Category Archives: ADHD-ADHD Misdiagnosis

Foods that cause ADHD Behavior

Foods that cause ADHD Behavior A child’s diet often determines whether or not they show signs and symptoms of ADHD. Many parents have noticed their child’s behavior to be more impulsive or more hyperactive after eating certain foods. This increase in ADHD behavior is particularly more common during times of the year when children and teens tend to eat or drink more foods that contain sugar, dyes, caffeine, and preservatives. Christmas is one such time of the year, as it’s not uncommon for children to be bombarded by offers of candy, cookies, cakes, sweetened flavored drinks and other high calorie foods. It just seems we all tend to err on the side of over-eating for the holidays. This habit probably comes from the common misbelief that in order to have a great Christmas or holiday season and be happy-during a time of the year we want everyone to be happy-that we must be well-fed, over-stuffed and jolly like Santa. Unfortunately, overfeeding children with ADHD or feeding them the wrong foods can make their ADHD behavior much worse. This is especially true of ADHD hyperactivity and impulsivity. To further confuse things, as many as 25% of children and teens who… Read the rest

Christmas Shopping with the ADHD Child

Christmas Shopping with the ADHD Child This article could also be titled “How to avoid the stress of Christmas shopping with a child with ADHD and behavior problems.” I bet you have a horror story about shopping with a son or daughter who made your trip to the mall so bad that you swore you’d never take them back again. If that’s the case, then you’ll be able to empathize with this mom. Christopher had been successfully treated for ADHD for two years. You could hear him screaming from halfway across the store. The louder he got, the louder his mom got in a shouting match that was stopping passersby’s and had to be terribly embarrassing for the mom. “I want this airplane now. I don’t want to wait for Christmas. I ‘m not going to wait for Santa to bring it. I want it now!” He was throwing items out of her shopping cart as he screamed and threatened; “And if you don’t buy it….I’ll….I’ll” She responded loudly; “If you don’t shut-up and behave yourself, you won’t get anything for Christmas….much less this airplane. Now, put it back on the shelf.” I was shopping for Christmas presents at… Read the rest

Young ADHD children at Risk for Nonsuicidal Self-Injury

Young ADHD children at Risk for Nonsuicidal Self-Injury Young children with ADHD are probably more likely to engage in nonsuicidal self-injury than children who are not ADHD. Children with ADHD as a group are of course much more impulsive than children without ADHD. As most parents and teachers know, it’s that increased impulsivity that forms one of the core symptoms of ADHD and makes an accurate diagnosis of ADHD more likely. Increased impulsive behavior in ADHD is felt to be caused by inefficient executive brain processing of sensory input and the subsequent lack of an ADHD child’s or adult’s ability to delay gratification. It’s often this tendency to act before thinking through the consequences of doing something that gets the ADHD child, teen or adult in trouble. As I’ve previously pointed out, excessive and off-the-spur of the moment tattoos and body piercings tend to be good examples of impulsive ADHD nonsuicidal self-injury behavior (NSSI). However, quite a few parents would argue even one body piercing or tattoo was excessive and impulsive, but we won’t debate that opinion here. ADHD experts have realized over the past few years that adolescents with ADHD suffered higher rates of self-injury not related to suicidal… Read the rest

Adult ADHD and Anger

Adult ADHD and Anger When ADHD and anger are combined, the destruction to a person’s life is multiplied many times. At least 40% and as many as 60% of children with ADHD will still have symptoms of ADHD well into adult life. Of these Adults with ADHD, probably at least 50% will have problems with anger. ADHD experts feel that anger issues in ADHD adults often take two forms- problems controlling anger toward others or anger directed inwards-toward themselves. As many of us now realize, just being ADHD causes frustration and the doom of impending failure. Teachers often tell me of how ADHD kids just seem to give up when they appear overwhelmed and frustrated.  It’s often this frustration that causes ADHD children to fail at whatever they are doing. These failures just help perpetuate a cycle of frustration-failure-loss of confidence that further damages already fragile egos and self-esteem. Adults with ADHD suffer many of the very same behavior problems they had as children-poor concentration to detail, impulsivity, inattentiveness, but rarely show all of the elements of hyperactivity. Usually by age 25 to 30 most will have learned coping mechanisms that help control or suppress their outright hyperactivity.… Read the rest

How to improve behavior in a child with ADHD

Changing an ADHD Child’s Behavior How to improve behavior in a child with ADHD As kids return to school to start the new academic year, more and more parents are asking for ways to change their ADHD child’s behavior. This usually means their ADHD child has poor behavior, has bad habits, or displays misbehavior and they want help in fixing it-the behavior. Common complaints about the behavior of a child with ADHD include: He doesn’t listen to me (pay attention to what I am saying or ignores me) She interrupts when I’m speaking (has to get the last word in) He won’t sit still in class (fidgets all the time-disrupts the class) She refuses to do her homework (I can’t get her to do her homework) He talks back to me all the time (has a smart mouth-is mouthy) She argues over everything or acts like she knows everything. As I’m sure you have noticed, all of these ADHD symptoms are really just typical behaviors or habits normally seen in ADHD kids and teens. They include the core symptoms used to make the diagnosis of ADHD-inattentiveness, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. Daniel was the perfect example of an ADHD child’s behavior problemRead the rest

Diagnosing Sleep Apnea in Young Children Suspected of ADHD

Diagnosing Sleep Apnea in Young Children Suspected of ADHD More and more children ages 3 to 17 in the United States, as well as other countries, are being diagnosed with ADHD each year. US Statistics show a huge increase in kids under age 7 years being diagnosed and treated for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder particularly in the past three years. Just in the U.S. alone, the number of kids ages 3 to 17 diagnosed with ADHD has skyrocketed to in excess of 10,000,000 ( Yes…that’s ten million) and that number is expected to increase by 15 to 20 percent over the next year.   Likewise, during this same period, as many as 4 million or 40 percent of those children ages 3 to 17 years, will have been misdiagnosed with ADHD. Obviously, it’s very important that we diagnose ADHD and other behavior problems carefully and accurately in order to avoid wrongfully labeling a child with ADHD when indeed he or she is not ADHD. Currently, there are in excess of 95 medical, social, and environmental things that can cause ADHD-like behavior, confusing the diagnosis; causing misdiagnosis of ADHD. One of the most common seen in kids under age… Read the rest

Sleep Apnea Treatment may Prevent ADHD Behavior

Sleep Apnea Treatment may Prevent ADHD Behavior Most ADHD experts agree obstructive sleep apnea can cause the core symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity in children; inattentiveness, impulsivity and hyperactivity. It stands to reason the earlier we suspect, detect and treat obstructive sleep disorders, the more likely we can prevent the symptoms of ADHD in the first place and avoid the misdiagnosis of ADHD. Approximately 2.5 to 4 million children ages 3 to 17 years are misdiagnosed with ADHD in the U.S. each year. Of these, several hundred thousand will suffer the terrible stigma and discrimination of being labeled as ADHD and the side effects of unneeded medications-sometimes for years-all because their sleep-time breathing disorder went undetected and untreated. Much research is now being reported about the association of disorder breathing such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and cognitive-learning problems and ADHD-like behavior disorders in children as young as age 3 years. A recent study presented at the Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies showed nerve based abnormalities that affected cognition in brains of children with OSA were reversible with treatment of the OSA. Studies had already shown a clear association between deficits in attention, executive brain functionRead the rest
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