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posted: Friday August 2nd - 2:32pm

Dial Down Your Teen's Temper

When my teenager doesn't take her ADHD medication, she becomes contentious and we argue a lot. How should I handle this?

With patience! Remember that the teen years are emotional because of hormonal changes. ADHD medications increase emotional volatility in some people, especially when the med is wearing off. Take control of these emotional situations by not engaging in them. Avoid touchy subjects at times when your daughter isn't medicated. If you feel the emotional tempo getting more intense, excuse yourself, keeping a calm tone of voice and...
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posted: Thursday August 1st - 2:28pm

I Want to Like Myself More

I am an adult with ADHD, and I get along well with people. What people don't know is that I have a low opinion of myself, because I've made many mistakes in my life. How can I feel better about myself?

It's important to remind yourself that you (like most of us) do the best that you can with what you have and what you know. Therefore, you need to think differently about the times in your life before you were diagnosed with ADHD and treated it. You did the best that you could, but you were limited by your lack of knowledge. Once you understood your...
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