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Living with ADHD

By John M. Grohol, Psy.D.

Living with ADHDWith the addition of our two new ADHD blogs in recent weeks, now’s a good time to revisit some of the basics about attention deficit disorder, because a lot of misconceptions prevail.

At one time, it was thought that attention deficit disorder (with or without hyperactivity, it’s often nowadays abbreviated the same way as ADHD) only affected children. However, in the past two decades, we’ve learned that attention deficit disorder can also affect adults. ADHD doesn’t have to be viewed merely as a “disability” either, as many famous people live with ADHD and use it as the foundation for their imagination and creativity. In fact, as Tom Wootton and his colleagues blog about regularly over at Bipolar Advantage, what are commonly labeled as “mental disorders” can also be viewed as having many positives — positives often simply overlooked, de-emphasized or dismissed by professionals (and indeed, many people).

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Living with ADHD

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  1. My eleven year old son was just diagnose with ADHD. I kind of suspected he had it for years. I knew I did not want to give him medication because I do not trust the pharmaceutical companies. I thought there should be another way to treat his symptoms naturally. I cam across this program that I got from this website that helped my son. It taught me what to do to make spelling words easier for him, to sit still and stop all that fidgeting, and to help him keep from zoning out when I’m talking to him. I gave his teacher a few of these tips too. As if she actually uses them. It had some more things in this program but I would be writing forever. It’s called 100 Ways To Help Your Child Pay Attention. Its at the website I suggested. It had a questionnaire to see your child may have ADHD. It helped me. Maybe it can
    help you. But please use medication as a last result. Please.

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