Every eight seconds someone turns 50. According to the Administration on Aging of the Department of Health and Human Services, in 2000 the population of 65 year olds was 35 million, in just eight years it will jump to 55 million. As a clinical social worker with a keen awareness of the elder community, my interest in gerontology is increasing along with the aging population. One prominent concern of aging is the possible diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.
Over the last few weeks, those of us who live in Southeastern Michigan have been alerted to a series of shootings along the I-96 corridor. Numerous innocent targets were involved. Many windshields were shattered, and apparently one person sustained injuries. We learned last week that a gentleman in his 40’s was apprehended. There are reports that he has a history of paranoia and psychiatric symptoms. Most people with mental illness do not have violent tendencies, but certain psychiatric diagnoses are associated with increased frequency of violent behavior.
I am a survivor of suicide. This November marks two years since I heard the words; “Your mother tried to kill herself.” It was one of the scariest moments in my life, but also one of great relief that she had not succeeded, and went on to receive treatment. Less than a year later, her sister, estranged from the family for more than a decade, would not be so fortunate.
Many times during the week we discuss with our ADHD patients best practices to concentrate. There are a number of distractions in the workplace that make work unproductive and quite frustrating. The attached article discusses the importance of stopping visual and audio distractions and building blinders into your workspace. A white noise machine could also be helpful.
As the nation is adorned in pink this month to heighten awareness for early detection of breast cancer and the need for continued research, it is important to recognize that the month of October is also dedicated to spreading awareness of the debilitating effects of domestic violence on individuals, families, and society as a whole. Domestic violence happens to both men and women across all walks of life. One in four women will experience domestic violence within their lifetime, and most incidents of domestic violence are never reported to the police.
Increasing evidence suggests that children with ADHD do better with treatment throughout their life. A new study published in the Archives Journal of Psychiatry followed nearly 300 boys living in New York City for 33 years. The men with ADHD were recruited and joined at childhood by their teacher or a doctor. During this long-term study, the group with ADHD were compared to children turned men who were not thought to have ADHD.
There was a recent story in the local media, a young teenager girl from West Branch, Michigan, was tricked into believing that she was voted homecoming queen. Sadly, this was a prank designed to humiliate her in front of her classmates. The story received immediate attention and she received an outpouring of support. The young girl was amazingly courageous and went to the homecoming dance quite proudly.
Accurately diagnosing patients with ADHD is one of the most important things we do on a daily basis at the Rochester Center. Approximately 40% of our patients have ADHD alone. The majority of patients have other conditions that accompany their ADHD; these include anxiety, depression, chronic fatigue, and learning disabilities.