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What is ADD or ADHD?

ADHD is a common condition that affects children, teenagers, and adults. It is characterized by developmentally inappropriate levels of inattention, impulsivity, and/or hyperactivity.

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Help! I Need Suggestions for Handling My Child's Behavior

Sunday April 20, 2014

"I have a four-year-old son who was recently diagnosed with ADHD. It's been an uphill battle that my husband and I manage every day. Although it has taken time, I felt we were in a good zone until recently. Our son is now being extremely defiant. Saying 'no' to our requests, screaming, hitting and yelling at his younger sibling, and throwing objects. He is no longer responding to time-out, his toys being taken away, or other regularly used consequences. Any suggestions?" -- About.com Reader

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Why Is Structure Important?

Sunday April 20, 2014

"My 10-year-old son has recently been diagnosed with ADHD. One of the things I keep hearing about is the importance of structure and a structured environment. What does that mean and how does it help?"
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How Do I Know If My Child Has ADHD?

Friday April 18, 2014

Children with ADHD (and adults with ADHD, as well) are a heterogeneous group. Symptoms of ADHD can affect people in varying ways, in varying combinations, and to varying degrees. Not only can ADHD be very different from person to person, but symptoms can also fluctuate significantly in response to situational demands.

If you are a parent of a child who seems to think differently, act differently, and learn differently from other children--and you are wondering if ADHD may be contributing to difficulties at home, in family interactions, at school or in peer relationships--be sure to talk with your pediatrician or other qualified health care provider.

Below is a link with information about the types of behaviors that often alert parents to the possible presence of ADHD.

Possible Signs of ADHD in Children

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Understanding ADHD in Girls

Monday April 14, 2014

There are many similarities in the way core symptoms of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) present in males and females, yet there are also many differences. Sometimes these differences hinder or even prevent accurate identification of ADHD in girls. As a result many females may remain undiagnosed and untreated, continuing to struggle without appropriate interventions and help.

Learn More About ADHD in Girls

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