Sometimes changing to an ADHD-friendly school can make all the difference. An educational expert describes the options for parents of children who struggle at in the classroom.
by Susan Schwartz
Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can learn -- often as well as many of their classmates -- but when they struggle to manage their symptoms, they flounder in the classroom. One of my students, Joseph, was an active, creative 10-year-old, but before he received the appropriate ADD/ADHD treatments and ADD/ADHD school and classroom accommodations, he frequently called out in class and changed gears arbitrarily. He would gather his scattered materials and chat ...
Just diagnosed with ADHD? The next step is to figure out your treatment options — which can be confusing and, at times, overwhelming. Here's how to embrace your diagnosis and move forward with the help you need.
Studies show that adult attention deficit disorder (ADHD) is treated successfully with a combination of medication and behavior therapy. But not all adults diagnosed with attention deficit embrace ADHD help and seek treatment. Many see their ADHD-related traits of creativity, ability to multi-task, and entrepreneurial energy as germane to who they are and their successes in life.
"People worry that ADHD treatment will change how they work and how others view them — ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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?
From Making th ...
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 ...
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?
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