ADHD medication may help lower visits to the ER

by Tara Haelle – Taking medication for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) might reduce the risk of young patients accidentally injuring themselves, new research suggests. When several thousand children and teens were taking methylphenidate, which is marketed as Ritalin or Concerta in the United States, they were a little less likely to end up in the […]

Natural ADHD treatment options

by Tresha Barrett – Let’s say you’ve set aside a few hours to get some things done — could be to put together a report for work, compose a toast for a friend’s wedding or maybe write an article on ADHD. But as soon as you sit down everything else (except the task at hand) […]

ADHD treatments, Q&A

by Aisha Sultan – Can you share the latest treatment options for children with ADHD? My son has been on Focalin for one year and has completed a social skills and emotional learning counseling. What else can we do to help him? Dr. Kathleen Berchelmann: There are many pharmaceutical treatments for ADHD, and it is […]

ADHD has both pros and cons

by Erin Brodwin – You’ve cleared the afternoon to write the speech for your best friend’s wedding. As soon as you sit down, your mind wanders to the street outside your window; the sound of the faucet dripping in the sink; the empty refrigerator. You were supposed to buy groceries. You get up and check […]

5 holiday gift ideas for children with ADHD

by Zoe Kessler – I’ve been feeling nostalgic this Christmas, thinking about what it was like to be a hyperactive little girl with undiagnosed ADHD. I’m pretty sure I made Santa’s “naughty” list more often than not. Based on my research and life experience, I’d like to suggest the following gifts that parents can give […]

Organization tips for families with ADHD

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by Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. – Almost every symptom of attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) plays out in the household, said Terry Matlen, MSW, ACSW, a psychotherapist and author of the book The Queen of Distraction: How Women with ADHD Can Conquer Chaos, Find Focus and Get More Done. Disorganization and distractibility lead to lost papers, unpaid […]

Why ADHD is being missed in girls

by Rebecca Adams – According to a new survey, 50 percent of mothers of daughters diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder thought their child’s behavior was part of “normal” adolescent development and struggles before they eventually sought help. The nationally representative survey of 1,883 people was conducted by Edelman Berland and fielded by Harris Interactive. Researchers looked at tween […]

Ruling out conditions that mimic ADHD

by Amy Seery – The American Psychiatric Association states that 5 percent of children have Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder, also known as ADHD. However, the diagnosis of ADHD continues to rise, from 7.8 percent in 2003 to 9.5 percent in 2007 and to 11.0 percent in 2011, resulting in an increase in the number […]

Try adding nature to your child’s ADHD treatment

by Nicole Oran – According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2011 statistics, 11 percent of children ages 4 to 17 have been diagnosed with ADHD, accounting for 6.4 million cases nationwide. Although a lot of cases are successfully treated with behavioral therapy and stimulant medication, not every patient is so fortunate. For some, […]

State plans symposium to address highest ADHD medication rate

Louisiana has an alarming number of children being medicated for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, says state Health and Hospitals Secretary Kathy Kliebert. She will hold a free, daylong symposium about the syndrome for parents, teachers, health care professionals and others on Dec. 9 in Baton Rouge. Topics will include frequency of diagnosis, medication rates, and […]