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ADHD blogs from ADD adults, parents of ADHD children, and ADHD experts -- helping you cope with the challenges of and delight in the benefits of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD).

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If My Brain Were a Car
ADHD is tough to understand — even (maybe especially) for those of us who have it. In middle school, it’s easy to resent your ADHD brain. And I do sometimes. But I also work hard to recognize how it makes me faster, stronger, and more resilient.
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Success at School

Dear ADDitude: What New Behavioral Strategies Can We Try?
"The behavior chart my 12-year-old uses at school never makes it home, so we're lacking consistency in routines, rewards, and discipline. How can we better structure her day to prevent the behavior problems she's having?"
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Speak Up, Please

Adderall on Campus: Students Just Don’t Get ADHD or How the Med Levels the Playing Field for Me
Exam time jump-starts the hunt for Adderall by students who want an edge, and a total disregard for those who actually need it.
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Success at School

Dear ADDitude: Is it Dysgraphia or Another Condition?
"My 10 year old has a hard time writing legibly and composing his thoughts on paper. He often says his hand hurts, but the school's occupational therapist has not noticed any problems with his fine motor skills, so the school has ruled out dysgraphia. Could this be something else?"
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“Yeah, I’ve Got ADHD, But Don’t Feel Sorry for Me”
A former Ritalin Baby and self-confessed whack job didn’t try to conquer his attention deficit. He leveraged it into big-time success and a great life. And he believes you can, too.
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Success at School

Ask ADDitude: Am I Asking for Too Much From My Child's Teachers?
"What’s the line between normal kid behavior and ADHD forgetfulness? Is it appropriate to ask the teachers to remind my son to turn in his completed work? Or to email me when he doesn't? I know the world won't be accommodating when he grows up, but he's still learning."
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Success at School

Dear ADDitude: How Do I Get Teachers to Follow Accommodations?
"My son's teachers complain almost daily about missing or incomplete work. It's written into his IEP that they need to confirm he is writing down assignments correctly and prompt him to submit his work, but I am told 'he is responsible for his assignments,' or 'he started off the year doing well' — so now they think he just doesn't want to do the work."
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The Experts

Can Magnesium Help ADHD Symptoms?
I have heard some good things about magnesium helping ADHD. What do you think?
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The Experts

Chasing Depression Away Naturally
I have been diagnosed with ADHD and moderate depression. Are there any natural therapies I should try that will improve my depression?
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The Experts

Do I Need a Coach to Treat My ADHD?
Does coaching fit into a natural treatment plan? Friends of mine with ADHD who exercise, eat healthy, and practice meditation say that they don’t need coaching. What are your thoughts?
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Success at School

Dear ADDitude: Why Does the School Keep Rejecting My Accommodations?
"The accommodations I suggest for my daughter's 504 Plan keep getting shot down. Meanwhile, her school counselor says she isn't trying hard enough and uses the words 'I can't' too much. How can I stop this cycle and actually get some useful accommodations in place?"
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Success at School

Dear ADDitude: What Does 'Emotional Disturbance' on an IEP Mean?
"My son was recently granted an IEP. The district's head of special education has classified his disability as 'emotional disturbance,' feeling that would get him more help and resources. Is that normal? Should I be worried?"
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Success at School

Enter to Win a Forbrain!
Enter to win a Forbrain -- the revolutionary auditory-processing tool (a $359 value) that helps anyone with ADHD improve their learning, attention, and retention.
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Success at School

Forbrain Contest Rules
Rules for ADDitude magazine's Forbrain contest from May 25 - June 25, 2016.
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The Not-So-Great Wall I’m Really Worried About
When my husband slips into the strong grasp of hyperfocus, a brick wall goes up between him and the outside world. That includes me. When that happens and I feel annoyed or disappointed or lonely, I try to take a breath and remember these things.
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The Experts

What Is a Transition IEP Meeting?
My son is a high school student with ADHD and LD. He has an IEP and his school wants him to attend a “transition IEP meeting.” What is that? He hasn’t attended his IEP meetings in the past, and I am not sure whether he should do so now, since he isn’t really comfortable having an IEP.
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The Experts

ADHD at Work: Should I Tell My Boss — Or Not?
I recently graduated from college and will be starting my first job. I received accommodations for my ADHD all through school. I am concerned that my ADHD will affect my work performance, but I am reluctant to tell my employer about my condition. I also don’t know what kind of accommodations might help me at work. What do you suggest?
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Success at School

Dear ADDitude: What Are Good Accommodations for My Hyperactive and Sensory-Seeking Child?
"At least once a week, my son gets in trouble for intentionally pinching, pushing, or pestering another child. What accommodations could we introduce to stem this type of impulsive, sensory-seeking behavior?"
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The Experts

High-Risk Behaviors for Kids with ADHD: Is This Normal?
My 18-year-old son has had driving accidents and a couple of run-ins with the law. Is this normal for a kid with ADHD?
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The Experts

How Can I Keep My Child's Bedroom Free of Clutter?
We have put my eight-year-old son’s mattress on the floor to eliminate his under-the-bed clutter, but the rest of his bedroom is a disaster. Any suggestions?
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The Experts

How Can I Get Started Homeschooling My Child?
I want to homeschool my daughter. She is a fifth grader, and it breaks my heart to see her struggle in the classroom. How should I get started?
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I Am That Kid.
I was more or less oblivious to my ADHD. Then third grade hit and, with it, a new school in a new state and kids who said I was annoying. If I could sit down and explain my brain to them, here is what I would say.
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The Experts

Screen Gems for Getting Homework Done
My 15-year-old gets sucked into distracting things on the Web when she turns on the computer. This is bad. She does her homework on the computer, too. Help.
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Success at School

Dear ADDitude: How Long Should an IEP Take?
"A full month after our IEP meeting, I still don't have an updated version of the IEP reflecting changes we discussed. With only 50 days of school left, I want the corrected version in my hands ASAP. Am I wrong in demanding this turn-around?"
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Success at School

Dear ADDitude: Is There a Sample Letter to Request Accommodations?
"I need to request an evaluation from my boys' school. Is there a template letter I can use containing all the important info?"
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