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A Theory on ADHD

ADHD/ADD (the Attention Deficit Disorders) are, as the name implies, a inability to properly attend to relevant things. This has been observed to manifest as either a dysfunctional distractibility or an over-activity. Here, I will outline a useful theory for the reason for this disorder and its manifestation, which will naturally inform treatment. The human […]

The Blind Men and the Elephant

John Godfrey Saxe (1816-1887) It was six men of Indostan To learning much inclined, Who went to see the Elephant (Though all of them were blind), That each by observation Might satisfy his mind. The First approached the Elephant, And happening to fall Against his broad and sturdy side, At once began to bawl: “God […]

18 Awesome Career Choices That Most College Kids Have No Idea About

Max Nisen Business insider A grim job market and crushing student debt have many people second guessing their higher education decisions. Nearly half of recent grads regret choosing their school or major. A recent Reddit thread asked for some great careers that college kids have no idea even exist. Here are some of the best potential […]

13 habits of self-made millionaires, from a man who spent 5 years studying rich people

Kathleen Elkins, Business Insider Mar. 17, 2016, 12:08 PM All self-made millionaires had to start somewhere. Much of their transformation from ordinary to seven-figure status can attributed to “rich habits,” a term coined by Thomas C. Corley, who spent five years researching the daily habits of 177 self-made millionaires. “From my research, I discovered that […]

EEG Biofeedback in the Treatment of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

This nice article by Patrick N. Friel, BS found in Alternative Medicine Review (Vol 12, No 2, 2007) not only talks about how neurofeedback can be helpful for ADHD, but is a good general introduction to help you better understand neurofeedback: EEG Biofeedback – ADHD

A Tool to Improve Self-Confidence

It is important that we understand who we are, and that we continually work to maintain who we are. It is sometimes helpful to make a list of our attributes and review them frequently to assist ourselves in this process. Maintaining this strong understanding of ourselves can assist us in having more confidence and acting […]

Overly critical parenting linked with persistent ADHD in kids

Ariana Eunjung Cha (The Washington Post, February 9, 2016) If you’ve ever plopped down on your bed exhausted after chasing around your inattentive and hyperactive kid all day and wondered with self-doubt — “Could it possibly be me?” — a new study gives some credence to your worst fears. While scientists still haven’t determined the […]

Tips to Improve Test Performance

In this article, we will review several methods that may help you reducing anxiety surrounding tests and help you perform better on tests. Most of this information is taken from the Learning and Development Center of Sheppard Air Force Base, where most young Air Force personnel receive their initial specialized training. Let’s first focus on […]

On Overcoming PTSD

Troy Todd, Ph.D., BCN PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) is a reaction to a traumatic event that disrupts to a person’s life. By definition, the trauma is life threatening, however, people do develop the disorder from situations that others may not consider life threatening. Anyone experiencing PTSD symptoms should seek professional help since the symptoms […]

10 Tips to Keep Your Memory Sharp

Adapted from Mayo Clinic Resources Exercise Your Mind: Just as physical activity keeps your body strong, mental activity keeps your mind sharp and agile. Challenging your mind will keep it at its sharpest. Some ways to keep your mind challenged include learning to play a musical instrument, reading, interacting with people, doing crossword puzzles, playing […]

Things to Keep in Mind When Overcoming an Addiction

When overcoming an addiction, there are many things to understand and change besides the desire to have the addiction gone. Working with a therapist to identify the things you need to understand and practicing methods to improve yourself is the fastest and least stressful way to overcome an addiction. There are at least two components […]

Getting Your Mind to Work for You

Troy Todd, Ph.D., BCN The mind will occasionally drive us into behaviors and thoughts that are harmful, or impede us from accomplishing things that are valuable to us. This common struggle can be improve through a better understanding of how the complex machine that is the mind works. Here, the term “mind” references the experiential […]

The Allegory of the Cave

And now, I said, let me show in a figure how far our nature is enlightened or unenlightened: – Behold! Human beings living in an underground den, which has a mouth open towards the light and reaching all along the den; here they have been from their childhood, and have their legs and necks chained […]

Extinction Burst

Often when trying to change behavior, we experience a resurgence of the behavior, without apparent reason. This is known as the “extinction burst” and is actually an indication that the behavior is changing. click here to go to an nice article with illustration about this concept

The 5 “A’s” of Behavior Management

1. Anticipate high risk situations 2. Avoid known antecedents 3. Alter situations reduce antecedents 4. Find Alternatives for the behavior 5. Stay Active physically, socially and mentally

The A-B-C Model of Behavior

adapted from Albert Ellis, Ph.D. A – Antecedent What lets you know it is time to do the behavior B – Behavior What you do this is usually seen as what is the problem and needs to be changed. However, it is actually this entire relationship that needs to be changed to eliminate the unwanted […]

Tips for Better Performance in Competition

Troy Todd, Ph.D., BCN Anticipate what will distract you in competition. Resolve not to attend to it. Remind yourself what you have done to prepare for the competition Focus on slow, deep breathing before warming up for the competition. This will help your body prepare while giving your mind something to occupy itself with. Remember […]

Helping Those With Eating Disorders

Troy Todd, Ph.D., BCN Eating disorders can be a destructive and frustrating disorder for those who suffer with them, as well as their friends and family. There are several forms of eating disorders: Anorexia Nervosa where the person restricts food intake, has an intense fear of gaining weight, and an inaccurate perception of body weight […]

Developing Hobbies

Hobbies are an excellent means of self-care. We sometimes come to believe we are not allowed to take care of ourselves. If you are struggling to find good ways to take care of yourself through hobbies, these websites may be good places to start: click here to go to click here to go to […]

Academic Performance Problems and Psychological Testing

Troy Todd, Ph.D., BCN Sometimes it is hard to tell if children are just choosing not to focus on school work or if they are having real trouble achieving academically. Unfortunately, it is unlikely they will be provided any type of intervention in the school until they are failing badly. By that time, the child […]

Overcoming Addition

Troy Todd, Ph.D., BCN If you are addicted to something, you will find yourself spending a large amount of time and energy pursuing and doing the addiction. A person can be addicted to anything: we think of tobacco, alcohol, and drugs as common things; other things can be addictions such as shopping, social media use, […]

Choosing a Counselor

Troy Todd, Ph.D., BCN When deciding on the right counselor for you, the most basic thing to understand is their level of training. The better trained and/or the more appropriately trained they are, the more likely they are to be able to help you reach your goals. There are many degrees that can be used […]

Improving Optimal Performance and Life for Young Athletes

Troy Todd, Ph.D., BCN The phone rings in my office at the United States Air Force Academy Peak Performance Center, the Academy’s college counseling center. Coach Johnson, head coach of the Track and Field team says, “Hey, Troy, I have this really talented athlete, but her performance is just too unpredictable. If this keeps up, […]