Penny Williams

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  • in reply to: Sleep issues with 7 year old #192432
    Penny Williams
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    I can’t tell you the long-term effects of melatonin, but my son has been taking it for 12 years (currently using the Olly Sleep Gummies which have a couple other ingredients too, he’s 18). It’s the only way he gets sleep. The following also help him:

    – weighted blanket
    – nature sounds
    – essential oils
    – Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime EXTRA tea (has to be the extra)

    4 Get-to-Sleep Products for Restless Kids

    Penny
    ADDitude Community Moderator, Parenting ADHD Coach, Podcaster & Author, Mom to teen w/ ADHD, LDs, and autism

    Penny Williams
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    There’s a list of ADHD coaches on ADDitude’s Directory here: https://directory.additudemag.com/listing/guide/adhd-coaches

    There are also executive function coaches as well, and that could be a more targeted fit.

    Penny
    ADDitude Community Moderator, Parenting ADHD Coach, Podcaster & Author, Mom to teen w/ ADHD, LDs, and autism

    in reply to: Why is ADD an “outdated” term? #192425
    Penny Williams
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    The official diagnosis in the current DSM is ADHD – Inattentive Type. ADD doesn’t appear in the DSM anymore.

    What Are the 3 Types of ADHD?

    Penny
    ADDitude Community Moderator, Parenting ADHD Coach, Podcaster & Author, Mom to teen w/ ADHD, LDs, and autism

    in reply to: Stuck in a career rut #192101
    Penny Williams
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    YOu can work with an ADHD coach over the internet — they don’t have to be in-person meetings. A coach could really help with this.

    What Is an ADHD Coach?

    Penny
    ADDitude Community Moderator, Parenting ADHD Coach, Podcaster & Author, Mom to teen w/ ADHD, LDs, and autism

    in reply to: The RAGE! #192098
    Penny Williams
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    Try using a different browser to post.

    Penny
    ADDitude Community Moderator, Parenting ADHD Coach, Podcaster & Author, Mom to teen w/ ADHD, LDs, and autism

    Penny Williams
    Keymaster

    Keep up the great work! I love that you’re using forum posts to hold yourself accountable!

    Penny
    ADDitude Community Moderator, Parenting ADHD Coach, Podcaster & Author, Mom to teen w/ ADHD, LDs, and autism

    Penny Williams
    Keymaster

    Have you tried social stories? There’s a series called “Social Fate, Social Fortune” for middle school age (11-14). My son loved the books when he was that age, even though he hated reading, because they’re more like a comic. And, he had no idea he was learning social skills (and emotional)! 🙂

    Penny
    ADDitude Community Moderator, Parenting ADHD Coach, Podcaster & Author, Mom to teen w/ ADHD, LDs, and autism

    in reply to: Best Generic Adderall IR #192094
    Penny Williams
    Keymaster

    There’s an existing thread discussing the Adderall generics:
    https://www.additudemag.com/forums/topic/change-in-manufacturing-of-adderall-xr/. Lots of input there.

    Penny
    ADDitude Community Moderator, Parenting ADHD Coach, Podcaster & Author, Mom to teen w/ ADHD, LDs, and autism

    in reply to: Need help with Diagnosis #192092
    Penny Williams
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    ADHD medication is only effective for about 80% of individuals with ADHD. Your son could be in that 20%. OR, the ADHD diagnosis may be incorrect. If he is still concerned, you can encourage him to seek out a new evaluation and 2nd opinion.

    Feeling foggy and tired all the time can also be anxiety, or any number of physical issues (like thyroid or adrenal). So a physical from his GP might be helpful as well.

    Penny
    ADDitude Community Moderator, Parenting ADHD Coach, Podcaster & Author, Mom to teen w/ ADHD, LDs, and autism

    in reply to: ADHD for the whole family(all 3 of us?) #192090
    Penny Williams
    Keymaster

    What looks like ADHD could be a myriad of other things as well. Even physical ailments. If something is “wrong” it’s always best to have it investigated by a clinician. Treatment (medication, therapy, or other) can help a great deal no matter what your concerns are attributed to. School knowing there are learning challenges (if there are any – ADHD included) also makes a huge difference.

    That said, there are many individuals and families who just address the challenges. If you’re not going the medication route, then you don’t necessarily need a diagnosis. You can work to improve emotional skills and procrastination without a diagnosis, for instance.

    I personally always choose to seek answers and assistance, I.e. evaluation. Kids are painfully aware when they don’t “fit” and when they’re struggling in ways their peers are not. Absent an explanation, they create their own which is usually that they are broken. 🙁

    Penny
    ADDitude Community Moderator, Parenting ADHD Coach, Podcaster & Author, Mom to teen w/ ADHD, LDs, and autism

    in reply to: Coping with sub-optimal medication/anxiety on Adderall? #190813
    Penny Williams
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    Your prescribing doctor should be appeal to make an appeal with your insurance saying that Vyvanse is medically necessary for you.

    Penny
    ADDitude Community Moderator, Parenting ADHD Coach, Podcaster & Author, Mom to teen w/ ADHD, LDs, and autism

    in reply to: My reply won't post – getting error message #190812
    Penny Williams
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    Please reply and let us know what platform and browser you are using and exactly what happened so we can look into it.

    Penny
    ADDitude Community Moderator, Parenting ADHD Coach, Podcaster & Author, Mom to teen w/ ADHD, LDs, and autism

    in reply to: Feel like I’m drowning (lockdown experience) #190566
    Penny Williams
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    The discomfort and stress can negatively impact your cognitive functioning. Losing treatment surely isn’t helping either. You have to do what’s right for you — that very well could mean changing jobs.

    Penny
    ADDitude Community Moderator, Parenting ADHD Coach, Podcaster & Author, Mom to teen w/ ADHD, LDs, and autism

    in reply to: Finding psychiatrist/psychologist #190565
    Penny Williams
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    A lot of what I see in families is that ASD emotional regulation can be more severe. An ASD diagnosis often explains symptoms that could be mood disorders. This was true for my own family too.

    Penny
    ADDitude Community Moderator, Parenting ADHD Coach, Podcaster & Author, Mom to teen w/ ADHD, LDs, and autism

    in reply to: Could this be a basis for an assessment/sound like ADHD? #190147
    Penny Williams
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    The only way to know if it’s ADHD for sure is to seek a professional evaluation.

    Your Complete ADHD Diagnosis and Testing Guide

    Penny
    ADDitude Community Moderator, Parenting ADHD Coach, Podcaster & Author, Mom to teen w/ ADHD, LDs, and autism

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