ADD, ADHD & Executive Functioning Tip-of-the-Week…Are You Ready for Some Football

My passion away from my job besides my family is football. I live, eat and breath it. I used to coach when I was a teacher and now I get to sit back and enjoy the action. If you must know, I’m a Chicago Bears fan. I enjoy high school and college as more of an observer.

Why do I mention this? Because it’s important for us to find something we enjoy. Having things that take us away from everyday life is healthy. With me, it’s yelling at the television, watching my fantasy players and cheering on the beloved Bears to victory.

I can be found on Twitter at ADHDEFCoach. You can also find me on FacebookDigg and Tumblr. For more information on my work, check out www.carrolledu.com and www.iepexperts.com. Feel free to email me at jonathan@adhdefcoach.com if you have any additional questions. I’ve decided to start a support group for successful professionals with ADD and ADHD that live on Chicago’s North Shore. It will meet monthly on Fridays. For more details, please check out this link.

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  1. a0a0 This review is from: The auhotr sets out to prove successfully in my view that drug treatment for conditions such as ADHD, OCD, depression, and anxiety are vastly inferior to behavioral therapy. Though many contend that chemical imbalances are responsible for producing these disorders, Stephen Ray Flora argues and presents credible prove showing how cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), instead of pharmacological intervention, can right such problems and lead people in the direction of human health with markedly lower relapse rates and with results that are lasting. Drugs do not fundamentally re-shape our worldview into a more constructive, healthier outlook. For instance, if we have an anxiety disorder that results from heights, broadcast seats, or broadcast speaking, taking a medication will not fundamentally resolve those issues. Instead, through exposure-response therapy, people are forced to confront their fears and place out the unhealthy response to a particular environmental stimulus (such as a cliff, or a stage in front of many people). Indeed, the manifestation of other psychological conditions can be examined through the lens of behaviorism. OCD is fueled by seeking relief from anxiety (negative reinforcement). Depression is perpetuated by avoiding activities that, in and of themselves, would resolve the depression itself (negative reinforcement). Though I do not wish to spoil the substance of the book by going into detail, Flora shows how environmental reinforcers can produce these conditions of mental illness and how they can be resolved. The auhotr’s scrutiny of ADHD and schizophrenia was also very enlightening. This book is empowering for those seeking to take control of a particular condition they may have. Instead of outsourcing blame ( Oh, it’s not my fault; it’s the OCD ) or reducing the complication to a simple resolution ( I just need a pill. ), Flora provides an engaging and well-researched discourse of certain conditions and shows how the tools for overcoming these problems is readily accessible for anyone equipped and willing to work. CBT and/or exposure-response therapy is many times more effective than drugs by really correcting psychological problems, not masking them. I believe our culture is too demanding of solutions in life that come quickly and in something as simple as a pill. We have become too keen to take medications despite the fact that psychiatry has only proven that there is a CORRELATION between brain chemistry imbalance and mental illness, *NOT* causation. The auhotr jokes in the beginning of the book how the victor in a martial arts struggle has a higher testosterone count (the chemical’) than the person he defeated. Does that mean that the loser has some kind of physical struggle victory deficiency disorder? Additionally, Jeffrey Schwartz has shown using PET scans how CBT and EX/RP (exposure-response therapy) can alter brain chemistry to healthier levels, without drugs. To the skeptics and critics: Flora addresses the arguments presented in favor of drug intervention. The auhotr will demonstrate how medications can even interfere with the effectiveness of CBT, not improve it. In fact, as you will read in the chapter on depression, if mental illness was a bona-fide chemical problem, why did more people improve with only placebos in one study vs. those who took real medications (Duke University study)? This was a very excellent read! I highly recommend it!

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