ADHD Among Youth On The Rise..NOT SO FAST!!!!

28 08 2008

The headline is all over the place: ADHD Is on the Rise. ADHD has increased 1997-2006. A new survey from the CDC/National Center for Health Statistics says it’s so.

I can’t and won’t believe the conclusions of this survey.

I’m not saying that ADHD is or is not on the rise (in fact, soon I’ll talk about how common ADHD is!), but I am frustrated by headlines and so-called
“national studies” that are inaccurate and weak.

This study found:

  • 9% of children have ADHD

  • Boys had ADHD more often than girls

  • White and Black children have ADHD more than Hispanic children

  • Children with Medicaid have ADHD more than uninsured or privately insured children

This study (and the headlines) forget to emphasize that they consider a child as suffering from ADHD if “a doctor or health professional ever told the parent that their child had ADHD….

I think that is crazy.

Just because a doctor SAID a youth has ADHD in no way means the youth ACTUALLY HAS the disorder. In fact, they aren’t even saying that a “mental health professional” said the youth had ADHD.
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No Mood Swings, Pregnancy or Violence for US Olympic Gymnasts!

19 08 2008

Everywhere I look, it seems as though there is another story about “moody” teens, pregnant teens or teen violence– and I am often called to comment on it.

Teen Champions

Teen Champions

How refreshing to watch the female gymnasts at the 2008

Olympics demonstrate the exact opposite of how teens are typically portrayed in the media. Those teenage girls were respectful, focused, driven, and exhibited phenomenal sportsmanship! Despite the “superhuman” twists, turns, and vaults these girls displayed, what made me feel so good, is how human and how adolescent they still are:

Shawn Johnson, 16, from Iowa watches So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing With The Stars. She has had three of her short stories published and is an honor roll student. Read More…

Nastia Liukin, 19, from Texas listens to Kelly Clarkson and has been accepted at Southern Methodist University. Read More…

Olympic Champions

Olympic Champions

Alicia Sacramone, 21, wants to become a fashion designer. She views her parents as her biggest role models due to teaching her that “hard work brings rewards.” Read the rest of this entry »

Dr. Lisa Boesky in OK! Magazine

6 08 2008

Dr. Lisa was interviewed for a feature article in this week’s OK! Magazine.

Dr. Lisa was asked to provide information about “emotional eating” and the magazine designed a quiz for readers to take to distinguish whether they

August Edition of Ok! Magazine

August Edition of Ok! Magazine

1) show clear signs of being an emotional eater

2) generally have their diet in check or

3) have found healthy ways to cope with emotions

Check it out on local newsstands!

Do you overeat when you are stressed

Do you feel guilty or ashamed after eating too much?

Do you reach for high-sugar, high-calorie foods to calm           down—and it works?

Are you able to eat normally with others, but lose control of your eating when alone?

Does your weight fluctuate based on what is happening at your job or in your relationship?

Eating high-sugar, high-carb foods can actually increase the brain’s Serotonin (a “feel-good” neurotransmitter). Emotional eating isn’t about food, so a diet isn’t going to help. Emotional eaters need to find new and healthier ways of “coping” with strong feelings and stress–so the impulse to eat no longer feels overwhelming.

Teen Birth Rates on the Rise

1 08 2008
Pregnant Teens

Pregnant Teens

(HealthDay News) — The teen birth rate is up for the first time in 15 years, and homicides among teens are up for the first time in 12 years, a new government report finds. Dr. Lisa Boesky, clinical psychologist and national speaker recently appeared on CBS’ The Early Show to discuss this phenomenon brought to the mainstream media because of the pregnancy pact among teens in Massachusetts On the plus side, there has been a drop in childhood deaths from injuries, and fewer eighth graders are smoking, according to the report, put out by the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics. The proportion of Asian and Hispanic children in the population has increased, which reflects the growing diversity among individuals of all ages across the country. A particularly disturbing trend was the increase in Homicides committed by teenagers– up for the first time since the early 1990’s. Other risky behaviors, such as alcohol and drug use did not increase or decrease. Read More..