ADD and Television – Unsuspected Behavioural Influence in Children

(Published in the ROODEPOORT RECORD , January 30, 2005) Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is not only a problem of inattention in the classroom, but manifests throughout life. It reflects in poor school performance and ADD sufferers show a higher likelihood of ending up with less education than non-ADD’s. The lives of ADD sufferers are often characterized by failed marriages, less job...
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Controlled by TV?

How much time do we spend in front of the TV? According to Dr Aric Sigman, if you spend four hours a day watching TV, TV takes up more than one full 24 hour day a week. A six year old child will have watched TV for nearly one full year of his life. By the age of 75, you will have spent more than twelve and a half years of 24 hour days, doing nothing but watching TV. Most children have more eye...
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Life after Stroke

The infant brain has an overabundance of neurons with few synaptic connections at birth. The brain learns from implicit memory, which is the first impressions a baby has from the first day of his life and those remain available to us throughout our lives. Implicit memory happens automatically. The baby does not say “O yes, I remember that toy, it made a loud noise before, it might happen...
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Behaviour Disturbances: An indication of various problems

Behaviour disturbances are not always indicative of naughtiness or disciplinary problems only. It could be suggestive of brain dysfunctions causing: Epilepsy: an epileptic patient may present with mood swings, uncontrolled aggression, social problems, seizures and learning disabilities. Behaviour problems are seen in conduct disorder and manifest in lying, stealing, uncontrolled aggression,...
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What about an alternative to Ritalin?

At some institutions and schools, the prescription of Ritalin is a given, it goes with the syllabus. Is this the only treatment? ADD is not only a problem of inattention in the classroom, but manifests throughout life. It reflects in poor school performance and ADD sufferers show a higher likelihood of ending up with less education than non ADD's. ADD reflects over life skills behaviour...
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