July 2022 Wellness Blog

July Wellness Corner

Not Just for Kids: Adult ADHD

Many of us may know a child or young adult diagnosed with ADHD. If these children were born in the 1980s or later, they might have been diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), which the American Psychological Association first made a formal diagnosis in 1987.

However, the creation of the diagnosis did not mean that the disorder itself was new or limited to children. Therefore, there has been a recent shift to addressing ADHD in adults. The symptoms often present differently and may include the following difficulties:

  • Maintaining attention
  • Executive function (properly managing time, priorities, and actions)
  • Physical restlessness
  • Forgetting/losing things
  • Being easily distracted
  • Completing lengthy tasks that involve sustained mental effort
  • Feeling overwhelmed

While most of us experience these difficulties from time to time, adults with ADHD tend to struggle often and severely. Unmanaged ADHD can lead to frustration and problems at work and home. Mounting research, including a 2021 review by the National Institutes of Health, shows that women especially tend to be underdiagnosed, particularly in childhood, as the symptoms of ADHD tend to manifest in women as inattentiveness rather than the hyperactivity many professionals and parents associate with male ADHD presentation.

If you recognize many of these symptoms in yourself and are interested in being assessed for ADHD, talk with your primary care doctor first. They will be able to address some of your concerns and refer you to a specialist if necessary. There are many options for management and treatment, including medication (stimulant and non-stimulant) and therapy. ADHD is not a personal failing, and there is never shame associated with seeking help for mental health.

Physical Health Corner People, Pets & Vets

Juice Cleanses: Are They Effective?

Many of us have heard of juice cleanses through television, social media, or glowing celebrity endorsement.

The core concept is simple: for several days, you only consume fruit and vegetable juices in place of your regular diet. You can juice produce yourself or sign up for any number of services that will ship bottled, cold-pressed juices right to your door. Proponents of juice cleanses claim there are multiple benefits — namely, weight loss and system detoxification. It sounds like an easy thing to do, but how accurate are these claims?

Juice Cleanse

Many juice cleanses programs tout weight loss as a benefit. People can and do lose weight on juice cleanses, but the juice itself has very little, if anything, to do with it. The weight loss comes from the calorie deficit caused by not eating solid foods for several days. People often regain this weight afterward. Fruit juice is also high in sugar, which can cause the body to store rather than lose fat over time. This particular factor makes juice cleanses incredibly dangerous and not recommended for people with diabetes.

We eat more processed foods than ever, so detoxification is often a goal of juice cleanses. There is little evidence, however, that juice cleanses actually perform any detoxifying function. The human body is made to cleanse itself naturally over time via the diligent work of the liver and kidneys. Additionally, juice lacks crucial nutrients that the whole fruits provide, such as fiber. Cutting out other food entirely in favor of juice means you will also not consume enough protein, a nutrient your body needs.

Are there any benefits to drinking fruit and veggie juice? Yes. These juices contain high levels of vitamins and antioxidants that our bodies need to function. However, it is better to eat fruits and vegetables in their whole forms on a regular basis as part of a balanced diet. At the end of the day, juice cleanses just might not live up to the hype.

Social Health Corner People, Pets & Vets

Pull In Case of Emergency: Saving for Emergencies

In an ideal world, life would be fairly predictable. We would all have a predictable life with no blindsiding emergencies.

Unfortunately, life entails some measure of chaos. The last few years have been more unpredictable than ever given the potential health and financial implications of the global pandemic.

Even if you’ve been fortunate enough to weather the pandemic with minimal financial disruption, accidents happen, cars break, and life happens. Experts traditionally have recommended saving three to six months’ worth of income to cushion the impact of these unplanned occurrences.

That is admittedly an ambitious goal, especially if you are already experiencing financial difficulty (you’re not alone – according to a 2018 Federal Reserve report, roughly half of Americans said they’d struggle to afford a $400 emergency). If 3-6 months’ income is too daunting right now, aim to save $500 first and then build slowly on it. Adding a savings category to your budget is the best way to start this fund (click HERE for tips on efficient budgeting).

Once you have that $500+ in a savings account, consider a money market account or CD to help grow the nest egg. This site provides a calculator to help you determine how much you should try to save based on your current situation and suggested accounts in which to put your savings. Even if you build this safety net slowly, every little bit helps.


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