Category Archives: Learning Disabilities and Mental Health

Discussions related to impact of learning struggles on mental and emotional well-being.

The Marketing of AD/HD

Slide above: Adapted from Exploring the Neurocircuitry of the Brain and Its Impact on Treatment Selections in ADHD, PRAKASH S. MASAND, MD; PETER S. JENSEN, MD; STEPHEN STAHL, MD, PHD There’s been a certain amount of press and attention on … Continue reading

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The Art of Timelapse

vimeo.com/81620083 This is a great short video, sent to me by my friend Richard Wanderman, about a photographer/videographer named Michael Shainblum and his time-lapse work. Beautiful images. I loved listening to his explanation of how he produces his work. It’s … Continue reading

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No One Brings Dinner When Your Daughter is an Addict.

This article, from Slate, Comfort Food, hit home. Larry Lake describes the difficulty many people have with knowing how to be supportive when someone they know has a mental illness, or has a child with a mental illness. People have … Continue reading

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Finding Joy in the Middle of the Dukkha of Having a Learning Disability

It’s so fascinating to me to track the different attitudes and perspectives about having a learning disability. On one hand there is one that implies that having a learning disability somehow means you are brilliant in some way.” Paraphrased, that … Continue reading

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Meet Jack, my friend and former student

Recently, the National Center for Learning Disabilities website published an interview with new high school freshman, Jack. NCLD interviews Jack, who is dyslexic, as a real success story. And while that’s true, there’s a story and history to Jack becoming … Continue reading

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“You’re Never Too Old to Have a Happy Childhood.”

A few weeks ago my mom passed away and I haven’t felt much like writing or blogging. However that’s changed now. I want to connect the dots from something she emphasized to me a while back, and the whole idea … Continue reading

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ADHD Medications misused: This Generation’s Speed

Neurologists Warn Against ADHD Drugs To Help Kids Study Makes me quite nervous that there are kids who fabricate symptoms of ADHD in order to get medications. For physicians to do a collaborative and differential diagnosis of ADHD apparently takes … Continue reading

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Teen with Autism Snared in Undercover Sting Won’t be Expelled

Judge Rules a High School Student with Disabilities Will Not Get Expelled Fascinating story and case of a high school student who was charged with selling drugs (marijuana) to an undercover deputy. The judge in the case has ruled that … Continue reading

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Importance of Closer Relationships for Teens with Learning Disabilities

Teens with Learning Disabilities Benefit from Closer Relationships Teenagers with LD tend to have less secure relationships with their parents and teachers, furthering their risks of struggling with depression, anxiety and substance abuse. The study, found in the journal of … Continue reading

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ADHD Tragedy: Poor Diagnosis or Medication Mismanagement?

ADHD Tragedy: Poor Diagnosis or Medication Mismanagement? Once again, poor treatment management is part of a suicide for a young person with great potential.

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ADHD is Not A Gift

www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xpEBE9VDWw&feature=related I love this short video clip, ADHD is Not A Gift. It challenges our tendency to embellish a condition that presents real obstacles to parts of daily life, with a super-imposed attribute of somehow being a gift. “As if … Continue reading

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US Appeals Court: Paying for Mental Health and Special Education Placement.

In a landmark case, a US Court of Appeals backed a Colorado family’s right to place their teenaged child in a residential facility and their Colorado school district’s responsibility to pay for it, under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act … Continue reading

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