ADHD and ADD Articles

Adults & ADHD: 7 Tips for Finishing What You Start

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Adults & ADHD: 7 Tips for Finishing What You StartBecause of the nature of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), adults with the disorder quickly lose interest in what they’re doing. The ADHD brain gets bored easily and needs novelty (this helps to boost dopamine levels, which are low in people with ADHD).

Of course, this doesn’t bode well for wrapping up tasks.

The need for newness also means that adults with ADHD often start many different projects and simply get too busy to finish them all, according to Sarah D. Wright, a life coach who specializes in working with people who have attention disorders.

Plus, they can get stuck on a task, because they’re unsure of how to move forward, she said.

In order to finish what you start, it helps to have support and get clear on the parameters of your project. Below, Wright revealed how to do just that, along with other specific tips for following through.

Adults & ADHD: 8 Tips to Make Good Decisions

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Adults & ADHD: 8 Tips to Make Good DecisionsMaking decisions is a challenge for adults with ADHD. The symptom of distraction is one reason decision-making is difficult. Adults with ADHD get distracted by both external cues (such as background noise) and internal cues (such as thoughts and feelings).

“When it’s time to make a decision, a person with ADHD might not be able to filter out all the possibilities there are,” according to Terry Matlen, MSW, ACSW, a psychotherapist and coach who specializes in ADHD.

They also have a tough time prioritizing tasks and projects, because all the options seem equally significant, she said.

Sleep Strategies for Adults with ADHD

Saturday, January 11th, 2014

Sleep Strategies for Adults with ADHDSleep disturbances are common among adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

“I don’t know anyone with ADHD who does not have an issue with sleep,” said Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D, a psychologist who treats ADHD and a clinical instructor in the department of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

In fact, in the past, sleep disturbances were considered as a criterion for defining ADHD, according to psychiatrist William W. Dodson, MD, in the book Gender Issues and AD/HD: Research, Diagnosis and Treatment. However, they “were dropped because they were felt to be too nonspecific.”

Can a Single Study Have Such Influence Over ADHD Treatment?

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

magnifying glass research bigstImagine that in a world where thousands of new studies are published every year, and hundreds of studies are conducted on any one condition, that one gleaming, gold-standard study has the ability to completely determine the course of treatment for one condition. For decades.

If you find that hypothetical situation difficult to swallow, you’re not alone. Experts and specialists of a condition such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) rarely rely on a single study’s results to help guide their treatment decisions. And even when they do, it’s nearly always done within the context of a specific patient’s individualized needs.

So can a single study have such influence over the choice of treatments in ADHD? Let’s find out.

10 Strategies for Helping Kids with ADHD Build Self-Confidence

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

10 Strategies for Helping Kids with ADHD Build Self-ConfidenceIt’s common for kids with ADHD to feel bad about themselves. ADHD creates challenges in all areas of their lives, from home to school.

It also doesn’t help that they often get negative feedback from all sides. Parents scold them for acting out. Teachers reprimand them for not turning in their homework. Peers tease them if they don’t fit in.

Over time, kids with ADHD internalize these messages, according to Terry Matlen, MSW, ACSW, a psychotherapist and ADHD coach. “If they’ve grown up hearing over and over again that they are ‘bad, incapable or even stupid,’ these words hang on to them and they begin to define themselves as such.”

12 Strategies for Building Healthy Relationships When You Have ADHD

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

12 Strategies for Building Healthy Relationships When You Have ADHD“Relationships are hard. Relationships where one or both people have ADHD are even harder,” said Beth Main, a certified attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) coach who helps individuals with ADHD develop the skills, systems, and strategies they need to overcome their challenges and achieve success.

Partners with ADHD often feel misunderstood by their spouses, who interpret their behavior as lazy or willful. (In fact, that’s one of the most common concerns Main hears from her clients.)

Partners without ADHD become increasingly frustrated when their spouses unintentionally break commitments, forget or misplace things, run late and act impulsively, she said.

Is ADHD Overdiagnosed? It’s Complicated, Part 2

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Is ADHD Overdiagnosed? It's Complicated, Part 2Earlier this year, the CDC released data that showed that diagnoses of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) went up over the past few years. But the CDC data also showed that diagnoses went up across the board for multiple mental disorders.

