A century later: From “defect of moral character” to ADHD

By Timothy Denevi – We were running errands at a shopping center in Los Gatos, my mother, sister, and me—that night the San Francisco Giants were playing the Oakland A’s in the 1989 World Series, and friends and family would be coming over for dinner to watch the game—when I heard what sounded like someone […]

Study shows brain process impairs decision making in kids with ADHD

Which shirt do we put on in the morning? Do we drive to work or take the train? From which takeaway joint do we want to buy lunch? We make hundreds of different decisions every day. Even if these often only have a minimal impact, it is extremely important for our long-term personal development to […]

I cannot look positively at ADHD

by Kelly Babcock – You may have heard me quote from the International Consensus Statement on ADHD from January 2002 before. I rather like what it has to say. Basically, it tells us that there isn’t the “the jury is out” scenario that some journalists would have us believe. I borrowed the title of this […]

A mom and son discuss his adhd struggles

By Peter Braaten, Ellen Braaten and Gene Beresin – Peter Braaten, now 20, still retains an indelible third-grade memory of being unable — simply unable — to stay seated in a reading circle. “And I just started walking around, because that’s what made me feel okay at the time. And the teacher said, ‘No, sit […]

Classroom accommodations for students with ADHD

by Liz Matheis – Whether your child has a 504 Plan or an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), make certain that its outlined accommodations reflect his unique learning style and needs. Let me start by explaining the basic difference between a 504 Plan and an IEP. The 504 Plan is guided by the American with Disabilities […]

ADHD and sleep apnea present with similar symptoms

by Dr. Robert Rosenberg – Dear Dr. Rosenberg: My 9-year-old son was diagnosed with ADHD and put on Ritalin. He snores and is a restless sleeper. Friends are telling me that I should get his snoring checked out. They say they have heard sleep apnea in children can be misdiagnosed as ADHD. Is this true? […]

Breakthrough in diagnosis of ADHD

by Judy Siegeo-Itzkovich – Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) — one of the most misdiagnosed conditions that leads to many children taking Ritalin (methylphenidate) even though they don’t need it — can now be identified objectively and in a foolproof way. Researchers at Tel Aviv University’s Sackler Faculty of Medicine and colleagues at Sheba Medical Center […]

ADHD treatment choices should be explored before opting for medication

by Randy Hansbrough – While it is true that the label of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is becoming increasingly more common among adults, such as TV personality Lisa Ling, the often prescribed ADHD drugs are definitely not the best treatment option. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says that ADHD medicines are highly addictive, and […]

Diet tips for athletes with ADHD

by Nancy Clark – Many teens and adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are good soccer players. In elementary school, they may not have been good at sitting quietly, but they certainly could excel at sports. Many found exercise had a calming, centering effect. With maturation, exercise still helps them get through their school/workday. […]

ADHD is nobody’s fault, but a disorder of the brain

By Pooja Kaushal – It is a behavioral issue; it is a result of bad parenting; it only affects children and goes away with age. These are just a few misconceptions surrounding attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or what is better known as ADHD. Before we go into exploring some of the ‘facts’ about ADHD let […]