Are You Sure It’s ADHD?

By Alan Wachtel, MD with Eve Kessler, Esq. If your child has problems with attention, you should notautomatically assume that he or she has ADHD. An array of mental health and medical conditions, learning disabilities, and environmental factors can lead… Read the rest

Girls with ADHD Face Unique Challenges

For decades, hyperactive, impulsive children have been diagnosed with ADHD. The early data describing this predominantly male population formed the basis for ADHD research, and our diagnostic criteria grew out of that research. Girls, often more inattentive than hyperactive, rarely… Read the rest

Riding the ADHD Roller Coaster

Ask any parent of a child with ADHD and they’ll tell you that life often feels like a never-ending roller coaster ride. There are days when your child comes home from school demoralized, dejected, frustrated, or angry. He’s had another… Read the rest

Getting to Know My Brain

I have ADHD, along with some kind of learning difference that doesn’t quite have a name, but has attributes associated with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) and non-verbal learning disabilities (NLD). On the one hand, I have all the hallmarks of ADHD:… Read the rest

ADHD: Is There a Silver Lining?

While ADHD can be challenging, it has also been associated with a number of strengths, including creativity and the flow of ideas and imagination (ideaphoria). Individuals with ADHD tend to be more spontaneous, allowing them to take advantage of opportunities… Read the rest