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    1. 6 Parenting Tips for Raising Kids With ADHD

      When Hal Meyer learned that his son, 5, had ADHD, he couldn’t believe it. When his child was at school, “He was rambunctious, he couldn’t stay in his seat, he was going around, helping everybody,” Meyer recalls. But to him and his wife, these were signs of brightness and curiosity, not symptoms of i

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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. ADHD in Preschool Kids

      How early is too early to tell if your toddler or preschooler might have ADHD? Most children aren’t checked for ADHD until they’re school age, but kids as young as 4 can be diagnosed, according to guidelines set by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). At that age, many kids are active and impul

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    5. When Your Child's ADHD Affects You as a Couple

      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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    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. 10 Tips for Parenting ADHD Kids and Their 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. Can a DIY Test Reveal Signs of Alzheimer's?

      In the months after her husband died unexpectedly, Liz Arledge found it hard to focus and mingle with others. Was it a natural part of grieving, she wondered, or signs of something else? Her younger brother had dementia, and her mother had lived for 12 years with Alzheimer's. Was she following in th

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