Embracing Differences

Categories: Cover, 2013, February

Understanding and Meeting the Needs of Women with ADHD

by Kari Dossett, LCSW

RESEARCH SHOWS THAT ADHD IS CAUSED BY NEUROBIOLOGICAL FACTORS. This brain-based disorder may manifest in generally recognized core symptoms including inattentiveness, distractibility, disorganization, impulsivity and hyper-motor activity or restlessness. Clinicians use specific diagnostic criteria to assess and diagnose ADHD. As we learn more about the disorder, there is growing recognition that different people manifest symptoms in different ways. Some individuals deal with greater levels of hyperactivity or restlessness, while others struggle more with severe, chronic disorganization.

What factors cause these differences? It is becoming more evident that the severity and types of symptoms may be based on numerous factors, including genetics, biology, or environmental insults. One area of increased interest is the study of how gender differences manifest in people with ADHD. As more research emerges, we are seeing some stark variances in symptoms exhibited by males with ADHD and females with ADHD.

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Reorganizing and Renewing (Secure)

Categories: 2013, February, Departments

PRESIDENT'S  LETTER I LOVE FEBRUARY. I’ve had my new gardening seed catalogs for a month, placed lots of orders, and started some seedlings. Last winter it was so mild that the ground never froze, and I was turning sod into new gardens in Februa... ...Read More

Thriving with FAST MINDS

Categories: 2013, February

by Craig Surman, MD, and Tim Bilkey, MD, with Karen Weintraub OFTEN WHEN CLINICIANS DIAGNOSE ADHD, they look for obvious signs of impairment such as being dismissed from jobs or poor grades at school. But this focus on external consequences misses w... ...Read More

Social Skills: Is There an App for That?

Categories: 2013, February, Departments

Social Skills for Young Adults with ADHD  ASK THE  EXPERT a chat with Michele Novotni, PhD “I ENJOY HELPING FOLKS WHO COLOR OUTSIDE THE LINES UNLOCK THEIR POTENTIAL,” says Michele Novotni, PhD. “I have been surrounded ... ...Read More

Effects of Childhood ADHD on Adult Employment

Categories: 2013, February, Departments

RESEARCH    BRIEFS Soleil Gregg, MA, interviews Jason Fletcher, PhD HOW DOES HAVING ADHD IN CHILDHOOD AFFECT INDIVIDUALS IN ADULTHOOD? More information about the long-term effects of ADHD is becoming available as those diagnosed as children enter ad... ...Read More

LETS Erase the Stigma

Categories: 2013, February, Departments

PROMISING  PRACTICES by Mark Katz, PhD WHILE A NUMBER OF PROGRAMS HAVE BEEN SHOWN TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF PEOPLE WHO STRUGGLE WITH ADHD, many simply refuse to accept the help. Accepting help only draws more attention to their challenges, and more... ...Read More

Teacher Wish List (Secure)

Categories: 2013, February, Departments

L I V E D     E X P E R I E N C E by Jeanne Kraus STRONG HOME-SCHOOL CONNECTIONS ARE VITAL for our kids’ educational needs. What steps can parents take to be supportive members of the team? I interviewed a number of teachers at my own Margate Ele... ...Read More

ADHD and the Decision to Medicate

Categories: 2013, February

by Kevin T. Kalikow, MD PETER PALEY’S MOTHER HAS BEEN DREADING THE PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCE. She has been getting phone calls about Peter’s disruptive and distracting classroom antics. After the usual pleasantries and a review of Peter’s behavior, ... ...Read More

Building Competence through Chores

Categories: 2013, February

The Joy of a Job Well Done: Building Competence through Chores by Joyce Cooper-Kahn, PhD MANY YEARS AGO, MY FAMILY AND I SPENT A FEW DAYS at a bed-and-breakfast on a working dairy farm. Our three-year-old son rose way too early, and we went down to... ...Read More

Developing a Brain Filter

Categories: 2013, February

How to Help Highly Impulsive Children and Teens Stop and Think Before Acting by Monte W. Davenport, PhD HAVE YOU EVER MET A KID WHO LACKS A BRAIN FILTER? Usually, for such children, whatever is on their mind quickly comes out of their mouth with ... ...Read More