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  1. ADHD Medications and Scary Side Effects

    Elaine Taylor-Klaus's daughter developed facial tics not long after starting medications for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The tics came on suddenly while she was performing in a school play and were noticeable even from the back of the auditorium, where her mother was watching. T

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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. Disciplining a Child With ADHD

    If your child has ADHD, should you discipline him in a different way than with your other children? The answer might surprise you. "ADHD is a challenge, not necessarily an excuse for kids," says Steven L. Pastyrnak, PhD, of the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in Michigan. Still, you might need to be

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  4. Is ADHD Real?

    Do you know someone who questions whether ADHD exists? Or do you have doubts yourself? All the major medical groups -- including the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Medical Association, American Psychiatric Association, and National Institutes of Health -- recognize attention-deficit hypera

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  5. ADHD Tied to Eating Disorder Risk in Kids, Teens

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, May 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have an increased risk of a certain type of eating disorder, according to a new study. The eating disorder is called loss of control eating syndrome (LOC-ES). As

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  6. How ADHD Is Different for Girls

    When you picture a child with ADHD, a few images may come to mind: A kid who doesn’t ever seem to sit still. A child who can’t stop interrupting the teacher or goofing off in class. A C- and D-student who never manages to finish a single homework assignment. Symptoms like these are easy to spot, but

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  7. The Positive Side of Adult ADHD

    The symptoms of ADHD can be challenging, but sometimes those same symptoms can also be perks. Abigail Levrini, PhD, director of Psych Ed Coaches, offers these examples: Energy. One way to describe hyperactivity is "high energy." That could be a plus if you have a career that takes a lot of stamina.

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  8. How a Child's ADHD Affects Siblings

    When one of your kids has ADHD, it can be a challenge to make sure your other kids are OK, too. "It's so important for parents to show all of their children -- both the child with ADHD and the kids without -- that they are equally loved,” says Terry Dickson, MD, director of the Behavioral Medicine C

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  9. When Your Child's ADHD Affects Your Relationship

    It takes a lot of work to keep a healthy relationship with your spouse or partner. That can be even more of a challenge when you have a child with ADHD. "Anytime you have a child with a condition like ADHD that impacts his ability to socialize, to follow rules, to learn, and listen, it impacts your

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  10. Risky Behavior and Teens With ADHD

    The teenage years can be tough for kids. But for teens with ADHD, they can be especially hard. If your child has ADHD, you might notice he does certain things that upset you, himself, or other people. You might even realize he does things that are unsafe. Know that this is normal. “Risky behavior is

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