Attention Deficit Disorder Library


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The Neurobiological Origin of ADHD

May 9th, 2014
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD, a term that includes what was formerly known as attention deficit disorder or ADD) is a growing problem in America. The American Psychological Association (APA) added the condition to its diagnostic handbook, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, ...

Helping ADHD Children Make Friends

Helping ADHD Children Make FriendsAttention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) as defined by the Fifth Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) is “a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development, presenting in two or more settings, and ...

Frequently Asked Questions about Adult ADHD

Frequently Asked Questions about Adult ADHDThis article is about adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The childhood ADHD FAQ is here. Is ADHD even a real disorder? Yes, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder has over three decades' worth of research supporting its diagnosis in adults and children. There ...

OCD & Perfectionism

OCD & PerfectionismPatty was feeling frustrated and depressed. No matter what she tried, she felt she was stuck. As a young child, she remembers she would come unglued if anyone walked in her room and messed up her belongings. She would arrange and rearrange things until ...

ADHD According to Zoë: The Real Deal on Relationships, Finding Your Focus & Finding Your Keys

BOOK REVIEW.
Women with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) will benefit heart, mind, and soul from reading Zoë Kessler’s new book ADHD According to Zoë: The Real Deal on Relationships, Finding Your Focus, and Finding Your Keys. Kessler, a freelance writer and author of Adoption Reunions, was diagnosed with ADHD well into adulthood. In this book, she shares, ...

When Your Child’s ADHD Treatment Stops Working

When Your Child's ADHD Treatment Stops Working Your child might be having a harder time focusing on homework. His or her grades might be slipping. Or he or she might be getting into trouble more often at school or at home. In other words, your child's symptoms of attention deficit ...

ADHD Among African-Americans

ADHD Among African-AmericansAwareness about and diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in minority populations in the United States has increased over the past decade. The higher numbers diagnosed likely are the result of more widespread attention to signs, symptoms, and diagnosis. As a result, ADHD has ...

Helping Your Kids Keep Organized with Childhood ADHD

Helping Your Kids Keep Organized with Childhood ADHDAttention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a chronic disorder that begins in childhood and often persists into adulthood. Inattention can create difficulty with organization, which can pose problems in school during childhood and the teenage years. Problems with organization stem ...

Getting Help for Your Child with ADHD & Prognosis

Getting Help for Your Child with ADHD & PrognosisWhere does one turn when they fear that their child or teenage son or daughter is suffering from attention hyperactivity deficit disorder (ADHD)? Most families turn to their family physician or pediatrician for help, which is usually a good ...

Problems & Diagnoses Related to Childhood ADHD

Problems & Diagnoses Related to Childhood ADHDAttention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) often does not occur alone in children and teens. Common co-occurring problems include learning disabilities, disruptive mood dysregulation disorder, and oppositional defiant disorder. When your child or teen is affected by additional mental health concerns, these will ...

Causes & Risk Factors of Childhood ADHD

Causes & Risk Factors of Childhood ADHDAs with all mental disorders, the exact causes of attention deficit disorder (ADHD) are simply unknown at this time. Therefore parents should not blame themselves for this condition appearing in their child or teen. It is likely that many factors play a ...

Childhood & Teenager ADHD Symptoms

Childhood & Teenager ADHD SymptomsThe main features of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (or ADHD) are inattention, hyperactivity, and/or impulsivity. But because most young children and even teenagers may display these behaviors from time to time, it is important not to assume that every child or teen you ...

ADHD Coaching: Look to the Willow Tree

ADHD Coaching: Look to the Willow TreePartnering with a coach of any kind can lead to rewarding self-discovery. Whether specified as executive, life or career coach, these people are essentially teachers at their core. And as progressive educator/ ...

ADHD & Kids: 9 Tips to Tame Tantrums

ADHD & Kids: 9 Tips to Tame Tantrums In kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), impulsivity manifests in many different ways. “Kids can impulsively run into the street. They can hit another student in line at ...

5 Warning Signs of Tipping Points in an ADHD Life

5 Warning Signs of Tipping Points in an ADHD LifeRecently, I’ve noticed a pattern in my clients that I call the “tipping point.” The tipping point is basically a time in people’s lives when, for various reasons, the strategies they have been ...

Improving Your Emotional Health Through Healthier Eating

Improving Your Emotional Health Through Healthier EatingMany people do not realize it, but you actually are what you eat. Scientific research shows that eating healthy can drastically change your mood and improve your way of life. Food allergies or intolerances can have a great effect on ...

Movers, Dreamers, and Risk-Takers: Unlocking the Power of ADHD

BOOK REVIEW.
When you have a disability, the world by and large tends to magnify and focus on what is “wrong” with you. Friends of mine who were diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in school were constantly told to “just sit down,” “behave,” and “do your work.” They were often labeled as “problem children” or told they ...

Treatment of ADHD in Children

Treatment of ADHD in ChildrenAttention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can take quite a toll on both the adults and the child or teen who has the disorder. It's tough for the individual who must cope with daily frustrations. It's rough on family members whose lives are ...

Is There an ADD Epidemic in Adults?

Is There an ADD Epidemic in Adults?Do you procrastinate? Do you have trouble with self-discipline, focus and motivation? Are you sometimes forgetful? If the answer is yes, then join the club! Most of us recognize these as some of the symptoms of ADD or Attention Deficit ...

The ADD Myth: How to Cultivate the Unique Gifts of Intense Personalities

BOOK REVIEW.
A few hours after I finished reading The ADD Myth, while pondering something that had occurred during the day, it suddenly hit me with great clarity what author Martha Burge was describing when she said that "truth is defined by your map."  Now if that statement has piqued your interest enough to question what it ...

Brains of Children with ADHD Show Protein Deficiency

Brains of Children with ADHD Show Protein DeficiencyNew research on children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder has found a deficiency of a necessary brain chemical. Children with ADHD appear to have nearly 50 percent lower levels of an amino acid ...

Unlock your Fidgety Child’s Ability to Learn and Focus

Unlock your Fidgety Child's Ability to Learn and Focus Teaching is hard enough, but when you have a child who has a hard time focusing, it can seem impossible! I’m talking about the type of child who has the uncontrollable need to fidget ...

The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques Workbook

BOOK REVIEW.
In 2008, Margaret Wehrenberg published The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques:  Understanding How Your Brain Makes You Anxious and What You Can Do to Change it.  Now a workbook has been released to accompany the book.  While the book goes into more detail about different aspects of anxiety, the workbook includes enough background information to ...