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Children’s fidgeting has always been the bane of classroom teachers and parents alike. It has been regarded as one of the ”warning signs” of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as measured by so-called ”objective” rating scales used to diagnosed for ADHD, and is part of the diagnostic criteria in the psychiatrist’s bible The Diagnostic and...
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  I wrote an article, ”Why I Believe Attention Deficit Disorder is a Myth,” for the website The Kids in the House:  The Ultimate Parenting Resource, on August 29, 2017.   The Kids in the House is a site that offers 9,000 videos from experts and parents (who are the real experts!) on a wide...
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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 psychostimulants....
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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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