Tuesday, January 29, 2013


Here is a full list of ADHD Criteria.    You can also watch our Healthy Living Video below:

                                                                ADHD CRITERIA

I. Either A or B:
  1. Six or more of the following symptoms of inattention have been present for at least 6 months to a point that is inappropriate for developmental level:

    1. Often does not give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork, work, or other activities.
    2. Often has trouble keeping attention on tasks or play activities.
    3. Often does not seem to listen when spoken to directly.
    4. Often does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties in the workplace (not due to oppositional behavior or failure to understand instructions).
    5. Often has trouble organizing activities.
    6. Often avoids, dislikes, or doesn't want to do things that take a lot of mental effort for a long period of time (such as schoolwork or homework).
    7. Often loses things needed for tasks and activities (e.g. toys, school assignments, pencils, books, or tools).
    8. Is often easily distracted.
    9. Is often forgetful in daily activities.
  1. Six or more of the following symptoms of hyperactivity-impulsivity have been present for at least 6 months to an extent that is disruptive and inappropriate for developmental level:

    1. Often fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in seat when sitting still is expected.
    2. Often gets up from seat when remaining in seat is expected.
    3. Often excessively runs about or climbs when and where it is not appropriate (adolescents or adults may feel very restless).
    4. Often has trouble playing or doing leisure activities quietly.
    5. Is often "on the go" or often acts as if "driven by a motor".
    6. Often talks excessively.
  1. Impulsivity
    1. Often blurts out answers before questions have been finished.
    2. Often has trouble waiting one's turn.
    3. Often interrupts or intrudes on others (e.g., butts into conversations or games).

II. Some symptoms that cause impairment were present before age 7 years.
III. Some impairment from the symptoms is present in two or more settings (e.g. at school/work and at home).
IV. There must be clear evidence of clinically significant impairment in social, school, or work functioning.
V. The symptoms do not happen only during the course of a Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Schizophrenia, or other Psychotic Disorder. The symptoms are not better accounted for by another mental disorder (e.g. Mood Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, Dissociative Disorder, or a Personality Disorder).

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Tics and Twitches

We all have moments when we feel our muscles are "doing their own thing":  feeling weak in the knees, or having a random spasm or twitch somewhere in our body.  Things get more serious when these twitches are frequent and uncontrollable.  Hallmarks of a tic are that it can be temporarily suppressed, but then "erupts" in an uncontrollable twitch.  Sometimes they are even verbal, such as in Tourette's syndrome.  Thankfully, treatments are available.

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Monday, January 21, 2013


Pain in the right lower abdomen is a classic symptom of appendicitis: inflammation of a tiny finger-like projection of part of your large intestine.  Learn more about how to recognize this surgical emergency, in our Healthy Living videos below:
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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Happy New Year!

It's a New Year, and it could be a New YOU!   Watch our videos to help you keep those healthy new year's resolutions. 

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