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Archives: April 2011

posted: Tuesday April 26th - 1:00pm

Online Tests for ADHD: Are They Helpful?

"How helpful are online tests in diagnosing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD)? I took an online test and it indicated I might have ADD/ADHD. What should I do?"

Online tests can be helpful for individuals who wonder if they should see a professional to be assessed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD). Only a mental health specialist or a doctor can diagnose ADD/ADHD. In addition to having symptoms of ADD/ADHD, such as a fluctuating attention span, impulsivity, and hyperactivity, it is important to rule out problems that have similar symptoms to ADD/ADHD or to...
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posted: Thursday April 21st - 9:00am

Do Children Grow Out of Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)?

"I was diagnosed with oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) as a child," one reader tells us. "Is there an adult form? What happens to ODD children when they grow up?"

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Many children who are diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) are often also diagnosed with oppositional defiant disorder (ODD). But what happens as they grow up? Can kids grow out of ODD when they transition to adulthood? Are ADD/ADHD adults also likely to have ODD? In this new ADD/ADHD video, Ari Tuckman, Psy.D., M.B.A., and the author of More Attention, Less Deficit: ...
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posted: Tuesday April 19th - 11:30am

Fitness Ideas for Those Who Are New to Exercising, Have Limited Mobility, or Have Physical Disabilities

How physically challenged adults and children can still receive the mental-health benefits of exercise.

Beth Main ADHD Coach Blog
Adults and children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) benefit from physical activity, but what can people with ADD/ADHD and physical disabilities do? Whether you are out of shape, are an exercise novice, have limited mobility, or live with extreme limited mobility, ADD/ADHD coach Beth Main will help you find fitness ideas and other alternative treatments that fit your lifestyle! ...
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posted: Thursday April 14th - 12:30pm

"I Don't Like My Child, Help!"

"I've had it with my 12-year-old daughter who has ADD/ADHD, sensory disorder, and learning disabilities (LD). She's defiant, rude, immature, and uncooperative. I can't wait to go to work each morning so I don't have to be around her. I know she feels my ambivalence. These negative emotions aren't good for her or my husband and son. What should I do?"

I understand why you are frustrated with your daughter and how it has affected your feelings for her. As a parent, it’s important to remind yourself that you can love your child without loving her violent or defiant behaviors. My husband and I said this to our son Jarryd, who also has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD), so often when he...
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posted: Tuesday April 12th - 12:30pm

When the School Resists Accommodation Requests

"My son’s doctor wrote his high school, requesting that his teachers give him class notes to help him study for tests," one reader tells us. "The school refuses to do it, and he is failing several courses. What can I do?"

ADDitude contributor Robert Tudisco is a practicing attorney with ADHD and an expert on special education law and disability advocacy.
The law requires that the school district review the recommendations of your son’s doctor, but it is not bound to follow them. Request, in writing, that the school do a formal evaluation of your son, and review the results with the doctor who is making the recommendation. Provide documentation of your son’s diagnosis, showing how attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) impairs his ability to learn. The...
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posted: Thursday April 7th - 1:00pm

Gifted and Learning Disabled? Know the Law on Accommodations

"My son is gifted and has learning disabilities," one reader tells us. "He has an IEP to help him with his disability, but no services to address his gifts and talents. Isn’t he entitled to these?"

ADDitude contributor Robert Tudisco is a practicing attorney with ADHD and an expert on special education law and disability advocacy.
The law requires that his school provide accommodations to address your son’s attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) and learning disabilities, not to support his strengths. The law does protect him from discrimination because of his disability, and ensures that he receive a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). However, receiving services and supports should not disqualify him from participating in a gifted or advanced placement program. If...
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posted: Tuesday April 5th - 2:30pm

Have Trouble Maintaining Friendships?

Having difficulty making commitments to see your friends? Are you able to make commitments, but then often cancel at the last minute? How to address these and other relationship issues.

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Common attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) challenges, such as forgetfulness and running late, can pose problems for ADD/ADHD adults trying to maintain friendships, but symptoms don't have to get in the way of strong relationship bonds! In this new ADD/ADHD video, Ari Tuckman, Psy.D., M.B.A., the author of More Attention, Less Deficit: Success Strategies for Adults With ADHD and Integrative Treatment for Adult ADHD:...
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