Interoceptive Awareness and ADHD

Interoceptive awareness is the perception of sensations from within the body. Our nervous system senses, interprets, and integrates signals originating from within the body all the time, including our heartbeat, breathing, satiety, as well as the autonomic nervous system activity related to emotions and emotional regulation. Being attuned to this internal process requires a live,…

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Will ADHD Symptoms Improve with Marijuana Use?

Marijuana

People reporT THAt MARIJUANA USE helps to improve their ADHD symptoms. But does it really help, or does it mask a person’s ability to care about their problems rather than work to solve them? What are the benefits and downsides to using marijuana if you have ADHD? L. Eugene Arnold, MD, and Margaret Sibley, PhD,…

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There’s STRENGTH IN CONNECTION, However You Connect

There’s STRENGTH IN CONNECTION

THE 2022 ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ADHD will be both a live and a virtual event. Yes, we will be holding a hybrid conference this year. What does that mean? Well, you can come and join us in Dallas to get all the face-to-face fun that we have always enjoyed. There will be over ninety…

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DB-IOP: Hope for Families in Crisis

Attention Magazine June 2022

As ADHD experts are well awarE, SOME FAMILIES CONFRONT daily life challenges that extend well beyond the ADHD spectrum. These challenges can be of such magnitude that children who struggle with unsafe disruptive behaviors may find themselves hospitalized more than once, with some eventually referred to residential care. Worse yet, some of these families live far…

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Maintaining Friendships

Social Guidance for Adults with ADHD Maintaining friendships can be a struggle for those with ADHD, but positive relationships are important. Without them, we can feel isolated and alone. With them, we feel connected and valued. How can ADHD negatively affect social relationships? Recently, the headline on a news site listed the five best ways…

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Your Keys to a Happier ADHD Relationship

Your Keys to a Happier ADHD Relationship

In unhappy relationships, both partners blame the other person for why things are so bad. And they’re half right—their partner is indeed responsible for the problems, but so are they. This is actually good news—if you aren’t part of the problem, you can’t be part of the solution. Otherwise, you need to hope that your partner…

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College Planning for Students with ADHD

College Planning for Students with ADHD

Zach, a junior in high school, is beginning to think about college and all the fun he’s going to have once he gets there—the football games, the frat parties, finally being on his own. Zach’s parents, however, cannot picture Zach living outside their home. He still can’t get out of bed for school. He only…

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Stimming and Fidgeting to Calm and Focus

Stimming and Fidgeting to Calm and Focus

Maybe you’ve lost count of the times you’ve told your child to stop biting their nails, bouncing their legs, or twirling their hair. What seems like annoying behavior may actually serve a purpose, like helping your child to self-soothe or increase focus. “I don’t even realize I’m doing it,” says an adult who has ADHD…

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Ace the Break

How to Prevent Kids with ADHD from Falling Down the “COVID Slide” This Summer   Each day, I see the lingering impacts of the pandemic play out as parents contact our practice, wondering if our tutors or executive function coaches can help. The most common concerns are among parents of students with ADHD and weak…

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Remote Learning for Children with ADHD

Remote Learning for Children with ADHD

How are children with ADHD faring with the shift to remote learning during the pandemic? What are parental factors that enhance child learning and well-being? This update on recent research reviews two studies. The first study found no negative short-term impact on academic outcomes for children with ADHD with the shift to remote learning, although…

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When Your Teen Lacks Self-Confidence

You overhear YOUR TEEN’S FRIEND TREAT HER BADLY, yet when you inquire about the friendship, she retaliates against you. You are her cheerleader, advocate, and role model, yet she rarely listens to you, even after she admits her dismay. Often, as parents, we witness our teenager being treated badly, choosing the wrong friends, or trying so…

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Growing College Success from First Semester Failure

Growing College Success from First Semester Failure

Last September, a new cadre of freshmen began college haunted by a looming statistical trend: More than forty percent of those who have ADHD were destined to fail their first semester. And after this initial failure, only a portion will attempt another semester, and fewer still will go on to complete college on schedule. For…

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