ADHD

Researchers gain a better understanding of how the most commonly used ADHD medication works
December 9, 2022
For decades, doctors have treated kids with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) with methylphenidate, a stimulant drug sold as Ritalin and Concerta, making it one of the most widely prescribed medications aimed at the central nervous system. One might expect that researchers would k...
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Q: “Is My Child Old Enough for a Smartphone?”
December 8, 2022
Q: “How do I know if my child, who’s 10, is ready for a smartphone? Are there benefits or downsides to holding off when it seems like all my child’s classmates have access to one? Should I be concerned about potentially early exposure to social media?”

Many parents are un...
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“These Fidgets Help Me Release Nervous Energy at Work”
December 7, 2022
I recently shared with my Italian students a video of myself over-explaining the atmosphere of Wembley Stadium on the fateful day Italy won the Euro 2020 against England. After I watched the three-minute film, I had some revelations.

I needed a new class rule: No upsetting Mr. L...
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“Sometimes, My ADHD Looks a Lot Like Autism.”
December 6, 2022
My husband once explained to me, in pain-staking detail, why J. R. R. Tolkien excised every French word from saga, down to swapping “Bag’s End” for the French-derived “cul-de-sac.” The explanation lasted 45 minutes; I know because I counted each one. My husband owns multiple copies...
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“This Is a Turning Point in ADHD Research — and Treatment”
December 3, 2022
December 3, 2022
Over the years, persistent concerns by clinicians about the safety of ADHD medications have hampered treatment, particularly in middle-aged and older adults. The notion that ADHD...
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Is Your Teen’s Social Media Use Dangerous?
December 2, 2022
Does social media harm teens? The answer is complicated.
Alarming news reports and research on social media are common — and understandably troubling to caregivers and professionals — today. One recent study found that teens who reported spending more than 3 hours a day on social ...
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Simulated driving program reduces crash risk for teens with ADHD in small study
December 1, 2022
A program that combines computer-based and driving simulator training may reduce the proportion of crashes and near crashes among teens with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a small study. Teens who took the training, which aims to reduce the number of long glances ...
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The Lifestyle Factors That Ease — and Worsen — ADHD Symptoms in Children
December 1, 2022
Stimulant medications and behavioral therapy are considered first-line treatments for ADHD in children, but caregivers that multimodal treatment plans work best for easing symptoms. What does “multimodal” look like in real life? In a recent poll of about 1,000 webinar attendees, about ...
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Why ADHD Masking Is a Form of Self-Sabotage
December 1, 2022
What Is ADHD Masking?
“I appear very organized to the outside world, but only because I spend an immense amount of time and energy putting everything together.”
“My house is an embarrassing cluttered mess. I don’t let people come over. All of the pictures I take insid...
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Q: “Holiday Stress and Anxiety Affect My Kids. How Can We Strike a Healthy Balance?”
November 30, 2022
Q: “When the holidays roll around, my kids’ ADHD symptoms get worse. They stay up late, sleep in, and have no daily structure. When family comes over, my younger one retreats and my older one wants to escape to see friends. My family is visiting for a week in December an...
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