ADHD and ADD Articles

Coping with Heightened Emotions When You Have ADHD

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Coping with Heightened Emotions When You Have ADHDPeople with ADHD tend to have a hard time regulating their emotions. For instance, they report going from zero to 100 in just several seconds, according to Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D, a clinical psychologist and clinical instructor in the department of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

“They report being emotionally hypersensitive, as long as they can remember.”

Their feelings also may be more intense. “[W]atching a sad movie can push them into an episode of depression or crying. A happy event can bring on almost a manic type of excitement,” said Terry Matlen, MSW, ACSW, a psychotherapist and ADHD coach.

5 Suggestions for Supporting A Loved One with ADHD

Monday, February 24th, 2014

5 Suggestions for Supporting A Loved One with ADHDMany well-meaning families and friends make mistakes when trying to support a loved one with ADHD because they misunderstand the disorder, said Terry Matlen, MSW, ACSW, a psychotherapist and ADHD coach.

For instance, some people think that ADHD is an academic problem or an issue with focusing, said Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D, a clinical psychologist and clinical instructor in the department of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

In actuality, ADHD is a disorder of executive functioning, which “refers to many cognitive processes that we use to move us toward a goal.” This includes everything from prioritizing to decision-making to organizing to time management, he said.

Parents: Helping Your Child with ADHD

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Parents: Helping Your Child with ADHDSome hype in the media has been made about an “over-diagnosis” of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). But parents with children who actually have ADHD are left scratching their heads — why are some people demonizing their child’s disorder? Would a journalist go after pediatric cancer with the same gusto?

I don’t have the answer to those kinds of questions, but I do have some tips to share with parents of children with ADHD. Raising a child with ADHD presents unique opportunities and challenges. But it’s the challenges that can sometimes throw parents for a loop.

EMPowerPlus May Be Helpful in the Treatment of ADHD

Friday, February 14th, 2014

EMPowerPlus May Be Helpful in the Treatment of ADHDThere are many treatments available for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). But for various reasons, the treatments available — medication or psychotherapy — aren’t going to work for everyone who tries them.

That’s why over the past few years, we’ve seen the growth of the micro-nutrient industry. Micro-nutrients are usually a proprietary blend of vitamins and minerals purported to help with various symptoms. One such micronutrient blend is called EMPowerPlus, and purports to treat a range of conditions. Its website claims that EMPowerPlus has been “proven effective in reducing or eliminating the symptoms of bipolar, anxiety, depression, and ADHD.”

So how effective is EMPowerPlus in the treatment of ADHD?

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.

Recent Comments
  • Pam: I disagree that it’s ok to have a crummy holiday experience. I lived in a small town after a divorce and...
  • Ann: I lose everything! I know the joy of finding things. However, I am tired, very tired. I wish I was not what I...
  • Josh: Great article, I could really use active conditioning on learning to control my emotions (I am known as a...
  • brokeandblue: I am someone that prides myself on being non-judgemental. At all. In fact I get complimented on this,...
  • Cathy Taughinbaugh: This is a wonderful list of blogs, which are so helpful to those suffering from anxiety. I wanted...
Subscribe to Our Weekly Newsletter


Find a Therapist
Enter ZIP or postal code



Users Online: 6840
Join Us Now!