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Study: People with ADHD Twice as Likely to Develop Early-Onset Parkinson’s

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September 14, 2018

The risk of early-onset Parkinson’s disease and similar disorders is 2.4 times greater among patients with attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD) than it is among individuals of the same gender and age without ADHD. What’s more, there may be a staggering six- to eight-times higher likelihood of...

Stimulants vs. Nonstimulants: Understanding ADHD Medications

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As many as 1 in 10 U.S. children now has attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD). Luckily, there are safe, effective treatments.

The best ADHD treatment strategies are multimodal ones — combinations of several different, complementary approaches that work together to reduce symptoms. For many people, this ideal...

For Teachers: Solutions to Common Learning Challenges

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Next to parents, teachers are the most influential people in a student’s life—especially one with learning challenges.

Symptoms of ADHD can make it harder to learn and succeed in a traditional classroom. Reading, writing, and arithmetic lessons are further impacted by comorbid learning disabilities.

Here are...

“I Refuse to Feel Bad for Treating My Child’s ADHD”

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I watch my son pick at his lunch. It’s his favorite. “I’m not hungry, mama,” he says, again.

This is a common side effect when you begin ADHD medication. I know. I had it when I started mine; my husband had it when he started his. But this is my son, my small, thin six year old. I feel guilty again...

The Pendulum of Parenting Has Swung Too Far

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News flash: Your parents were NOT helicopter parents. Chances are, they were quite the opposite.

Victoria Fedden’s “If ‘70s Moms Had Blogs” is a hilarious read for any modern-day mom who came of age in the ‘70s or ‘80s and remembers 5-hour-long cartoon marathons every Saturday, Pop Rocks for...

Dear Organizing Coach: I Need Organization Tips for Kids with ADHD

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Q: “My daughter’s room is a disaster area 99% of the time. I’ve organized it for her many times, but a day after I finish, it looks like a hurricane struck…again. To her, cleaning means pushing any loose items under the bed, or into a closet where they aren’t visible. Organizing her room means...

YouTube and the Art of Cooperation: Practicing Collaboration with Videos

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Your child is bossy — it’s his way or no way, no how. Or maybe she is easily frustrated, throwing down and storming off when others don’t like or appreciate her ideas. Or perhaps he just hates working in groups and playing on teams because, you know, people are scary. Many of our kids’ trickiest social...

Autism Blood Test May Be Available This Year

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In a first, a company says a blood test that can detect some children with autism is expected to be commercially available before the end of the year....

Be Best? Nah. Be Resilient

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Einstein didn’t speak until he was four years old, and he was bullied. Walt Disney was fired from a newspaper for not having “good enough” ideas. Maya Angelou was mute for years due to abuse and trauma. Abraham Lincoln lost seven political races, went bankrupt, and his family was once evicted. Dr....

1 in Every 10 U.S. Children Now Has ADHD

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September 6, 2018

A recent study1, published online in JAMA Network Open, found that the proportion of children in the United States diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD) rose dramatically from 6.1% in 1997 to 10.2% in 2016.

The researchers analyzed data from the nationwide, cross-sectional National Health...

“A Very Public Tantrum”

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The other day, Laurie, Jayden, and I are walking in a parking lot when we notice a minivan stopped half-way out of a parking spot — and in front of it a young girl having an epic tantrum. They were maybe 50 feet away, but even from a distance her body language makes it obvious a standoff is underway: dancing from one...