ADHD Essential Reads

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

Younger Kids Are More Likely to Be Diagnosed with ADHD

By Marilyn Wedge Ph.D. on October 17, 2017 in Suffer the Children
Relatively young children in a classroom (with birthdays in September-December) are more likely to be misdiagnosed with ADHD.

Thinking With Focus

Approaching ADHD the right way.

Is an "ADHD-Blind" Relationship Desirable?

By Melissa Orlov on August 31, 2017 in May I Have Your Attention
W. Kamau Bell got me thinking about race and creating a color-blind society. Turns out there are at least a few surprising parallels between race and how we think about ADHD.

The Silver Lining in the ADHD Cloud

Is your ADHD getting in your way? Learn how to turn it into a valuable asset.

ADHD: A Bundle of Deplorable Problems Masked in Plain View?

ADHD: a performance deficit---significant difficulties implementing academic skills, not specifically learning them. Is ADHD over-diagnosed and stimulant drugs over-prescribed?

Why Kids With Pets Are Better Off

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on July 12, 2017 in Animals and Us
Even the researchers were surprised by results of a large new study on the impact of pets on child development.
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Are You a Good Enough Mother?

By Barb Cohen on May 11, 2017 in Mom, Am I Disabled?
All parents commit missteps, but the fact is that ours seem more consequential. Is being good, good enough?

The Link Between Autism and Violence Isn’t Autism

A new study that digs a little deeper into the apparent connection between autism and violence finds other disorders to be the missing link.

Boys Under Pressure

By Adam Price Ph.D. on April 25, 2017 in The Unmotivated Teen
Why your son won't do his homework.
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Procrastination: 3 Sources, 3 Solutions

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on April 02, 2017 in Fixing Families
Procrastination causes stress and can strain relationships. But all procrastination is not created equally. 3 sources and 3 solutions

Hyperactive Kids and Playtime - What's the Connection?

Kids with more free play time behave better, are physically healthier and exhibit stronger social and emotional development.
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Finding the "Why" of a Special-Needs Child's Behavior

By Barb Cohen on February 23, 2017 in Mom, Am I Disabled?
Behavior is a form of communication, and more often than not, especially in young children, it is not communicating a desire to be non-compliant or troublesome.

Motor Skills, Movement, and Math Performance Are Intertwined

By Christopher Bergland on February 10, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
There is growing evidence that children who are physically active do better in school. A new study found that kids who move their bodies while learning math get higher test scores.
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How Parents Can Help Their Children Without Psychiatric Meds

Are parents being served by the current "mental disorder labeling and medicating" model? Join experts from around the world as we look at alternative models and helping strategies.

The Concept of Concept Creep

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on January 04, 2017 in Theory of Knowledge
The concepts of mental disorders, bullying, prejudice, and similar phenomena have greatly expanded. What is causing this "concept creep" and what are the implications?

The High Costs of Multitasking for You and Your Kids

By Judy Willis M.D., M.Ed. on November 29, 2016 in Radical Teaching
Explain-Motivate-Prove-Guide is the four-step approach to help your kids reduce time lost into the black hole generated by multitasking (and improve family harmony).

Misuse of Stimulants by College Students

Nonmedical use of prescription stimulants by college students is common. Students who misuse these drugs have a higher prevalence of alcohol use disorder and conduct disorder.

13 Signs of Potential Mental Illness in a Child

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on September 30, 2016 in Singletons
Nearly one in five children is affected with an emotional or behavioral disorder. Here, signs to recognize such problems and how to find help.

This is Your Child's Brain on Video Games

By Victoria L. Dunckley M.D. on September 25, 2016 in Mental Wealth
Playing video games presents an "evolutionary mismatch": A fight-or-flight response unaccompanied by a physical discharge of energy. So guess where all the energy goes?

Suicide in Children — What Every Parent Must Know

Only about one-third of children or young adolescents who died from suicide told anyone that they intended to kill themselves. Do you know the risk factors?

Fidgeting Has Benefits

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on September 17, 2016 in Cravings
Do you tap your fingers, shift your feet, squirm in your seat, and just generally have trouble staying still? That could be good news!

The Experimental Parent

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 09, 2016 in How To Do Life
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The #1 Shortcut to Greater Productivity

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on September 07, 2016 in Feeling It
Why Adderall and other stimulants backfire for productivity—and what to do instead

Seductive Details in Teaching

By Rolf Reber Ph.D. on September 05, 2016 in Critical Feeling
Making a lesson fun looks like a good idea but may impair learning.