Mountains.
High on mescaline, I saw a mountain breathe and immediately knew two things: