When kids or teens are diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, doctors generally recommend medication to help to control the symptoms.The most commonly used medications include the stimulant medications – namely medicines like: Concerta, Adderall, Adderall XR, Vyvanse, Metadate CD, Ritalin LA, Methylphenidate, Dextroamphetamine, and others.
Kids and teens with ADD/ADHD often have what we can call: “Gremlins”. These can also be called: ANTS = Automatic Negative Thoughts.
Everybody gets these, but automatic negative thoughts can be particularly difficult and damaging to kids and teens with ADHD.
The Holidays can be a very stressful time for everyone – but it’s especially difficult for Adults with ADD/ADHD.
There are so many details to take care of, including:
- And the list goes on and on…
Despite progress that has been made in children’s mental health, research repeatedly shows that greater than 75% of children with diagnosable and treatable mental health conditions do not get the proper diagnosis or treatment. To address this, in 2001, the US Surgeon General called for the development of some “warning signs” or “action signs” to help to identify children at risk. It was a large task – which some of the top American scientists have been working on since the Surgeon General’s call to action. Today – on October 28, 2011, the scientific paper, as well as a toolkit are being released to the public.
Does your ADD or ADHD child procrastinate a lot? If you’re like most parents, the answer is yes. And it likely leads to frustration, hassles, and maybe even battles.
And most parents are thinking: ” This whole thing could have been avoided, if my son (or daughter) didn’t leave this till the last minute!”
Clutter is a universal problem for adults with ADD/ADHD. When there’s trouble dealing with the boring need to clean up little things, piles begin to build up.
Paperwork is often a big issue, as well as impulsively buying something that seemed great at the time, and now is just filling up more space.
As you know, it is really important to develop supports around you and your family. Whenever you are dealing with any challenge – like ADD/ADHD challenges, or working toward a goal, it is very helpful to have a support network. The saying “it takes a village” comes to mind. I’m writing this post today to share the people who are part of my support network online – particularly when I had a major event – the launch of my book.
I had the great fortune of being invited onto Breakfast Television – one of Canada’s biggest morning shows. Here’s a copy of my interview. Enjoy!
On Sunday September 4, 2011, I was interviewed on WGTK radio on the Dr. Stan Frager show. The interview was all about adult ADHD (with some questions/comments about teen ADHD as well).
Dr. Frager was kind enough to let me share the recording of the radio station with you. You can hear the radio interview here: Read More→
The end of the summer presents unique challenges for parents of kids and teens with ADHD – as they work to get their kids back into the routine for school.
We all want our kids to start off the year right, and to do the best that they can do this year at school.