Is ADHD Genetic?

Is ADHD a genetic disorder? This seems to be the accepted view among American psychiatrists and parents.

Homework Versus More Free Play

Research has clearly shown that homework has negative effects on children.

30 Ways to Prevent ADHD

Here are 30 tips to keep ADHD at bay.

Through a Distant Lens

Hearing voices and feeling paranoid may be common experiences, often a reaction to trauma, abuse, or deprivation.

Is ADHD on the Rise Worldwide?

The word “ADHD” is much like the word “unicorn.” Everyone knows what the word means, but the thing named does not exist in nature.

To be or not to be--Charlie Hebdo?

For every journalist or writer the Charlie Hebdo incident presents a moment of truth.

American Parents Under Siege

American children and teenagers are less happy than kids in other rich countries—even though American parents are "obsessed with parenting advice.”

Schizophenia Is Not What It Used to Be

Does the word "schizophrenia" refer to one thing or many?

8 Tips for Raising Healthy Eaters

Good nutrition is vital not only for children's physical health, but for their mental health as well.

What to do when your Child is Scatterbrained

Parents have two options if they want to help their scatterbrained day-dreamy kids.

Exercise is ADHD Medication

Parents, maybe it's time to put away the Ritalin and Adderall, and start bicycling with your kids to school!

Why Physical Education is Important for Academic Skills

Wait, you might not want to cut P. E. from the school curriculum just yet!

Overscheduled Kids

How much scheduling is too much for any particular kid?

ADHD Drugs (Stimulants) and Heart Disease in Kids

A new study (June, 2014) finds that children without predisposing risk factors for heart disease were at increased risk for heart problems after taking typical stimulants prescribed for ADHD.

Is Free Play Essential for Learning?

Having ample opportunity for free play not only has psychological advantages for a child; it has educational advantages as well.

Audra McDonald, Creativity and ADHD

Audra McDonald said last night, "I want to thank my mom and dad up in heaven for disobeying the doctor's orders and not medicating their hyperactive daughter and finding out what she's into instead."

Artificial Food Colorings and ADHD Symptoms

Parents of ADHD kids are interested in knowing whether changing their child's diet may eliminate the need for drugs.

Are ADHD Drugs Safe in the Long Term?

Some parents have found that removing artificial food dyes, artificial preservatives, sugar, and gluten from their children's diets can have a spectacular effect.

Sluggish Writer's Disorder

Lilly's elixir will return kids lost in Hogwarts world of witchcraft and wizardry to a normal Muggle lifestyle.

ADHD Does Not Exist Part 2

An aura of mystery surrounds the concept of ADHD. Some scientists think that ADHD is like a unicorn. Everyone knows what it is, but nobody has ever seen one.

Why Freud Wrote Stories

Mind lends itself to stories. Stories certainly come closer to capturing the essence of human experience than logical categories.

Rich Kid, Poor Kid

ADHD medications to help kids do better at school are like athletes using steroids to enhance their performance in sports. So say the authors of a new book on ADHD.

ADHD Does Not Exist

William was bright but forgetful, having some run-of-the-mill boyhood problems like forgetting to bring home his homework assignments and having the occasional temper tantrum.

Listening for Horses Instead of Zebras

There is an old medical proverb that goes: “When you hear hoof beats in the hallway, think horses, not zebras.”

Marketing Magic

A drug company giant that makes a best-selling ADHD medication recently subsidized 50,000 copies of a comic book that tries to demystify ADHD. The comic book uses superheroes to tell children, “Medicines may make it easier to pay attention and control your behavior!”

Why Schools Should Be More Nurturing

Recent research on children with learning and behavior problems suggests that in order to provide excellent learning environments for all children, our schools need to provide more than education.

Heal the Earth, Heal Ourselves

In her recent book, The Green Boat, psychologist Mary Pipher argues that there is still time to heal our fragile planet—and, surprisingly, to heal ourselves in the process.

Kings, Rings, and the Fall of Arrogant Men

If you have it all, or seem to have it all, look out! Around the corner fate is likely to toss you a curve ball--or so thought the ancient Greeks.

No Child Left Unmedicated

After laws were enacted that tied financial rewards to test performance, school districts that were lagging behind in test scores soon experienced a burgeoning of ADHD diagnoses.

Can Walking to School Cure ADHD?

A new study suggests that walking to school can help children concentrate better and therefore possibly reduce the need for a child to take ADHD medication.