The immediate effects of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are challenging enough for any child and family. The lack of attention, impulsivity, constant movement and other mental illness sign and symptoms can wreak havoc on a child’s life at home and at school, and make everyday activities escalate out of control.
As the nights get longer, the days get colder and the sky clouds over for days at a time, many people – including children – find themselves feeling tired, listless, sad and longing for spring on occasion. And that’s normal. For some though, the feelings are relentless and can be debilitating, affecting our health, our work and our home life. When the winter blues become much more, it’s known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and left untreated, could lead to serious complications.
One of the benefits of the advances we’ve made in medicine and technology is a longer life expectancy. Whereas the average life expectancy in 1910 was 51, today it’s 79. However, this increase doesn’t apply to everyone. According to Thomas Insel, the former director of the National Institute on Mental Health, the life expectancy for individuals experiencing severe mental illness is nowhere near the national average.
Topics: Mental Health Wellness Month