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World Mental Health Day: What is ADHD; how can I tell if my child has it?

Published: Tuesday, October 10, 2017 @ 2:13 PM

GOERLITZ, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 03: A student reads concentrated during the lesson. Feature at a school in Goerlitz on February 03, 2017 in Goerlitz, Germany. (Photo by Florian Gaertner/Photothek via Getty Images)
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GOERLITZ, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 03: A student reads concentrated during the lesson. Feature at a school in Goerlitz on February 03, 2017 in Goerlitz, Germany. (Photo by Florian Gaertner/Photothek via Getty Images)(Florian Gaertner/Photothek via Getty Images)

Tuesday is World Mental Health Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness of mental health issues.

According to The World Health Organization, the day “provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.”

Of those issues, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most commonly seen in children.

It is estimated that 5 percent of children suffer from the disorder, which is often first identified when the child disrupts classrooms or fails classwork.

Here is a look at the disorder, who has it and what can be done.

What is ADHD?

According to the American Psychological Association, ADHD is a “lifelong, persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development across time and settings.”

Who has it?

ADHD affects children, teens, and adults. It is more common in boys than in girls.

What are the symptoms?

There are three types of diagnosed ADHD, inattentive type, hyperactive/impulsive type and combined type. A diagnosis is based on the symptoms that have occurred over the past six months.

Here are the symptoms for each.
Symptoms in Children
Inattention:

Is easily distracted
Doesn't follow directions or finish tasks
Doesn't appear to be listening
Doesn't pay attention and makes careless mistakes
Forgets about daily activities
Have problems organizing daily tasks
Doesn’t like to do things that require sitting still
Often loses things
Tends to daydream

Hyperactivity:

Often squirms fidgets, or bounces when sitting
Doesn't stay seated
Has trouble playing quietly
Is always moving, such as running or climbing on things (In teens and adults, this is more commonly described as “restlessness.”)
Talks excessively
Is always “on the go,” as if “driven by a motor”

Impulsivity:

Has trouble waiting for his or her turn
Blurts out answers
Interrupts others

Symptoms in Adults

Chronic lateness and forgetfulness
Anxiety
Low self-esteem
Problems at work
Trouble controlling anger
Impulsiveness
Substance abuse or addiction
Unorganized
Procrastination
Easily frustrated
Chronic boredom
Trouble concentrating when reading
Mood swings
Depression
Relationship problems

In addition, for a diagnosis of ADHD, the following conditions must be met:

Several inattentive or hyperactive-impulsive symptoms were present before age 12 years.

Several symptoms are present in two or more settings, (e.g., at home, school or work; with friends or relatives; in other activities).

There is clear evidence that the symptoms interfere with, or reduce the quality of, social, school, or work functioning.

The symptoms are not better explained by another mental disorder (e.g. mood disorder, anxiety disorder, dissociative disorder, or a personality disorder).

How is it diagnosed?

Diagnosis includes talking to parents, teachers and the child, completing a checklist, and ruling out other medical issues.

There is no one test that will diagnose ADHD.

What can be done?

Medication and therapy are used to treat ADHD.

Medication: Stimulant and non-stimulant medication can help with ADHD. Stimulants that can help include:
Dexmethylphenidate (Focalin)
Dextroamphetamine (AdderallDexedrine)
Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse)
Methylphenidate (ConcertaDaytrana, Metadate, Methylin, Ritalin, Quillivant)
Nonstimulant medications include:
Atomoxetine (Strattera)
Clonidine (Kapvay)
Guanfacine (Intuniv)

According to WebMD, dietary supplements with omega 3s have shown some benefit.

Therapy can also help someone with ADHD learn better ways to handle their emotions and frustration. It can also help improve their self-esteem. 

School bus full of students slides down icy road in Massachusetts

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 11:27 AM

A school bus with children on board slid down an icy road in Massachusetts. No one was injured.
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A school bus with children on board slid down an icy road in Massachusetts. No one was injured.(mconnors from at Morguefile.com)

A school bus full of children on the way to school slid down and off a road in Sutton, Massachusetts, Tuesday morning. ‎Sutton Public Schools Superintendent Theodore Friend confirmed the incident

A video posted to Facebook Tuesday showed the bus sliding down a road that has a slight hill. It took out a mailbox and finally came to a stop after hitting a small sedan parked on the side of the road. 

