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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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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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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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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Teens, ADHD, and Driving

Teens, ADHD, and Driving

Teens with ADHD are more likely to have traffic stops with police than their neurotypical friends, and sometimes those stops escalate and result in detention at the police station. The best time to prepare yourself and your teen for this is before it happens. Begin by understanding that your teen’s behavior can be “caused by…

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Executive Function Issues and ADHD

Executive Function Issues and ADHD

ARE THEY MORE LIKE TWINS OR COUSINS? Jack is a twenty-eight-year-old man who has chronic issues with running late that date back to childhood. He also has difficulty keeping track of his schedule and tends to finish tasks at the last minute. Jack remembers having the same issues as far back as elementary school. Margaret…

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Inattentive ADHD in Boys

Inattentive ADHD in Boys

What comes to mind when you think of a boy with ADHD? One who is impulsive, blurts out answers in school, fidgets, and seems to be in constant motion? This was my viewpoint, until my son was diagnosed with inattentive ADHD. Parenting a child with this type of ADHD forced me to change my perception…

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New Research Shows ADHD Symptoms Can Go Up and Down: What Does This Mean?

ADHD Symptoms Can Go Up and Down

The Multimodal Treatment StudY OF ADHD (MTA) was a large study conducted in the 1990s that compared different treatments for children with ADHD to see which was most effective. As part of this research, the elementary school children who joined the study were visited by researchers every two years until they were in their mid-twenties. There…

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ADHD? I Don’t Believe in It!

ADHD? I Don’t Believe in It!

This assertion was something we used to hear a lot in the early days, back in the 1980s and 90s. But alas, in these days when many people are suspicious of science, it appears to be an ongoing myth individuals and families continue to deal with. I used to say: “This is not something you…

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Challenges in ADHD Care for Children of Color
PART ONE

Challenges in ADHD Care for Children of Color

Melvin Bogard, MA, interviews Roberto Olivardia, PhD   African Americans of all face many barriers in getting a proper ADHD evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment. Roberto Olivardia, a clinical psychologist based in Boston, Massachusetts, recently spoke with Melvin Bogard, CHADD’s director of multimedia content, about the specific barriers for Black children and how they are often…

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