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posted: Friday November 21st - 5:11pm
I am a 42-year-old husband diagnosed with ADHD. I feel bad about coming up short in doing chores. I say I'm going to take out the trash, but then my thoughts fly off elsewhere and I walk right past the trash can. Help!
posted: Friday November 21st - 5:07pm
How Safe Are Stimulants?
I've been taking ADHD medication for a decade. Everyone keeps telling me stimulants are safe, but have there been any long-term studies of people who have been taking a stimulant for decades?
posted: Friday November 21st - 5:01pm
Just the Facts, Please
I have friends who say that ADHD is not real. Can you give me some hard facts about ADHD to be able to persuade them otherwise?
posted: Monday November 17th - 10:36am
Is My Son's School Stepping Over the Line?
My child's teacher told me that she can see that he has ADHD and that we need to get him on meds. I disagree. Can the school force my son to take meds?
posted: Monday November 10th - 3:15pm
No Special Class for My Child
My fourth-grader has both ADHD and a learning disability (and has an IEP), but has been doing OK in a regular class. Now the school says she should be in a small, self-contained class. Can the school move her?
posted: Monday November 10th - 3:03pm
Can I Get Support in College?
I am a student who has received accommodations in high school (extended time and a quiet test location) under a 504 Plan. How can I make sure I get these accommodations in college?
posted: Friday November 7th - 11:55am
"I'm Too Distracted When I Drive”
A young adult wonders what he can do to avoid accidents and speeding tickets.
posted: Tuesday October 21st - 4:00pm
Can Brain Training Improve ADHD Symptoms?
Some studies suggest that brain training improves focus and working memory in general. Others suggest that it improves symptoms only while you’re playing the game or doing the training. Can you clarify this?
This is a controversial topic. There is good evidence showing that the Cogmed program, specifically, improves working memory and increases attention in children with ADHD. We do not know, however, how long these gains last, as studies have followed these children for only three or four months after treatment. There is not enough evidence to show that other computer games or programs help ADHD symptoms like...
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posted: Tuesday October 21st - 12:00pm
Does Mindfulness Help ADHD Symptoms?
I have heard a lot about mindfulness helping ADHD symptoms. Can I do mindfulness at home, or do I have to see a counselor to show me how to do it?
There is some interesting preliminary evidence to suggest that mindfulness, specifically the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program (MBSR), may help ADHD symptoms. One can learn how to practice mindfulness from a book or an audio- or videotape. However, it is best to receive the initial training in person. It does not have to be a one-on-one session with a counselor. There are many group mindfulness-training sessions available...
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posted: Thursday October 16th - 3:15pm« All Blogs
Pesticide Exposure and ADHD
Do the pesticides and other chemicals found in non-organic foods affect my ADHD symptoms?
There is good evidence that pesticide exposure will increase the likelihood of a child having ADHD. In one study of more than 1,100 children, those with higher levels of pesticides in their urine were more than twice as likely to have ADHD as those with lower levels. So far, however, we do not have research to show that decreasing pesticide exposure will improve ADHD symptoms in...
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