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Free Webinar: ADHD Coaching – Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Know

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Free Webinar: ADHD Coaching - Everything You've Always Wanted to KnowAdults with ADHD often feel misunderstood; a feeling based on legitimate experiences throughout their lives.

As an adult with ADHD wouldn’t it be great to find someone who can listen to you with genuine understanding? Someone who acknowledges the reality of your personal experiences? Someone who truly gets you?

Look no further than an ADHD coach!

Join Psych Central host Zoë Kessler (author, ADHD According to Zoë) and special guest ADHD Coach Mark Jones for a free webinar to learn how coaching can help you overcome ADHD challenges and live the life you’ve always wanted.

The Secret Lives of Women with ADHD

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

No Boundaries Juniors Pull On Maxi Tulip SkirtMany women with ADHD live with a painful secret: “Shame, unfortunately, seems to be the name of the game, for many women I have worked with who have ADHD,” said Terry Matlen, MSW, ACSW, a psychotherapist and ADHD coach.

Even women with advanced degrees in demanding, high-powered positions feel incredibly overwhelmed once they get home, stressed out by all the household details, she said. “They feel like they are living a lie — that their accomplishments are simply due to good luck.”

Adults with ADHD: Tips for Juggling Life in Today’s Frenetic World

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Adults with ADHD: Tips for Juggling Life in Today’s Frenetic WorldWe live in a wired, fast-paced world. We’re constantly plugged in — checking email and social media sites from all of our devices. We’re trying to meet ever-increasing expectations and demands, juggling careers and school, raising kids, managing our homes, entertaining, and much more, says Terry Matlen, MSW, ACSW, a psychotherapist and ADHD coach.

“For the adult without ADD, it’s a tough situation to keep their heads above water. But for an adult with ADHD, it’s almost an impossible task.”

“The brain can just ‘shut down’ due to feeling overwhelmed,” said Stephanie Sarkis, Ph.D, NCC, a psychotherapist and ADHD specialist. Adults with ADHD can become paralyzed because they don’t know where to start, she said.

5 Practices for Calming Racing Thoughts

Monday, July 28th, 2014

5 Practices for Calming Racing ThoughtsRacing thoughts may be a daily reality for you or an occasional annoyance. Racing thoughts are common for people with anxiety when they’re facing a stressor. They’re also common in bipolar disorder, ADHD and other medical conditions, according to Marla Deibler, PsyD, a clinical psychologist who specializes in anxiety disorders.

For instance, anxious thoughts may be a string of worries. Deibler shared this example:

“I don’t have a date for the party tomorrow. I can’t go by myself. What will everyone think? What’s wrong with me? Why don’t I have a date? That’s it. I’m not going. But everyone will wonder where I am. I should go. Oh, I don’t know what to do.”

Racing thoughts can be overwhelming, confusing and distressing, Deibler said. They can hinder your ability to concentrate and accomplish daily tasks. They can hinder your memory and sleep, she added.

Subtle Signs You May Have Adult ADHD

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

Subtle Signs You May Have Adult ADHDADHD may be hard to spot in adults, because everyone can exhibit many of the symptoms, said Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D, a clinical psychologist who specializes in treating ADHD. Many people forget important things, get bored easily, daydream, get restless and fidget, he said.

“What is often overlooked are the extent and frequency of these occurrences,” Olivardia said. Adults with ADHD deal with these symptoms on a daily basis, and they require great effort to manage, he said.

5 Reasons Children Might Be Performing Poorly in School

Monday, July 7th, 2014

5 Reasons Children Might Be Performing Poorly in SchoolThere are innumerable reasons why a child might be struggling academically at school. In my practice, this is one of the most common presenting complaints when a parent brings a child for an intake. The most important part of the treatment is often a thorough assessment.

Below are five main reasons which may cause children to perform poorly in school.

ADHD and Kids: 5 Tips for Setting Appropriate Rules

Monday, July 7th, 2014

ADHD and Kids: 5 Tips for Setting Appropriate RulesParenting a child with ADHD can present various challenges because of the disorder’s symptoms, such as hyperactivity, impulsivity and inattention.

Kids with ADHD may have every intention of respecting a rule, said Elaine Taylor-Klaus, CPCC, ACC, an educator and parenting coach. But they may break it — often “by accident than on purpose.”

Taylor-Klaus makes a key distinction between “naughty” and “neurological” (having difficulty following a rule because of ADHD symptoms).

Overcoming Common Paralyzing Thoughts for Adults with ADHD

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

medication-adhd-treatmentMany people with ADHD have limiting beliefs that prevent them from achieving their goals, whether it’s going to graduate school or going for a promotion.

For instance, adults might think: “I could never do that, the boring parts would be too hard” or “I’m too lazy and not that smart,” according to Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D, a clinical psychologist and clinical instructor in the department of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

12 Ways to Help Kids with ADHD Get Things Done

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

12 Ways to Help Kids with ADHD Get Things DoneKids with ADHD have a hard time completing tasks, such as homework and chores.

They may understand the material and be capable of completing the assignment, said Cindy Goldrich, Ed.M., ACAC, an ADHD parent coach, mental health counselor and teacher trainer. She shares her unique insights and experience to build an environment where kids feel safe, supported, and capable of learning.

But “they often have significant weakness in their ability to get started, stay focused, plan and organize their work, monitor themselves to regulate their actions, and manage their emotions.”

Free Webinar: The Couple’s Guide to Thriving with ADHD

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

thriving-with-adhdJoin Psych Central webinar host Zoë Kessler and special guest Melissa Orlov, award-winning author and marriage consultant, for an enlightening conversation about how to navigate the impact of ADHD in marriage.

Orlov, author of The ADHD Effect on Marriage, will answer your questions and talk about her new book, The Couple’s Guide to Thriving with ADHD, co-authored with Nancie Kohlenberger, LMFT.

This webinar is for adults with ADHD and their partners. If you’re looking for insights into relationships where ADHD is present, and practical strategies and tips on how to save a marriage or relationship in trouble, don’t wait — this is the webinar for you!

Common Mistakes Adults with ADHD Make in Managing the Disorder

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

Common Mistakes Adults with ADHD Make in Managing the DisorderWhen you’re managing any disorder, you’re bound to make mistakes. (Life is filled with them.)

For instance, making mistakes when managing ADHD symptoms is normal, said Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D, a clinical psychologist and clinical instructor in the department of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

It’s “part of the journey.”

Also, part of that journey is learning from your errors. Below, ADHD experts share the most common mistakes people with ADHD make when managing their disorder and how to prevent or fix them.

Is Taking Adderall to Boost College Brain Performance Cheating?

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Is Taking Adderall to Boost College Brain Performance Cheating?A new study that will be presented tomorrow finds that 33 percent of students surveyed for a study at an Ivy League college said they did not think taking an attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drug, like Adderall or Ritalin, is a form of cheating. Another 25 percent weren’t sure if it was cheating or not, and 41 percent thought it was.

It’s almost as if these college kids need to crack open a dictionary once in a while. Cheating is “to act dishonestly or unfairly in order to gain an advantage, especially in a game or examination.”

If you’re not taking an ADHD drug for ADHD but rather for its brain-boosting effects, guess what? — that’s cheating.

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