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Archives: September 2014
posted: Friday September 5th - 10:56am
Do Childhood Vaccines Cause ADD?
As a person with ADD, with a son who has autism, I believe that vaccines are the cause of my ADD and my son's autism, based on my research and gut feelings. Are there any studies that suggest that vaccinations lead to either of these conditions?
posted: Friday September 5th - 10:43am
His Anger Is Out of Control — Even When He's on Meds
My 26-year-old brother was recently diagnosed with ADD and was prescribed Adderall. He has daily temper tantrums, to the point where he breaks things and kicks or punches holes in the walls. What can I do to stop these outbursts?
posted: Friday September 5th - 10:34am
Why Don't All ADHDers Need Meds?
If ADHD is caused by a chemical imbalance of neurotransmitters in the brain, doesn't it follow that all children with attention deficit need medication to correct the imbalance?
This is an interesting and important question. It does appear that children with ADHD have differences in certain aspects of brain function. The most important difference seems to be in the frontal lobe, which results in problems with executive function. This may be influenced by differences in the production or metabolism of two neurotransmitters, dopamine and norepinephrine. This is the chemical imbalance you refer to. There...
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posted: Friday September 5th - 10:31am
Birth Defects and Stimulants
I was recently told that ADHD stimulants cause birth defects, possibly even the loss of the baby. My husband and I are trying to get pregnant, so this concerns me. Can you tell me if I have anything to be concerned about?
posted: Tuesday September 2nd - 12:59pm« The Experts's blog
My Husband Always Misses School Meetings
My husband refuses to go to school meetings about our daughter and to her doctor's appointments. Shouldn't he find the time to go, so he stays up to speed with our daughter's challenges?
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