Exercise and ADHD: The Neuroscience of Movement

Research shows that physical activity sparks real, positive changes in the brain that increase attention and improve mood. What’s more, exercise is an inexpensive, self-prescribed, and accessible supplemental treatment option for adults and children with ADHD. “Think of exercise as medication,” says John Ratey, M.D., an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. “For… Continue reading Exercise and ADHD: The Neuroscience of Movement

ADHD and Exercise

Studies show that even half an hour a day can help kids function better and feel better. he notion that physical activity has a positive impact on ADHD isn’t new, but a recent study showing regular physical activity decreased the severity of ADHD symptoms and improved cognitive functioning in children has a lot of people talking about the future of exercise… Continue reading ADHD and Exercise

5 Daily Lifestyle Changes to Manage Intrusive Thoughts

What may seem like minor behavior changes, can add up to greatly improve your standard of living. 1. Accept and embrace the thought. What happens when you try to control the intrusive thought? It strengthens the thought and prolongs your anxiety. Trying to push it away or avoid thinking it will inadvertently send a message… Continue reading 5 Daily Lifestyle Changes to Manage Intrusive Thoughts

How Can OCD Be Prevented by Diet?

Certain dietary factors are believed to have an impact on the development or exacerbation of obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD. OCD is an anxiety disorder that manifests in obsessions, or repetitive, intrusive thoughts and compulsions, or repetitive, uncontrollable behaviors. According to the Association for Comprehensive Neurotherapy, a diet rich in whole grains and protein may be… Continue reading How Can OCD Be Prevented by Diet?

How Nutritional Therapy Is Helping People Overcome Alcohol Addiction

Scientists are finding that addressing nutritional deficiencies and gut bacteria health may be missing pieces of the sobriety puzzle. Overcoming alcohol addiction isn’t easy, even with expert help. Estimated success ratesTrusted Source in the few years following treatment vary between 20 and 50 percent, depending on the criteria used and severity of addiction. To improve treatment success,… Continue reading How Nutritional Therapy Is Helping People Overcome Alcohol Addiction

Can Exercise Help Conquer Addiction?

As an athlete, I think regularly about the potential health benefits of exercise for my patients. Every week, I treat patients hospitalized at Brigham and Women’s Hospital with significant medical problems that are a direct result of severe addiction, ranging from seizures and strokes to heart valve and joint infections. I also care for outpatients… Continue reading Can Exercise Help Conquer Addiction?

Using Exercise to Aid Alcohol and Drug Recovery

Multiple Benefits to Getting Active Many professional alcohol and drug treatment and rehabilitation programs include exercise as part of an overall program to help patients maintain abstinence and develop a more healthy lifestyle. Many residential treatment centers feature fully-equipped exercise facilities on the premises. Traditionally, the main reason exercise has been recommended for those trying… Continue reading Using Exercise to Aid Alcohol and Drug Recovery

Yoga for Anxiety and Depression

Research suggests that this practice modulates the stress response. Since the 1970s, meditation and other stress-reduction techniques have been studied as possible treatments for depression and anxiety. One such practice, yoga, has received less attention in the medical literature, though it has become increasingly popular in recent decades. One national survey estimated, for example, that… Continue reading Yoga for Anxiety and Depression

How Exercise Can Help You Beat Addiction

It’s common knowledge that exercise is good for you, but finding the time and motivation to workout can be a challenge. For those suffering with addiction, it’s especially difficult, as physical activity often takes a backseat to getting high. But what if regular exercise could give you a natural high similar to the chemical one… Continue reading How Exercise Can Help You Beat Addiction

Self-Care Ideas for Children

For those who look after children in some capacity, you’ve probably read a few articles and books over time in the hope of raising them to be healthy, well-rounded individuals. The concept of “self-care” can be a tricky one to explain to little ones—it’s a broad topic, interchangeable as life changes and evolves. By gently… Continue reading Self-Care Ideas for Children