3 Steps ADHD

ADHD Solutions That Work

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder affects the children and make them hyperactive, less concentrative. But is there anything that works for ADHD? Let’s find here some of the ADHD solutions that work…

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Is there really a solution?
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, most commonly diagnosed in children, could be got over effectively if the parents and teachers work together, and pay attention to the child and its behavior. Since the child spends a considerable amount of time at school and its behavior is believed to be shaped there, where there are situations of social interaction, most of the work interestingly has to be done by the teacher. Here are a few tips that have proved to be productive in due course of time.

The teacher’s part

1. Have all the time for your student
It is understandable that a teacher can’t spend all of his/her time for one particular student. But certain gestures like talking to the child whenever he passes by, a motherly smile and similar things can really make the child believe that the teacher really shows interest on him and he does care about his well being. And also, it is a tendency of students to really open up when they meet the teacher in a non-teaching environment. The teacher thereby gets a chance to hear out the child and what his intentions are.

2. Make the poor student grasp things quickly
The most common symptom of ADHD disorder is that the child is prone to forgetfulness. The child finds it difficult to have in mind even the most simplest of things. This is where a teacher comes into the action. It has been scientifically proved that the child confuses itself with the symbols and words that look alike. It is therefore advisable to a teacher to teach such children with a real life example for such words. In situations where the words denote a thing or an animal, the child can be shown the pictures of the same. This process, eventually, has proved that the child diagnosed to have ADHD has continuously shown signs of improvement, especially in remembering things. Additionally, the teacher can use sign languages and have the children practice them so that they are less prone to forgetfulness.

3. Have the ADHD children abide by the rules you impose
It is the duty of a teacher to lay down the norms to the children and making them aware of the consequences if those rules are broken. The teacher must constantly direct the child and make sure that the child does what he is supposed to, right from the first attempt. Most of us may be wondering as to how this can be taken as a solution to get over children suffering from ADHD. The answer is that, when children are made to follow the directions imposed by the teacher, they develop in themselves a sense of control and thus indirectly, the symptoms of hypertension and being impulsive get retarded.

The gain?
These simple methods when followed consciously will definitely prove to play a huge role in shaping the behavior of the ADHD children. Interestingly, not only the children are the ones who get benefited, the teacher also has a reason to smile. From the teacher’s point of view,

  • There will be a notable improvement in the attitude of the children for which he can be glad.
  • As the most delightful part of the job, he can be proud of himself when the parents of the child compliment him.
  • He can feel better when he realizes that he does take steps to help the ADHD children and those measures are really effective.
  • He now knows the students well, and treats them as his own child.

As far as the parents are concerned, they are advised to treat their child with love and care, make them feel secured, work in conjunction with the teachers and put in the best of their efforts to make their dear one get over ADHD.

By Jayashree Pakhare
Published: 3/31/2008

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Effects of ADHD Drugs on Children

ADD, ADHD and Medication

Use of medication for ADD has always been a controversial debate. However, Experts feel that medical treatment benefits patient. Medication is not the only solution for recovery. One requires equal support from therapy, coaching & community.

Ritalin is the most widely used medication for ADHD. There are many other types of useful medications available for curing this disorder. People who do not respond to a particular medication doctors prescribe another medication or combination that will help control symptoms. Secondary medications are also available. However, these require closer monitoring during the initial phase of treatment. Most of the time medication fails due to lack of communication between patient & doctors. Here, the medical practitioner, family & patient should be very clear about exactly what symptoms they expect the medication to treat. Patients should ask certain questions & inform doctor about any side effects they observe. One should also inform the health care practitioner if the medication does not work.

If the medication doesn’t work even after all the possible trials, it is time to reevaluate the diagnosis. Individuals with ADHD may also suffer from other disorders at the same time.
For instance, anxiety & depression may superficially resemble ADHD. Medication is not the only solution for recovery. One requires equal support from therapy, coaching & community. The individuals also require to practice determination.

