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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).

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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Be Our Guest

Coffee Craziness: A Day in the Life of an ADHD Barista
Pouring water over ground coffee beans has never been so challenging to this ADHD brain.
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ADDitude Webinars

What Summer Slide?! Parent Strategies for Year-Round Learning
On Thursday, July 7, at 12 pm ET, join us for a free expert webinar with Ann Dolin, M.Ed.
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10 Things I Learned During a Year of Psychotherapy
Following my son’s diagnosis, our family’s boat began taking on so much water that I feared we would all drown. It’s then that I began seeing a therapist — not to talk about my child — but to help me work through my own challenges. Here are the most valuable things I’ve learned.
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Where Is the Nordstrom of Health Care? The Yelp?
The story of my exhausting search for medical professionals is not an uncommon one. When will we start holding health care to the same standards of customer satisfaction as other service industries?
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I Searched So Hard for ADHD That I Missed All the Signs
I was that super vigilant mom on the alert for any sign, any inkling of the ADHD I knew my husband could pass down to our daughter. I was convinced that I knew all the warning signs, yet for years I missed them as they flashed right beneath my nose.
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Success at School

Dear ADDitude: My Son's Teacher Wants Him to "Just Focus"
"One-fourth of my child's grade is based on his ability to 'focus for the entire period without reminders to stay on task.' Since cue-to-focus is an accommodation my child needs due to diagnosed ADHD, this feels like disability discrimination. What can I do?"
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Safety First: How Kids with ADHD Can Stop Getting Injured So Much
A new approach that parents can use to help avoid their worst nightmare—their child having a concussion or a broken leg on the playing field.
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Success at School

Dear ADDitude: How Can My Son Focus Better in Class?
"My 7 year old is highly distractable and struggles to complete in-class assignments without a teacher or aide sitting with him and guiding him. The incomplete work is piling up. What accommodations can help him learn to better focus on his own?"
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Success at School

Dear ADDitude: How Can I Help My Son Stay Organized?
"My 12-year-old-son is having a lot of difficulty remembering to turn assignments in and what was said in class. He has a 504 plan, but it hasn't helped him keep track of papers or notes. What could help him learn to stay organized?
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Success at School

Dear ADDitude: What Testing Should I Request?
"What specific academic testing (if any) should I request for my daughter, who has inattentive ADHD and problems with attention and organization, but is also twice-exceptional? Is her diagnosis enough to merit a 504 Plan?"
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Inattentive ADHD and Me
"I came to this diagnosis the same way most people come to it: way too late and not through the lack of trying to work out what is going on."
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Success at School

Dear ADDitude: What Are Some Good Alternatives to Gum-Chewing?
"My son is constantly chewing on things; the oral stimulation helps him concentrate. He loves to chew gum, but it isn’t allowed in school. What accommodations might help?"
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Why I Stopped Taking My ADD Pills
My ADD traits and tendencies are a fundamental part of me, not something I'd like to erase anymore than I would the freckles on my shoulders or my angular nose.
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Speak Up, Please

ADHD Meds Work Better Than Behavioral Parent Training for ADHD Symptoms! Case Closed!
The CDC has to stop purveying the idea that behavioral parent training is as effective as medication for children with ADHD. It just isn’t so.
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