attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Mental Health

ADHD: Why medication is so important!!

"Decades of research have shown us that kids with untreated ADHD (not to speak of anxiety, depression and other very treatable conditions) struggle just to become productive citizens." -Steven M. S. Kurtz, Ph.D, Child Mind Institute. The decision to medicate your child for Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder can be a difficult one.  I have met many… Continue reading ADHD: Why medication is so important!!

attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, coping skills, discipline, Mental Health, Parenting

ADHD: Non-medication help…

It seems like every day I have another parent asking me if their child has ADHD (aka Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder). The answer isn't an easy one, neither is the solution. I wrote a post trying to help answer this very question. If you want more information about how to know if your child's behavior may… Continue reading ADHD: Non-medication help…

attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Parenting

Small Dose #14- YES, We NEED to treat ADHD!!

"Children growing up with ADHD often face a higher risk for substance use disorders compared with the general population. New research shows that treatment with extended-release stimulants early in adolescence may reduce the risk of developing dependencies on cigarettes, alcohol, or drugs." -Dr. Timothy E. Wilkins, MD, Director, Center for Addiction Medicine, Child Psychiatry Services, Mass.… Continue reading Small Dose #14- YES, We NEED to treat ADHD!!

attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, coping skills, discipline, Mental Health, Parenting, self esteem in children

Effective Parenting… Important for all kids, but especially important for raising kids with ADHD!

Effective parenting takes time and effort, no doubt about it!! For kids with ADHD, effective parenting is a must whether these kids are medicated or not medicated. This information will be useful for all parents, not just those raising ADHD kids... Does the child with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) need to be medicated?? Yes… Continue reading Effective Parenting… Important for all kids, but especially important for raising kids with ADHD!

attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Mental Health, Parenting, Sleep

Sleep is Crucial for Healthy Development

Amount and quality of sleep impacts children in every aspect imaginable. Sleep is crucial for proper growth and development, as well as daily functioning. Sleep is essential for neural development, and even a modest decrease in adequate sleep can decrease cognitive ability. According to The Journal of Developmental and Pediatric Behavior, there is a link… Continue reading Sleep is Crucial for Healthy Development

attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Getting to Know You, Parenting

Parenting = Biggest Rewards + Most Frustrating Job You Will EVER Have!!

Have you ever had one of those days that you just don't know what to do as a parent? I'm living it right now! I thought I would share, because writing about difficult times is therapeutic, and I thought you all would like to know none of us have all the answers! I thought nursing school was… Continue reading Parenting = Biggest Rewards + Most Frustrating Job You Will EVER Have!!

attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Mental Health, Parenting, self esteem in children

Hyperactive or just busy… Could your child have ADHD??

Hi, all! Sorry I've been absent in the past week... Life is just too busy sometimes! There are just so many activities and responsibilities that we have in this modern society, and I've tried to take some time to just stop and smell the roses with my kids. Sometimes, I think I induce a little ADHD on myself.… Continue reading Hyperactive or just busy… Could your child have ADHD??