Depression in Teens

Feb 25, 2015
Depression in Teens

It is a bad combination; that is the message from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy as it issued a warning regarding depression in teens and marijuana use.
Teenagers who “self-medicate” their symptoms of depression run the risk of actually deteriorating the underlying mental health disorder. Several studies have been conducted that seem to indicate that there is a link between symptoms of depression in teens and marijuana use. One problem in getting depressed teenagers to see the link between marijuana use and symptoms of depression is that teenagers are likely to report that marijuana use “relieves” their depression or that it helps them cope.


No Arms, No Legs, No Problem

Feb 23, 2015
No Arms, No Legs, No Problem

Over the last month I have had the most wonderful experience of being able to talk about my biography that was released over two months ago. It is not everyday that you write a biography and more than anything speak about it. I have been asked why would a person buy my this book about a person with a disability? The book has received critical acclaim but more than anything is a testament that the benefits of a healthy active lifestyle can change the landscape of a person with a disability especially while living in society that is not inclusive. It is through having a recreational and competitive endeavors that barriers can be removed.


Revisiting Program Foundations

Feb 18, 2015
Revisiting Program Foundations

 The Importance of Rapport, Time, and History

One of my social work text books describes rapport as “’a state of compatibility and empathy that permits mutual understanding between the client and the worker.” [i] Achieving mutual understanding between a client and a fitness professional is built over time. I have had an advantage during my latest transition in my exercise and walking program because I already knew the new Movement Specialist I would be working with.


NBA Inclusive Ideology

Feb 17, 2015
NBA Inclusive Ideology

 

I know not everyone is a fan of the National Basketball Association (NBA). I know there are many us who prefer wheelchair basketball and other activities. However if you did not get the opportunity to enjoy this weekend’s NBA All-Star break then you really missed a treat. You missed a unique opportunity to watch celebrities, basketball skills, celebrations and people with disabilities all having a few laughs. What, people with disabilities?


Treating behavioral disorders in teens with ADHD

Feb 16, 2015
Treating behavioral disorders in teens with ADHD

According to teenhelp.com, three to five percent of teens battle attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Those with ADHD can also have at least one other developmental or behavioral disorder. Two of the most common among teens are conduct disorder and oppositional defiant disorder. Helpforadd.com notes that about 50 percent of teens with ADHD eventually develop one of these disorders.
Unfortunately, teens diagnosed with accompanying behavioral disorders are more likely demonstrate negative long-term outcomes. Early diagnosis and treatment for these disorders is essential for the prevention of other risky behaviors in teens, such as substance abuse and criminal activity.


Ease the Pain

Feb 13, 2015
Ease the Pain

February is Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) awareness month. RA can be diagnosed at any age. It is defined as a systemic inflammatory disease that affects the lining of our joints called the synovial membrane. It is classified as an autoimmune condition that is found in 5 or more joints and normally diagnosed within 6 months of symptom onset.


Adaptive Crossfit – WODAPALOOZA

Feb 11, 2015
Adaptive Crossfit - WODAPALOOZA

I recently had the opportunity to be the athlete liaison for the first ever adaptive division at WODAPALOOZA Fitness Festival. WODAPALOOZA is a Crossfit competition that takes place in Miami, Florida bringing together some of the fittest athletes around. The competition occurs over three days and on 3 different stages. Over the three days the athletes complete 9 different WODs with standardized reps and weights finishing them in remarkable amounts of time. And I must admit it is quite impressive to watch. The chiseled bodies, the intense WODs (workouts of the day), and the athletes leaving everything they’ve got out on those competition stages. It’s enough to make anyone put down their Twinkie and pick up a dumbbell.


Tips to avoid skin breakdown

Feb 10, 2015
Tips to avoid skin breakdown

Athlete’s foot or tinea pedis, is a widespread skin infection and is common among athletes and gym goers. Moreover, any skin infection including Athlete’s foot has worse effects on people with disability. Let’s see how its effects are different for people with disabilities:


How World Day of Social Justice Impacts People with Disabilities

Feb 09, 2015
How World Day of Social Justice Impacts People with Disabilities

Social Justice is a term I had heard about in my late teens when I started college at a Catholic School in New Jersey. After I learned about it, every time I hear the words, the work Mother Teresa did throughout her life flashes in my mind. Back then, I didn’t realize the relevance of this subject to the overall well-being of people with disabilities. I’d always wanted to advocate for people with disabilities in some fashion, but wasn’t really aware that the topic is really at the center of my interests, even so many years later.


Wear Red Day

Feb 06, 2015
Wear Red Day

As this day draws to an end and the weekend begins, I want to give a big THANK YOU to those who participated in wearing Red in support of women who fight heart disease. Especially for those who have lost a loved one and those who still battle today. Remember that heart disease is the number one killer of women.