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

Mental health

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

Spring SADness

Lady gazing out of the window suffering from depression

Seasons come and go and there is so much to enjoy about each of them in their own special way. However, for some of us the change of seasons can have a heavy impact on our state-of-mind and it is important to understand what is going on if you’re feeling a tad…off.

The arrival of the spring can have a heavy bearing on many and has even caused a spike in depression diagnosis and suicide rates[1]. It seems cruelly ironic that spring is one of the most beautiful and cheerful seasons, representing life and the eventual arrival of summer. Seasonal affective disorder, also known as SAD, is a real issue affecting thousands of people all over the world. This disorder can be especially difficult to deal with during spring because while everyone seems to be enjoying the warmer weather and new sprouting trees and flowers, a person suffering from SAD can feel extremely Read more