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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?

More Posts on ADHD

Six Things You Should Know About ADHD

A recent study, geared toward teachers promotes a new understanding of ADHD—a diagnosis that has been skyrocketing among American children.

Playing (Video) Games With Your IQ

By Elias Aboujaoude M.D. on June 11, 2017 in Compulsive Acts
Are video games making us smarter?

How Is Adult ADHD Treated With Medications?

By Scott Shapiro M.D. on June 05, 2017 in The Best Strategies For Managing Adult ADHD
Adult ADHD - What are the Treatments and Side Effects of the Medications?
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When Parenting Becomes a Spectator Sport

By Barb Cohen on May 29, 2017 in Mom, Am I Disabled?
The strongest parents absorb the professionals' good advice, ignore the useless commentary, and treat themselves with compassion. But most of us are not among the strongest.

The Price of Being a Loner

By Barb Cohen on May 21, 2017 in Mom, Am I Disabled?
Without a social brain, imperfection is never “normalized;” the soothing mantra “Everybody feels this way sometimes” cannot be internalized.

Medication For Life

By Lawrence D. Blum M.D. on May 20, 2017 in Beyond Freud
Some people need medication to live. Are others put on unneeded medication for life?

What's So Hard About Parenting a Child With a Disability?

Have you ever told a parent of a child with a disability to "lighten up"? Perhaps that's not the best approach.

Gender and Mental Health: Do Men Matter Too?

A recent report set out to assess gender inequality and mental health, but was this another wasted opportunity to discuss issues affecting men?

ADHD and Self Compassion

What’s the impact of living life with ADHD, seeing exactly what ‘should’ be done and often not getting there anyway.

Teen Prescription Med Abuse Skyrockets, Parents Clueless

7 warning signs for parents and how to protect kids.

Three Key Considerations in Selecting Your Child’s Therapist

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on April 12, 2017 in Singletons
What’s more important? Managing your child’s behavior or making your child feel safe? Do you know why?

What We've Learned About ADHD

By Lybi Ma on April 04, 2017 in Brainstorm
Are you up to date on ADHD research?

Eat Right, Feel Right with Mental Health Nutrition

Help clients use food to improve their mood and their energy.

Giftedness: A Curse or a Blessing?

Children who show early signs of intellectual giftedness can face life challenges that are often overlooked, misunderstood or dismissed.

The Dark Side of Optimism

We're used to thinking about optimism as something that is a positive force in one's life. But what if it's not?

Stop Enabling Your Adult Child: Revisited

Helping versus enabling a dependent adult child is often an emotionally charged topic. Here are some guiding principles to help.

What Helps Our Plastic Brain Turn Into a Blastic Brain?

By Lori Russell-Chapin Ph.D. on March 22, 2017 in Brain Waves
Learn what steps need to be taken to have a blastic brain!

Long-Term Use of ADHD Medications May Suppress Adult Height

Extended long-term use of medications to treat ADHD is associated with suppression of adult height by age 25, according to a new longitudinal study.

My Child is Having a Panic Attack

Child in the midst of panic attack, or emotional flooding? Here is a new response for parents to consider.

Five Ways to Be a Better Parent to Your Child With ADHD

Children with AD/HD have unique needs and present unique challenges for parents. How can you best meet these needs? Read on to learn more.

Can You Improve Adult ADHD Without Medications?

By Scott Shapiro M.D. on February 27, 2017 in The Best Strategies For Managing Adult ADHD
Do you have Adult ADHD? Are there non-medication treatments? Have you tried medications but experience too many side effects or only partial benefit?

Why Not Circumcise Your Boy? Risk for Autism

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on February 19, 2017 in Moral Landscapes
New research raises new questions.
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Brain on Fire

By Stephen Gray Wallace on February 16, 2017 in Decisions Teens Make
Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has been called one of the “best known but least understood” mental health conditions. Why is it so well known?

The Neuroscience of Deciding: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

By Christopher Bergland on February 13, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Neuroscientists recently pinpointed how subareas within the prefrontal cortex drive behavior. These findings could lead to new treatments for impulse control disorders such as OCD.

Another Limitless Pill Hits the Market. Does It Deliver?

By Richard E. Cytowic M.D. on February 10, 2017 in The Fallible Mind
Drugs that modulate cognition work in those who truly need help. While not intended for healthy brains, some continue to rack up glowing testimonials—especially from journalists.
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Autism, ADHD, and Executive Functioning: Parenting Insights

By Barb Cohen on February 09, 2017 in Mom, Am I Disabled?
We have tried visual strategies; we have tried planning discussions; we have tried scripts' we have tried first/then; we have tried IEP goals; and we have tried threats.

What About Women with ADD?

By Melissa Orlov on February 08, 2017 in May I Have Your Attention
A recent review of the research on ADHD in women can help women, and the partners who love them, live better with ADHD.
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Abraham Lincoln Tops List of Famous Jewish Swimmers!

By Barb Cohen on January 23, 2017 in Mom, Am I Disabled?
"Famous people with autism" lists are not created primarily to motivate our children. They exist to motivate us adults to adjust our own beliefs about autism.

Is Social Media Increasing ADHD?

By Tracy P Alloway Ph.D. on January 18, 2017 in Keep It in Mind
Social Media and ADHD: How technology is changing the way we pay attention to information
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The Gullibility of a President-Elect

By Stephen Greenspan Ph.D. on January 16, 2017 in Incompetence
Using the Russian hacking case as example, explaining how the President-Elect himself is gullible.