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Friend told WFXT no one was hurt during the crash. He had been communicating with the highway department about the salting schedule and they thought they could get to all the roads before the buses went out for the day. Friend said crews hadn’t made it to that road  yet when the crash happened. 

Friend said the bus had middle and high school students on board. Some went to school after, others went home for the day. 

Parents said they received a text message Tuesday morning saying all the school buses have been taken off the roads until it is less icy, per an instruction by the Sutton Police Department. The buses would wait on the side of the road in the meantime. 

PE teacher strips naked, chases students around playground

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 11:49 AM



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Parents at a Los Angeles elementary school are furious amid allegations that a physical education teacher stripped naked and chased a group of students around the school playground.

CBS Los Angeles reported that a construction worker passing by Carthay Center Elementary School on Friday captured the aftermath of the incident. The video, obtained by the news station, shows the unidentified teacher standing on the playground and putting his pants back on.

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Parents who spoke to the CBS affiliate were livid.

“He was supposed to be helping them learn PE, run around and have fun,” one parent said. “But he undressed and started chasing the kids while he was naked. Then the kids ducked and dodged, ran into some of the classrooms and got safe haven that way.”

“All of the kids saw his private parts,” another parent said. “Very embarrassing, very upset.”

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Officials with the Los Angeles Unified School District notified parents of the incident with a letter and a robocall, CBS reported

“An individual began behaving in an unusual way, prompting us to contact law enforcement,” the letter stated. “As a safety precaution, our school went on a brief lockdown while officers responded and took the individual into custody.”

District officials declined to comment further, but they did confirm that the man, a contract worker, had permission to be on the school campus, the news station said. Mental health counselors were made available to the students who witnessed the incident. 

School resource officers are investigating the man’s actions, CBS said. 

Carthay, one of more than 1,100 schools in the Los Angeles USD, is a magnet school devoted to the teaching of environmental studies. The school district is the second-largest in the United States. 

12-year-old charged as adult in armed carjacking at Walmart

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 11:11 PM

12-Year-Old In Armed Carjacking At Walmart Charged As Adult

A 12-year-old boy in Lauderdale Lakes has been charged as an adult in a carjacking last week, Broward County Sheriff deputies said Monday. 

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According to the sheriff’s office, Shaquille Dixon is one of three juveniles who carjacked an elderly woman at gunpoint on Jan. 15 in a Walmart parking lot. 

Surveillance video from the store on North State Road 7 shows Dixon and two other suspects following the woman into the store. When she is done shopping the woman is seen walking to her car, with the suspects close behind. 

Once the woman got to her car, two of the suspects walked up behind her and the other suspect walked around to the front of the car, pointed a gun and demanded the car keys. The woman complied and the suspects fled with the car so quickly, they almost hit the victim. 

Deputies took Dixon into custody on Jan. 19 and he’s facing felony carjacking charges. 

Most underrated fried chicken in America named best in new survey

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 8:42 PM

This Is The Best Fried Chicken Chain In America (And It's In A Gas Station)

There are plenty of reputable options if you want to pull up to a drive-thru and devour some crispy, golden chicken, i.e. KFC and Popeyes. However, an unsuspecting alternative you might have ignored at your last gas tank fill-up has been crowned the true bastion of fried chicken.

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Krispy Krunchy Chicken, established in 1989 in LaFayette, Louisiana, has bested some much more familiar names as Thrillist’s choice for America’s best fried chicken chain. The online entertainment site described the chain’s Cajun-style chicken as “the most underrated item in fast food today.”

KKC, which is typically attached to convenience stores, has more then 2,300 locations in the U.S., Malaysia and American Samoa, according to its site.

Krispy Krunchy doesn’t leave it up to its spicy chicken to do all the work though. Its honey butter biscuits, daubed in honey, Cajun rice balls and macaroni and cheese are also mouthwatering.

The vote of approval was even co-signed by New York-based restaurateur and “Top Chef” contestant Dale Telde.

“Their fried chicken is ill,” he told Thrilllist. “I go there every time that I’m in Miami, and I’m in Miami once per month." 

The Louisiana chicken standard only began expanding outside of its home state in 2000, and its fast-growing franchising is due not only to the winning taste but affordable prices, according to the company’s bio.

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If you haven’t yet tried America’s best fried chicken, according to Thrillist, the site said you need to.