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  A recent study that has appeared in the journal NeuroImage:Clinical, reports that subjects who had been treated with methylphenidate (Ritalin) before the age of 16, had significantly lower levels of the inhibitory neurotransmitter gamma-Aminobutyric acid (GABA) as adults, compared with subjects who had started methylphenidate therapy after age 23, and subjects who had never taken...
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New research by a group of European psychiatrists and neuroscientists suggests that a large proportion of individuals diagnosed with ADHD may in fact be suffering from disruptions in their circadian rhythms leading to sleep problems which may be at the core of the ADHD diagnosis. Presenting their findings at  European College of Neuropsychopharmacology Congress, held in...
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A blog post appeared today on the website, Motherly, which I wrote, that provides practical strategies to help kids focus.  It is especially relevant to kids diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.  The tips I recommend include exercise, a nourishing diet, relaxation skills, talking to the child’s teacher about why fidgeting helps some kids focus,...
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Over the next month, 55+ million children and adolescents will be returning to their classrooms in public and private schools around the country. Out of this number, 6.4 million students have been diagnosed as having ADHD and most of them take psychostimulants or other drugs to control their symptoms. And while parents scurry around anxiously...
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The following is excerpted from my new book The Myth of the ADHD Child: 101 Ways to Improve Your Child’s Behavior and Attention Span Without Drugs, Labels, or Coercion (Tarcher-Perigee).  It is Strategy #67: Discover and Manage the Four Types of Misbehavior (Ages 4-18).  The excerpt originally appeared on the website of Sarah MacLaughlin, LSW....
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