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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Resources and information for parents of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
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  2. ADHD Drug Profiles
  3. School Performance Problems
  4. Expert Mental Health Q & A
  5. Adderall XR (7)
  6. Ritalin (7)
  7. Strattera (5)
  8. ADHD Parenting Tips (2)

ADHD Symptom Checklist
Does your child have ADHD? Use our symptom checklist to see if your child has symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

ADHD Symptoms
ADHD symptoms sometimes confuse parents, as they are often given ADHD checklists or questionnaires, which list symptoms. It can be a little easier to understand ADHD symptoms if you think about them as being grouped into three major categories, including children with inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity.

ADHD - History of ADHD
Although it seems like there are a lot of different medications in the ADHD medication timeline, most of them use same basic active ingredients (methylphenidate and amphetamine/dextroamphetamine) that have been used since the earliest days of the history of ADHD.

ADHD Medications
Originally, parents only had two ADHD medications, Ritalin and Adderall, to choose from, and they came in just a few dosages. Fortunately, there is now a much greater choice in ADHD medications, and each is available in a wide range of dosages. Learn about all of the different ADHD medications, from Adderall to Vyvanse, that are now available to...

Stopping ADHD Meds
After starting ADHD medications, how do you know when to stop? Does your child just keep taking them forever? Learn about stopping ADHD medications, including how and when to stop taking medications and special issues that often come up for teens with ADHD, who often become resistant to taking medications.

ADHD Medication Side Effects - Side Effects of ADHD Medications
ADHD Medication Side Effects - Side Effects of ADHD Medications

Understanding ADHD - ADHD in Children
From diagnosis and testing to ADHD treatments, many parents get confused by all of the information, and much of the misinformation, available about ADHD. Review what you need to know about the symptoms, tests, and treatments for ADHD to help you parent your child with ADHD.

ADHD in the Summer
Summertime can be a great time to think about your child's ADHD medication. Does your child need a medication adjustment, medication change, or a break from his ADHD medicine?

Learn about the differences between the terms ADD and ADHD, and how each can be used to describe the type of ADHD symptoms a child has.

ADHD Treatment Guidelines
This policy statement from the AAP offers standarized guidelines for the treatment of school aged children with ADHD, including the use of stimulant medications and/or behavior therapy.

ADHD Medications
There are now many medicines that can be used to treat children with ADHD, including stimulants like Ritalin and Adderall, the non-stimulant Strattera, and second line medications, such as antidepressants, or clonidine, and guanfacine. Is your child taking the right medication to control his ADHD symptoms?

Girls with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Girls with ADHD often just have problems paying attention and are usually not as hyperactive and disruptive as boys with ADHD, which can lead to underdiagnosis and undertreatment.

ADHD Medications Not Working
Review what to do if your child's ADHD medications, like Adderall, Concerta, or Strattera, isn't working to control his hyperactivity.

Black Box Drug Warnings
Learn more about the FDA black box drug warnings that have come out on antidepressants, eczema medicines, asthma medicines, and which may soon be added to ADHD drugs.

Common Problems With ADHD Medicines
Review common scenarios that doctors and parents often encounter in treating children with ADHD, including appetite suppression, aggression, insomnia, or simply not getting good enough control of ADHD symptoms.

Focalin XR
Focalin XR is an extended release stimulant that can be used to treat children, teens, and adults with ADHD.

Healthy Sleep Habits for Special Needs Kids
Review tips to help your special needs child with autism, ADHD, or depression, etc., get a good night's sleep.

ADHD Medication Poll
What medicine does your child take for ADHD? Is it Ritalin, Adderall, Adderall XR, Ritalin LA, Metadate CD, Focalin, Concerta, Strattera, something else or nothing at all?

ADHD Drug Holidays
Review whether or not you have to give your child with ADHD his medicine on the weekends or if he can take a break.

ADHD in Preschool Age Children
Review whether or not a preschool age child who has a short attention span and is hyperactive has ADHD or if these are just normal behaviors at this age.

Strattera for ADHD
Should you continue your child's ADHD medicines during summer? Read about the factors to consider when making this decision, such as what side effects it is causing and whether or not it helps his overall functioning and quality of life.

Strattera - A New ADHD Medication
Strattera is a new nonstimulant medication that has been approved for the treatment of ADHD in children and adults.

Parenting a Child with ADHD
Review what one parent went through in getting his child diagnosed and treated for ADHD.

ADHD - Adam Health Encyclopedia
ADHD is a problem with inattentiveness, over-activity, impulsivity, or a combination. Learn about the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of ADD and ADHD.

Adderol, Adderal or Aderall for ADHD
Common misspellings for Adderall and Adderall XR, ADHD medicines for kids, include Adderol, Adderal and Aderall.

About Attention Deficit Disorder
Information on every aspect of AD/HD, including diagnosis, treatment, alternative medicines, medication, practical advice, support.

ADD Consults: Online Help for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Ask a question (some for a fee) to many of the leading ADHD experts, including Edward Hallowell, M.D., Dr. Conners, and Dr. Russell A. Barkley. Plus review articles about ADHD, visit their discussion forums, or read transcripts from their conferences.

Attention Deficit Disorder
National Institue of Mental Health article on ADHD, with info on the symptoms of ADHD, causes and treatments.

Attention deficit disorder can cause children to have inattention and/or impulsiveness and hyperactivity. Learn about ADHD treatments, including the use of stimulants, like Concerta and Adderall XR, and Strattera.

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder is a non profit organization providing information on treating people with ADHD. Includes fact sheets with info on unproven treatments, medical management and educational rights of children with ADHD.

Clinical Trials for Treatment of ADHD
ClinicalTrials.gov - Linking Patients to Medical Research about Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity.

Diagnosis and Evaluation of the Child with ADHD
American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement on diagnosing and evaluating children that are suspected of having Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

National Attention Deficit Association
National nonprofit organization focused on the needs of people with Attention Deficit Disorder, particularly adults and young adults.

National Resource Center on AD/HD
'A national clearinghouse of information and resources concerning' attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, including diagnosis and treatment, dealing with systems, educational issues and living with AD/HD. Frequently asked questions include 'Is there a simple test to diagnose ADHD?' and 'What is Section 504?'

NICHQ ADHD Practitioners' Toolkit
A set of free tools to help diagnose and treat children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, including parent and teacher assessment forms, follow up forms to monitor treatment, management plans, and medication comparison charts. Plus parenting tips and helping your child with ADHD sleep well.

Top Ten Things I Wish Students With ADHD Knew
A Top 10 list. These are the things that I wish all college students with ADHD knew about their medications when they arrived on campus.

What is ADHD?
Attention deficit disorder (ADHD) is a common childhood behavioral disorder, but it can be difficult to diagnose and even harder to understand. Read this article for imformation about what to do if your child has ADHD.

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