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  1. I think it's in the part which mentions stoning your rebellious children... /low blow Really, I think the death penalty should be abolished everywhere. I find it hard to accept that here we are in 2011 and we still have countries where the state sanctions the killing of people.
  2. Wow, I'd forgotten about this thread. I made it almost a year ago when us Brits were in our cold snap. This time last year where I live we had 3 feet of snow and it was -20. So far it hasn't snowed and today it's been just above freezing - still felt cold though. I wonder if we're all going to be fooled this year. Will it be as bad as the last 2 years.
  3. Oh yes. There are several candidate genes, although there is no conclusive evidence as yet. But nonetheless there is a familial aspect to it. The heritability factor is about 25% officially. Personally I would say it is much, much higher than that.
  4. 54mg is the highest dose pill available of Concerta XR (which I presume is the one you are on). There is one teen on my books who is on 72mg (1x54mg 1x18mg). My son has the 54mg in the morning then 10mg of Equasym (generic Ritalin) as a mid afternoon booster.
  5. Ritalin is Methylphenidate. Concerta is just another brand of it, Concerta XR is the slow release version. What dosage are you on?
  6. Well over here in the UK it is quite hard to get an adult dx of ADHD. There are only a few places that can give one. It is done by an adult psychiatrist with experience in ADHD and there aren't many adult ADHD clinics. Most kids who age out of child and adolescent mental health end up seeing a 'general' psych in adult services. If they are lucky they will transfer to an adult ADHD clinic. As for the process, several sessions are spent with the adult psych. Like with Aspergers, you need someone with you who could give a reliable description of you as a child. You would probably also see a psychologist. The process isn't as intense as the one for a child, but for a child you have to rule out various other factors which could affect behaviour like developmental disorders, hearing loss, sight problems etc. These generally would have already been picked up upon in an adult so you don't have to see such a wide range of specialists. There is also a Rating Scale similar to the one used in children. For the inattentive type, that is actually taken care of in the Rating Scales. Most adults with ADHD lose the H part as they get through adolescence. Sometimes there is some residual hyperactivity which can take the form of pacing, twitching, foot tapping etc. But the extreme hyperactivity which you see in children is not the norm in adult ADHD. Sadly my son is one of the small percentage of adults (he is 16 now) who has kept the hyperactivity. Usually by the age of around 14 it has started to wane. His is as strong as ever.
  7. ^ This, this and this. I'm a professional who assesses for ADHD amongst other things. I also have a child with severe ADHD. You would not believe the amount of parents I see who swear their little cherub has ADHD, yet they show no parental boundaries, their child sits in front of a TV/screen all day, they feed their child crap and they don't enforce bedtimes. If you do all that your child may well present as ADHD to the casual observer but that does not mean that your child has ADHD. A child with ADHD will eat the healthiest diet out there and still be hyperactive. A child with ADHD will have parents that have firm boundaries and consequences for breaking those boundaries and the child still still be hyperactive. A child with ADHD will be able to do a 4 mile run and still have enough energy left at the end of it to do another 4 mile run. AD(H)D exists, of that there is not doubt. But it sadly has become a catch all for crappy parenting. The real ADHD kids suffer as a result. @Wookieinmashoo A proper diagnosis should be done in conjunction with a multidisciplinary team which contains a child psychiatrist, a psychologist, and educational psychologist, a speech and language therapist, and an occupational therapist. The child should have reports done from all the above plus a general health/development check done by a paediatrician, a report done by the teachers, a Connors Rating Scale done by someone like ME (!), observations of the child in a variety of settings, interviews with the parents and sight and hearing checks done by ophthalmologists and audiologists. Then and only then should the team get together and discuss their findings. That is when a diagnosis takes place. It should not be done by parents, teachers, counsellors, or even a single professional on their own.
