15 Posts from 2010 You Don't Want to Miss
Throughout this past year, we have shared so much wonderful information about living with the challenges and benefits of ADHD, both in adults and in children. I hope you have learned as much from these posts as we, the experts at ADHDCentral, have learned from your stories, replies and questions.
I wanted to take this time, as 2010 nears the end, to thank all of our members and visitors for all of your insights and for helping make this site a success. In the past few weeks, I have been combing through all of the 2010 expert's posts. Below are, in my opinion, fifteen posts you don't want to miss. If you already are familiar with them, it might be a good time to forward on to someone who is struggling to understand the impact ADHD has in the lives of individuals living with it every day.
Top Ten Positive Things About ADHD
Merely Me shared her perspective on the positive aspects of ADHD. She states, "I am not going to Pollyanna you into seeing rainbows and sunshine or diminish the seriousness of living with this condition. But I am going to give you a way to reframe ADHD as something which is not all gloom and doom. Most of all I want to give you hope that you or your child can survive and lead a good life. Finding the positive in all this can help with acceptance and to live a happier life despite the ADHD."
Why Some People Don't Believe in ADHD
Another post by Merely Me, this one has garnered lots of comments. We have all come across people that don't believe ADHD exists. They believe we use it as an excuse for behaviors, as a reason for being lazy. As Merely Me states, these people place ADHD in the same category as "Bigfoot or the tooth fairy."
How Does Food Impact ADHD Medications?
Medication is a part of daily life for many people with ADHD. But there are some potential interactions between the foods you eat and the effectiveness of the medication. Knowing what to avoid and what you can eat can help you make the most of the medications you take each day.
Hormones and ADHD
Throughout a woman's life, starting at puberty and continuing on through menopause, hormone levels flucuate on a monthly basis. These changes can sometimes exasperate ADHD symptoms or cause mood swings, depression or effect the way ADHD medications work.
Evaluating "Cures" for ADHD
We have all heard about them or read about them, those miracle cures that will take away all your symptoms of ADHD. But are they real? Can ADHD really be cured? Merely Me evaluates some of the supposed cures to find out which, if any work.
How ADHD Symptoms in Children Appear in "Real-Life"
It is impossible to read any information on ADHD without finding out that the three major symptoms of ADHD are inattention, impulsiveness and hyperactivity. But what does this really mean? What do these symptoms look like on a day to day basis?
Five Non-Prescription Ways to Treat the Symptoms of ADHD
We worry constantly (despite what the media says) about the safety of ADHD medications. Is it okay to take them long-term? Is it safe for young children? There are also time when medication is just not an option. Merely Me discusses five drug-free approaches to treating ADHD.
One of the core principles of behavior management is that we all respond to rewards and punishments in our environment. When our behavior is "reinforced" or rewarded, we tend to keep engaging in that particular behavior. And when we are "punished" (as in not getting a reward or having something we like taken away) for a particular behavior, it can be expected that we will then avoid this behavior. But what can parents do when this type of approach doesn't work?
10 Things You May Not Know About ADHD
When you have ADHD, or have a child with ADHD, you have probably read a great deal about the subject. You may think you know all there is to know about ADHD. Merely Me offers some things you may not (yet) know.
Five Ways to Keep a Child with ADHD Organized and On Track
Anyone with a child with ADHD knows what a difficult and daunting task this can be. Children with ADHD are notoriously disorganized and are easily distracted. Expert Deborah Gray offers some suggestions for helping your children stay organized and focused.
How I Learned to Be My Child's Advocate
Teachers and educators don't always understand ADHD or the needs of our children. When that happens, the parents must step in and advocate for their rights. Deborah Gray shares her story of how she learned to advocate for her son in school.
The ABC's of Behavior Management
We hear a lot about behavior management (or modification) but don't always understand what it means or how to do it. Merely Me breaks it down into simple terms to help you, as parents, help your children succeed and thrive.
How to Evaluate the Effectiveness of an ADHD Treatment
One of the most common questions I receive is, "How do I know if my medication (or whatever treatment) is working as well as it can?" Merely Me offers suggestions for evaluating your treatment to determine if it is effective.
Tips for Parents: Dealing with a Bad Grade
Our kids aren't bad. They aren't stupid. They really do try. Even so, children with ADHD tend to come home with poor report cards. Instead of reacting by yelling, screaming or punishment, try these steps.
How to Deal with Any Kind of Behavior Problem
Now this is a post all parents of children with ADHD want to read because, more than likely, our children have some type of behavior problem. Merely Me gives us her perspective on finding a solution to any behavior problem.