Elimination diet may benefit some young children with ADHD

Children's Health, Mental Health, Nutritional Health, Parenting
In my book, Why ADHD Doesn't Mean Disaster (currently on sale for $1.99 here), I discuss the possibility that certain diet changes may help SOME kids with ADHD. At the time, I took some grief for making this statement, which was based upon 25 years experience caring for these special kids (and NOT on a ton of data). However, now a new study is backing my contention. (more…)
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Most ADHD Kids Have Multiple Conditions, Study Says

Children's Health, Mental Health, Parenting
In my book, Why ADHD Doesn't Mean Disaster (currently on sale for $1.99 here), I encourage parents to be very careful in choosing who evaluates their child for ADHD. In fact, I normally recommend the evaluation be done by a multi-displinary team, even if it means traveling to do so. Why? Because up to two-thirds of kids with ADHD face other struggles, such as learning disabilities, anxiety, and speech problems. Now another study is backing my contention. (more…)
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Untreated teens with ADHD at risk behind the wheel

Children's Health, Mental Health, Parenting
Teenaged boys are more likely than any other drivers to have car accidents, and a diagnosis of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) increases their risk even further, a new study finds. Looking at more than 3,000 teenaged boys who had been in car accidents, a group of Canadian researchers found those who had been diagnosed with various forms of ADHD were more than a third likelier to be involved in a car accident than teenaged boys without ADHD. In my book, Why ADHD Doesn't Mean Disaster, I discuss how teens with ADHD who are not treated are far more likely to be involved in risky behavior than teens without ADHD. Signed copies of the book are on clearance sale now and are available in softcover and hardcover versions. Here are the details on…
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9 Food Additives That May Affect ADHD

Children's Health, Mental Health, Nutritional Health, Parenting
In my book on ADHD, Why ADHD Doesn't Mean Disaster ... On sale now in both softcover and hardcover ... I say this about the association between food additives and ADHD: Dr. Ben Feingold first popularized the idea in his 1985 book, Why Your Child Is Hyperactive, that food additives caused ADHD. However, multiple medical studies since then indicate that the likelihood of these substances playing a role in ADHD is very, very low. Although food dyes or preservatives may affect some children, it is at most a very small percentage and a very small effect. Nevertheless, I also wrote this: While it is highly unlikely that ADHD is either caused or worsened by junk foods, there are plenty of other health reasons to restrict these foods at least on normal days. And, I…
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Celebrities With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Children's Health, Mental Health, Parenting
Writing the book Why ADHD Doesn't Mean Disaster brought me much joy. In the book I emphasize that people with ADHD are usually quite gifted, but as kids need to be parented in a special way. Kids with ADHD are very valuable but fragile gifts that must be unwrapped and cared for with special skills. (BTW, the book is now on clearance sale here for the softcover [$1.99] and here for the hardcover [$3.99]). I've found as I care for kids with ADHD, it's helpful for them to learn of celebrities who have ADHD. Here is a nice article of celebrities with ADHD from Health.com: Up to 10 million American adults have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)—also commonly referred to as ADD—so it's no surprise that some of America's most…
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