Timeless Advice

Timeless Advice

From the sundial to the atomic clock, humans have been obsessed with measuring the passage of time. Philosophically controversial, the idea that a sequence of events takes place, one after the other, and that we can accurately use the terms before and after have given time the status of a dimension. Physicists often use the term “spacetime continuum” to put their theories in context.

Prescription for ADHD and the Fountain of Youth: Get Moving

Prescription for ADHD and the Fountain of Youth: Get Moving

Laughter may be the best medicine, but a good workout is definitely in second place. Exercise improves mood, decreases anxiety and increases concentration. Breathing hard and sweating for an hour or so can do more for your productivity than any other form of therapy. Time spent exercising is time well spent.

Early to Bed

Early to Bed

If he was alive today, I’m sure Ben would have included women in his quote. His point, however, was as true then as it is now. But sleep is boring, right? I mean, even talking about sleep is a snooze. We’re supposed to spend a third of our lives in dreamland, which adds up to about 4 months per year. What does this prolonged unconsciousness do for us? Although it seems like a waste of time and productivity, even the most energetic souls among us must succumb to slumber to avoid fatigue, psychosis and ultimately, death.

Food for Thought (literally)

Food for Thought (literally)

First, a disclaimer: I’m a psychiatrist, not a nutritionist. I have a pretty good idea of what’s healthy to eat and what isn’t, but my purpose here is not to get specific about food. Rather, it is to give simple, practical advice for those who wish to maximize their ability to concentrate consistently throughout the day.

All Things Shiny and New

All Things Shiny and New

We all like new things. New is interesting. New is exciting. New is stimulating, sexy, captivating and scintillating. New holds our attention… for a while. Then new is old, boring, passé and dull. There is usually a bit of time between new and old, that transitional period during which an object, relationship or idea is still fresh enough to taste before being ripe enough to throw out.

How to Get Your Dopamine On

How to Get Your Dopamine On

In my last blog entry, I described a way of thinking about ADHD. If you consider the various brain regions as a team of players, each having its own position and function, then the prefrontal cortex (PFC) would be the coach, coordinating the team and making sure the plays were executed properly. In people with ADHD, the coach falls asleep when things are not interesting or exciting.

How ADHD Medication Works

How ADHD Medication Works

In recent blog posts, I’ve written copiously about dopamine, the neurotransmitter primarily responsible for our ability to sustain attention, organize our environment, prioritize tasks and resist our impulses. Excess dopamine recycling in the prefrontal cortex results in relatively low levels of this chemical messenger’s “availability” for nerve cell communication in that part of the brain, resulting in deficient executive functioning.