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Dec
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comment To medicate or not to medicate?
...the 'media barrage' isn't actually relevant to ADD in a lot of cases. For those of us with ADD, having that 'barrage' is actually a way for us to focus. It drives non-ADD people mad and they can't seem to understand it, but those of us with it will often have the TV on while we're reading. Or the radio on while we're working. An analogy is that we're trying to keep a part of our mind busy that otherwise would be distracting the part of our mind that we're using to accomplish a task. This is not unlike how certain medications work on the ADD mind (as a simplified metaphor, of course)
Dec
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comment To medicate or not to medicate?
"It seems pathetic that we must be in some form medicated" I would hardly call advancements in mental health treatment options 'pathetic'. I don't mind a careful, if even skeptical evaluation of whether to medicate or not, but I'm not a fan of those that brush off the entire concept of medication as it's a careless thing to do. All that said, adjusting one's environments is certainly an accepted and used form of coping as much as medication is. HOWEVER...
Dec
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comment To medicate or not to medicate?
@nGinius while giving a break from meds can be an option, do check with your doctor(s) as some meds require a long time to re-build up after a break.
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answered To medicate or not to medicate?
Dec
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comment How can my 7yo daugher increase her attention span in school?
You are free to disagree, but I'd say that's a gross overgeneralization.
Dec
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comment What are the psychological impacts of a split-religion household?
(I say that as an atheist that does have a certain amount of appreciation for the concept of a church...community, volunteer organization, pot lucks...)
Dec
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comment What are the psychological impacts of a split-religion household?
"I'm a very strong nonbeliever" just have to point out that there really isn't any 'strength' scale for not believing something. ;) You either do, or you don't. Good answer, though. I've been casually considering the Unitarian model. Seems that might be the one place that a couple with religious views on opposite ends of the spectrum can comfortably go together.
Dec
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comment What are the psychological impacts of a split-religion household?
@doug it's not a religion, but it is a religious point of view (yea, I guess that's semantics now...). Actually, I call it more of a political point of view. But now we're opening whole other cans of worms. ;) I do agree with you on indoctrination. Maybe it's a harsh term, but the concept is there. Kids don't naturally take to religion...it's something they are specifically taught, usually by their parents doing. I'm not saying it's necessarily bad or necessarily good, but it is something that isn't really a free choice they make.
Dec
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comment What studies exist regarding computer usage and computer game playing that support limiting access?
Example 1: log into any average online shooter multi player server and just see the chat log. As adults, we can easily write it off as silly hormonal immaturity. But kids see each other a lot differently than we adults see them. Example 2: Facebook. Post a comment about religion or politics and watch the name calling begin. And these are usually adults. sigh ;)
Dec
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comment What studies exist regarding computer usage and computer game playing that support limiting access?
@doug the point I disagree with is "given that these objectionable things exist in the real world just the same". They don't exist just the same. People say things to each other online that they'd never say in person. Typing into a text box reduces the liability of one's immediate actions. And words hurt the most in the teen/preteen years. As for censorship, that's not anything I'm arguing for or against. Merely stating that uninhibited interactions amongst pubescent kids can bring out an uglier side to them.
Dec
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comment Why do kids always do things which we tell them NOT to do?
Because they are humans with their own free will. 'tis human nature.
Dec
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comment What to buy to prepare for the arrival of a new baby?
I've never heard of noodles for car seats! But it makes sense. As for isofix, do note that it's not a cure-all. One still has to make sure things are proper. Where our kids grew up, you could also go to any fire station and they'd come out and thoroughly inspect the installation of the car seat for you for free.
Dec
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comment What studies exist regarding computer usage and computer game playing that support limiting access?
On-line interactions being notoriously uninhibited is a gigantic drawback, IMHO--especially for kids--namely in the preteen/teenage years. It's even a problem for adults. Read the comments at the bottom of nearly any online newspaper article and you will see humans interacting with each other in truly offensive ways. Now, that said, there are other benefits to online socializing--a big one being like the SE sites...it allows people to search out others with like interests a lot easier. One can find groups to fit-in with online that don't always exist in their particular region.
Dec
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comment What studies exist regarding computer usage and computer game playing that support limiting access?
Also, I wouldn't say reading is anti-social as much as I'd say it's solitary. Being well read can actually be a great benefit to one's social abilities.
Dec
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comment What studies exist regarding computer usage and computer game playing that support limiting access?
No scientific references, but, in general, I think the issue is typically about passive vs. involved and sedentary vs. physically active. In otherwords, TV has been shown to be harmful in that it's mentally passive and physically sedentary. But something like playing a puzzle based video game, or any active Wii game, starts moving towards mentally involved, physically active activities.
Dec
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comment How can my 7yo daugher increase her attention span in school?
I think this is a good answer if the issue happens to be teaching style. It may very well be that, but it's also a bit premature, IMHO, to just assume the teacher isn't skillful enough to retain one particular child's attention.
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