Swimming the Cole Classic and Supporting ADDults with ADHD

Sunday 7 February 2016 is the date of this year's Sydney Morning Herald Cole Classic ocean swimming event.

One of our Committee of Management members, Deborah Trevan-Catling, is an entrant in one of the divisions and has dedicated her swim to supporting ADDults with ADHD through her supporter page.

Many individuals with ADHD find that sport, exercise and physical activity like swimming, cycling, jogging and walking help them manage their ADHD. Appropriate exercise and sport are generally good for our health and wellbeing. Many find physical activity also helps increase self-esteem and general satisfaction with life. Research has demonstrated that physical activity can reduce impulsivity,  intrusive (distracting) thoughts and anxiety.

The Cole Classic swim event is just one of several events throughout 2016 that offers opportunities for individuals to participate in healthy activity as well as supporting donations for ADDults with ADHD. Across the year the ADDults with ADHD news page will highlight events that might be of interest to its members and the ADHD community. If you are interested in participating in Team ADHD during 2016 in a swim event, the City2Surf or a similar event to help raise funds for ADDults with ADHD please contact us.

The Cole Classic this weekend is one way that you can support the work of ADDults with ADHD by a donation through our Everyday Hero donation page.

Alternatively you can go to the general donations page on this website.

Delaying the completion of a project may actually make you more creative.

In his article "Why I taught myself to Procrastinate", Adam Grant reflects upon his own experience as a habitual precrastinator, ie one who always completes things ahead of schedule. He says that while he was always very productive, he made the discovery that if he forced himself to procrastinate to a certain extent, that in fact he could be far more creative.

Leaving tasks to the absolute last minute however was found NOT to be useful because there was not enough time to complete the task.


Advances in non-pharmacological treatments and personalized medicine for ADHD and Depression

This symposium is for clinicians, academics and researchers who are interested in updating their understanding or to get an insight into the latest advancements in non-pharmacological treatments in ADHD and depression. More specifically, the focus of this symposium is the application of Slow-Cortical-Potential Neurofeedback (SCP) for treating ADHD as well as repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) and its efficacy in combination with psychotherapy (e.g. cognitive behavioural therapy) for the treatment of depression, OCD and other indications. In particular, this symposium will also cover the use of EEG and QEEG to predict and optimize treatments in ADHD and depression, sharing the latest research and insights from the multicentre iSPOT trials.

This symposium is relevant for psychologists and psychiatrists who wish to broaden their pedagogical training and learn more about the latest research findings and the application or implications of provided therapy. Participants may be eligible to claim CPD points for this activity through their respective Specialist Colleges.


Exercise, Sport and ADHD

"Exercise is good for all of us. Not only does it add to our health and well being, but striving to be physically fit teaches us many other skills as well. For the child or adult with ADHD, exercise and sports can help reinforce teamwork, discipline, cooperation, and how to work toward a goal. Plus, physical activity often increases self-esteem and satisfaction with life." (CHADDarticle on Exercise, Sport and ADHD)



Does Adult ADHD always have a childhood onset?

A New Zealand study recently published in the American Journal of Psychiatry (1) questions the current assumption that all adults with ADHD can point to evidence or diagnosis of ADHD as a child. The diagnostic manual (DSM 5) specifies a requirement of onset before the age of 12 years.


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