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    1. What's the Right ADHD Medication for Your Child?

      When Wendy's pediatrician first suggested she have her son tested for ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), the Florida mom was skeptical. He was 7, and he didn't bounce off the walls or misbehave like other children she knew with the disorder. But his teachers were concerned about his in

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    2. ADHD Drug Holidays: Should Your Kid Take One?

      Are you thinking about giving your child weekends off or even a summer-long break from his ADHD medications? It may work just fine. Your child may regain his appetite and catch up on his growth. (Some ADHD drugs may slow this.) Then again, a medication vacation may unleash the very behaviors that ha

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    3. Alcohol and ADHD Medication

      If you take medication for your ADHD, you may wonder whether or not you can drink alcohol. And if it's okay, how much can you safely have? There's no official recommendation, because not enough research has been done. But some doctors think a drink or two is all right for some people under certain c

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    4. Why Are ADHD Medicines Controlled Substances?

      If you’re taking medicine for ADHD, what you’re taking likely is a controlled substance. That means that the federal government regulates how the drug is made, prescribed, and dispensed. There are also extra security measures to guard against abuse. “This affects the way you get and fill your prescr

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    5. Why Do Teenagers Go Off ADHD Medication?

      By Roy Boorady, MD There are a couple of reasons why kids who are around 13, 14, or 15 often decide they want to stop taking medication. First, this is a time when they're developing autonomy, and it's typical for kids this age to start challenging their parents. Secondly, ADHD does change over time

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    6. Do Video Games Cause ADHD?

      By Caroline Miller We hear it from frustrated parents: Why is it that my child, who finds it almost impossible to stay in his chair and focus on the lesson at school, can nonetheless sit in front of a video screen, transfixed, for hours? He fits all the criteria for ADHD—except when he's playing vid

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    7. ADHD and College: Advice for Parents

      By Mary Rooney, PhD As a parent you have undoubtedly done a great deal to help your child with ADHD stay organized, stay on time and stay on task. You've also been an advocate for your child and made sure he had access to academic services, classroom accommodations and psychological treatment. So wh

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    8. Helping Girls With ADHD Make Friends

      Friendships are an important part of growing up. They help kids learn to work in a group, solve problems and be interested in other people. They even help kids get a better understanding of who they are as individuals. But social skills don't come naturally to all children. Making friends can be par

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    9. ADHD and Video Games: Is There a Link?

      Nate is like a lot of kids who have ADHD. Time management and organization skills are a challenge. He has trouble focusing on humdrum tasks like homework, especially math. But when it comes to video games that are full of combat, its mission accomplished for Nate, a 17-year-old high school student i

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    10. Kids With ADHD: At Risk for Risky Behavior?

      The teacher calls you at home to tell you about a playground injury involving your child and another classmate. Or, maybe she doesn't quite believe your child's story about what happened to his classmate's toy. Maybe you notice that some loose change is missing from a jar on the dresser. If you're t

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