ADHD: BOYS VS. GIRLS

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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, also known as ADHD, is one of the most common conditions to manifest amongst kids. While this chronic mental disorder causes disruptive behavior and problems focusing for both genders, there are significant differences in the symptoms between boys and girls.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, boys are three times more likely to receive an ADHD diagnosis than girls. This is not because this condition is more common among boys, but because the symptoms of ADHD appear rather differently in girls making it harder to diagnose correctly. Very often, young females will only show subtle symptoms that can be very difficult for medical professionals to pick up on. According to the NHS, ADHD affects up to five per cent of the children. Common signs of this condition among children often include inability to concentrate, extreme amounts of energy Read more

World Mental Health Day: Why it’s important for employers to support mental health

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On the 10th of October countries around the world will come together to support the efforts of World Mental Health day.

Mental illness remains among the most stigmatized of health conditions. According to the World Health Organisation, 1 in 4 people in the world will be affected by a mental or neurological disorder during their lifetime. There are currently 450 million people worldwide suffering from a mental health condition, making mental health one of the leading causes of global disability. More than 33% of countries worldwide allocated less than an astounding 1% of their total health budget to mental health. In addition, another 33% of countries only allocate a total of 1% of their budget to health of the mind. Despite these Read more

The Benefits of Getting Outdoors

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Summer is almost here, and with it come seasonal barbecues, yard work and outdoor events. And the scientific evidence is growing in favour of getting out into the woods or mountains, the centre of town or even your own back yard. Getting outdoors can be one of the healthiest things you do for both your body and your brain, according to many studies. While, many of the benefits are common knowledge, some of the results may surprise you.

VITAMIN D: “THE SUNSHINE VITAMIN” Statistics show we do not get enough of the “sunshine vitamin,” not only because of long periods indoors, but because Vitamin D doesn’t occur naturally in many foods. Unlike other vitamins, Vitamin D has many disease-fighting properties, protecting against everything from osteoporosis and depression to Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, heart attacks and strokes. The good news is that moderate, controlled time in the sun for short periods of time can give you all the Vitamin D you need. CLEANER AIR Studies have found the concentration of some pollutants is significantly higher indoors – sometimes 100 times higher or more Read more