  8. Indeed. Myself and my husband have recently been looking into Canada. We have both spoken about moving to the USA and buying some land. This has been a pipe dream of ours but over the last couple of months we've started to consider it seriously. However the green card situation is impossible. We then looked into Canada - another country we would really love to live. Despite me being in a profession which is on the 'fast track' it would still take several years before we were allowed to enter Canada on anything other than a tourist visa. About the only way we would ever be allowed in either country in the near future is to have some major investment money available, with for Canada in particular is around $250,000 (Canadian). It's not that we don't love the UK, we do. However the UK is very overcrowded, land prices are horrendous and house prices are worse. North America might not be overcrowded, but that is not the situation for the rest of the world.
  9. The world IS overpopulated in terms of enough resources to go around. Space is not so much a premium, there are countries such as the USA and Canada which have vast swathes of unpopulated land. However the resources which we use to live; fuel, food, water, are the ones which are threatened. Whilst we can, quite easily, fit another 3 or 4 billion people on this planet, we cannot provide fuel, food and water for them all. Heck, we can't even do that for the 7 billion we already have.
  10. I'm not talking about organic food. Just regular fresh meats and veg. Organic food is expensive but just cooking with regular non organic fresh veg and meats will be cheaper and far healthier than a fast food burger and fries. @ skinst I agree. We don't have fast food much, it is usually reserved for treats such as on the kids birthdays. Last time we went as a family to Burger King was on my son's birthday, BK was his choice. For the four of us the cost was around £20, that isn't cheap by a long shot. I could buy food to last a few days, all meals, for £20.
  11. I do think there is an issue of us as a species being less active. Driving - I don't think it is solely an issue of it not being safe to walk, although that is part. I think part of is that 50 years ago most families didn't have cars because they couldn't afford one. Now most families have at least one car. It has become natural, a right of passage even, to pass your driving test as soon as possible and get a car. I can see that changing, at least here in the UK anyway, as petrol is unbelievably expensive here. With eating healthier, people used to shop more frequently due to not have cool storage facilities at home. Now everybody has a fridge and freezer and people no longer need to buy fresh every couple of days. Meals are a matter of convenience for many now. I completely agree with you over food portions. It isn't quite so bad here in the UK but my husband travels to the USA at least twice a year for work and has done for the last 7 years. He always comes home having gained weight and he always states the portion sizes in the USA are huge compared to the UK - I've seen the photo's he has taken when out at restaurants. I'd hazard a guess too that a 12oz steak isn't a normal quota for a day either. More like at least 2 days. We are less active. How many jobs now involve sitting in front of a computer screen. The same with leisure time too. How many of us have spent hours online or playing console games. I'm showing my age now but there was nothing like this when I was a child. We played out, in all weathers. We were far more active. I do think that the problems we have now, particularly with the younger generation are so ingrained in that solving them is going to take some radical action. @ Lila That is a fallacy actually. At least it is in the UK anyway. It is far cheaper to cook from scratch using fresh veggies and cheap cuts of meat. The meal will be far healthier than any convenience food. Unfortunately basic cooking skills are not seen as a priority to taught in schools now. When I was at school we did home economics (again showing my age sigh...) and we were taught to cook. I still to this day cook some of the dishes that I was taught at school. I was also fortunate in that my grandmother was an awesome cook and she passed her skills on to me (which is bizarre because my mother is an awful cook!). But people do that now? I don't think they do so much and what we have now is a generation who have no idea how cook good healthy meals. It is also easier to bung something in the microwave or go to McDonalds. As for myself, I have always been at the upper end of normal weight/edging into slightly overweight. However I am active, train at the dojo three times a week, run twice a week and do circuit training. I have a lot of muscle so that has always pushed me over in the borderline overweight. I am very fit though. However since my surgery my training ground to a halt as a necessity and I'm just building back up now. I'm training at the dojo, not sparring though and running twice a week having just build up from walking. I'm not up for the circuit training yet as I'm not cleared by my doctor for push ups, sit ups and the like. Despite this I haven't lost a single pound and it's getting very frustrating.
