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ADHD in Children, Childhood Trauma, or PTSD in Children?

By psychotherapist and counselor Eualalee Thompson, MSc, PGDip The emerging literature is coalescing around the view that children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) could very well be exhibiting symptoms of another mental health condition, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The research is pointing towards an overlapping symptom profile for ADHD in children and PTSD ...

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Howard Gardner Intelligence schema Helps Teaching Children with ADHD

Bradley is a 7th grade student who cannot sit still in class, he runs like a  motor for most of the day.  He attends a Newark, NJ public school, and his poor grades reflect his both his behavioral problems and difficulty in focusing. Try to get him to work on standard science classwork and he ...

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Can Family Therapy Help Symptoms of ADHD in Children or Teens?

by family therapist, psychologist R. Y. Langham, M.M.F.T., Ph.D. Many mental health professionals diagnose children and teens demonstrating behavioral problems (i.e. inability to sit still in the classroom, excessive talking, pacing, running around, and/or inattention) with some form of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). As a result, they often automatically prescribe ADHD medications like: Ritalin, ...

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ADHD Natural Cure – Artology

I came across this little art party in a café by the Union, NJ train station. Artology Parties—Great idea! Here we have lessons in acrylic painting, all supplies included, for $30. It is run by artist Sonia Valente. www.artologyparties.com Cityscapes Landscapes Seascapes Florals Still lifes Animals Renderings of food and objects… …are some of the themes to select from. ...

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ADHD Symptoms in Children Difficult to Distinguish from Bipolar Disorder

ADHD symptoms in children can be difficult to distinguish from symptoms of bipolar disorder according to Boris Birmaher, M.D., professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh.  Psychiatry News reports Birmaher as stating that since symptoms such as impulsivity, hyperactivity, and excessive talking can be evident in both ADHD or bipolar disorder,  it is often not easy to distinguish from ...

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ADHD in Children: Healthy sleep habits, happy child

UK school nurse and counselor Ann Freeman, in the book Help Me Understand A.D.H.D.,  makes some notable comments for parents on the topic of ADHD in children. Among them is that ADHD is not an illness but rather it is a condition. This is a notable and significant statement that parents and educators should try ...

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Parent Involvement in Schools Requires Good Parent Teacher Communication

As parents, keep communication lines with school and teachers flowing and open. Parents, teachers, and schools have the same goal and that is to help the child to learn and succeed in school, as well as to prepare them for their future. The University of Illinois states on the subject of parent teacher communication, “Research ...

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Benefits of Breastfeeding: Preventive for ADHD in Children

Breastfeed your baby to boost the immune system of the newborn infant and prevent ADHD in children. That is the conclusion of a recently published study on the benefits of breastfeeding and ADHD prevention, by researchers at TelAvivUniversity.  Dr. Aviva Mimouni-Bloch of Sackler Faculty of Medicine, also head of the Child Neurodevelopmental Center in Loewenstein ...

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Depression in Teens, Major Depressive Disorder, and Popular Music –Could Excessive Music Raise The Risk?

In a scientific study conducted at the University of Pittsburgh, researchers reached the conclusion that there is a strong correlation between depression in teens, that is, Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), and the length of time spent by an adolescent listening to popular music. (Major Depressive Disorder is also referred to as “clinical depression”). On the ...

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ADHD Diet for Kids

An ADHD diet for kids can be an integral part of a plan to help children overcome the symptoms typically associated with the disorder, naturally.  Studies confirm that there is a correlation between ADHD and diet.   The editors of ADDitude magazine, in the article, “Strategies and Support for ADHD & LD,” state, “research suggests a strong relationship ...

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Understanding the Social Issues of ADHD in Children— ADHD Medication, Symptoms and Solutions

There is more to understanding and treating ADHD in children than a mysterious chemical imbalance with subsequent drug treatment in an attempt to repress ADHD symptoms. The book Rethinking ADHD: Integrated Approaches to Helping Children at Home and at School is one of the few books that highlights the social factors that contribute to the ...

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ADHD Medications Most Common Side Effects – How Serious for Children?

Controversy in ADHD treatment: Stimulant drugs. The medications most frequently used to treat ADHD are stimulants, not without controversy. Ritalin, as one example, has become a household name. Books such as The Ritalin Fact Book: What Your Doctor Won’t Tell You The Amphetamine Debate Ritalin is Not the Answer Ritalin Free Kids, to mention only ...

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Neurofeedback Treatment for ADHD Recommended as a “Best Support” Intervention by American Academy of Pediatrics

Neurofeedback or EEG Biofeedback for ADHD has gained research support over the years and it is exciting to report that ADHD responds positively to Neurofeedback. In fact studies indicate that Neurofeedback appears to be as effective as medication, as reported by Duke University research scientist David Rabiner, Ph.D. in Attention Research Update. With Neurofeedback treatment, ...

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Child or Adult ADHD – Art Among Natural Remedies for ADHD

Children or teens diagnosed with ADHD who engage in art activities such as drawing or painting, are more focused and can often concentrate over a sustained period of time on the activity.  The focus and calm that is induced from engaging in creating artworks also has residual benefits after the art period is over. People with ...

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ADHD Symptoms Reduced Through ADHD Treatment Utilizing Behavior Modification

In a recent study published in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, Behavior Modification proves to be an effective treatment for child ADHD. Two common treatment methods for children with ADHD have been pharmaceutical medication and behavior therapy. A recent study headed by Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry and Director of the Center ...

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Child Development Stages – Teaching Children to Differentiate Reality from Fantasy

A 4 1/2 year-old boy when asked “what is your name?” says with conviction, “My name is Thomas!”  The adult only finds out the next day that the little boy’s name is really William. Why, then, did the boy reply “Thomas!”? Thomas the Tank Engine is his favorite cartoon, and he strongly identifies with it. ...

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Child Development, Horror Movies Effects, and Causes of ADHD Symptoms

“I can’t stop thinking about that movie.” 2nd grade girl in a Newark, NJ classroom, about movie “Child’s Play” (or related movies, horror movies featuring sadistic child figure “Chucky”). Why can’t Rosalie* concentrate in class today? Her mind is not on her school work, but she is thinking about the horror fantasy that she watched ...

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What is ADHD and What Causes ADHD? Is It Purely Genetic or Environment?

ADHD is not a disorder! It is contrived by profit-mongering pharmaceutical corporations that are fooling the public to sell pharmaceutical drugs. ADHD is purely genetic and inheritable! It is a real disorder and medicines for ADHD cure the disorder as long as you adhere closely to the doctor’s directives. Ideas on ADHD span these two extremes. ...

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Teaching and Parenting Strategies for ADHD in Children

In an inner city school in Newark, a 25-year First Grade teacher talked about her thoughts on ADHD in children, parenting, and ADHD strategies and prevention.  The teacher, Mrs. Winner* stated that every year she gets at least two children in her classroom with “eyes like pinballs” and who cannot concentrate or sit still in ...

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Causes of ADHD – Environmental Factors – Violent Video Games

Environmental factors that contribute to ADHD can sometimes truly be environmental. Michigan State ADHD researcher Joel Nigg cites evidence indicating that between 2% and 10% or even 15% of ADHD in children can be caused by environmental contaminants such as lead poisoning or mercury poisoning, among many other types of environmental contamination. When considering environment, however, ...

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