Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, also known as ADD and ADHD, is a brain disorder that makes it difficult to be attentive for more than short periods of time. The condition is also often marked by impulsivity and affects an estimated 2.5 percent of children and 8.4 percent of adults, according to the American Psychiatric Association (APA). Although ADHD can occur in anyone, it is most commonly found in boys, who have a three times higher greater rate of diagnosis than girls. ADHD … [Read more...]
What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for ADHD?
Whether you or a loved one has been recently diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or you are just pursuing other treatment options for the condition, you may have heard of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). If this ADHD treatment method has piqued your interest, read on to learn more about it and how it is used on the mental health field to help patients with ADHD. Cognitive behavioral therapy incorporates self-instructional training that is taught in a group or on … [Read more...]
ADHD in Girls
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a mental health condition that is more prevalent in boys than girls. Because of this, many young girls – specifically those with inattentive symptoms and others – are often overlooked because of the influx of hyperactive boys who exhibit symptoms of the stereotypical behavior of ADHD (or ADD). ADHD that continues on unrecognized can contribute to years of low self-confidence and even psychological damage. Read on to learn how to identify ADHD in girls … [Read more...]
Green Tea for ADHD
Whether you are a parent with a child who has been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD or ADD) or you are the one with the condition, you recognize how difficult and stressful the condition can be. People, including children, with ADHD or related symptoms often feel worried and anxious. Children with ADHD may need special attention during school. People of all ages with the disorder may be easily aggravated or get fidgety when their medication wears off at certain … [Read more...]
Can ADHD Develop in Adulthood?
If you recently started noticing that you feel inattentive, overwhelmed, scattered or restless, you might wonder if you are dealing with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). If you did not exhibit ADHD symptoms during childhood, which is the time when ADHD is most commonly diagnosed, you may be unsure of whether the condition is to blame for your struggles. Can ADHD even be diagnosed in adulthood? Or was it possibly missed when you were a child? Or perhaps is there something else … [Read more...]
Can Caffeine Help with ADHD?
Stimulant therapy is the most common treatment for ADHD. Stimulant drugs like Adderall, Dexedrine and Focalin can help people with ADHD to improve their attention span and focus as well as help to control impulsive behavior. Some studies have examined the impact of caffeine on symptoms of ADHD but results have varied. Although caffeine is considered a stimulant, it is not typically recommended as a form of treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, due to the fact that it has not … [Read more...]
The 3 Types of ADHD
Many of us feel hyper, distracted or not fully focused sometimes. It is also not abnormal to wonder if your child is abnormal. But how do you know for sure when a behavior is caused by a condition, such as attention deficit hyperactivity (ADHD) disorder and requires treatment? ADHD is associated with symptoms including difficulty focusing, exercising self-control, sitting still and paying attention. A person who is diagnosed with ADHD typically has trouble with academic, work or social … [Read more...]
ADHD, Learning Disabilities and Related Conditions
Poor executive function, behavioral problems, inattention and more are the stereotypical symptoms of ADHD but just because a person has those symptoms does not necessarily mean they have the condition – or just the condition. Dyslexia or other learning disabilities are common coexisting conditions in people with ADHD. ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is not a learning disability – but it can make learning difficult. For example, if you struggle with focus on a regular basis, … [Read more...]
When your Teenager has ADHD
Adolescence is a whirlwind time for both parents and teens. When your teen has ADHD, the routine challenges that come with parenting can become magnified. Many parents begin to feel frustrated because they have read literature that ADHD symptoms often improve as children get older. However, the hormonal changes that accompany puberty, alongside social and educational challenges, can often exacerbate symptoms. Some parents find that rather than ADHD symptoms lessening as their child … [Read more...]
Parenting with ADHD
Adult ADHD can be challenging at the best of times. Issues with Executive Function, emotional processing and impulse control can all be difficult to overcome. When parenting is added into the mix, then life can become even more stressful and difficult for those who suffer with ADHD. Susan Krauss Whitbourne describes five main ways that adults with ADHD are commonly affected by their condition, and all of these can impact when added to the demands of parenting, especially younger children … [Read more...]