By Dr. Kim Logan-Nowlin & Arthur E. Nowlin, LMSW, CAADC
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Why can’t they be still
By Arthur E. Nowlin, LMSW, CAADC & Dr. Kim Logan-Nowlin
The teacher was concern about the young boy who could never be still during the class session. The constant movement and agitation of the other students became disruptive and irritating to the teacher and other students. During the course of the day it became very difficult to encourage the young boy to focus and complete assignments. During individual attention it became obvious that there existed difficulty in the ability to engage with his teacher. As the teacher persisted in her attempts to find a better method in reaching the young boy, her frustrations increased. Eventually a meeting with the parent was held and a decision needed to be made to seek help. The child was exhibiting symptoms of ADHD. What is ADHD? ADHD is a common behavioral disorder affecting an estimated 8% to !0% of school age children. Boys are three times more likely to be diagnosed with it more than girls. In observing the behavior of a child who is demonstrating, poor attention span and hyperactivity during school and other social environments, finding treatment is essential.
Suggestions to contact a physician and have the child examined was one of the options as well as scheduling the child for an Individual Educational Program or IEP. The IEP would offer the parent assistance in obtaining special attention to help their child achieve. A team of educators and professionals will determine the best possible solution to improve the quality of learning for the student. In many IEP’s there are suggestions to have the child schedule an appointment to see a physician to diagnose the problem and determine if medication is needed to assist the child in maintaining focus.
Once a doctor or psychiatrist has suggested medication for a child with ADHD it is important to find the medication with the least side effects. Not all children will have side effects from medication but the parent and teacher should observe the child and document improvement or lack of improvement in the child’s behavior.
Our children should have every opportunity to obtain help during the critical years of their development. The percentage of parents reporting ADHD diagnosis has increased by 22% from 2003 to 2007 and the percentage continues to rise. Even more alarming is the fact that ADHD is a lifelong behavior disorder. Many adults are having issues regarding ADHD but the symptoms may not be as pronounced as it was during their childhood. The symptoms can change and the adult can develop coping mechanism. ADHD has been linked to adults who have alcohol and marijuana problems and particularly people who have other psychological disorders such as obsessive compulsive disorder. If you suspect your child to have ADHD disorder seek help and have the child evaluated. Provide proper support to improve the behavioral concerns in the school and in the home.
Arthur E.. Nowlin, LMSW, CAADC & Kim Logan Nowlin, Ph.D. LPC, BCCPC, MFT are a husband and wife counseling team and owners of the Kim Logan Communications Christian Family Counseling Clinic in Detroit, Mi. www.kimnow.com, www.familylifelrc.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com. www.Psychology Today.com
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The fear is too much
By Arthur Nowlin LMSW, CAADC & Dr. Kim Logan-Nowlin
A young woman came into our office recently and expressed feelings regarding her inability to progress in her life. She stated that she felt as if she has been missing opportunities to take advantage of being successful. In many situations she stated that she would make preparations to complete important task but something prevented her from following through with completion. The young lady recognized that her behavior was becoming more and more uncomfortable around her friends. As she was driving recently she pulled over on the side of the road because she felt nervous with the traffic on the highway. Also, this lady is having problems with her employment because her position requires her to engage with the public. She is becoming fearful and unable to feel comfortable. Now she is experiencing increase anxiety and fear in every aspect of her life. Her issues of anxiety and fear continues to prevent her from a successful life style.
Most people begin feeling overwhelmed and unable to control the rapid breathing and increase in heart beat so they believe they are having a heart attack. Their thoughts are causing difficulty in their decision making and they become unable to associate outside of their own homes. In many situations the person has difficulty walking in their neighborhoods. When someone has determined that they are experiencing anxiety and fear they should search for help. Some of the treatment possibilities begin with changing your routine, which is taking a risk for improving behavior. Before consideration of medication, you can try a few steps to help address your fear.
First, when feeling overwhelm and fearful, take a time out. It is better to find something to do such as sitting down in your favorite chair sipping on a soothing beverage. Also consider taking a hot shower or bath to help you relax.
Second, don’t allow mistakes to make you uncomfortable. No one is perfect and it is ok if you need to make better decisions. Third, visualize a peaceful place and imagine being where you will not have to worry about unhealthy thoughts and allow yourself to put things into perspective. Fourth, face your anxiety and fear. Don’t try to disallow your feelings but, recognize those feelings and begin your strategy to avoid a crisis. Fifth, talk to someone about your feelings and try to understand what is happening to you and how to develop positive coping skills.
According to Medicine Net, anxiety is a common thing in the U.S. and more than 60 million people will suffer from anxiety at a certain point of their lives and more than 3 million people will have panic disorders in the course of their lifetime. Over 4 million people experience general anxiety each year. Panic attacks begin in the teenage years of 15 through 19. Talking to a therapist can help you address anxiety and fear and allow you to improve your quality of life. Take the risk and change the behavior.
Arthur E. Nowlin LMSW,CAACD, serves as the Deputy Director of Kim Logan Communications Christian Family Counseling Clinic and Kim Logan-Nowlin, Ph.D., LPC, BCPC, MFT, is the President/ CEO of Kim Logan Communications. 313-898-8200 firstname.lastname@example.org, www.kimnow.com or www.familylifelrc.com Visit us also on Psychology Today.