Technology and Everyday Distractions

Whether or not multitasking creates ADD symptoms in otherwise attentive people is a subject of ongoing debate.

At a minimum, our plugged-in world, filled with noisy and visually cluttered screens, phones, and other devices, is frustrating to many, and especially challenging for those with ADD/ADHD. Here are some tips for tuning in to what's important––and tuning out the rest.

Recent Posts on ADHD

Managing ADHD During the Summer

ADHD is a neurological disorder that causes difficulties in many aspects of children’s lives. Often when school is out during the summer, many parents consider taking their child off medications. Here are some tips to help decrease behavior problems.

Procrastination 101: Determine the Source, Solve the Problem

Procrastination has many sources and determining your own goes a long way in putting procrastination to rest. Some of the common causes and their antidotes.

Trends in Youth Psychiatric Treatment: The Plot Thickens

A major new study looks at changes in the rates of child psychiatric disorders and their treatment. Its combination of both good and bad news will be a challenge to the cherry pickers on both sides of the psychiatry debate.

Are You a Daydreamer or Do You Have ADHD?

When is it daydreaming, and when is it ADHD?

Increasing Physical Movement Reduces Symptoms of ADHD

New research shows that physical movement may improve cognitive control for children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Anxiety with Adult ADHD: What to Do

Why is Anxiety Common with Adult ADHD and What Can You Do About It?

Distinct ADHD Symptoms in Girls Result in Under-Diagnosis

Understanding gender differences leads to a better diagnosis.

Fathers' Impact on ADHD

Fathers have a large impact on the behaviors of children with ADHD. Find out what makes the the role of a father so important in ADHD.

When Your Mind Wanders

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on June 08, 2015 in Media Spotlight
Why do our minds wander and what do we think about when we are unable to concentrate on what we are doing? Research into mind wandering suggests that it isn't quite the time waster that people often believe it to be. A new review article suggests that mind wandering may have evolved as a way of making us more creative.

To Be More Intimate with Your Partner, Know Yourself First

Too many couples focus on sex and affection, ignoring other important skills that will ultimately best protect their ability to stay intimate over the long-term. What are those skills?

Emotionality - A 'Core Characteristic' of ADHD?

Use these specific strategies to manage the emotional responses that come with ADHD.

3 Facts All Parents Should Know About ADHD Stimulant Drugs

If there was a drug being manufactured for kids to take daily for several years or more, that research documents comes with endless serious and life threatening side effects (e.g., dependency, depression, death), how long would you want the FDA to track kids taking the drug to make sure it was safe and effective for extended periods of use? The answer might surprise you...

Treating Erectile Dysfunction Without Pills

By Lisa Thomas LMFT on May 28, 2015 in Save Your Sex Life
Treating Erectile Dysfunction Without Drugs

The Truth About Trying to Do It All (Simultaneously)

Have you ever been so consumed with what happened at work that you find yourself in your driveway with no real recollection of how you got there? What price are we paying for a life on autopilot?

The Surprising News about Children's Mental Health

How mentally healthy are today’s children and teens? A comprehensive new survey shows that the current generation of young people are in better shape than we’ve realized. However, trends in medication use continue to draw concern by mental health experts.

7 Ways Yoga Helps Children and Teens

Yoga helps teens by developing their strength, creativity, discipline, and awareness. Find out 7 ways yoga helps children and teens.

Cause and Effect in Wine Drinkers’ Health

We think we know what causes what. But research shows we are greatly mistaken, and often confuse correlation with cause.

What Is “Medical Food” for ADHD?

What is “Medical Food” for ADHD? Do Omega Fatty Acids Play a Role in ADHD Symptoms?

To Screen or Not To Screen?

By Ryan Howes PhD, ABPP on May 18, 2015 in In Therapy
Should we keep screens away from kids? Or give them full access and let them work it out? Is there a middle ground?

ADHD

Questions about ADHD for parents to ask psychiatrists, psychologists, and therapists

ADH—Squirrel

A college student on why she is happy to be living with ADHD even though it's a struggle

New ADD Treatment

There is a new medicinal/nutrient for ADD -- learn more about it.

Thank You Notes

Now that my final grades are turned in and I have found some time to sit at my computer, “if you wouldn’t mind” I wanted to first get caught up on a few overdue Thank You notes. Yes, this short blog is inspired by the always entertaining and witty Thank You Notes ritual Jimmy Fallon does on the Tonight Show every week.

Mindful Eating, ADHD and Nutrition

Even if someone with ADHD is not overweight, executive function may impact healthy eating. And poor eating habits do not only affect nutrition. Difficulty with planning, distractibility, and time management frequently have a domino effect.

12 Ways Eye Movements Give Away Your Secrets

Eye movements unconsciously give away your secret personal information.

ADHD Kills

There was a two fold increase in death rates for those with ADHD.

Boss of the Internet Playground

Parents seeking to control what kids do online find resources to help.

If You Tend to Get Scattered, Check for Adult ADD/ADHD

Children with attention deficits tend to be recognized by parents, pediatricians and teachers. Adult ADD sufferers by contrast often go undiagnosed. Yet adult ADD can destroy relationships at home and at work.

ADHD as a Continuum, Inside and Out

Some call ADHD a true brain disease while others call it pure nonsense. New evidence supporting the idea of ADHD as an extreme of normal trait variation demonstrates how everyone might be wrong.

A Workover: Be an ADHD Coach or Occupational Therapist?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 30, 2015 in How To Do Life
Advice I gave to a caller to my NPR-San Francisco radio program.