You must undertake certain steps to increase the effectiveness of medication for ADD & minimize the side effects & risks. Here are certain steps to help you:

Educate yourself

You must learn everything you can about medication, even potential side effects.

Exercise patience

It takes a lot of time to develop an effective medication regimen. Remember that finding the right medication & dose is a trial process. It will take some time for experimenting. Go for an honest conversation with your doctor.

Start gradually

You should always start with a low dose & work up from there. The main goal is to find out the lowest dose possible that may relieve you.

Keep track of effects

You should pay close attention to your body, actions & emotions. Try to keep track of any side effects that you suffer from. Tell your doctor about all the side effects you suffer from. This will help the medical practitioner to provide you the adept treatment.

Taper off slowly

If you find something wrong with the medication or it makes you feel or want to stop taking it. You need to get good instructions from your doctor. In order to avoid withdrawal symptoms, you need these drugs to be tapered off. They should never be stopped immediately.

Medication is provided to treat ADD in order to stimulate the production of two major neurotransmitters known as dopamine & norephinephrine. These neurotransmitters are required to carry a nerve impulse along a neuropath way. In case, one of these transmitters is under supplied the message is stopped prior to reaching its intended destination. This action thwarts the function assigned by circuit. Some drugs used to treat ADD other than Ritalin are Dexedrine, Adderall, Desoxyn & Cylert. Some of the most common anti depressants are Desiprimine, Anafranil, Elavil, Tofranil, Wellbutrin, prozac, Zoloft & Paxil. The most common of these drugs are Haldol & Mellaril.

Remember that with proper diagnosis & testing, you can easily find the right drug in treating the disorder.

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By Bertil Hjert
Published: 5/15/2008

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ADHD Disorder in Children – Alternative Treatments

Adhd Medications And Alternative Treatments

ADHD stands for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. ADHD is a behavioral disorder and can affect roughly between three and five percent of the population. It is more common in boys than girls, and usual has its onset before puberty. Some important symptoms of ADHD are impulsiveness and lack of control, hyperactivity and restlessness, and inattentiveness.

There are a variety of medications for treatment of ADHD today, but they are controversial. One of the reasons for this is that these ADHD medications very often have side effects that are quite severe. Also, they are not proven to sufficiently limit or stop ADHD developing. More and more people are becoming interested in using alternative therapies for ADHD.

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It was once believed that digesting a lot of sugar would increase ADHD symptoms but this has been shown not to be true. However, researchers still believe that diet can play a large part in how ADHD manifests itself and, also, on how it is treated. ADHD is a complicated issue and diet is one of the many complex factors that plays into it.

Despite popular perception, sucrose doesn’t actually affect ADHD symptoms. However, artificial food coloring does affect ADHD symptoms. Artificial food coloring, which is found in almost all packaged foods and drinks, is unnecessary for a healthy diet and is proven to improve ADHD health if removed. Some studies also indicate that the Omega 3 and Omega 6 supplement oils and pills help with ADHD symptoms.

The most common reason for a child having ADHD has been shown to be genetic. Genetic factors are thought to lead to about 75 percent of ADHD cases. Of those cases not caused by genetic factors, there are several environmental factors that are thought to lead to ADHD. These include a mother smoking or drinking alcohol during pregnancy. Other complications during birth, such as a baby being born prematurely, have also been tied to the onset of ADHD.

Your child has ADHD and you are looking for the solution that can best alleviate his symptoms. Don’t limit yourself to just prescription meds. Homeopathic medications are available and often your child will have less side effects using them. Even if you do decide on one medication, keep abreast of new developments as research is always being done.

By: Michelle Robbins

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Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, commonly referred to as ADHD, is a behavioral disorder that affects approximately 3-5 percent of the world’s population. The symptoms of ADHD include a consistent pattern of impulsiveness, hyperactivity and inattention. There are numerous adhd medications available on today’s market. Prescription ADHD drugs are controversial. One reason is that ADHD drugs tend to have somewhat severe side affects.

