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Anger issues can be part of ADHD

Anger issues can be part of ADHD Many ADHD children and adults have problems with anger. After all, many times anger occurs as a result of poor impulsivity control. If you can’t delay an impulsive action, then it’s hard to delay the feelings that often escalate to frustration and anger. It’s not unusual for both parents and doctors to assume that anger results from being spoiled, from lack of discipline, as a side effect of bipolar disorder or depression, or one or more of dozens of other problems. Sometimes the fact that anger can often be a part of the behavior of ADHD goes unrecognized. Other times, I suspect it becomes a subject of gross denial, as parents and healthcare professionals try to sort through the many causes of anger. ADHD experts point out all of the frustration that children and adults with ADHD have to suffer is one of the major reasons for anger in these persons. Why? It’s hard enough for a child or teen who is not ADHD to deal with frustration and failure, but just think about how difficult it is for the ADHD kid, teen or adult. As a result, ADHD anger can keep… Read the rest

ADHD Impulsive Behavior and Risk of the Choking Game

ADHD impulsive behavior increases the risk of teens playing the choking game and what parents and teachers should watch for…. Impulsivity is one of the key symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder as most of us who deal with children and teens with ADHD can readily attest. Sometimes, ADHD impulsive behavior can be of great benefit both for the person who is ADHD and for others around him or her. It’s often said that without impulsivity the world would have no great military leaders, no outstanding sports heroes, no successful entrepreneurs and maybe even a lot fewer doctors.  The reason is simple: Most of the great discoveries, most of the best inventions, most military endeavors, and most of the world’s most successful surgeons have one trait in common. They are risk takers and on top of it all, they are impulsive extreme risk takers. So, in some cases, impulsivity and risk taking behavior may benefit us all. Unfortunately though, not all risk takers are striving for advancement or betterment. Some impulsive boys and girls are engaging in risk taking behavior just for the sake of a quick high. The choking game played by preteens and teens is one such example of this… Read the rest

How to Build Self Esteem in ADHD Kids Two

In this second article on “Building self-esteem in kids, whether ADHD or not”, we will continue looking at ways to build self-esteem and confidence in all children, teens, and just maybe in adults, too. Just like most children with learning problems, kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder often have poor confidence, a shaky self-image and poor self-esteem. This combination of social-communication shortcomings usually leads to disaster sooner or later as these kids and teens fail to develop and retain the skills necessary to survive in an academic environment, needed to get and retain a job; and fail to acquire the social-interpersonal skills used in building a successful life. “If you can’t clearly and effectively tell someone what you’re thinking or what you want them to do; then you can’t expect them to understand you.” For these very reasons, ADHD experts and child behavior experts place a great deal of emphasis on building confidence levels and a positive self-image-self-esteem in all children and teens (and sometimes adults) in their care. This is often done by teaching the ADHD-behavior problem child the skills needed to build positive self-worth, positive self-image, and good confidence leading to improved self-esteem. Ways to build positive… Read the rest

Diabetes Risk in ADHD Children Treated with Atypical Antipsychotics

ADHD children treated with atypical antipsychotics and antidepressants for depression or other behavior disorders are at greater risk for developing diabetes mellitus. While atypical antipsychotics are traditionally used to treat schizophrenia, I’ve found more and more doctors using them to treat bipolar disorder, agitated depression, anxiety associated with depression, major depressive disorder, oppositional behavior disorder, conduct disorder, and obsessive-compulsive behavior disorder. It’s currently estimated in excess of 40 children per 1000 children in the U.S. are being treated for one of the above behavior problem diagnoses using second generation (atypical) antipsychotics. This number has increased dramatically since 1996 at which point only about 9 out of 1000 kids ages 5 to 18 years were exposed to these drugs. Unfortunately, with increasing use of atypical antipsychotics and antidepressants, significant side effects of these medications are starting to pop up-the most concerning being diabetes mellitus or sugar diabetes. A new study released in the December issue of the medical journal Pediatrics showed a four-fold increased risk of diabetes among children exposed to atypical antipsychotics and a little less in those treated with antidepressants. While the study doesn’t well-define the exact number of children, who develop diabetes as a result of exposure… Read the rest

Underactive Thyroid can cause ADHD behavior

An underactive thyroid or hypothyroidism can cause a child or teen to have the symptoms of ADHD, thus confusing the real diagnosis leading to ADHD misdiagnosis. In the past three months, we’ve evaluated four children and teens for failure to respond to their ADHD medications, only to discover they all suffered from the same problem; low thyroid hormone levels. Just like me, you might wonder why we saw so many children and teens who were supposed to be ADHD, but instead were suffering from hypothyroidism in such a short time. After taking a second-look at these cases, I discovered they had several things in common. In each case, the kids and teens: Were inattentive and had a difficult time focusing Were making pretty good grades, but teachers and parents thought they were capable of much more Were thought to be withdrawn, depressed, or shy Had some increased impulsivity-maybe a little more than normal for their age Had quit playing a sport or playing with friends because of fatigue or muscle weakness Had a poor appetite, but didn’t lose a lot of weight Felt cold most of the time Slept too much or were sleepy during class or… Read the rest

Using Good Discipline to Improve Behavior in ADHD Kids and Teens

When used properly, good discipline can improve just about any child’s behavior, whether ADHD or not. Before we get further into using discipline as an educational tool to shape behavior, I’d like to mention behavior contracts- an agreement that outlines what type of behavior is expected, when, where, why and what happens as a result of the behavior. My next article; Using Behavior Contracts to improve ADHD Behavior, will give you all the details. Please keep an eye out for it soon! This article will continue our discussion about the use of principles of good discipline in children and teens with ADHD to help improve behavior, shape behavior or fix misbehavior. All of these things of course will reduce family stress and decrease frustration in both parents and teachers, as well as the involved ADHD child, ADHD teen or ADHD adult. In the previous article, Principles of Good Discipline in Children and Teens with ADHD, I outlined what I consider to be the four essential elements of good discipline when dealing with adults, children and teens with ADHD. Actually, these principles can be adapted for use in children and adults who are not ADHD, but are… Read the rest

Good Discipline may help change misbehavior in ADHD Children

Misbehavior in children and teens with ADHD may improve when parents employ good discipline techniques. As I pointed out in Mistaken for ADHD, discipline and punishment are not the same things and the two are not interchangeable. When a child is punished, he or she is subjected to either emotional or physical trauma-pain (or sometimes both) in an attempt to attach negative consequences to a behavior or misbehavior. Spanking a child is an example of punishment-not a form of discipline! In contrast, the word discipline means to teach, to train, to instruct, or to educate in order to cause a change-in the case of a teen or child with behavior problems-a decrease in misbehavior. Unfortunately, many parents and teachers confuse punishment with discipline. Too often, I hear them talk about how they disciplined a child to “make him or her study harder” or “force him to make better grades” by taking away video games or cell phones; or not letting them go to the movies or a party; or sending them to bed without dinner,; or well, you get the idea. I hope by now, you realize none of the above tactics are principles of… Read the rest
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