ADHD and LD Resources from ADDitude Magazine


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Your Child's ADHD Evaluation: 6 Diagnosis Essentials

on 10/04/2016 - 11:57 am

To ensure the right diagnosis for your child, first focus on the doctor's workup. Learn what to look for in a quality ADHD evaluation.
If you suspect that your child has ADHD, getting the right diagnosis will require persistence. "Research shows that families consult with, on average, 11 doctors before they find the right one," says psychiatrist William Dodson, M.D. "Don't give up."
Here's what a thorough evaluation should include:
1. TIME: An initial consultation could range from 45 minutes to two hours or more. That time should be spent with the child as well as the parents, looking for signs of ADHD, and for other possible explanations for the symptom ...

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 ...

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