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. 

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 ...

Do You Have Adult ADHD? Why Diagnosis Is Critical

on 01/05/2016 - 10:18 am

Why it's important to seek an ADHD diagnosis and treatment — even in your 60s.
Attention deficit disorder (ADD ADHD) is being diagnosed in adults in their 20s, 30s, or, in some cases, in grandparents who are in their mid-60s.
Many adults with ADHD say that they weren't even aware of the disorder until they had a child who was diagnosed. After seeing ADHD in their children, these undiagnosed adults gradually realized that they had the same signs and symptoms. Why would it be important to diagnose someone has made it through school, has a job, and has somehow managed to hang around the planet for more than a quarter of a century?
ADHD is not some monolithic diagnosis that affects ...

How Professional Organizers Help ADHD Families Clean Up Clutter

on 12/07/2015 - 10:58 am

I have a secret. A shameful, embarrassing secret. I spent hundreds of dollars to get high. My drug of choice? Sessions with a professional organizer.Don’t laugh! I swear, the high was unbelievable! Unfortunately, as with many drugs, the high didn’t last. I’d beg, borrow—even steal--to get the feeling back again.


 

The knee-deep clutter my child with ADHD creates leads me to crave the extreme opposite: precise, militaristic, obsessive-compulsive order. I want every item in our house to have a designated space. I want containers that are labeled—in two spots—on the lid and on one side. The labels should be computer generated, not hand- ...

An Accurate ADHD Diagnosis for Children

on 11/02/2015 - 12:22 pm

Is it attention deficit disorder (ADD ADHD)? A learning disability? Maybe it's depression or anxiety, a mild form of autism — or chronic fatigue resulting from a sleep disorder. Maybe it's a combination of things.
Getting an answer to the question "What's wrong with my child?" can be harder than many parents expect. So can arranging appropriate treatment. In fact, experts say, the process of resolving a child's behavioral and academic problems is relatively straightforward for only about one in five families.
Glenn Bevensee, of Northfield, New Jersey, counts himself among the lucky few. When the 47-year-old father of two began to suspect that his 12-year-old daughter, Krist ...

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