CBD Oil and ADHD Management: Too Big a Leap
Cannabidiol oil, most often referred to as CBD oil, is a product of the marijuana plant. I've been hearing a few parents utilizing it as an alternative treatment for ADHD, and I was a bit concerned as I had not heard of any research supporting the claims made. As psychologists, it is important that we disseminate factually-based information. Here is the conclusion from one reputable source:
The research on CBD oil and other cannabis products as a possible intervention for ADHD does not show effectiveness for managing symptoms, and actually shows increased mental and physical health risks. “We don’t want to misrepresent things, and with CBD oil, it is getting misrepresented,” Dr. Mitchell says. “When people say this works for ADHD, this is going way beyond the data. That’s too big of a leap.”
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The article goes on the discuss the research-based interventions that are supported, including parent-training to better understand ADHD and how to implement tools that work for your child, and medication, particularly stimulants. (The type of medication is outside our scope, this is best chosen in consult with a pediatric psychiatrist).
Two resources that I find helpful and often recommend to parents are as follows:
"Taking Charge of ADHD" by Russell Barkley, Ph.D.
"Straight Talk About Psychiatric Medication for Kids" by Tim Wilens, M.D. (3rd Edition)
Magination Press is sponsored by the American Psychological Association. They have complied a list of child-friendly books to help kids through a variety of psychological issues. Bibiotherapy (a.k.a., therapy through books) is an excellent way for parents to help their children identify with key issues that they may be dealing with, but do not want to talk about directly. Please take a look and browse through the catalog, it covers a range of concerns from anxiety, depression, self-control, grief, loss, and much more. Click on link below. I hope it's helpful to you or someone you know.
Parents often struggle with how to answer questions from their child/teen about sexuality. Adolescence is a time of finding one's identify, and for some, the exploration of one's sexual orientation starts to emerge. There are many terms that have emerged, from gay, lesbian, queer, questioning, and it may be helpful for to know more about them and what they mean. Research has shown that parental support/acceptance is the most important factor for the well-being of LGBTQ youth (Katz-Wise, Rosario, Tsappis, 2016).
Listed below is a resource to learn more information and tips that are helpful to know:
If you are a parent struggling to help your child, know that we are here to help. Sometimes having a trusted adult who is not a relative/parent can be a valuable resource.
Research cited source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5127283/
A student mentee of mine, Wenxin Chen, recently completed her semester project on creating a website where she has researched good parenting practice models as well as helpful links to help parents navigate useful information and tips for their child's psychological well-being.
As the mentor of her project, we have provided support to her website's content and we offer many of the services her research has referenced. If you are in need of a child or adolescent psychologist, we are likely the professionals to help you.
Here is the product of her hard work:
When we hear on the news about another senseless school shooting, it's hard to just listen. Listed below are some resources for children and adults on how to cope. These are just resources and they're not intended to substitute from advice for a mental health professional. Hopefully though, it gives you just a little more information and useful tips that may give you some support.
Building resilience to manage indirect exposure to terror
Managing your distress in the aftermath of a shooting
Talking to Kids When They Need Help
How to talk to children about difficult news
Gun Violence Prevention
Did you know that there are simple strategies you can do at home with your child that are effective, simple, and research based?
Check out Intervention Central (click on academic interventions)
Curious about a particular reading program or curriculum?
What Works Clearinghouse (WWC)-provides reviews on existing programs to examine their efficacy.
If you are like me, you're probably going through a shock stage and if you managed to stay safe and dry, maybe you're feeling stressed and helpless watching the news coverage. Take a break...there will be plenty of opportunities to help, do what feels right and comfortable for you. This can be physically lending a hand, or extending your wallet to organizations in need of financial donations. Here are some tips to how to get through the aftermath of the devastating hurricane.
If you or someone you know, could benefit from support and counseling, call us.
With our fast past lives, and a society that seems to value work above all else, we forget to take time for ourselves. There's lots of research out there pointing to how mindfulness exercises help us to refocus and take a much needed time "out". I've listed an app that's been helpful. Be advised, parts are free, others require a monthly membership. Whether you use this app, or some other tool, taking 5 minutes a day to recharge can make a huge difference. Try to aim for a 5-min a day meditation and see if you notice any changes in sleep or your outlook on things the next day.
Simple Habit-The Best Meditation App for Busy People
Katy Psychological Services, PLLC presents:
SOS FOR PARENTS: HOW TO EFFECTIVELY DISCIPLINE AND HANDLE COMMON MISBEHAVIOR IN YOUNG CHILDREN
Who is this presentation for: Parents of children (approximately ages 18 months to 8 years)
When: Thursday, April 27, 2017 6:30-8:00 PM
Where: Kiddie Academy Daycare 24404 Kingsland Blvd. Katy, TX 77494
What will be covered:
As spring break passes and the end of the school year gets closer, the topic of retention starts to move back to the forefront. Despite decades of research showing that retention is NOT an effective intervention, school personnel start to bring up this topic as if it were a good idea. In layman's terms, it sounds like a good idea. The child is too immature or not going to thrive in the upcoming grade level even if placed. Why put that stress on the child? I would agree, no one wants to stress a child out more than what they already feel. However, it is also a sign that something else needs to be done. Exposing him or her to another year of more of the same does in fact, show short-term gains in progress. Think about it, why wouldn't it? The child has already been exposed to the curriculum from last year. What the research shows though, is that is a short-term gain that is quickly erased, and then the child is back to struggling again. Why? Well, if you have not addressed why the child was struggling in the first place, there will always be new stuff to learn, but this time they are older and the learning demands have continued to increase even though the only thing that was done was to have them repeat a grade.
There are many factors as to why a child is struggling, it could be environmental, a teaching fidelity issue, or perhaps learning or attention problems run in the family? Consider digging deeper to finding the root cause of the child's learning difficulties. It's important to find out his/her style of learning and adapt to this, rather than make him/her adapt to the instruction.
I realize that every case is different. I am writing to express my concern in general about the practice of retention and to open the discussion of what we know works and does not work from what the facts show from longitudinal studies. My hope is that it provides information for parents to carefully consider other options when deciding on whether or not to retain their child.
Dr. Dyanna Villesca