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What is Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

What is Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

What is Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ADHD is one of the most common neurodevelopmental (having to do with the way the brain grows and develops) disorders of childhood. It is usually first diagnosed in childhood and often lasts into adulthood. Children with ADHD may have trouble paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviors (may act without thinking about what the result will be), or be overly active.Signs and Symptoms It is normal for children to have trouble focusing and behaving at one time or another. However, children with ADHD do not just grow out of these behaviors. The symptoms continue, can be severe, and can cause difficulty at school, at home, or with friends. A child with ADHD might: daydream a lot forget or lose things a lot squirm or fidget talk too much make careless mistakes or take unnecessary risks have a hard time resisting temptation have trouble taking turns have difficulty getting...

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Why your mental health may be suffering in the COVID-19 pandemic

Why your mental health may be suffering in the COVID-19 pandemic

Social distancing is the most effective tool the United States has to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, but mental health experts warn that the isolation, combined with the stress of coping with a global pandemic and the disruption summoned by the virus, could brew a toxic environment for people grappling with mental health issues. Who may be most susceptible to stress during this crisis? Older people, those with chronic health conditions, children and teens, health care workers serving on the front lines of this virus and people grappling with mental health conditions, including substance use, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Even if you’re not in one of those groups, this profound moment of worry, separation, lack of social interaction, job insecurity and possible illness — or worse — can be hard on everyone. The PBS NewsHour asked experts for advice about how to manage the stress of life during the COVID-19 pandemic.Why is social distancing...

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That Discomfort You’re Feeling Is Grief

That Discomfort You’re Feeling Is Grief

Some of the HBR edit staff met virtually the other day — a screen full of faces in a scene becoming more common everywhere. We talked about the content we’re commissioning in this harrowing time of a pandemic and how we can help people. But we also talked about how we were feeling. One colleague mentioned that what she felt was grief. Heads nodded in all the panes. If we can name it, perhaps we can manage it. We turned to David Kessler for ideas on how to do that. Kessler is the world’s foremost expert on grief. He co-wrote with Elisabeth Kübler-Ross On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief through the Five Stages of Loss. His new book adds another stage to the process, Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief. Kessler also has worked for a decade in a three-hospital system in Los Angeles. He served on their biohazards team. His volunteer work includes being an LAPD Specialist Reserve for traumatic events as well as having served on the Red Cross’s disaster services team....

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We all want to know how the coronavirus pandemic ends. How do we cope with uncertainty?

We all want to know how the coronavirus pandemic ends. How do we cope with uncertainty?

There is a lot of misinformation out there about coronavirus. We sort the facts from falsehoods. No one knows how this ends. The uncertainty may be as unsettling as the virus itself. As the U.S. imposes restrictions to save lives during the global coronavirus pandemic, people are agonizing over one question: When will “normal” life resume? People want to know when they can touch again and whisper closely. When they can walk not on quiet trails but through the hum of a crowd – bumping shoulders, inhaling perfume, eavesdropping. They wonder when they’ll be able to send their children to school. They want to know when solitude will become a choice again. “We are all anxious. We are all tired. We are all fatigued. it’s been all bad news for a long time,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a press conference Tuesday. “Our whole lifestyle has been disrupted. Everybody wants to know one thing: When is it over? Nobody knows.” Psychologists say uncertainty is unsettling because human nature...

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