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Archives: October 2011

posted: Sunday October 30th - 9:00am

Is He Outgrowing His ADHD Medication?

"My ADD/ADHD son's medication doesn't seem to be working as well," one parent of an ADD/ADHD child tells us. "Could he have outgrown its beneficial effects?"

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{{{#!html <p><a href="http://www.additudemag.com/channel/adhd-treatment/index.html" target="_blank">Treatment</a> guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that the dose of <a href="http://www.additudemag.com/channel/adhd-information/index.html" target="_blank">attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD)</a> <a href="http://www.additudemag.com/search/keyword/ADHD%20Stimulant%20Medications.html" target="_blank">stimulant medication</a> should be re-evaluated at least once a year in children under the age of 16. After that age, the dose of medication usually doesn’t change for the rest of the person's life. </p> <p>The big question...
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posted: Wednesday October 19th - 3:04am

Never Enough Time: Following Through on Goals

"My biggest immediate problem is my desire to do certain things versus 'finding the time' and planning them into my life. The two biggest examples are writing, which I would like to do as a career, and exercising."

Beth Main ADHD Coach Blog
This question was posted to ADDConnect's ADHD Leaders and Entrepreneurs group. Below, ADD expert Beth Main offers her advice for ADD adults who could use time-management guidance. ADD/ADHD coach Beth Main, is the founder of ADHDSolutions.net. The best (and perhaps only) way to find time for the important things in your life is to schedule them. Decide exactly what you will do, how much time you will...
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posted: Tuesday October 18th - 9:00am

ADHD Medications: Do They Help Improve School Performance, Grades?

"My daughter is 14 and is 'twice exceptional,'" one reader tells us. "However, she seems unmotivated to excel at school. Is this typical ADHD behavior, and can medication change it?"

posted: Friday October 14th - 7:00am

Can He Forgive My Rage? Should He?

"In the past year, I've had at least 8 angry outbursts at my husband that have gotten physical. Some were influenced by alcohol, others were simple fights that just got out of hand, sending me into emotional and physical rages. My husband initially found it in his heart to forgive me, but now he's built up a wall of resentment. I'm on ADHD medication now and can control my outbursts, but I'm concerned that if I do have another one it could end my marriage. How do I help my husband move past the resentment?"

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This question was posted to ADDConnect's ADD Adults group. Below, ADD expert Melissa Orlov offers her advice for ADD adults with anger-management problems. First, you do not mention when you started your ADHD medication, nor do you say whether you had rages before a year ago. If you did not have rages before a year ago and if you started the medication about that time, I would...
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posted: Tuesday October 11th - 9:00am

ADHD Impulsivity Is Ruining My Relationships!

"My partner and I were getting serious about each other. Then, one evening, I went home with a guy I met at a coffee shop. My partner ended the relationship. How can I be less impulsive with adult ADHD?"

Melissa Orlov, a frequent ADDitude contributor with Dr. Ned Hallowell, writes about ADHD and marriage and offers relationship advice to adults with ADD.
Impulsiveness ruins relationships for many who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD). If you have problems controlling impulsivity, make it a “target symptom” -- one against which you measure the success of your treatment. Treatments that help your brain function at its best -- taking medication at the right dose, getting better nutrition, trying fish oil supplements, exercising regularly -- may enable you to think before you...
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posted: Tuesday October 4th - 9:00am

Drug Tests and ADHD Medications

"I was randomly drug-tested at my workplace, and I tested positive, because I take ADHD medications. I don’t want to disclose my condition to my boss, nor do I want him to think that I have a drug problem. What should I do?"

ADDitude contributor Robert Tudisco is a practicing attorney with ADHD and an expert on special education law and disability advocacy.
You may be forced to disclose your diagnosis and medication plan, to keep your job. Upon notice, your employer cannot discriminate against you because of your disability or the medication you take to manage symptoms. However, telling your employer about your attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) is a complex decision that you should not make impulsively. Not everyone is accepting or knowledgeable about ADD/ADHD. Some...
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