4 Movies About Mental Illness

Numerous studies suggest that the majority of mental illness cases are never actually diagnosed. Whether you think you have a mental illness or not; don’t be afraid of mental illness- be informed. Awareness is the enemy of stigma! These four movies portray a glimpse of what it may be like to experience mental illness. Schizophrenia: A …

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Celebrity Series Part 4: Simone Biles

Simone Biles, the superstar Olympic gymnast, has emerged from a hacking scandal as a new kind of champion; a champion for those with ADHD.

A group of Russian hackers publicly posted health information about U.S. athletes, including Simone Bile’s record of a positive test for the banned substance methylphenidate, known more commonly as Ritalin. Biles filed all the appropriate paperwork and was approved for a therapeutic-use exemption for the drug for her ADHD, so she didn’t actually break any drug-testing regulations. While publishing confidential medical information is a huge violation of privacy, Biles responded to the attack that was meant to weaken and invalidate her full of strength and free of shame.

In a tweet Biles said, “Having ADHD, and taking medicine for it is nothing to be ashamed of”.

In the midst of this scandal, Biles has become a role model for ADHD kids. She proudly declared her ADHD diagnosis, showing kids that ADHD is nothing to hide and doesn’t have to limit their dreams. Her success completely disproves the common misconceptions that people with ADHD are lazy and incompetent.

While common symptoms of ADHD include difficulty focusing, following instructions, and planning ahead, Biles has showed that with proper management and treatment, these ADHD symptoms can be cleared off of the road to success. Preparing for the Olympics requires incredible physical, even more so, mental strength. Biles demonstrated laser focus, an ability to follow her coach’s directions, and a dedication to preparing for the future in her long quest to Olympic gold. The fact that Simone Biles worked her way to the tippity top of the gymnastics world with an ADHD diagnosis shows that there’s no limit to what people with ADHD can achieve!


Do you or a loved one live with ADHD? Contact Segal Institute at 1-877-SEGAL-88 to see if you may qualify for a clinical research study OR click here to request a pre-screen!

Sources: DailyDot, NBC News, Bustle

Parenting ADHD

If your child is living with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), you may be concerned about how you can help them manage their symptoms and be more comfortable on a daily basis. Luckily for you there are a ton of things you can do to help them. Here are some things you need to know …

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A Checklist for a Girl’s ADHD Symptoms

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is experienced differently in girls than boys. Girls experience ADHD more internally, compared to boys. Here is a checklist by Psychologist Kathleen Nadeau for girls who may think they have ADHD. It should be filled out by the girl it is for and not her parent or teacher. Only she will …

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Your Health in Your 60’s

As a woman living in their 60’s, you may think that there isn’t much you can do to stay healthy. On the contrary, there is plenty that you can do! Get up, get active, be proactive, and you’ll be able to take control of your health. Here are some tips to get you started: Screening …

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The Symptoms of ADHD

Do you know a child that is exhibiting impulsivity, hyperactivity and inattention? Could this child be living with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? Click here to watch a video that discusses the symptoms of ADHD. Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vp1kCpaOhzY&nohtml5=False

Pregnancy, Depression an Anxiety?

A recent study has shown that anxiety and depression in women could be connected to a lower chance of becoming pregnant through in vitro fertilization (IVF). The study that began in 2007, included more than 23,000 women in Sweden who underwent IVF. Only over 4 percent of these women were diagnosed with depression or anxiety …

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Balancing Your Life and Your Health

Today’s women juggle several things; school, family, a career, friends and more. On top of all of this, they must be on top of their health. Here are just a few of the things that women can consider managing when thinking about keeping their health under control: Monitor your blood pressure – When it comes …

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Undiagnosed ADHD in Children

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder can go undiagnosed. Some parents and school teachers do not want to talk about it or address it. The sooner ADHD is diagnosed in a child, the faster treatment can begin, and the better the outcome can be. If a child goes undiagnosed it can reflect in their school performance and …

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