_ This is the second in a series of articles on emotional intelligence for personal growth. The first part is here._ Mindfulness is a non-judgmental, present-centered awareness in which each thought, feeling, or sensation that arises is acknowledged and accepted as it is. It is a skill that is learned by committed practice. The object is to focus one’s attention on thoughts, feelings and events in the present moment while remaining curious, open, and accepting whatever occurs.
ADD was originally conceived as rare brain abnormality with an unknown cause. However, the emphasis on symptom based diagnosis since DSM came to be seems to have contributed to a ballooning incidence of diagnosis of ADD, ADHD, and Bipolar Disorder discussed in the previous article. This article describes the results of two studies. The first study reassessed data from six large child-development studies performed since 1970. Each of these studies tracked hundreds of children from an early age through elementary school.
Medicating young children has always been controversial. For awhile, it appeared as if that suspicion of medication would subside. More and more kids everyday were taking stimulants and others were taking anti-depresants. Then the controversy about the association of suicide with anti-depressant medication. The whole logic of that argument has always seemed faulty given that kids who are depressed and suicidal are the one’s offered anti-depressants. The medication can’t be causing behavior that was possible even likely before taking it.
[A recent study] has found medication combined with behavior therapy works best for children with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD). When behavior therapy is combined with a new patch administering the active ingredient in Ritalin and Concerta, “the study showed that the amount of medication required to achieve the same results as use of medication alone can be reduced by two-thirds.” This is tremendous news for children and parents dealing with ADHD.