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

Supporting Teachers

This year I have had the opportunity to provide professional development in Michigan, Indiana, Florida, Colorado, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, California, Maryland, New Jersey and New York. I have worked with teachers, guidance counselors, occupational therapists, speech/language pathologists, social workers, school psychologists, paraprofessionals, and principals. What I have experienced this year has convinced me wholeheartedly that the opportunity to make a positive change in our schools and for our kids is ripe, and that educators are hungry, in fact, desperate, … 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

ADHD Inattentive Type

In the world of ADHD where it is not unusual to deal with challenging behaviors, often times it is the overt “active” behavior that gets all of the attention: the impulsive acts, the hyperactive movements, the loud defiance.  It’s important as practitioners and educators that we also recognize that supportive techniques are needed to help the quiet children, the ones diagnosed with ADHD Inattentive type. As with each type of ADHD, it is important to begin with a proper diagnosis … Read more

Faster Than Normal: Pills Don’t Teach Skills with Peter Shankman

I am proud of my new interview with Peter Shankman on his Faster Than Normal podcast, Pills Don’t Teach Skills. We had a great conversation about a range of topics related to Kids, Parents, and Teachers in working with the challenges of ADHD and Executive Function deficits.  It starts off with the debate about using the label “deficit”!. I would love to hear your thoughts about the podcast.  The direct link to the podcast show is here: http://www.fasterthannormal.com/ftn-044-pills-dont-teach-skills-with-cindy-goldrich/