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

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

What is the Forward Movement You Really Want to See for Your Child This Year?

By now, preparations are well underway for this new school year.  In some parts of the country, classes have begun, whereas for some school begins after Labor Day has ended.  For me, my mind drifts back to last April.  Why?  Because I know that in many ways the best way to have a good school year is to think back at where things were the year before, once the newness had worn off and the end was not yet in site. … Read more

What Every High School and College Kid Needs to Know About Their ADHD Medication

There are many issues I can discuss here under the broad topic of ADHD medication, so to set your expectations for this article I will tell you that this is NOT about the pros and cons of taking medication.  This article is going to assume that your teenager or your college-age child is taking medication to manage their ADHD symptoms.  There are important things kids need to know about their meds, and know how to manage taking responsibility for possessing … Read more

Why is it so important to REALLY follow through on your word?

I hear it all the time.  “I tell him he must clean up before he can leave, but he doesn’t and then I end up doing it.”  “She means to be on time but when she isn’t, I end up taking her anyway and then being late myself.”  “He speaks so rudely and then promises next time he will be nicer, so I let it go for now.” “She is so anxious, I don’t want to pile on more expectations.” … Read more