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Attention Magazine October 2003

Managing ADHD Anger

Cristen Marek

This article provides suggestions for managing anger and states that most problems stem from the way anger is expressed. Three techniques for managing anger are discussed in the article. They are: say vs. display

Navigating the College Social Scene

Stephen Rothenberg

Adjusting to college presents a challenge for everyone, but the challenges for a person with ADHD can be overwhelming. This article gives tips about adjusting to a roommate, meeting new people, and surviving the social scene.

College-Level Accommodations

Lynda J. Katz

This article explains the steps college students with special needs must take to arrange for accommodations and support to make their college experience a positive one. The article covers legal issues, documentation needed, disclosure, identifying the type of service needed, and advocacy.

One-on-One with William E. Pelham, Jr., Ph.D.

William E. Pelham PhD

In this interview, Dr. William Pelham offers his insight about the use of psychosocial and behavioral treatments with or without medication. A significant finding shared from his research is that when psychosocial and behavioral treatments are established, oftentimes children with ADHD function very well on lower doses of medication. Dr. Pelham voices his concerns about the use of high levels of medication in treating ADHD.

Behavioral Interventions and the Context of Multimodal Treatment

Andrew Adesman

This article expresses the perspective of Dr. Adesman who urges parents and healthcare professionals not to disregard the benefit of stimulant medication. He encourages parents and physicians to consider a combination of interventions that will provide effective treatment for the child and that the parents and other professionals feel is safe.

What You Should Know About the AAP Guidelines

Charles Homer

This article summarizes the clinical practice guidelines developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics to assist primary care physician in diagnosing, evaluating, and treating children with ADHD and related symptoms. It outlines four diagnostic elements and four treatment elements for physicians to consider as they work with children and their families. The article explains how practice guidelines are formulated and their purpose.