Decades of failing to recognize ADHD in girls has created a “lost generation” of women
Unlike boys, many of whom show hyperactivity, girls’ symptoms veer more toward inattentiveness and disorganization. Girls tend to develop ADHD later than boys. They frequently mask it in an attempt to conform to society’s expectation that they be on the ball and organized. And while some ADHD symptoms can become less intense for boys after they pass through puberty, for many girls, it gets worse.
Girls’ symptoms include: a tendency toward daydreaming, trouble following instructions, making careless mistakes on homework and tests.
Girls with ADHD are significantly more likely to experience major depression, anxiety, and eating disorders than girls without. They tend to have few friendships. As a result of their low self-esteem, they often choose unhealthy relationships in which they may accept punitive criticism and or abuse.
Teachers and parents often miss the warning signs because feeling disorganized or unfocused often leads to depression and anxiety. Failing to properly diagnose the condition, girls miss out on critical academic services and accommodations, as well as therapy and medication. Many girls end up misdiagnosed and treated with anti-anxiety or depression drugs, some of which exacerbate the effects of ADHD.
Children of war
Syrian children reenact scenes, they said to have seen in Islamic State videos, in the rebel-held Damascus suburb of Douma, on March 5.
The Boston Globe
14 million children impacted by conflict in Syria and Iraq: UNICEF
For the youngest children, this crisis is all they have ever known. For adolescents entering their formative years, violence and suffering have not only scarred their past; they are shaping their futures. As the crisis enters its fifth year, this generation of young people is still in danger of being lost to a cycle of violence – replicating in the next generation what they suffered in their own.
6 Common Types of Bullies
Not all bullies are created equal. In fact, bullies can vary greatly from one person to another. They have different styles, personalities, goals and behaviors. And their motivations for and methods of bullying are all different.
When the teacher is the bully
Bullying by a teacher is far more complex to identify, address, and rectify. It’s difficult to know what to make of a teacher who crosses the line from basic discipline to regularly berating, intimidating, humiliating (and even physically abusing) a student — so much so that a child’s afraid to be in school.
When children bully other children, experts offer viable theories on how to deal with the problem: Fight back, walk away, ignore the bully and he’ll move on, tell a teacher, tell your parents, ask any adult for help. But when the bully is the grown-up in charge, how should a child respond? With a bully teacher, fighting back, walking out of the class, or ignoring the teacher are hardly viable solutions, and ones that will most likely get kids in even more trouble.
The long-lasting, toxic stress of being bullied
The new Duke research on the inflammatory process adds to a growing body of evidence that demonstrates that we need to move away from the perception that bullying is harmless and part of normal growing up. Instead, bullying should be considered as another form of toxic stress with potentially profound effects on mental and physical health. These effects have been repeatedly observed in childhood and increasingly so in adolescence and in adulthood too.
Childhood Bullying Risk Increased By Poor Parenting – Including Overprotection
Children who are exposed to negative parenting – including abuse, neglect but also overprotection – are more likely to experience childhood bullying by their peers, according to a meta-analysis of 70 studies of more than 200,000 children.
People often assume bullying is a problem for schools alone but it’s clear from this study that parents also have a very important role to play.
Children need support but some parents try to buffer their children from all negative experiences. In the process, they prevent their children from learning ways of dealing with bullies and make them more vulnerable.
Medical News Today
Psychische Störungen: Das Risiko der späten Vaterschaft
Je älter der Vater, desto höher ist das Risiko der Kinder für psychische Erkrankungen. Das zeigt eine Studie von Medizinern aus Schweden und den USA. Die Ergebnisse verblüfften die Forscher: Der Zusammenhang war viel deutlicher als bisher angenommen.
Durch das höhere Alter des Vaters hatten die Kinder:
– ein 3,5-mal so hohes Risiko für Autismus,
– ein 13-mal so hohes Risiko für ADHS
An inconvenient child
My six-year-old son was removed from school as a danger to others. His crime? A disability you could find in any classroom.
Apraxia is extremely common. It is also probably under-diagnosed. One in 15 or 20 children are estimated to have it, which is about one in every classroom. If you work with children, some of them probably have it, whether or not anyone has noticed yet. And the way you respond to them will have an enormous influence on the trajectory of their lives.
Bullying: Information for Parents and Teachers
An important starting point is to realize that much bullying occurs without the knowledge of teachers and parents, and that many victims are very reluctant to tell adults of their problems with bullying. They may be ashamed to be a victim, and they are afraid that adults cannot or will not help to resolve the situation. They may have been threatened with retaliation if they tell.
The Centre for Children and Families in the Justice System