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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).

Mom Is the Word

My Daughter Fixes Her Own Problems Now. So Where Does That Leave Me?
When Lee showed signs of growing up, my heart burst with pride and broke with feeling unneeded.
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Success at School

Dear ADDitude: How Can We Stop the Hair Pulling and Pestering?
"My son is getting in trouble for pestering other kids in line, shoving classmates in gym class, and noisily disrupting music class. He's well behaved at home, so I wonder if he's reacting to his teacher's discipline tactics. What can I do?"
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Success at School

Dear ADDitude: My Son Feels Hated by His Teacher
"My son feels his teacher hates him, which only makes him respect her less. My first instinct is to defend him, but I also know my son can misinterpret words and actions. How can I help him without making an enemy?"
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Success at School

Dear ADDitude: How Can We Stop the Violent Outbursts?
"My son has shown some violent and defiant behavior at school. He complains that he is bored, and I suspect that is why he is acting up. How can we make his school routine more engaging?"
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Be Our Guest

Lessons from Crossfit: What Exercise Taught Me About My ADHD and Myself
I exercised to lose weight, but what I gained was a healthy sense of self-esteem and acceptance.
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Success at School

Dear ADDitude: What If the Teacher Doesn't Follow the 504 Plan?
"My son's algebra teacher refuses to accept his late work or provide a quiet room for tests, despite accommodations to this effect in his 504 Plan. His grades are suffering as a result, so the school wants to move him down to repeat pre-algebra. How will that solve anything?"
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Success at School

Dear ADDitude: Will My Child Really Be Held Back?
"My son's grades did not raise any red flags this year — until 8 weeks before summer vacation, when his teacher told me his skills are far below grade level and he needs significant help — particularly in reading. Can he be held back because of his teacher's lack of communication and guidance?"
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Be Our Guest

6 Reasons Why I Love Teaching Kids with ADHD
I am the teacher who tells students that their ADHD brains are OK just as they are.
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Success at School

Dear ADDitude: How Can I Get My Child's Teacher to Respect His IEP?
"My son's math teacher called his IEP 'that silly piece of paper,' and insists he must complete the same work and tests as everyone else. He accuses my son of being difficult or not trying when he says he doesn't understand something. How can we get him to comply?"
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Success at School

Dear ADDitude: How Can I Tell My Child's Teacher that She's Making Him Hate School?
"My son's teacher gives him so many time-outs — for fidgeting, invading others' personal space, avoiding work — that I'm afraid he's facing expulsion. Now my son says he doesn’t like school because his teacher shouts at him. How can I resolve this problem constructively with his teacher?"
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ADHD News Feed

New Research Challenges Old Theories about ADHD and OCD Brains
A meta-analysis of 90 studies pinpointed specific differences between ADHD and OCD brains that may help doctors design better treatments for each condition.
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Success at School

Dear ADDitude: The Teacher's Consequences Are Unfair
"My child's teacher gave cupcakes to the whole class, but told her she must complete her work to earn one. How can I help the school understand that rewards and consequences must be fair, and specific to my child's strengths and weaknesses, in order to work?"
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Success at School

Dear ADDitude: What If the Principal is Unfair?
"My son hangs out with a group of very active and physical boys who sometimes play rough. When this happens, the principal seems to single out my son for especially harsh and random punishments. How do I approach the school about this unfair treatment?"
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ADHD News Feed

Study Confirms Atomoxetine As an Effective Alternative to Stimulants
Doctors shouldn’t hesitate to prescribe atomoxetine for the treatment of ADHD, says a new study that found it to be nearly as effective and safe as stimulant medications.
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ADHD Videos

"A Zebra In a Pack of Horses..."
"...is going to stand out, but that doesn't mean it should eliminate its stripes — even if it could." Here, psychotherapist and psychological consultant Emily Anhalt shares the findings of her two-year dissertation study of successful people who attribute their success in life to their ADHD.
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ADHD News Feed

Movement Therapy: Small Amounts of Exercise Can Boost Mood in Adults with ADHD
Researchers found that as little as 20 minutes of moderate exercise increases motivation, happiness, and productivity.
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ADDitude Webinars

How to Start (and End) the School Year Organized
On Thursday, July 14, at 1 pm ET, join us for a free expert webinar with Susan Lasky, M.A.
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Be Our Guest

Learning to Respect (My Own) Authority
After a childhood of punishments and putdowns, I know what kind of parent I don’t want to be. The harder part? Figuring out how to be the very best mom I can when my symptoms try to get in the way.
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Success at School

Dear ADDitude: How Can My Son Stop Hitting?
"My son recently hit his best friend for telling him to shut up. We have tried several consequences, but nothing works and we are at the end of our rope. How can we discipline him more appropriately for impulse control problems?"
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Success at School

Dear ADDitude: What Accommodations Help with Meltdowns?
"My son is quick to react when provoked by other kids. He erupts into temper tantrums at school, even when his teacher smooths transitions and offers him a safe place to cool off. What accommodations could help with these angry outbursts?"
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Success at School

Dear ADDitude: Can My Daughter Use Hyperfocus on Schoolwork?
"My 10 year old is 2 years behind in math and reading because she just can't focus to learn and complete her work. But she loves art and can stay focused on drawing for hours. How do I get her to give just a little of that focus to academics without using medication?"
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ADHD News Feed

Taking an ADHD Stimulant Does NOT Put Most Children at Higher Risk for Substance Abuse
New evidence further supports the theory that long-term use of stimulant medication — when used properly for the treatment of ADHD symptoms — does not increase the risk that a child will abuse other controlled substances.
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All Together ADHD

“I’m Sick of My ADHD! There, I Said It!”
Ever want to shout out “ADHD sucks”? I do sometimes, and I did last week. Now I feel better.
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Success at School

Dear ADDitude: How Can I Explain My Son's Variable Attention?
"My son's teacher feels that, since he can focus on subjects he likes, it shows he can do it. She feels he chooses when to focus and pay attention."
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ADHD News Feed

A New Theory for Rising ADHD Diagnoses
As academic demands for kids have increased, so too have ADHD diagnoses.
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