If you are a parent of a child with ADD or ADHD, every day is a struggle caring for your child as well as the rest of the family. The book, 8 Keys to Parenting Children with ADHD, by Cindy Goldrich, presents a great overview and explanation of ADD and ADHD. Read Dr Diane’s review on Goldrich’s book here.
A stressful situation can release stress hormones that trigger hormonal and physiological changes. This is known as the ‘fight or flight’ response. Think of a time when you experienced a stressful incident. Perhaps you were in a car accident, or had to give a speech in front of a large audience. Did your heart begin to pound? Did your muscles tense up? Perhaps you breathing rate increased or you started to sweat. These changes are the response of the sympathetic nervous system preparing you to fight the threat or flee to safety.