Category Archives: ADHD in Adults

New Liquid Medication available for ADHD Treatment

New Liquid Medication available for ADHD Treatment Many parents have asked countless times if their child’s ADHD medications came in liquid or chewable form. Usually, they asked because their kids had a problem swallowing the pills or capsules because they were either too big or tasted terrible. Now, the long awaited solution to one of the few problems of stimulant-type ADHD drug dosing-especially in younger children with ADHD is finally here… Yesterday, Pfizer pharmaceutical announced it was releasing an extended-release methylphenidate in oral suspension for treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. “Quillivant XR”, this first-ever liquid alternative to ADHD pills will be available in January 2013. Apparently, Quillivant has the very same effects and side-effects as pill or capsule form methylphenidate and a child who is currently being treated for ADHD using this drug would probably experience no changes with regard to changing from the pill to liquid formulation. I think the biggest concerns a parent and physician should have about using any liquid-suspension drug are: Since the drug comes in powder form and must be mixed with sterile water at the pharmacy, it is essential that it be mixed properly to avoid over-dosage or under-dosing. Whoever measures the medication… 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

Helping ADHD College Students make better Grades

Helping ADHD College Students make better Grades This article should probably be titled How to help your college student with ADHD survive and make better grades. But…that title is way too long. By now, probably all students who are going back to college are back “in the grind.”  And if your ADHD teenager is one of those, you’re probably already worried about how he or she will cope with a new school, deal with returning to the same school or how you can help so they will study harder and make better grades. There is hope…there really are ways you can help your ADHD college student survive his or her first year and each subsequent year of academic life.  With that ray of sunshine in mind, please let me share a few of the more than 50 tips on dealing with ADHD in college that I’ve collected from parents of college students and from students with ADHD themselves over the past few years. Here goes…. Do not keep your child’s ADHD diagnosis a secret from everyone at college. A mom told me several years ago that she and her husband thought it best to protect their son from… 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

Successful Treatment of ADHD Kids may require Treating Parents

Successful Treatment of ADHD Kids may require Treating Parents Children with ADHD may not respond to therapy unless their ADHD parents are treated at the same time. It’s true…no matter how many drugs a child with ADHD takes, no matter how many counseling sessions he or she attends, no matter how many promises or threats a parent makes; sometimes the only way ADHD kids will respond to treatment is to treat their parent for ADHD. ADHD experts estimate 50% to 70% of all ADHD teenagers will still have one or more elements of their ADHD persisting into adulthood. Likewise, we’ve found 70% of all children and teenagers with ADHD will have one or both parents who are ADHD or had the core symptoms of ADHD during childhood. It is indeed very difficult to effectively diagnose and treat ADHD in a child when his or her mother or father have undiagnosed, misdiagnosed, or untreated ADHD. Most adults who fall into one of these three groups deny the existence of their ADHD, think they have “out-grown” their ADHD, or have serious subconscious doubts about whether ADHD is real or not. Denial of ADHD symptoms and doubts about whether ADHD is real or Read the rest

Medications for ADHD: Dangers of Addiction, Misuse and Abuse

Medications for ADHD: Dangers of Addiction, Misuse and Abuse Many readers have recently asked what happens when a child or adult who is not ADHD takes a drug for ADHD.  Most were concerned about the stimulant ADHD drugs such as methamphetamine or mixed salts amphetamines. It’s easy to understand their concern as many news print and broadcast articles have discussed the current epidemic of ADHD stimulant medication misuse and overuse. In fact, many cities have a big problem with women and men who use drugs like Adderall to lose weight or provide bursts of energy and stay awake for many hours at a time and college and high school students who use the same or a similar drug to help study for exams and improver grades. In some of these cities, users actually pay to attend parties or lectures where they learn how to fake the symptoms of ADHD in order to legally obtain ADHD drugs or how to buy or swap them with those who students who really have ADHD.. However, it seems the majority of these questions came about as a result of parents or spouses discovering their child or other loved one was taking a drug Read the rest

How to Diagnose and Treat Sleep Problems that cause ADHD Behavior

How to Diagnose and Treat Sleep Problems that cause ADHD Behavior Problems sleeping have caused many kids and adults to be wrongfully labeled because of misdiagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Recently, many news and research articles have popped up confirming what behavior specialists have “known” for years; children and adults who have problems sleeping are more likely to have behavior problems such as ADHD. It just seems it took a long time for everyone else to come to grips with the association between a “good night’s sleep” and normal or appropriate behavior. I considered the quality and quantity of sleep to be such a big part of a child’s or adult’s ability to function the next day; I dedicated an entire chapter to the topic in Mistaken for ADHD. In my last article; Problems sleeping cause ADHD Behavior in Children and Adults, we discussed how any “thing”; medical or otherwise, that caused a child or adult to have problems sleeping could also cause signs and symptoms of ADHD. As you’re sure to remember, ten year-old Leslie was a perfect example of how a child could be misdiagnosed with ADHD-when in fact suffering from disordered sleep. Disorders of… Read the rest
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