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ADHD Behaviors – What You Should Know

Why Other Children are Rejecting Your Child
 by: Anthony Kane, MD


Developing healthy peer relationships is critical for the normal development of a child. Peer relationships have been found to be an important predictor of positive adult adjustment and behavior. Difficulty in finding friends leads to feelings of low self-esteem and these feelings usually continue into adulthood.

Children with poor social skills are at risk for delinquency, academic underachievement, and school drop out. Even though the inattentiveness, impulsiveness, and restlessness frequently persist into adult life, these problems are of less importance as the child gets older. Rather, the main difficulty ADHD patients encounter as they reach maturity is their inability to interact appropriately with others.

ADHD children often lack the social skills that are essential to success in life. These children can be socially inept, and their lack of interpersonal skills may cause them a multitude of difficulties. In addition, positive relationships with friends in childhood provide a critical buffer against stress and help to protect against psychological and psychiatric problems. ADHD children lack these positive interactions and thus are at risk for a number of emotional problems.

Probably 60% of ADHD children suffer from peer rejection. ADHD children are less often chosen by peers to be best friends, partners in activities, or seatmates. As the children grow older, their social problems seem to get worse. Their inappropriate behavior leads to further social rejection and exacerbates their inability to relate to others appropriately. Long term these children are more likely to have difficulty finding and maintaining successful careers. This is not surprising since social aptitude can make or break careers and relationships in the adult world.

Causes of Poor Peer Relationships

ADHD children are frequently disliked or neglected by their peers. It is difficult to determine all the factors that make a child unpopular, but children who frequently display aggressive or negative behavior tend to be rejected by their peers.

Impulsivity and Aggression

ADHD children tend to be more impulsive and aggressive than other children. Teachers observe that the social interactions of ADHD children more often involve fighting and interrupting others. These children are more intense than others and behave inappropriately in social contexts. For example, ADHD children are more likely to yell, run around and talk at unsuitable times. They also tend to want to dominate play, engage in off task behaviors and engage more in teasing and physical jostling of peers. This sets up a process of peer rejection.

Academic Problems

ADHD children often do not do well in school. Poor school performance by itself does not result in social rejection. However, the way the child responds to his academic difficulties can contribute to inappropriate social behavior. Children who cannot engage themselves with classroom work assignments often disrupt and irritate their peers.


ADHD children have difficulty with sustained attention. Deficit in attention seems to be related to peer rejection independently of the aggressive, impulsive, and hyperactive behaviors of ADHD children. These children become bored more easily than other children. As a result, they are more likely to become disruptive in the classroom.

ADHD children have difficulty in modulating their behavior and changing their conduct as the situation demands. They have apparent social-cognitive deficits that limit their ability to encode and recall rules of social cues. Children with ADHD pay less attention to others verbally in games and other activities.

Many ADHD children are aware that they are socially inept. Children who are anxious or fearful about peer relations are unlikely to behave in an effective manner. These children withdraw from peer interactions and, in this way, limit their ability to gain acceptance and friendship.

Children are rejected by peers when they appear to be different. Similarity fosters social acceptance. Because ADHD children do not learn social clues as well as other children, they tend to be viewed as strange.

Bad Behavior

One of the keys to your child’s social success is proper behavior. If your ADHD or ODD child frequently misbehaves, it is your obligation as a parent to teach your child how to improve his behavior.

If your child is aggressive or defiant, if he does not accept the authority of adults, or if he conducts himself in a such a way that children his age will view him as a behavior problem, then your child will have a difficult time making and maintaining friendships. The friends he will attract are other aggressive problem children, the type of child with whom which you would rather your child not associate.

All children need friends. Behavior problem children have trouble making friends with others, so these children tend to congregate together. They reinforce each other’s bad behavior. If you are an aware parent and you have control of your child you can put a stop to friendships with these children. However, you must have control of your child’s behavior in order to help him to avoid the trap of bad friends.


