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

The 'A' Word

There’s a reason many adults hate the label ‘ADHD’. It’s cruelly synonymous with ‘incompetent,’ ‘lazy’ and ‘fail!’ to too many people who use it. This stereotyping hurts us all.

ADHD Commonly Co-Occurs With Other Mental Health Diagnoses

A recent study in Comparative Psychiatry examines AD/HD's common comobidities. Check it out.

Does My Child Have a Psychiatric Disorder?

By Claudia M Gold M.D. on July 15, 2016 in Child in Mind
When parents are concerned about their child's emotional wellbeing, we need to protect time and space to listen without pressure to name the problem

Jupiter’s Moons and Childhood Bipolar Disorder

...Psychiatry has a different problem... from that of astronomers of the early 1600’s. Instead of an inability to see...phenomena...psychiatrists see phenomena that are not there.

Connecting Child Maltreatment and Behavior Health Problems

By Kathryn Seifert Ph.D. on July 07, 2016 in Stop The Cycle
About 13% of US children have mental health and/or substance abuse problems. Prevention and treatment must consider child maltreatment as a possible factor to address.

Gambling, ADHD, OCD and Kleptomania

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on July 07, 2016 in In Excess
Papers in psychiatric journals have claimed that many of the characters in the Star Wars movies have underlying psychopathologies including pathological gambling, OCD and ADHD

What Is the Link Between ADHD and Working Memory?

What can working memory tell us about attention and hyperactivity in children with ADHD?

Daily Rituals Make Life Easier

By Jessica Garrett Mills PhD on June 25, 2016 in On Track
Is your morning routine a well-oiled machine? Or do you feel like you barely get out of the house? Start using rituals to take the stress out of your morning.

The Flawed Psychological "Truths" of Yesterday

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on June 20, 2016 in How To Do Life
When expert opinion contravenes your intuition.

ADHD: Are We Helping or Harming With Current Medications?

There are no smart drugs that increase intelligence. Many children show uneven or lower IQ scores and Learning disabilities whose optimal remediation is education and academic.

Preventable: Straight Talk About Prince's Overdose

Creative lives might be saved--or at least improved--if the industry as a whole takes a few simple steps.

Sugar and ADHD: A Bad Mix?

Gummy bears or grapes? Why studies disagree on sugar and ADHD.
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Executive Functions on Vacation

By Jessica Garrett Mills PhD on June 14, 2016 in On Track
Are your kids using this summer to practice critical skills for the fall? You can help.
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Everyday Executive Functioning Challenges

By Jessica Garrett Mills PhD on June 14, 2016 in On Track
Are you reading blogs when you ought to be working? It could be an executive functioning problem.

Is Noise the Key to Artificial General Intelligence?

By Andrew Smart on June 09, 2016 in Machine Psychology
Converging evidence indicates noise plays a fundamental role in the brain.

Can You "Grow Out Of" ADHD?

ADHD is typically thought of as a childhood illness. Still, the number of adults living with ADHD is greater than the number of adults who live with OCD and schizophrenia.

The ADHD Healthy Living Summer Challenge

Emphasizing healthy living may significantly improve ADHD symptoms

Five Quick Tips to Help Your Defiant Child or Teen

These five quick tips will help you steer your child or teen away from "drama land" and into more cooperation

How to Optimize Your ADHD Treatment

A practical approach to getting your ADHD treatment to really work.

Can Adults With ADHD Really Change?

"I am who I am" and "I can't change" are more about fear than reality, and don't reflect the science around ADHD.

Teens, ADHD and Sleep: A Complicated Mix

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on June 01, 2016 in Minding the Body
An ongoing study could change the way we look at the complex relationship between sleep and ADHD in teenagers.

US Schools and the Astounding Rise in ADHD

Teachers—and schools—should not be diagnosing ADHD or pushing medication. In fact, US teaching approaches may be causing ADHD "symptoms" in young children.

Consciousness and Neurodiversity

The shift in conceptualizing cognitive functions as a range of diverse abilities—or neurodiversity—may be understood by examining the consciousness-attention dissociation.

Central Planning and U.S Child Psychopharmacology

Is there overcontrol of the prescription of antipsychotics to children and adolescents in the U.S.?

ADHD Is Overdiagnosed, Here's Proof

By Allen J Frances M.D. on May 23, 2016 in Saving Normal
Being the youngest kid in the class puts you at great risk for inappropriate ADHD diagnosis and treatment. We should let kids outgrow immaturity, not treat it with a pill.

Mental Health Awareness: ADHD in Children

CDC recommends that professionals refer parents of young children with ADHD for behavior therapy before prescribing medication.
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Amazing New Concepts About Our Brain From 13 Brain Experts

Want to learn more about what makes us, us?

Can We Please Have Sex? 5 Steps to Restart Intimacy

When one partner stops your sex life it's a cry for help that adds significant tension to a marriage. Resolving the issues so you can make love again takes a sensitive approach.

The Best Medicine for ADHD isn't Necessarily Medicine

What if the the best medicine for young kids with ADHD isn't medicine after all? New CDC study says try this first.
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Adult ADHD: 7 Tips to Energize Your Life

Do you have adult ADHD and struggling with just keeping up? Do you often feel tired?