  12. Hope this isn't a dupe, sorry if it is. I was reading something today that said that within 20 years 75% of the USA and 70% of the UK population will be obese. What's the answer? How do we counteract this? Please keep this friendly, no fat jokes. And before anyone asks, I am having issues losing weight myself. I had major surgery 6 months ago and have only recently been cleared to start training again (I do martial arts). I've gained 2.5 stones since my surgery which I really need to lose but so far despite training again it isn't shifting.
  13. A fountain pen dipped into the blood of those that annoy me.
  14. No. I stopped believing in mythical creatures once I hit puberty.
  15. I'm pretty sure there is a phobia thread somewhere... But anyway, welcome to my life. I am autistic so yeah I am kainotophobic to an extent.
  16. There were people who argued that way? All they had to do was look back to the extra-cold years and extra-warm years in the recent past to know that things wiggle around a bit. I guess I have trouble believing large numbers of people in that recent of history ever thought climates don't change! There was even a global cooling scare in the '70s. Maybe they were remembering that and thinking, "Not again..." ^ This. +1. I get that 'spaz' has become to mean someone making excited movements and someone doing something clumsy. But why do you think that is? In the same way that people call someone who does something 'stupid' as a re-tard - why do you think that is? Because of the origins of the words. You don't use re-tard, please don't use spaz either. Just because the origin isn't as well known in the younger generation (and that goes for both sides of the pond), that doesn't mean that the origin wasn't associated with a disability.
  17. I hope botox doesn't go away. It's because of botox that my daughter was finally able to learn to walk at the age of 5. She had botox injections in her legs to reduce the spasticity caused by her cerebral palsy.
  18. That there is still racism and sexism. That gay people are still looked upon by some as sick. That we in the West have an obesity epidemic, yet children are dying for want of food and clean water in some parts of the world.
  19. Learn in an automatic! Honestly, if not for automatic gearboxes, I would not be driving. Way too much to think about. I've never actually seen that quiz before, I can only assume it involves highlighting various aspects of the psyche.
  20. That might be the case in your area. Or it might be that you have to really push for a diagnosis of dyspraxia. All too often it is the ones who shout loudest who get the attention. As awful as that is all services are incredibly stretched and it is only going to get worse.
  21. *Coughs* Educational Psychologist here in the UK speaking. I can assure you that dual Aspergers and Dyspraxia diagnosis do still happen in the UK. I am part of the multidisciplinary team which assesses the under 18's for such conditions. It might be the case that in your particular local authority/health authority, they don't give a dsypraxia dx unless there is no other co-morbid condition, but that is not the case for the entire UK. Some areas, and mine is one which is currently considering going down this route, are not giving separate Aspergers and Autism dx's. Instead they are giving a general ASD dx. This is because typically an Aspergers dx gets little or no help unless there is co-morbid mental health issues or behavioural issues and then only when parents shout loud enough. Autism typically gets what little help there is.
  22. Possibly. Asthma is pretty unpredictable. That's if it is asthma - the chest X-ray on Monday is to check for a tumour.
  23. Well Jack is feeling a little better from his steroid injection. This morning he appeared on the doorstep, after being outside for about 20 minutes, with a sparrow in his mouth.
  24. Oh this^ We have two male cats and never, ever a single hair bobble, hair band, or any other type of hair clip, in the house ever. Loads and loads in the garden and on the patio! Both cats steal them and take them outside!
  25. He was in overnight again. Had him back yesterday and the vet gave him steroids. He is booked in for first thing Monday for a chest Xray - the vet is querying a tumour If you cat is scratching, make sure they have a scratch post. Does your cat go outside? An indoor cat is more likely to scratch due to lack of stimulation. If so make sure your cat has plenty of play opportunities. @ Tiki, how is Haplo now? @ xxDragonisPrimusXX You do realise that all cats have Aspergers?