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A Balanced Approach to ADHD Treatment for Children and Teens


Millions of children and teens in the U.S. are diagnosed with ADHD. In fact, it’s become a very common diagnosis, and much has been written about the condition and how it affects kids. Certainly, having attention issues and being prone to distraction and impulsivity is problematic in our society. Dealing with these problems can make it really hard to be successful in school or work. Moreover, behavior that’s common with ADHD can be misinterpreted by others who apply rigid standards of behavior. Many people mistakenly believe that medication seems like the obvious solution. However, it is necessary to take a more [...]

A Balanced Approach to ADHD Treatment for Children and Teens2019-09-24T05:44:51+00:00

When You Feel Like a Failure – 4 Constructive Ways to Manage Your ADHD


“How could you forget… again?!” “Is it really that hard to pay attention?” “You are such a failure.” These are harsh words toward anyone. But when you struggle to manage your ADHD, they are not uncommon to direct toward yourself as well. Feeling like a failure often goes hand-in-hand with ADHD. You always feel like you’re “dropping the ball,” so to speak. Plus, you get constant reinforcement from other people, even those whom you care about, that you just don’t measure up. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. Consider these constructive tips for managing your ADHD. 1. Take an Inventory [...]

When You Feel Like a Failure – 4 Constructive Ways to Manage Your ADHD2019-05-27T04:45:06+00:00

How ADHD Damages Relationships with Friends, Family, and Spouse


Much has been written about how ADHD is a beneficial and positive trait, and that’s true. Many people who are creative and successful have had ADHD. However, there is another side to ADHD—the side that damages relationships. Symptoms such as impulsivity, distractedness, and having a lot of energy can be draining on the friends, family, and spouse of a person with ADHD. This is especially true if the person hasn't yet been diagnosed with the condition. Their loved ones will likely see these behaviors but not understand it's part of a bigger picture. Consider how certain aspects of ADHD can damage relationships, and what [...]

How ADHD Damages Relationships with Friends, Family, and Spouse2019-05-19T04:10:38+00:00

Parenting a Child with ADHD: 5 Ways to be Supportive


You understand that parenting a child with ADHD has both its own challenges and rewards. It’s great seeing them absorbed in the things that they love to do. Their spontaneous energy and enthusiasm are just contagious. This is true not just for you, but also when you see them interacting with other children their own age. However, you also know that having ADHD isn’t easy, and that is a big reason why you want to be supportive. If you have a child diagnosed with ADHD, consider some parenting tips can be useful for providing support. 1. Learn as Much as You can [...]

Parenting a Child with ADHD: 5 Ways to be Supportive2019-05-11T04:55:00+00:00

ADHD Without Medication?


  Why Do Some Seek ADHD Treatment Without Medication? There are many reasons why you might be looking for ADHD treatment that goes beyond taking psychiatric drugs. Here are some of the reasons my clients have shared with me: Limited efficacy of ADHD drugs ADHD drugs wore off Disturbing and uncomfortable side effects of meds Worried about long term damaging effects of medicine on brain ADHD meds did not fix relationship problems with friends and family After trying medications, they learned that they still needed to learn emotional regulation skills Wanted to improve executive functioning skills   And other clients are [...]

ADHD Without Medication?2019-04-29T04:58:31+00:00

Treatment for ADHD-What Actually Works?


"Treatment For ADHD is Essential." I said this recently to a father I work with, "Dan". He is a long term client, and a loving, hard working family man. About three months ago, his teen age son was diagnosed as having ADHD. Consequently, that news terrified him and worry has gripped him ever since. Dan worries that his son won't be okay. He feels guilty that he did not have his son evaluated sooner. And as a devoted dad, he poured over books and articles attempting to get himself up to speed and all things ADHD. But the more he read, [...]

Treatment for ADHD-What Actually Works?2019-04-11T05:25:11+00:00

Telling the Difference Between Anxiety and ADHD – 4 Tips


Anxiety and ADHD are two common issues that many people struggle with. Both make it difficult to navigate our modern world. For example, with ADHD, it can be hard to sit still in class or stay in front of your desk at work. Or, when you suffer from anxiety, there are many triggers that you must face daily. Sometimes it’s even possible to have both conditions at the same time. Knowing the difference between ADHD and anxiety is important, especially if you or someone you know is experiencing behaviors you can’t explain. Otherwise, you could be getting treatment for the wrong condition. [...]

Telling the Difference Between Anxiety and ADHD – 4 Tips2019-04-11T05:32:21+00:00

ADHD Treatment Options- Think “Skills Before Pills”


ADHD Treatment Options Can Be Confusing If you are like many people with ADHD symptoms, you feel a little confused and overwhelmed with your ADHD Treatment options . Are ADHD Treatment Options Overwhelming You? What's the best way to make sustainable improvements in your life? Will psychiatric drugs fix you?  What type of ADHD treatment is best for you?  It's easy to have a ton of questions. But I hope it will be helpful to you if we start with one question. What have we learned about what helps people with ADHD? ADHD Treatment Options- Weighing The Risk Of [...]

ADHD Treatment Options- Think “Skills Before Pills”2019-02-21T06:51:29+00:00

Failure to Launch: The Difficulties of Young Adults with Executive Functioning Problems


  Congratulations! Your young adult is now a college graduate. It’s been a long time coming. However, they have had lots of struggles just getting through school and even reaching college due to executive functioning problems. And now they're faced with a new challenge. Often, young adults who have executive functioning issues also have difficulty with stepping out into the adult world. And this “failure to launch” phenomenon can make it difficult for your graduate to navigate their new environment. As a supportive parent, it’s helpful for both you and them to know the common difficulties young adults with executive functioning problems face. This [...]

Failure to Launch: The Difficulties of Young Adults with Executive Functioning Problems2019-01-29T18:47:48+00:00

Understanding the Effects of ADHD: 6 Ways It Harms Your Relationships


“It feels hopeless, nobody understands me!” These may be your thoughts as once again you find your relationship in ashes. Everything seemed great at first. In fact, it even occurred to you that this person may be the person with whom you would spend the rest of your life. However, your partner just got tired of having to “deal” with your ADHD. Even though they loved your passion, energy, and excitement, in the end, the effects of ADHD have caused harm to your relationships. Does this sound like you? If so, it's important that you understand the effects of ADHD on [...]

Understanding the Effects of ADHD: 6 Ways It Harms Your Relationships2019-01-29T00:18:33+00:00