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.
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...
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...
Social Skills for Young Adults with ADHD
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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 with folks with ADHD for my ...
Anthony Rostain, MD, MA, on the years of transition to adulthood
interview by Susan Buningh, MRE
PARENTS ARE OFTEN PERPLEXED ABOUT THEIR ROLE DURING THE SOMETIMES DIFFICULT YEARS when their children with ADHD are transitioning to adulthood. For gui...
A Holistic Approach to Educating Faculty and Staff about ADHD
by Mari Foret
THE TWO WEEKS BEFORE SCHOOL OPENS IN THE FALL can be some of the busiest of the year. Typically, faculty and staff are setting up their rooms and finalizing lesson plans to...
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...
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...
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...
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, ...
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...
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 ...
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
by Isabel O’Daly
CHADD HELD AN HISTORIC SPANISH PARENT TO PARENT teacher certification training in San Jose, California, in late September of 2012. With the help of Parents Helping Parents and Matrix Parent Network, we were ...
by Karen Sampson Hoffman, MA
SUMMERTIME WAS A LITTLE SWEETER THIS YEAR for four young people who received awards through the CHADD Summer Camp Award Fund: Aaron and Eric Chapman, Drew Krepsky, and Alexa Rosenholtz. They received...
COMPASSION FATIGUE IS THE PRICE WE MAY SOMETIMES PAY for the compassion we feel for others who are struggling, and for working tirelessly to help them improve their lives. Among its tell-tale signs is emotional exhaustion. We...
by Barbara S. Hawkins, BA
AH, THE HOLIDAYS. "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times," wrote Charles Dickens. How many of us can relate to the excitement followed by upset and maybe utter devastation that changes in...
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A chat with Marie S. Paxson
MARIE S. PAXSON, FORMER PRESIDENT OF CHADD, is co-chair of the editorial advisory board for Attention magazine. As the parent of two young adults with ADHD, she is a veteran of many holiday seasons.
WE’D LOVE TO SPARK A CONVERSATION ABOUT THE SPIRITUAL SIDE OF LIVING WITH ADHD. At this reflective and hopeful time of year, we begin with some personal experiences submitted by readers. Please share your stories with us and continue the discussion, ...
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