Exploring our culture’s options to manage ADHD

Exercise and counseling are two effective treatments.

by Dr. Gregory Ramey – Controversy regarding attention deficit hyperactivity disorder began with the first scientific description of this condition in 1902 by Sir George Still. He described the problem as a behavior “which cannot be accounted for by any fault of environment.” The view that ADHD is caused more by biology than environment has […]

Is it ADHD or lack of sleep?

by Aerial Liese – Children in the United States are more sleep deprived than anywhere else in the world, with 70 to 80 percent of school-aged children falling short of experts’ recommendations, according to researchers at Boston College. What are experts’ recommendations? Guidelines from the National Sleep Foundation recommend the following: 2 to 3 year […]

Special ed attorney called out on trying to mislead the court

by Lauren McGaughy – What began as an unusual case involving a potentially suicidal special education student took another strange turn last week, when a federal judge rebuked the family’s attorney for allegedly attempting to mislead the court. It’s rare for an education case of this type to reach the federal appeals court, and its […]

ADHD Awareness Month is a time to feel grateful

by Edward M. Hallowell, M.D. – The month of October is ADHD Awareness Month. It also marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of my book Driven to Distraction on ADHD. When it was first released, many medical experts dismissed the effectiveness of coaching as an ADHD management technique, or worse yet, questioned the validity of ADHD as […]

Starting college with ADHD

by Grace Friedman – I was so nervous, my heart could have very well popped out of my chest. It was my first day of freshman orientation at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma Washington. As I walked into the beautiful, huge brown brick building on campus for a seminar held by the University’s Office […]

Seeking alternatives to drug treatment for kids with ADHD

by Judy Harvey – Many parents of children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder look for alternatives to medications for improving their child’s focus and retention. The LearningRx Chicago-Naperville says it aims to give parents and kids a real choice in addressing ADHD challenges. “There is a growing field of cognitive researchers investigating alternatives to […]

Children with ADHD just have a different way of learning

by Michael Henrich – A rising number of Hoosiers are diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) every year and advocates dedicate the month of October to raising awareness about the issue. In the most recent statistics available, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report 15.7 percent of Hoosier children aged 4 to 17 have been […]

Building the self-esteem of children with ADHD

by Melinda Boring – “I can’t do this! It’s too hard!” How many times have you heard your child say this, even before he attempts the task? With my son and daughter, who have ADHD, it leads to the circular and fruitless argument: “Yes, you can!” “No, I can’t!” As if this weren’t frustrating enough, […]

Children taking breaks from ADHD drugs have growth spurts

It’s common for children and adolescents to take prolonged “drug holidays” from their ADHD medications during summer months away from school, and there appear to be positive impacts on their health from this practice, according to a comprehensive review of the scientific literature published in the Journal of Attention Disorders. In the review, University of […]

Brain imaging could assist in diagnosing and treating ADHD

by Denise Reynolds RD G+ – Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common childhood disorders and can continue through adolescence and adulthood. Scientists are not sure what causes ADHD and because symptoms vary from person to person, the disorder can be hard to diagnose. A new study from a team of […]