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19 Celebrities With ADHD You May Not Know About

by  Angela Finlay and Lana Barhum

How Successful People Flourish With ADHD

You don’t often connect attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) with overwhelming success, especially when it seems to cause so much disruption. Impulsivity, frantic behavior, acting out, and a lack of focus may not help much in the classroom, but maybe these traits aren’t as bad as they seem — there are positive things about ADHD!

Some people have managed to make a name for themselves in Hollywood, sports, the music industry, or big business in spite of — or, in some cases, because of — their ADHD. Take a look at these eight celebrities who have been able to rise above the challenges and make their ADHD work for them.

Howie Mandel

Howie Mandel

The prolific TV host and comedian is fairly well known for his phobia of germs, but OCD isn’t the only mental health challenge he has faced. Howie Mandel claims that his ADHD keeps his thoughts racing and his body almost out of his own control.

However, he points to the right medications and a strong support network as the source of his ongoing success. “There isn’t anybody alive who doesn’t need counseling. We don’t have that set of tools and there’s a stigma.”

Indeed, a sense of community has helped Howie Mandel shine a light on his mental health challenges and connect to his audience: “It’s actually helpful for me to feel the connection. The biggest issue with mental health issues is that you feel very alone and nobody shares your issues.”

Read the rest at New Life Outlook.

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Quotes for Overcoming Depression from 13 Famous People Who Lived With It

Depression can make a person feel very alone, but you are not alone. Even important and influential people throughout history have suffered from depression and felt as lost and as confused you do and have.

Here are quotes about depression by 13 famous people – dead and alive – who have suffered from depression, and have managed to accomplish and overcome so much despite it. If they can do it, so can you!

So don’t give up because there are ways to cope with your depression, traditional, alternative and natural ways to help manage depression, and numerous resources – individual or group therapy, support groups, online forums, and more – to help you along the way.

1. C. S. Lewis

Quotes About Depression: C. S. Lewis

“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” – C.S. Lewis

The British novelist and poet, C.S. Lewis, best known for the fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia and fictional work about Christianity, also suffered from depression. His depression was believed to have started while he was recovering from injuries and the loss of colleagues during the first World War.

Consider the following quote from Lewis’ book A Grief Observed.

“Meanwhile, where is God? When you are happy, so happy that you have no sense of needing Him. If you remember yourself and turn to Him with gratitude and praise, you will be — or so it feels — welcomed with open arms.  But go to Him when your need is desperate, when all other help is vain, and what do you find? A door slammed in your face and a sound of bolting and double bolting on the inside. After that, silence. You may as well turn away. The longer you wait, the more emphatic the silence will become.”

Read the rest at New Life Outlook.

Posted in Medical News Today

All you need to know about epiretinal membrane

Epiretinal membranes are thin, transparent layers of fibrous tissues that form a film on the inner surface of the retina.

 

Epiretinal membranes (ERMs) most often occur in people over age 50. According to The American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS), at least 2 percent of people over 50 years old and 20 percent over age 75 have ERMs, but most do not need treatment.

Up to 20 percent of people with ERMS have them in both eyes, but symptoms and severity for each eye differ.

Fast facts on epiretinal membranes:

  • ERMs usually cause a few mild symptoms.
  • They are generally watched and not treated.
  • In some instances, ERMs cause loss of vision and visual distortion.
  • The only treatment for an ERM is a surgical procedure called a vitrectomy.

Symptoms

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Severe cases of ERM may cause the vision to be blurred and distorted.

ERMs are severe when they affect the central part of the retina responsible for seeing fine details, for example, when reading or recognizing faces.

In the severest cases, vision is blurred and distorted, similarly to a distorted view through an unadjusted pair of binoculars.

Straight lines, such as those from a doorway, might appear wavy to someone with an ERM. ERM vision loss starts out unnoticeable and becomes increasingly severe.

Read the rest at Medical News Today.

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All you need to know about the low FODMAP diet

Studies have shown low FODMAP diets can help improve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.

FODMAP stands for ‘fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols.’ FODMAP foods are types of carbohydrates, including sugars that easily inflame the digestive system and those that are poorly absorbed in the gut.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a widespread gastrointestinal disorder affecting 11 percent of the world’s population, this according to a report from Clinical Epidemiology.

Fast facts on FODMAP foods and IBS:

  • Diet is the best way to manage IBS symptoms.
  • Low and high FODMAP foods include many types vegetables, meats, fish, cereals, grains, and eggs.
  • Knowing the difference makes it easier to go on a low FODMAP diet, and alleviate IBS symptoms.

