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Samantha Hines, a high school English teacher for 23 years, is mom to a eight-year-old son, Edgar. In October 2011, he was diagnosed with epilepsy. A year after, he was diagnosed with ADHD. Hines is in awe of her son’s magical way of seeing the world
posted: Tuesday February 4th - 1:12pm
Side Effects May Include: Humiliation, Judgment, and Stigma
Yelling “Fire” in a crowded movie theater is a crime. So should yelling out that ADHD medication is “a narcotic” in a crowded pharmacy.
posted: Wednesday December 4th - 1:47pm
“I Feel Wonderful, Mom!”
I’ve been waiting a long time to hear those words from my ADHD son.
posted: Friday September 27th - 11:05am
I Wish My Son Hadn’t Been Dealt an ADHD Hand
Edgar’s birth sister skipped the challenges of attention deficit. I want the same for my son.
My son Edgar’s recent failure-to-thrive diagnosis has thrown us all into intense action — if not an actual tizzy. After having been on stimulant medication for nine months and experiencing the appetite suppression that too often accompanies it, my son gained only one inch in a year and no weight. We’re concerned. Incredibly concerned. We — parents, teachers, relatives, physicians, and Edgar himself — are doing everything...
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posted: Thursday September 5th - 11:24am
ADHD Is Not an Excuse — Ever
Taking medication helps my eight-year-old’s symptoms, but we still have a lot of work to do setting his misbehaviors straight.
posted: Tuesday July 9th - 12:15pm
We Can't Hold Hands Forever
I worry if my son will be able to stay safe in the world when I’m not with him.
posted: Monday July 8th - 11:28am
The Picture That's Worth 1,000 Words
A revealing self-portrait by a boy with attention deficit jump-starts his mom's search for treatment solutions.
posted: Wednesday June 5th - 11:02am
Why My ADHD Son Loves Life Now
ADHD meds have helped put Edgar in charge and given him his special voice.
posted: Wednesday May 1st - 10:58am
Expletive Not Deleted: My Son’s Blooper in Dance Class
Is it ADHD or just childhood that makes Edgar say what he says?
posted: Friday April 12th - 11:39am
Home Alone…with ADHD
My seven-year-old son has attention deficit. I don’t. Can I give him the support he needs to be happy when I don't share his perspective?
posted: Tuesday March 19th - 10:19am« Different Drummer
My Silver Linings Playbook
I used to get “the look” from other parents about my ADHD son’s antics. Now he’s so much calmer. When will I be?
“Magnets! Magnets! Magnets!” chanted my seven-year-old son as he zigzagged up the ramp to get to the second floor of our local children’s museum. I held my breath and uttered my own chant, “Please don’t let anyone else be at the magnet station. Please.” We rounded the corner, and there he was -- a very sweet, very placid little boy playing happily with the magnets, his...
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