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. 

9 Questions to Ask Before Starting an ADHD Medication

on 05/02/2016 - 11:15 am

Considering ADHD drug therapy for yourself or your child? Ask your doctor the right questions.
by Peter Jensen, M.D.
 

Before agreeing to start yourself or your child on attention-deficit drug therapy, be sure to get answers to the following questions:

What is the diagnosis?


What is the medicine, and how does it work?


Have studies been done on it?


Which tests need to be done before starting the medication?


How soon will I see an improvement?


How often do you have to take the medicine?


How will the decision be made to stop it?


What are the negative side effects of the medicine?


What will happen if we miss a dose?

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Psychologist or Coach — Which Should I See?

on 04/05/2016 - 01:26 pm

In general, psychologists facilitate healing, while ADHD coaches facilitate action.

— Beth Main, ADHD coach
 

A psychologist spends more time on the emotional aspects of having ADHD and can treat co-existing conditions such as depression and anxiety. Coaches help clients develop skills and strategies to overcome executive function deficits such as planning, organizing, and time management. Coaching provides more accountability, so a coach may offer more frequent (possibly daily) contact between sessions to help keep clients on track.
Coaches can -- and often do -- work on emotional challenges to some extent, and psychologists work on life skills. The difference i ...

ADHD Camps and Schools 2016 Guide

on 03/07/2016 - 01:57 pm

Welcome!This is ADDitude's annual guide to camps & schools for children with learning differences.The list below showcases ADHD- and LD-friendly schools and programs across the U.S. and in Canada.Camp ChecklistQuestions parents should ask...1 What does the camp director know about your camper's disability? How will his disability be accommodated?2 How many campers attend, and what is he staff-to-camper ratio? 3 What are the ages of the counselors? What training do they receive?4 How can parents communicate with the counselors and director?

Click here to read the full Guide!!

Finding the Right Child Psychiatrist to Treat ADHD

on 02/01/2016 - 12:32 pm

My ADD/ADHD daughter's pediatrician told us it was time to take her to a child psychiatrist. Before our first visit I expected the worst.
A few months ago, Natalie’s pediatrician Dr. Halbur told us that it was time. I didn’t want to do it, but I knew he was right. Treating Natalie’s attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) and co-existing conditions (anxiety, sensory processing disorder, prenatal exposure to alcohol) had become complex enough to necessitate seeing a child psychiatrist.
I’m not sure what my hesitation to take Natalie to a psychiatrist stemmed from. Was it the stigma associated with seeing a “shrink&rdquo ...

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