What is IBS?

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IBS symptoms may include recurring, continuous pain or discomfort in the abdomen, bloating, nausea, and indigestion.

According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, about 10 to 15 percent of adults in the United States are affected by IBS.

Of that number, less than 7 percent will receive a diagnosis of IBS, either because a doctor is unsure or because the individual is not seeking help for symptoms. It seems that women are affected by IBS in higher numbers than men.

Read the rest at Medical News Today. 

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Addressing and Managing a Child Who Habitually Lies -ADHD

by Yvonne Banks and Lana Barhum

ADHD and Compulsively Lying – Is Your Child Habitually Lying?

An issue that many parents of ADHD children must deal with is habitual lying. It is often poor organization that causes ADHD and lying to go together. For example, the child may forget to do something they were told, and then later when confronted about it, they will say that no one told them to do anything.

Lying isn’t just a problem for children. Adult ADHD and lying can go hand in hand, too, so it’s important to address your child’s lying now, so it doesn’t continue.

Reasons Why Children with ADHD May Lie

Not all children with ADHD habitually lie, and some are impulsively honest, which can also create problems. For children who lie, the habit can quickly become a problem.

Children with ADHD don’t tell big lies. They generally lie about everyday things, like whether they did homework or chores.

When these children lie, they are not trying to be defiant. It is usually about struggling to cope.

Forgetfulness

A child with ADHD who has been told to come home right away after school may acknowledge what their parent has asked of them. But they later do not follow through.

When confronted by the parent, the child insists the parent never told him. The parent may think the child is lying when he likely forgot.

Forgetfulness is a part of everyday life for someone with ADHD. It includes forgetting routine things and important dates.

Read the rest at New Life Outlook.

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What Is Seronegative Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Seronegative rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is the diagnosis of RA without specific antibodies in a person’s blood. People with this type of RA eventually go on to develop the blood markers characteristic of RA.

What Is Seronegative RA?

As much as 80% of people with RA test positive for a rheumatoid factor, this according to the Arthritis Foundation. Further, 60 to 70% of RA patients test for the antibody called anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide (anti-CCP), which makes their RA seropositive.

The people who don’t test positive for anti-CCPs are said to have seronegative RA. One study published in August 2016, journal Rheumatology found that 38% percent of people with RA are seronegative at the time of diagnosis.

People with seronegative RA may have anti-CCPs, but with the levels so low they do not warrant a seropositive diagnosis. Further, many seronegative RA patients eventually go on to develop anti-CCPs after years of living with RA.

Symptoms and Diagnosis

You must have a specific set of symptoms to be diagnosed with seronegative RA. The most common symptoms associated with seronegative RA are:

  • Joint pain, specifically in the hands
  • Symmetrical (both sides of the body) symptoms in multiple joints
  • Ongoing inflammation
  • Joint swelling
  • Morning stiffness lasting more than 30 minutes
  • Joint redness and tenderness
  • Fatigue
  • Eye symptoms, including redness and dryness

Many of these symptoms are also seen in people with seropositive RA. However, in people with the seronegative form, the symptoms start gradually and evolve.

In addition to relying on symptoms, seronegative RA can be diagnosed with imaging. X-ray rays can show bone and cartilage damage and erosion.

Read the rest at New Life Outlook.

Posted in Medical News Today

7 Natural Ways to Help Depression

Talk therapy and medication can treat and manage depression, but they are not your only treatment options – there are natural ways to help your depression too!

Many natural treatment options for depression may include changing your lifestyle and habits, adding new options to your diet, and performing depression-relieving exercises. You don’t need to implement these all today, take it one step at a time and find a routine that works for you.

Now, let’s get started – here are seven natural ways to help depression today.

1. Eating Healthy

Eating healthy is not just good for your physical health, but it is also important for your mental well-being.

Several studies have found a connection with poor diets and depression. People with diets high in processed meats, fried foods, high-fat dairy, sugars, and desserts are more likely to report depressive symptoms.

Therefore, it is important to avoid these bad foods and eat a diet rich in good foods, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, fish, and poultry to keep your energy levels high and your body and mind healthy.

2. Being Active

Depression can destroy your motivation and exercise may be the last thing on your mind. However, research shows being active can improve your mood.

The link between exercise and depression isn’t clear, but researchers can confirm physical activity can make you feel better and lessen depression symptoms. It is also possible that exercise can keep depressive symptoms from returning.

