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Terry Matlen

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Terry wrote for HealthCentral as a patient expert for ADHD.

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20 Common Symptoms of ADD and ADHD in Women

Many ADD or ADHD symptoms are commonly described by women but not listed in clinical journals. Here are 20 of them.

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ADHD: The Invisible "Disability"

While reading Eileen Bailey’s recent SharePost, “When People Stare”, it felt like someone punched me square in the stomach… and on a number of different levels. Having a child with ADHD means you, as a parent, more than likely experienced very simila...

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AD/HD and Hypersensitivities

Little is written about ADHD and hypersensitivities, yet those of us who are touched by ADHD as adults or who are parenting ADHD kids know full well how it can affect us and those we love. Children with ADHD are notorious for being picky eaters. They ...

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Erratic Work Performance

A recent study published in the online edition of the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine reported that adults with ADHD suffered low job performance and more absences and accidents compared to their non ADHD counterparts. Lead researcher...

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Do Stimulants Stunt Growth?

Over the years, there has been much concern over the possibility that Methylphenidate (brand name: Ritalin) might cause growth suppression in children with ADHD who are treated with the medication. A number of studies have been done, with most suppor...

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The Many Faces of ADHD: Betty, a Grandmother

She was a dancer, a dancing instructor, an art teacher and active her whole life in various community charities. Her warm smile, good sense of humor, sensitivity and a deep interest in others, made her popular amongst her peer group, from her element...

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Dr. John Ratey Discusses Exercise and ADHD in New Book

One of the perks in my line of work is getting lots of packages in the mail from publishers who want me to review the latest books on ADHD. Recently, Dr. John Ratey, co-author of Driven to Distraction, and author of other important works, sent me a c...

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10 Tips for Managing Chores in the ADHD Household

Chores Everyone hates them. They are typically boring, repetitive and never go away. But when ADHD is part of the marital mix, it can be a real challenge to get household chores done without one or the other feeling exasperated, angry or shamed. Ofte...

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Girls with ADHD: Watch for depression and eating disorders

Two researchers reported some chilling findings in a symposium at the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 54th Annual Meeting, which was held this past October. Their studies showed that girls with ADHD are more likely to suffer major ...

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When is a Temper Tantrum Just a Temper Tantrum? Or is it Time to Get Help?

We’ve all seen it in others’ kids or experienced it with our own: the childhood meltdowns that bring both child and parent to their knees. The screaming fits at the supermarket that are so embarrassing and frustrating, parents want to take the first ...