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ADDitude's top ADD/ADHD experts answer readers' questions about parenting children with, and about adults living with, ADD/ADHD.
posted: Tuesday February 25th - 12:42pm
Keep Your Child Calm and Carry On
A pediatrician explains why many kids with ADHD grow up to be anxious adults.
posted: Monday February 17th - 12:02pm
Is Your Doctor Up to Speed on Diagnosing ADHD?
Here’s how to make sure yours is.
As a parent and as a physician, I’m concerned about over- and under-diagnosis of ADHD. I don’t want children to receive treatment for ADHD because their behavior at home or school doesn’t match expectations, and I don’t want children to fail to receive the care they require. I want accurate diagnosis. It’s the first step toward receiving the right treatment. So what do physicians need to do...
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posted: Monday February 10th - 10:55pm
Why Don't Teachers Follow My Son's IEP?
We have an IEP in place for my son, who is in high school. How can I make sure that his teachers follow it? We have an accommodation for using a tape recorder for recording lectures. However, some teachers don’t always allow him to use it. What should I do?
posted: Sunday February 9th - 8:19pm
Late to the ADHD Party
I am 62 years old and was just diagnosed with ADHD. I have made a lot of mistakes during my lifetime, and I can chalk most of them up to my undiagnosed ADHD. How do I overcome my anger and sadness over not being diagnosed sooner?
posted: Saturday February 8th - 7:00pm
Working With a Reading Disability
I am an adult who thinks he has a reading disability. I have trouble retaining what I read. My disability is threatening my job security. What should I do?
1. GET EVALUATED > Not all reading problems are the same. A learning specialist or a specialized psychologist should evaluate yours. Be sure the professional uses a checklist (a Connors CBRS, say) to look for broad learning issues, and evaluates you based on those results. 2. IMPROVE COMPREHENSION >Read subtitles first—this will bring meaning to the text below them. >Highlight the “$10 words” in each subtitle and the rest of...
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posted: Saturday February 8th - 6:31pm
An IEP vs. a 504 Plan: What's What?
Can you tell me the basic differences between a 504 Plan and an IEP? I am confused.
posted: Wednesday February 5th - 3:10pm
ADHD Meds for Less
I am on a very limited budget and my co-pays on prescriptions have gone up. I am benefiting from the ADHD medication I am taking, but if prices go up any more, I will have to go without. Do you have ideas on how to make my prescription drug bill more affordable?
posted: Wednesday January 29th - 11:32am
Optimal Treatment for ADHD: It’s All in the Details
Understanding the specifics of how ADHD affects you can help you and your doctor get a leg up on symptoms.
posted: Tuesday January 28th - 11:12am
I Need a Low-Tech Planner
Is there a special chart or form that will help me organize my day, so I can stay on task? I am not a high-tech person and don't like setting up my day on a smartphone. I like to have all my to-dos in front of me.
Low-tech tools, such as a paper planner, sticky notes, and a to-do list might be what you need. They are visual, tactile, and allow you to move things around as your schedule changes. Try using the Super Sticky Easel Pad, made by Post-It. Set up the big pages (25 x 30 inches) like an appointment book planner, in 15-minute increments, starting with the time you wake...
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posted: Wednesday January 15th - 5:25pm« All Blogs
Wanted: Career Confidence
I have been out of work for six months now. When I see a job opening, I talk myself out of applying for it. I have low self-esteem because of my past failures and being jobless for so long. Help.
Getting a job requires you to sell yourself enthusiastically. Many people who have been diagnosed with ADHD can recite their symptoms backward and forward, but they have a difficult time selling their strengths and skills. Define yourself by your strengths and understand that ADHD does have its gifts — creativity, exuberance, empathy, emotional sensitivity, and a strong connection to nature. > When I coach clients who are...
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