WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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health vitality condition strengthen fitness & health nutrition diet ADHD When the World Says "Stop" but Your Brain Says "Go" ALLISON IJAMS SARGENT WRITER it can be tempting to crack wise about attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), to put it down to flakiness or forgetfulness or to garden-variety laziness. How can someone play video games for three straight hours and then claim to be unable to focus on a We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 3 half hour of US history homework? How can a brilliant person who can kick-start a failing company have a desk that needs a weekly excavation? Aren't we really talking about a little more discipline here, not a neurological imbalance? "That's what's really hard for people to understand," says Elizabeth Olszewski, a Wellesley resident, about her youngest daughter, Megan. It's neurological, there's nothing to be ashamed of." ADHD has rocketed to the top of the lists of most commonly diagnosed disorders for both 148 CHERYLCASEY / DREAMSTIME.COM stamina

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