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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. What's It Really Like to Have ADHD?

    Duane Gordon was a project manager at a firm in Montreal when his boss asked him to run the Monday morning meeting. "I was excited because this was obviously a test of [whether] I could eventually be groomed for taking over the department," he recalls. That discussion took place on Friday afternoon.

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  3. Sleep and Adult ADHD

    Everyone wants to get a good night's sleep. But when you have ADHD, it can be a challenge. Sleep problems often go hand in hand with ADHD. And when you don't sleep well, you can have more trouble with your focus. First, work with your doctor to find and treat any problems outside of your ADHD that m

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  4. Do Girls Get ADHD?

    Mary Adams, a 13-year-old from Orange County, CA, has always struggled in school. She’s shy, quiet, and often daydreams in class. Whether doing math homework or reading a novel, she needs double the time of her peers. But for many years, her teachers didn’t notice she was falling behind. “They said,

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  5. Adult ADHD: Tips to Curb Impulsive Speech

    When you have ADHD, it may feel like you can’t help what you’re going to say. Talking impulsively is a symptom, but there are ways to keep yourself in check and avoid embarrassment. With ADHD, it can be hard to pick up on social cues. So you have to make an extra effort to figure out what's going on

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  6. ADHD: 7 Life Skills Your Child Needs to Master

    Most adults take life skills for granted. You know when to wake up for work, when to take medication, and how to balance your checkbook. Yet to a teen with ADHD, those tasks can be huge hurdles. Kids with ADHD tend to be much slower to develop skills needed to organize, plan, and prioritize than the

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  7. 8 Tips to Pick a School for Your Child With ADHD

    From kindergarten through grade 12, the average American student spends 2,340 days in school. That's a lot of time! No wonder you want to pick a positive place for your child to learn. School can also be a major factor in the long-term success of a child with ADHD. Whether you’re looking for the rig

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  8. ADHD, Food Dyes, and Additives

    Are you thinking about cutting dyes and other additives from your child’s diet to try to improve ADHD symptoms? It can be a challenge. Will it work? Will your child even eat the foods that are part of his new diet? Before you give it a try, you should know a few things about the link between food co

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  9. 8 Tips for Talking With Your Child About ADHD

    If your child has ADHD, it’s important to talk with him about it. "It's never too early to start talking with your child about his ADHD," says Patricia Collins, PhD, director of the Psychoeducational Clinic at North Carolina State University. You want them to be involved, to understand, and to be on

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  10. 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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