ADD & ADHD

Attention Deficit Disorder, currently know as ADHD inattentive type, is difficulty attending or focusing on a specific task. People with Attention Deficit Disorder may become distracted within a matter of minutes or slowly over the course of a task. Inattentive behavior may also cause difficulties with staying organized (e.g. losing things), keeping track of time, completing tasks, and making careless errors. Most people with this issue have deficits in attention, impulse control and task completion.

When to Evaluate your Child for ADHD

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ADHD-evaluation-attention-focus-behaviorWhat is an in-depth formal evaluation for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and when would you want one done? Before you make this decision, you need to understand the signs to look for to determine when to have your child or teen formally evaluated.

Formal testing may be helpful if your child shows signs of the following:

Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity DisorderAdults with Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may have difficulty with the followiing:

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Advocating for your child’s needs at school: Part 2

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IEP-504-disability-learning-advocateIn the previous blog, I discussed the differences between plans and identifications. As a quick review there are two different plans (504 plans and Individualized Education Plans), and three different identifications (Specific learning disability, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Other Health Impaired).

Advocating for your Child’s Needs at School: Part 1

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Advocate-school-disability-IEP-504Several months ago, I wrote a blog regarding the education system and how it continues to be behind the curve when it comes to teaching kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Understanding Your ADHD Child

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ADHD-attention-focus-childrenAny parent out there that has a child with ADHD often asks themselves "what is normal for a child? My child does not seem to act like all the other kids". This question of normal is the most common question I get in counseling from parents. I would like to help clarify the difference between what is normal for a child with ADHD and that of a child without ADHD.

Interventions for Adult ADHD

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There are several helpful ways to address adult ADHD, and all start with talking to your doctor about medications. There are generally two different medications used currently for ADHD: Stimulants and non-stimulants. Stimulants that have been used for many years and have proven to be effective.

Understanding Your Adult ADD

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One of the recent trends in mental and medical health is the increasing number of adults being diagnosed with ADD. I have one to two referrals each week from local doctors asking for an adult ADD assessment. The most common complaint from these individuals is the inability to stay organized and complete tasks.

Quit Faking it! The Stigma of Mental Illness.

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mental-health-stigma-depression-anxietyI recently read a blog that quoted a 2008 survey conducted on behalf of the Canadian Medical Association. This survey found that nearly half (46%) of those polled believed that mental illness isn’t always “real” but rather an excuse for poor behavior and personal failings.

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