Parents of Very Complex Kids

Parents of Very Complex Kids

Underestimated, Undervalued, and Underutilized Complex kids are children, teens, or young adults who struggle with some aspects of life, learning, or both. They may not have a diagnosis at all; they may have a single diagnosis, such as dyslexia or ADHD; or they may present with more than one coexisting condition, even three or more.…

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Meditation and Adult ADHD

How Meditation Can Help Improve Your Life Skills and Happiness Perhaps you have heard of meditation and its benefits. Perhaps you have heard that meditation can be one of the most helpful activities that a person with ADHD can do for improved life outcomes. You may say, “Sounds good. How can I get started?” If…

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To Test or Not to Test

To Test or Not to Test

To test or not to test. That is the question… of this article and of college-hopeful high school students across the United States. Students today find themselves burdened with one of humankind’s great stress inducers: choice. And much like Shakespeare’s Prince Hamlet soliloquizing about whether “to be” (endure the pain and agony of life) or…

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ADHD and Online Higher Education Programs

ADHD and Online Higher Education Programs

During the pandemic that began in early 2020, students throughout the United States had the unique opportunity of learning through solely technological means. A learning curve was expected for students and instructors as lessons were digitalized and creative means were required to be used for students to still feel like they were in a face-to-face…

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ADHD on TikTok

Battling Misinformation on Social Media Social media PROVIDES A PLACE for teens and young adults to share what it is like to live with ADHD. While this has led to more awareness about ADHD, and potentially more acceptance, there’s so much information swirling around on social media that it can be hard to separate facts from…

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Healthcare Disparities and ADHD

While ADHD is one of the most prevalent neurodevelopmental disabilities, many individuals are faced with difficulties in accessing appropriate diagnostic and treatment services. Accurate diagnosis and treatment of ADHD can be challenging due to co-occurring conditions or behavioral problems, as well as inconsistencies in reported ADHD symptoms across different settings. Disparities in ADHD diagnosis and…

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Where Does ADHD Come From?

Where Does ADHD Come From?

Behavioral genetic (SUCH AS TWIN STUDIES) AND MOLECULAR GENETIC STUDIES have made it clear that genetic influences play an outsized role in explaining why some people have more ADHD-related traits than other people do. Yet, large epidemiological studies have made it equally clear that several environmental exposures are also associated with ADHD. For example, ADHD is…

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TEACH Me ADHD

TEACH Me ADHD

The brainchild of behavioral pediatrician Nerissa Bauer, TEACH Me ADHD is a fun and interactive eight-week virtual course. Dr. Bauer designed the course for children with ADHD aged eight through twelve and their parents. During the virtual course, the children become “junior detectives” while the parents become “senior detectives.” Both children and parents learn about…

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Join the “Three Micro-Connections a Day” Challenge

Three Micro-Connections a Day

Being “social” can be hard for those of us with ADHD, regardless of our age. We often feel like ghosts, lonely and left out. Trying to be social can feel like an epic quest as we cloak ourselves in armor and draft battle plans to defend against the “just in case” instances that might come…

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Technological Interventions for Youth with ADHD

Technological Interventions for Youth with ADHD

What is the state OF THE LITERATURE on technological interventions for children with ADHD? This research update examines two review articles published in 2022 of existing studies on this topic. These literature reviews identify a number of technological interventions, such as cognitive training, neurofeedback treatment, telehealth and web-based treatment, mobile interventions, video games, wearables and sensors,…

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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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