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Archives: June 2013
posted: Friday June 28th - 12:26pm
Put the Brakes on Bad Driving
My 17-year-old daughter, who has ADHD, got a speeding ticket this weekend. How can I help her drive more safely?
posted: Friday June 28th - 12:19pm
Herbal Help for ADHD
What is a good herbal supplement for smaller children with ADHD?
There is limited evidence that supports using herbs in treating ADHD. I do use valerian a lot. It calms hyperactivity, but it doesn't improve concentration. Valerian also helps with sleep problems and lessens the "rebound effect" that some kids experience when stimulants wear off. There is a small study that shows that a combination of ginseng and ginkgo helps manage ADHD symptoms, but I do not...
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posted: Friday June 28th - 12:02pm
School Services — Demystified!
I am trying to get my son an IEP at school, but I am confused by the terminology. What are the differences between “adaptations,” “accommodations,” and “modifications”?
posted: Wednesday June 26th - 10:55am
Is Brain Imaging a Good Diagnostic Tool?
Can brain imaging help in diagnosing my daughter? We think she has ADHD, and the doctor recommended an MRI. Does this make sense?
posted: Monday June 24th - 10:48am
What's the Right Fish Oil Dosage for My Child?
How much fish oil should my eight-year-old son be getting daily in order to manage his ADHD symptoms? I can’t find any information on this.
We have not determined exact dosages for kids. The studies done on omega-3s for ADHD have used a wide range of doses. I base my dosage on the total amounts of EPA and DHA in the fish oil product. You can almost always find this listed in the ingredients section. For younger children, between four and eight years old, I recommend a dose of 1,000-1,500 milligrams...
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posted: Monday June 17th - 12:15pm
I'll Lose My Job If I Don't Stay Motivated!
I love my job, and I know if I don't do it well, I will lose it. Still, my ADHD makes it hard for me to stay motivated. Can you help?
posted: Monday June 17th - 12:01pm
Is My ADHD Husband Lazy?
When I work late at night, I often return home to find that my ADHD spouse didn’t put the kids to bed. They’re asleep on the couch, still dressed. He seems too lazy to get up, read to them, and get them under the covers. What do I do?
posted: Monday June 17th - 11:48am
How to Form Good Habits with Adult ADHD
I have ADHD, and I find it hard to turn goals into habits. How long does it take for an ADDer to do that?
It takes someone about three months to form a habit, whether they have ADHD or not. The best way to form a habit is to create a "ritual" — an activity or set of activities that you keep doing the same way. Say you're always losing your keys in your house because you put them down in different places. Create a ritual set of behaviors: 1) walk in;...
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posted: Monday June 17th - 11:32am
Should I Tell My Parents They Have ADHD?
Now that I know about my ADHD, I think that my parents, both in their 80s, also have it. I wonder if I should bring this to their attention?
posted: Monday June 17th - 11:15am« The Experts's blog
Appointment Help for ADHD Adults
I am a business owner with ADHD. Can you recommend a gadget, app, or computer program that will help me avoid being late for meetings?
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