ADHD Treatment Options

ADHD Is Absolutely Treatable

Russell Barkley, recognized authority on ADHD, gave a powerful keynote presentation at the November 2018 International Conference on ADHD titled Advances in Understanding the Symptoms of ADHD.  He outlined the numerous and potential serious impairments that ADHD can have on major life activities. When not properly treated and managed, people with ADHD do not learn to regulate their moods, impulses, and actions.  This makes them more susceptible to health issues (not properly managing weight, exercise, alcohol, drugs), anxiety, depression, risky behaviors, … Read more

What Makes Waking Up So Difficult for People with ADHD

In a previous article, What makes sleep so difficult for kids with ADHD, We explored the difficulties that children and adolescents may have in falling asleep.  As we have mentioned in many sessions with parents and professionals, research shows that between 25 and 50% of people with ADHD have clinically reported sleep difficulties. These can be attributed to biology, stimulant medication side effects, lack of consistent bedtime routine, and characteristics related to the ADHD itself.   For many parents, getting their … Read more

12 Things Kids with ADHD Would Like Their Teachers to Know

Here is an excellent resource that Eileen Bailey wrote several years ago called “12 Things Kids with ADHD Would Like Their Teachers to Know”. Feel free to print it and share it.  I have included a PDF for your convenience. 12 Things Kids with ADHD Would like Their Teachers to Know 12 Things Kids with ADHD would like their Teachers to Know By Eileen Bailey 1. I forget things, even important things. There is a myth that states, “If it is … Read more

Tell Me What You Want, What You Really, Really Want…

Now that summer is finally upon us it’s a good time to take a break from the treadmill and breathe. While for many of us, although our work day is no different, there is undoubtedly a shift in the daily routine now that the school bus no longer beckons and homework is not an ever-present stressor. By allowing for some distance from our daily stressors, we can begin to view the challenges we face with our children through a more patient, … Read more

Does ADHD have to lead to Oppositional Defiant Disorder?

Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) is characterized by excessive anger, frustration, arguing, stubbornness and defiance. The correlation rate for being diagnosed with ADHD and ODD is staggering, ranging between 60% and 80%. It is the most common co-existing condition associated with ADHD and people with ADHD are 11 times more likely to be diagnosed with ODD than the general population. Anyone familiar with ADHD knows that its core components are Inattentiveness, Hyperactivity, and Impulsivity. Yet, very often I receive calls from parents … Read more

“Take Your Pills” Documentary Debuts at SXSW

 I just watched the Kara Swisher interview with Maria Shriver and her daughter Christina at SXSW about Alison Klayman’s upcoming film, “Take Your Pills” that they co-produced.  The movie will be on Netflix on Friday, March 16th and I am cautiously optimistic.  My sincere hope is that it will address the serious and dangerous issue of the misuse and abuse of Adderall while at the same time recognizing the valuable and safe use of medication for those who truly have … Read more