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Survey Finds 1 In 5 College Students Have Abused Prescription Medication

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 11.14.2014 | College

A new survey released by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids found that abuse of prescription stimulants is "becoming normalized" among college student...

ADHD and Technology: Helping Our Children Reclaim Their Focus and Attention

Dr. Larry Rosen | Posted 11.05.2014 | Parents
Dr. Larry Rosen

Immediate gratification is most certainly one of the reasons for a child or a teenager not being able to pay attention in school and it is a powerful one. How can school, even when technology is added as part of the curriculum, ever compare to the lure of an action video game?

Eye-Opening Ads Show What It's Like For Kids With Learning And Attention Issues

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 10.31.2014 | Parents

According to the National Center For Learning Disabilities, one in five kids have learning and attention issues. These two PSAs give parents a gl...

3 Things Every Teen With ADHD Should Know Before Going To College

Grace Friedman | Posted 12.07.2014 | Teen
Grace Friedman

As a teen with ADHD, or an ADDYTeen, getting through high school with good grades and good scores was challenging. Getting into a top flight school like the University of Puget Sound was even harder.

Is Your Child a Mouth-Breather? There's New Help at the Dentist

Janet Carlson | Posted 11.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Janet Carlson

If your child is a mouth-breather, take her to the allergist and pediatric ENT, yes. But don't stop there. Find a dentist or other airway expert who can join in treatment of the whole picture for the whole child. You'll sleep better for it.

Why I'm Proud of My Son's Low GPA

Sandy Abrams | Posted 08.04.2014 | Parents
Sandy Abrams

Success to us meant that he would be a good person living a meaningful life, earning a living following his passion.

A Letter to Judgy McJudgerson About the iPad Potty

Sarah Watts | Posted 07.19.2014 | Parents
Sarah Watts

Know what I think? This thing is freaking great. It's a masterpiece. Potty training is hard, with a bowel program or without, and whatever keeps your kid socially continent and potty-trained before they go to kindergarten, I'm all for.

Coming Soon to a Neighborhood Near You: Adderall Abuse

Lawrence Diller, M.D. | Posted 06.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Lawrence Diller, M.D.

I've watched with worried vigilance for the past 15 years the growth in the use by adults of these potentially powerful and addictive drugs. Sadly, I believe only after stimulant abuse causes the deaths of enough young adults will we address this growing public health menace.

ADHD and Sex: An Interview with Ari Tuckman PsyD MBA

Stephanie Sarkis, Ph.D. | Posted 05.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Stephanie Sarkis, Ph.D.

As in any other relationship, it's important to be able to talk openly and honestly about sexual desires and concerns. However, in order to be able to have good conversations in bed, you have to be having good conversations outside of bed, too -- and not just about sex, but about all the other parts of the relationship.

Most Active Kids Don't Have ADHD

Allen Frances | Posted 05.11.2014 | Science
Allen Frances

We are ADHD in kids and giving many of them stimulant drugs they don't need. Some kids, especially boys, are more active than others; most of what passes for ADHD these days is really no more than normal variation or developmental difference.

Son's Grades Slipping: Is it ADD?

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

The transition to middle school is a big one. Some children get overwhelmed by the pace, the changing of teachers and the many social distractions.

My Uneasy Marriage to Ritalin

Lawrence Diller, M.D. | Posted 02.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Lawrence Diller, M.D.

We've come to expect more from our children (and teachers) educationally at an earlier and earlier age. Everyone now is expected to go to college in order to be "successful." Our ideas about discipline are very confused. Children are expected more than ever to perform and self-regulate their behavior.

Spilled Milk: Why Julie Andrews Is Better Than Ritalin

William Lucas Walker | Posted 02.22.2014 | Comedy
William Lucas Walker

Julie Andrews calms me. She just does. Talks me down, orders my thoughts when I get rattled. And I get rattled a lot during these hellish days Julie so warmly and merrily refers to as "the holiday season."

Addressing the ADD/ADHD 'Epidemic'

Maria Rodale | Posted 02.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Isaac Eliaz, MD, MS, LAc, integrative medicine pioneer The holiday season brings a buzz of excitement and activity, but for those ...

The Alarming Rise Of Adderall In 2 Charts

Quartz | Roberto A. Ferdman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business

Quartz: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder—ADHD—is big business these days. It has become the most-diagnosed long-term disorder after ast...

American Liberals' Chicken-ism Is Coming Home To Roost

Martin Lewis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Martin Lewis

Having elections every two years for House members means that the only real work that the Representatives do following being elected is start working for their immediately looming re-election.

Book Review: 'Back to Normal' by Enrico Gnaulati, Ph.D.

Daniel Goldin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Daniel Goldin

Drawing on first-rate research and scholarship, Dr. Gnaulati makes a very strong case for going "back to normal," and taking care of our more challenging children in the ways that are most likely to help them, and the least likely to traumatize them.

Short-Term Is Terminal

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Peter A. Georgescu

Our attention spans are on Miley Cyrus, not the precarious long-term health of, say, the bond market. If we don't wake up and change the way we run our companies and invest our capital, immediate gratifications are going be a dim memory.

Beating ADHD, Naturally -- Focus on Alternatives

Tasneem Bhatia, M.D. | Posted 11.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Tasneem Bhatia, M.D.

Although many patients will still need ADD/ADHD medications, trying natural alternatives can keep us all less medication dependent and living healthier.

A Study In Seasonal Summer ADD

Felice Shapiro | Posted 09.04.2013 | Fifty
Felice Shapiro

There's a reason I cannot seem to get my blog finished in breathable time -- inevitably I back myself into an adrenalized writing frenzy to finish bef...

An ADDers's Very Quick Guide to Fiction You May Want to Avoid

Tom Alderman | Posted 08.04.2013 | Books
Tom Alderman

For many of us ADDers, if a book doesn't grab hold within the first few minutes, we're gone. Therefore, as a public service, here are some titles you may be tempted to pick up, but do not meet our shorter attention span criteria

Rx for S.S.D. (Sick Society Disorder)

Lawrence Diller, M.D. | Posted 06.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Lawrence Diller, M.D.

Shock and incredulity greeted a front-page New York Times article last week that nearly 1 in 5 American high school boys had attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Money, Medicine and Myopia

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.05.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

I can't say, on the basis of evidence, that NIH is misdirecting vast fortunes from where they could do the most good within our lifetimes. But I certainly do believe it. What I can say is that biomedical research dollars are subject to the same myopia that tends to dominate our personal lives.

Where Have All The Normals Gone?

Allen Frances | Posted 05.30.2013 | Home
Allen Frances

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgWe are spending tens of billions of dollars plying the worried well with unnecessary and expensive drugs; while at the very same time ignoring the desperate needs of those who really could benefit from psychiatric diagnosis and treatment.

Is an ADHD/Adderall Ice Age Ending?

Lawrence Diller, M.D. | Posted 04.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Lawrence Diller, M.D.

The 5,000-word Times piece on the life and death by suicide of a young man, Richard Fee, addicted to Adderall (a form of prescription amphetamine), could represent a true thawing of what some feel has been a 20-year ADHD/Adderall Ice Age.