Helping children with ADHD build close peer relationships is an important goal to focus on, and is one that often may be over looked. You, as a parent, have the ability to help your child accomplish this important social goal. You should make every effort to help your child in this area. His psychological health and his happiness, both now and in the future, are very much dependent upon how successful he is at making and maintaining childhood friendships.

Anthony Kane, MD
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About The Author

Anthony Kane, MD is a physician, an international lecturer, and director of special education. He is the author of a book, numerous articles, and a number of online programs dealing with ADHD (addadhdadvances.com/childyoulove.html) treatment, ODD, parenting issues (addadhdadvances.com/betterbehavior.html), and education. You may visit his website at http://addadhdadvances.com. To sign up for the free ADD ADHD Advances online journal send a blank email to: subscribe@addadhdadvances.com?subject=subscribeartcity

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Tips on How to Deal with ADHD

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Despite what people think, ADD (an acronym for Attention Deficit Disorder) is not a catch all phrase for a bunch of common behaviors nor it is a pseudo ailment. The reality is, scientist have been able to link ADD with certain malfunctioning neurological responses that are lacking in individuals who do not have this disorder.
Also called attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) this condition affects a small population of children (roughly 8-10 percent) and a number of adults who may have missed being diagnosed when they were young.
Top symptoms of ADD/ADHD that can be found in both child and adult sufferers and often include: – Trouble focusing – Hyperactivity and inability to sit still – Impaired social interaction – Irresponsible behaviors – Moody and insulting – Extremely forgetfulness There is a segment of society that believes that ADD/ADHD symptoms can be easily controlled through will power. What they don’t realize PET and CAT scans have uncovered circuitry abnormalities and lower metabolic activity in the part of the brain that controls our emotions and basic responses. The neurotransmitter dopamine is also severely lacking in the ADD brain.
Despite this knowledge, many parents refrain from seeking a diagnosis for their child and mature men and women feel ashamed and closet their impairment. This only serves to exacerbate the problem and clinical depression may even result.
Today, individuals with ADD need not suffer in silence.
Children and adults with ADD/ADHD can seek out the assistance of an experienced ADD doctor for analysis. The doctor will perform a series of diagnostic tests that will allow them to make an informed prognosis in regards to the condition and help them regulate it.
Once you are officially diagnosed with the disorder, there is a lot you can do about it.
1. Medication – slowed down and impaired neurons actually benefit from stimulants because they help to make the neurons fire correctly. Psychostimulants like Ritalin for children and amphetamines for adults are commonly prescribed to combat the many problems associated with ADD/ADHD. 2. Self management – this aspect may be a tab bit easier fro adults, but parents can help a child in this arena. Doing small things like making a to-do list, getting an organizer or planner, or planning to arrive someplace early as opposed to on-time may help you mitigate some of the more aggravating aspects of the disorder. 3. Talk with ADHD doctor – your doctor will be a veritable fountain of tips that can help you place you on the road to controlling your ADD symptoms. Be sure to ask lots of questions and take the acquired info to the internet for further study. Knowledge is power. 4. ADHD support Groups and behavioral therapy – At an ADHD support meeting you may learn valuable insights from people who know what it is like to deal with such a complex neurological problem. For instance, you could acquire from a host of dietary aids or holistic remedies that can help you get lower some of the more off putting aspects of your ADD behaviors. Behavioral therapy will also help as it can provide one-on-one counseling. A qualified therapist who understands ADD/ADHD psychology can retrain your thought processes so you recognize your ADD symptoms and learn how to control them by treating attention problems.
Combating ADD will take a multi-pronged approach, but with due diligence and proper education you should be able to gain control of your disorder and feel more in control of your own destiny. If you suspect you have ADD/ADHD contact a reputable doctor in your neck of the woods to get evaluated so you can be well on your well to greater health and a even better life.

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