Causes of ADHD

The causes of ADHD are not clear. Genes may play a role, but research also implicates environmental toxins such as lead exposure from old paint or plumbing, and cigarette smoking or alcohol intake during pregnancy.

Parenting does have an effect on children's self-regulating abilities, the same abilities lacking in some kids with ADHD. 

A popular belief that eating too much sugar causes the condition has not held up in research.

Recent posts on ADHD

The Problem with Valentine's Day

By Melissa Orlov on February 08, 2018 in May I Have Your Attention
Why don't we admit that the hype around Valentine's Day sets many couples up to 'fail?'
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Legal Rights of Students with ADHD

By Mark Bertin M.D. on February 05, 2018 in Child Development Central
The best approach is to accommodations for ADHD is to support them in the moment, while teaching student skills to be more independent and successful in the future.

The Super Bowl of ADHD

Are you playing for a championship or just tossing a ball around? Put meaning and focus into your life and see the trophy at the end of the day.

The Rapidly Emerging Psychiatric Fragility of Today’s Youth

A focus on building resiliency and developing stress management skills among youth are critical to avoid turning our institutions of higher education into psychiatric facilities.

How ADHD Adults Cope Before Treatment

By Lisa Rivero M.A. on January 27, 2018 in Creative Synthesis
Undiagnosed adults with ADHD may develop a number of coping skills and compensations—some more helpful than others—without being aware of why they are doing so.

The New Mental Health Parity: Women Surge in ADHD, Binges

By Stanton Peele Ph.D. on January 19, 2018 in Addiction in Society
Women are changing in the frequency with which they display behavioral disorders, or at least in the ways and types of substances they consume.

Can Dogs Suffer From ADHD?

Dogs and human children share a number of mental characteristics and predispositions including the possibility of ADHD.

Why Do Horses Help Us Heal?

Have you ever wondered why horses are used in therapy?

Living Beyond Regret

Are you struggling to get back on your feet again?

The Mysterious Disappearance of Unipolar Mania

Unipolar mania (mania without depression) is currently diagnosed as bipolar I disorder. But scientific evidence suggests that it may be a subtype of ADHD.

You Parent the Way You Think

Is parenting a child with mental illness wearing you out? Changing how you think about your child can go a long way.

Superstition: Quirky Beliefs or Psychopathology?

Is superstition just anxiety in disguise?

What Smart Really Is

Three mindset shifts that will open doors to your intelligence.

Global ADHD Epidemic or Not?

Is ADHD an essential and universal condition? Perhaps not.

Talking Back to ADHD

By Mark Bertin M.D. on December 05, 2017 in Child Development Central
Pause and realize the difference between a person and their ADHD, then begin to identify where ADHD affects life.

ADHD and Special Education

Does your child's mental illness get in the way of learning at school? Here are six reasons to consider special education for ADHD, DMDD, or other behavior disorders.

How to Increase Your Chances of Coincidental Discoveries

Are you hoping for a sudden realization? It may be closer than you think.

Is Your Child Overstimulated from Too Much Screen Time?

By Victoria L. Dunckley M.D. on November 24, 2017 in Mental Wealth
Screen Time Side Effects: Are your children are experiencing electronics-related symptoms that mimic mental health. learning, and behavior issues? Take this quiz.

A Holiday Recipe for Better Focus

Is the hustle and bustle of the holidays getting to you? Get the Attitude of Gratitude—it goes a long way towards helping you focus!
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The Other Side of Impossible

Where do you turn when the medical field doesn't have the answers?

A Pretty Good Organizing System for Non-Linear Thinkers

By Nancy Darling Ph.D. on November 15, 2017 in Thinking About Kids
Non-linear thinkers are great at connecting ideas. This organizing system helps harvest non-linear connections and tame the chaos.

Adult-Onset ADHD Is Usually Something Else

By David Rettew M.D. on November 15, 2017 in ABCs of Child Psychiatry
Doctors are seeing increasing numbers of people presenting with what looks like adult onset ADHD. A recent study, however, finds that ADHD is rarely the cause.

What's So Hard About Parenting Children With Mental Illness?

What are parents of children with illness most stressed about? A new research study gives us some answers.

What Was I Saying Again?

Do you feel like you are constantly juggling? Is there something wrong with you because you forget what you were going to do? Are you looking to see if ADHD is the reason?

The Worst Kind of Parenting

By Melissa Orlov on November 02, 2017 in May I Have Your Attention
This could be one of the most common mistakes that partners make: taking on too much of their partner's responsibilities. It seems helpful but instead hurts you both.
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Do You Have Adult ADHD and Feel Stuck?

By Scott Shapiro M.D. on November 02, 2017 in The Best Strategies For Managing Adult ADHD
Do you often know exactly the "what" and "how" of what you need to do, but can't execute?

Advice for Couples Living With Attention Deficit Disorders

By Dianne Grande Ph.D. on October 29, 2017 in In It Together
Knowledge, hope, and compassion are much needed for those who have ADD/ADHD, and for their partners.

ADHD Is Now Widely Overdiagnosed and for Multiple Reasons

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on October 20, 2017 in Side Effects
In the U.S. and other developed countries, there are now clear signs that child and adolescent mental disorders are overdiagnosed.

Propaganda that Masqueraded as Pharmaceutical Marketing

By Gretchen L. Watson, Ph.D. on October 19, 2017 in Extraordinary People
Looking back on the evolution of the current opioid epidemic, the marketing of opioids looks like profitable propaganda.