Big Emotions After an Adult ADHD Diagnosis

Noor Pannu couldn’t believe it. Her psychiatrist had just diagnosed her with ADHD. But she didn’t trust him. She’d read that people with the disorder did things like get into fights and have trouble with the law, and that wasn’t her at all. “It took me a long time to accept it,” she says.… Continue reading Big Emotions After an Adult ADHD Diagnosis

ADHD in Children: Focus on the Positives

Jami Demuth is the mother of three children, ages 12, 14, and 16 — all of whom have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Her parenting strategy? She encourages them to find ways to use their ADHD symptoms to their advantage. “I tell my kids all the time, [ADHD] is your greatest superpower,” says Demuth.… Continue reading ADHD in Children: Focus on the Positives

Things Parents of Kids With ADHD Wish You Knew

It takes a lot of time, effort, and patience to be a good parent, especially if your child has ADHD. But even though millions of children have the disorder, faulty ideas about it are widespread. Here’s what some parents of kids with ADHD want you to know. Don’t label my child a “bad… Continue reading Things Parents of Kids With ADHD Wish You Knew

High-Functioning Adult ADHD: What It’s Like

SOURCES: Denise Leung, MD, assistant professor of psychiatry, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, medical director of quality, Department of Psychiatry, NYPH-CUIMC; program medical director, Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital Community and Acute Outpatient Psychiatry Services, Child and Adolescent Health, New York City. Edward M. Hallowell, MD, board-certified child and adult psychiatrist, author of ADHD 2.0: New… Continue reading High-Functioning Adult ADHD: What It’s Like

What Happens When You Stop Your ADHD Meds?

When Dana Rayburn learned she had ADHD in her 40s, her doctor prescribed Adderall. She did well on the drug for a few years, but then her insurance stopped covering it. Rather than struggle to pay $200 a month for the medication, she decided to try going off it. For other adults with ADHD, side… Continue reading What Happens When You Stop Your ADHD Meds?

What Happens When You Stop Your ADHD Meds

Like many adults with ADHD, Justine Ruotolo took a stimulant (in her case Adderall XR) for her symptoms. Then, about 11 years ago, she started meditating. Shortly after that, she began to shake after taking her pill. Ruotolo’s doctor lowered the dose, but 6 months later it started happening again. She decided to go off… Continue reading What Happens When You Stop Your ADHD Meds

ADHD in Young Adults

For most of Zach’s school years, he struggled with procrastination and had a hard time getting organized. People would often tell him that he needed to manage his time better or find systems that would help handle his schedule. But those suggestions never seemed to solve the problem. So he wasn’t surprised when he was… Continue reading ADHD in Young Adults

How to Talk to 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 board,” says Terry… Continue reading How to Talk to Your Child About ADHD

Is It Immaturity or ADHD?

Kids who are younger than most of the students in their grade may have a harder time paying attention, sitting still, or controlling their behavior. Those things happen to be symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), too. ADHD is one of the most commonly diagnosed behavioral disorders in children in the U.S. But some… Continue reading Is It Immaturity or ADHD?

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… Continue reading When Your Child's ADHD Affects You as a Couple