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Five Don’ts When Your ADHD Child Is Upset or Angry

Parents dread having to deal with meltdowns. However, parents of children with ADHD may face more meltdowns than other parents. Children with ADHD are more prone to meltdowns for a number of reasons. Often their brain circuitry for emotional regulation is dysfunctional in which it takes less to trigger an anger episode that lasts for […]

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Food Allergies and Summer Camp-

Food Allergies and Summer Camp: What to Consider

Summer is about having fun and taking a break from school. For parents, it can mean finding a way to entertain their kids; sending them to camp is a popular option. Whether your child chooses a day camp or an overnight camp, if they suffer from food allergies parents have a valid concern about the safety of the camp. […]

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Guesswork in prescribing medications for ADHD moves one step toward elimination due to recent genetic research.

Up until now, the prescribing of medication for children with attention deficit hyperactivity is often tedious for the physician and the family.  Children who do not respond to the first stimulant prescribed may respond to the next one tried or the one after that. There are two types of stimulants found to be effective for […]

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ADHD: To Medicate or Not to Medicate?

I fully understand the concerns of parents regarding medication for ADHD. My wife and I struggled with this when my son was 5. He had a great response to stimulant medication and remained on medication until he was 14. He suffered no observable side effects. He is a 6’4” guy who completed college with honors […]

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ADHD Kids Helped by Relaxation Techniques

A recent exploratory study conducted at a private school reported in Current Issues in Education stated that the use of meditation can be beneficial to 11 to 14 year old students diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. According to the researchers, “the technique has potential to improve attention, behavior regulation, and executive function […]

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ADHD Medication: Can Your Child Go Without?

In a commentary in The Boston Globe, pediatrician Claudia Meininger Gold wrote, “medication can’t fix a broken childhood.”  She goes on to say, “with our over-reliance on psychoactive medication, we have created another Ponzi scheme where, just as Bernard Madoff’s investment fund was not really earning any money, we are fooling ourselves into thinking that […]

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Antidepressants Cut Risk of Hospital Re-admission for Suicidal Youth

Suicidal adolescents who were prescribed an antidepressant medication during inpatient psychiatric hospital treatment were 85 percent less likely than others to be readmitted within a month after discharge, a new study found. This is reassuring data, as there have been concerns about prescribing antidepressants in adolescents since 2003, when the FDA issued a black box […]

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New Research Uncovers How Antidepressants Work

Reserachers at Queensland Brain Insitute in Australia have discovered the class of drugs that increase levels of a neurotransmitter known as ‘norepinephrine’ triggers neurogenesis – the growth of new neurons – in a brain region called the hippocampus. If you block hippocampus neurogenesis, antidepressants no longer work,” lead researcher Dr Dhanisha Jhaveri said. “That suggests […]

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