ADHD and LD Resources from ADDitude Magazine

 

We're here to help you live well with attention deficit and learning disabilities. Below are some of our best resources on how to obtain an accurate diagnosis, how to choose the right treatment, how to find a coach or another ADHD professional, how to select a school or camp, and much more. Visit ADDitudeMag.com for much more. 

How to Diagnose and Treat ADHD in Children

on 09/08/2016 - 11:50 am

A parent's guide to ADHD in children: recognizing symptoms, finding a doctor, evaluating medications, and helping your child thrive.
Imagine a child whose ADHD has been diagnosed and who is getting appropriate treatment. His symptoms are under control, and he's doing reasonably well, socially and academically. Let's call this "Point B." Now imagine the same child before receiving a diagnosis. He's having difficulty at home and at school. Let's call this "Point A."
How do you get from A to B? There's no definitive diagnostic test for ADHD in children -- no blood analysis, no brain scan, no genetic screen -- so it's not easy to tell whether a child has the disorder. And doctors var ...

Who's Afraid of ADHD Meds?

on 08/01/2016 - 11:24 am

An ADDitude reader recently wrote: “I was diagnosed in my early thirties with inattentive ADHD. Not being able to successfully manage the condition has got me looking for helpful tips to manage my daily life, as well as medication advice. I have steered clear of medication because I was misdiagnosed in my late teens as having bipolar disorder. I was prescribed Depakote, which led to my gaining 40 pounds and becoming a zombie.
“I was misdiagnosed again in my mid-twenties as having depression. I was prescribed Celexa for a year, which curbed my anxiety but did little to diminish my ADHD symptoms. These misdiagnoses contribute to my fear of medication. Not ...

ADHD Symptom Checklist for Women

on 07/06/2016 - 12:17 pm

Only a mental health professional can tell for sure if you have ADHD, but reviewing this handy checklist will give you an idea.
by Sari Solden
 

Do you have ADD? Does your daughter? Only a mental-health professional can tell for sure, but completing a do-it-yourself symptom checklist will give you an idea. The more questions you answer in the affirmative, the more likely you are to have ADD. Be sure to share your completed checklist with a doctor.

Do you feel overwhelmed in stores, at the office, or at parties? Is it impossible for you to shut out sounds and distractions that don't bother others?


Is time, money, paper, or "stuff" dominating your life and hampering ...

Find or Start an ADHD Support Group

on 06/06/2016 - 11:23 am

Can't find an ADHD support group in your area? Follow these steps to start your own support group for adults with ADHD and parents of children with ADHD.
by Michael Sandler
 

Ever been frustrated by the media's take on attention deficit disorder (ADD ADHD) - the many stories about our "Ritalin Nation," about ADD as "just a byproduct of our society," or about "teachers pushing drugs"? Ever wondered what you could do to combat negative perceptions and help others with ADHD?
After hearing heartbreaking stories from people in local workshops and support groups, I felt compelled to take action. Several months ago, I sold my belongings, bought a plane ticket to Oregon, an ...

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