Some media outlets at the time, however, only focused on the increase in the diagnosis of ADHD. This two-part article (part 1 is here) examines whether there really is an “over”-diagnosis of ADHD — or whether it’s more complicated than answering with a simple “yes” or “no.”

Is ADHD Overdiagnosed? Yes & No

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Is ADHD Overdiagnosed? Yes & NoThe widespread perception among many Americans is that attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is overdiagnosed. This was fueled by a regular update to a dataset the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) releases every few years called the National Survey of Children’s Health. The recent data showed — not surprising to anyone — that diagnoses of ADHD in children 2-17 years old increased since the last survey.

This release caused the New York Times to blare in a headline that 1 in 5 of all boys in the U.S. had ADHD. (Which turned out not to be true, but you wouldn’t know it unless you scrolled all the way to the bottom of the article and read the “correction.”)

In fact, if you looked at all the data the CDC released, you’d notice similar increases across the board of childhood diagnoses — increases in the rate of diagnosis of autism (up 37 percent from 2007), depression (up three percent from 2007), and anxiety (up 11 percent from 2007). But for some reason, the New York Times only covered the changes to ADHD diagnosis rates.

So is there an actual overdiagnosis in ADHD? Or is it more complicated than that? Let’s find out.

Simplifying the Holidays & Shrinking Stress for Adults with ADHD

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Simplifying the Holidays & Shrinking Stress for Adults with ADHD “Holidays require exquisite skills in executive functioning,” according to Terry Matlen, ACSW, a psychotherapist and coach who specializes in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). That’s why adults with ADHD can have a harder time navigating the holiday season.

ADHD impairs executive functioning, making everything from planning to prioritizing to organizing that much more challenging.

But there are many ways you can simplify the holidays, shrink your stress and enjoy yourself. Here are eight tips to try.

ADHD: What a Difference a Diagnosis Makes

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

ADHD: What a Difference a Diagnosis MakesThere I was in 2011, ready to hang myself in the cold, dark basement as my wife worked upstairs in her home office. I was wearing my robe, crying profusely, and had quietly walked down to the bottom floor where our home gym was. The cold cable that was used to pull weights down while working out felt horrific as I put it around my neck — as my brother had done three years before.

He was successful in killing himself, and a piece of our family died that day as well. Perhaps I hadn’t gotten the help I needed from a counselor after my brother’s death, since the statistics of family members who commit suicide rises once another does it.

Sure, that played a part. But the deeper issue was that I had been living with undiagnosed adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). And it almost killed me.

Free Webinar: What is Group CBT for ADHD?

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Free Webinar: What is Group CBT for ADHD?Group psychotherapy specializing in helping people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a relatively new treatment method that has been gathering a lot of very exciting data and attention lately, especially when budgets can be tight and one on one therapy isn’t always an option.

That’s why I’m pleased to announce a free webinar on Monday, Nov. 25 @ 7:00 pm ET, entitled CBT for ADHD: Manage Adult ADHD with Leading-Edge Group Therapy.

In this free webinar, therapist Alina Kislenko explores how a group approach can speed up the therapy process even if you’re already seeing an ADHD Coach. Please click through to learn more and to RSVP today.

How To Handle Mental Illness With Your Child & In Your Family

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

How To Handle Mental Illness With Your Child & In Your FamilyI remember myself as a pretty normal child. I was always singing, dancing, cracking jokes for my classmates, forgetting stuff, trashing my room, losing my homework and getting into trouble.

I sucked at school — not because I wasn’t smart — but because I was forced to focus on boring stuff. And it didn’t help that I didn’t get graded on having a social life.

My parents were two very different people (which is why they divorced when I was 2). My dad was a passive, laid back, non-confrontational guy who believed in the silent treatment as a main form of discipline. My mom was a waitress, a yeller and a hard ass who believed any bad behavior could be smacked out of a child and that talking was a waste of time.

I grew up learning two completely different ways of discipline and because of that, I made the decision at a very young age that I would never, ever hit my own children.

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