I Have An ADHD Question

by Kelly Babcock – There are hundreds of questions about ADHD that one might ask. Is it contagious? Is it spontaneous? Is it hereditary? Is it something that can start later in life? Is it trauma induced? No! No. Yes. We don’t think so. Possibly. Is it over-diagnosed? Is it under-diagnosed? Good question. The reality […]

Court rules that least restrictive environment applies to summer school

by Mark Hamblett – A key provision of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act applies to extended school-year placements for children who require 12-month programs, a federal appeals court has ruled. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that the requirement that school districts place special-needs children in the “least-restrictive environment” applies […]

“Sluggish cognitive tempo” us the new attention disorder

by Alan Schwarz – With more than six million American children having received a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, concern has been rising that the condition is being significantly misdiagnosed and overtreated with prescription medications. Yet now some powerful figures in mental health are claiming to have identified a new disorder that could vastly […]

Rise in ADHD diagnoses causes reason to celebrate

by Heidi Lack – AS A psychologist who treats women with ADHD, I would offer a different headline for Dr. Claudia M. Gold’s March 31 health piece, “Rise in ADHD diagnoses causes concern,” and would instead title it, “Rise in ADHD diagnoses causes reason to celebrate.” I view the jump in numbers of diagnosed cases […]

Does memory training help kids with ADHD?

by Veronica Davis – Children diagnosed with ADHD are seen to have many challenges and difficulties trying to accomplish tasks such as learning and performing well at school. Therefore it’s necessary for parents and guardians to pay special attention to help them progress in academics. If your little one is diagnosed with ADHD or showing […]

Overcoming the fear of labeling our children

by Lisa Aro- Daughter number four has always been an adventurer and is notorious for her escapades: She cut her sister’s money into tiny strips. She scaled cabinets far above her 3-year-old head to get the royal blue fabric paint, creating a masterpiece on the cream carpet of her bedroom… three times. Once she infiltrated […]

Four steps to a better behaved child with ADHD

by Helen Nieves – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a developmental disorder of self control. In a child with ADHD, the executive part of the brain that is supposed to be organizing and controlling behavior, helping the child plan for the future and follow through, is doing a poor job. The child is not suffering […]

If you like Adderall, you may not have ADHD

by Douglas Main – Amphetamine, the primary ingredient in Adderall, is commonly taken by people with ADHD to improve their focus, memory, and so on. Some people in particular who take this drug, also known as dextroamphetamine, report feelings of euphoria–they feel really good. And it turns out that people who say they really like […]

How dopamine is related to schizophrenia and ADHD

Genetic variants associated with enjoying the effects of d-amphetamine—the active ingredient in Adderall—are also associated with a reduced risk for developing schizophrenia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), report scientists from the University of Chicago in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on April 7. The results support a long-standing hypothesis that dopamine, […]

The difference between ADHD and ADD

by Take Care Staff – Some kids have short attention spans, and can act hyper or impulsive. But do these kids all need to be medicated? Today, 3.5 million children in the United States are on medication for Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder. In this article Alan Schwarz, a writer for The New York Times who […]

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