3. Sleeping Well

The sleep-depression connection is complicated. Depression may cause sleep problems and sleep problems may cause or worsen depression.

Read the rest at New Life Outlook.

Posted in Medical News Today

Pfeiffer syndrome: What to know

Pfeiffer syndrome is a rare genetic condition that causes the premature fusing of the skull, resulting in an abnormal shaping of the face and head. It also affects the hands and feet.

The cause of Pfeiffer syndrome is a mutation of the genes responsible for prenatal bone development. This mutation speeds up bone development, causing the skull to fuse prematurely. There are three subtypes of Pfeiffer syndrome, with types 2 and 3 being the most severe.

Treatment begins at birth once an accurate diagnosis is made. No treatments can reverse Pfeiffer syndrome, but treatment can manage specific symptoms of this condition.

Fast facts on Pfeiffer syndrome:

  • According to American Journal of Medical Genetics, Pfeiffer syndrome affects about 1 in 120,000 births.
  • Pfeiffer syndrome is the result of an inherited autosomal dominant gene mutation or a new gene mutation.
  • There are three subtypes of Pfeiffer syndrome, classified by severity.
  • Surgery is central to the treatment of Pfeiffer syndrome.

What is Pfeiffer syndrome?

Person cradling babies head in their hands.
As a baby develops in the womb, the skull bones fuse together. In Pfeiffer syndrome, these bones fuse too early.

Typically, a child’s skull bones would come together only after the head has reached its full size. But in the case of Pfeiffer syndrome, the plates pull together too soon, and the skull cannot expand in time with the growing brain, which causes abnormal face and head shaping.

Babies born with Pfeiffer syndrome may also have bulging eyes, high foreheads, beaked noses, and sunken mid-faces. Their fingers and toes might be webbed, or short and wide.

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How to Build Your Support System

Living with chronic illness isn’t easy, even on the days when your symptoms and pain are managed and tolerable. That’s why it’s so important to have supportive people with you on your journey, especially on the days that seem the hardest and loneliest. Health writer and rheumatoid arthritis patient Lana Barhum shares her best advice for building a support system.

SUPPORT SYSTEMS ARE THERE TO REMIND YOU THAT YOU ARE SO MUCH MORE THAN YOUR ILLNESS. IF YOU FIND YOURSELF ALONE, DON’T DENY YOURSELF THE IMPORTANT NEED FOR SUPPORT.

Research shows that having a support system is essential for your overall health and wellbeing. In fact, researchers from Brigham Young University and the University of North Carolina found people who did not have strong support systems were 50 percent more likely to die from an illness than people who did.

How I Found My Support System

When I was first diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and fibromyalgia nine years ago, it felt like nobody could begin to fathom what I was feeling emotionally and experiencing physically. My family and friends didn’t understand, and I didn’t imagine there were others out there struggling in the same way I was. That first year was the hardest and loneliest of my life.

When I expressed my concerns to my rheumatologist, she suggested I write about my experience, and so I did. I started a blog to share my experiences with RA and fibromyalgia. I wrote honestly about my feelings and the effect the pain was having on my life. My blog found a following, and and I found out I wasn’t alone!

Read more at Mango Health.

Posted in Medical News Today

Armpit detox: Benefits and how to do it

Armpit detoxification can help the body rid itself of toxins that have built up on the skin. It may also help to reduce the capacity of sweat glands and the amount of odor they produce.

Moreover, some research indicates armpit detox can boost the immune system and decrease cancer risk. Conventional deodorants and antiperspirants are absorbed through the skin, and after many years of using these products, a lot of chemical residues have built up on a person’s skin.

This is where an armpit detox can help. When someone stops using chemical deodorants and antiperspirants, toxins start to leave the body, resulting in an armpit detox.

Fast facts on armpit detox:

  • The armpits are the body’s entry and exit points.
  • Deodorants are designed to mask the smell of excess bacteria from sweating.
  • Antiperspirants are designed to reduce sweating.
  • The detox process may cause skin problems, excess sweating, and odor.

What are the benefits of an armpit detox?

There are plenty of reasons why a person should stop using deodorants and antiperspirants and consider an armpit detox including:

Breast cancer risk

man using deodorant
The chemicals from deodorants may affect the body’s immune system, so an armpit detox may be recommended.

Research undertaken over the past 15 years has indicated a possible association between the use of deodorants and antiperspirants and breast cancer.

One systematic review reported in the Central European Journal of Public Health recently attempted to estimate the potential risk.

Read the rest at Medical News Today.