Author: Sandra Sterling

Alternative Treatments

Co-Existing Mood Disorders In Children With ADHD

  Introduction Two-thirds of people with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) will be diagnosed with a co-existing condition. Most children diagnosed with such a condition will have a behavioral disorder, but around 18% of them will have mood disorders. Anxiety and depression are the most frequently diagnosed mood disorders in children with ADHD. These conditions can be caused by the frustrations of having to live with the symptoms of ADHD or they could be a coexisting mood disorder. Other common mood disorders include bipolar disorder, learning disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, Tourette Syndrome and substance abuse.

Alternative Treatments

Alternative Therapies For ADHD Children

  ADHD And Medications Parents and guardians of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder have been used to the usual therapies that are widely accepted and recommended by doctors and occupational therapists. These are behavioral therapy and medications. As the number of children diagnosed with ADHD has increased through the years, so has the number of drugs that have been prescribed for them. Medications such as Adderall (a stimulant) and atomoxetine (a non-stimulant) are effective in helping ADHD children focus and ignore distractions, but they also pose some dangerous side effects like loss of appetite, mood changes, heart problems, suicide ideations, and sleep problems. Consequently, researchers have come up with a few essential alternative therapies that are capable of controlling some ADHD symptoms like difficulty focusing, habitual interrupting, and problems organizing. Here are some of the therapies and measures that parents and guardians can utilize.

Hyperactivity Disorder, Parent's Guide

Trying To Accept The Fact That My Son Has ADHD

Source: Trying To Accept The Fact That My Son Has ADHD (And How I Was Able To Help Him Just In Time!) “There is nothing wrong with my son! Who are you to tell me that there is something wrong with him – that he lacks focus, is inattentive and very hyperactive? He is just five years old! All kids are like that! How dare you isolate my boy like that!” That was me a year ago and I was speaking with my son’s Kindergarten teacher. She was telling me that my boy has difficulty reading because he is easily distracted and can’t focus on school lessons. She also mentioned that he fidgets all the time and that my son is very hyperactive.

ADHD In Adults

ADHD – Adult Mood Disorder

  Introduction Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder is biological in origin. It is caused by a dysfunction in the transmission of information to the brain which results in the disruption of the brain’s executive function. The symptoms can also be affected by the environmental factors and the sufferer’s own emotional health. Mood disorders such as anxiety and depression are common amongst people who have been diagnosed with ADHD.  This is sometimes due to emotional frustrations caused by the symptoms. In children with ADHD, the most common coexisting conditions are behavioral disorders – oppositional defiant disorder and conduct disorder. In adults, it is depression and anxiety. Adult ADHD was only recognized in the 1970s. Until then it was believed that the symptoms would clear as the child grew up. It is estimated that 4.4% of adults in the United States have ADHD. The presence of a coexisting condition will increase the impact of ADHD. As the child with ADHD grows, so does the probability of a coexisting condition appearing. By the time that he has reached adulthood, he will have up to 70% chance of suffering from a co-existing condition. As children grow into adults, there is often a reduction in observable symptoms.

Parent's Guide

ADHD – Co-Existing Disruptive Behavioral Disorders

Introduction More than two-thirds of the sufferers of Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD have co-existing disorders such as disruptive behavior disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, learning disabilities, tics and Tourette Syndrome. The existence of one of these conditions complicates the treatment plan. Most children with ADHD will manage to adapt, but having one of the associated disorders makes it more likely that they will fail to finish their education. The best line of defense is an early diagnosis because the consequences of an undiagnosed or untreated coexisting condition can be severe. Most children with ADHD will manage to adapt, but having one of the associated disorders makes it more likely that they will fail to finish their education. The best line of defense is an early diagnosis because the consequences of an undiagnosed or untreated coexisting condition can be severe. Source:   Diagnoses Because ADHD is difficult to diagnose and because of the possibility of co-existing conditions, when presented with a possible case of ADHD, the doctors will conduct various investigations and analyses before determining whether or not the child has ADHD and/or other disorders. The investigation will include interviews with parents, the child, teachers, and caregivers. The doctors will seek to discover if the symptoms are a result of environmental factors such as relationship problems in the home. They will also explore family history to understand whether or not there is a previous history of any of the disorders. This isn’t to say that every mental health professional you hire is going to consider or review the same things, and most of us know what a doctor is, but here is an interesting article about the difference between a therapist and a psychologist. Just know that whoever medical expert you speak with, the fact remains that any disorder can coexist with ADHD, but some are more common. Over 50% of ADHD sufferers have a disruptive behavior disorder.

ADHD In Adults

Being In Love And With ADHD

Each of us is entitled to form or build an affectionate relationship that will inspire, help, and function successfully in our own endeavors. As the song goes, “Love will keep us alive…” But for a person with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), forming a relationship, or even maintaining one, can be challenging in many ways.

ADHD In Adults

What Is Life With ADHD?

Imagine waking up in the morning and realizing that you have many things to do but cannot ultimately plan and work on it. It cripples you! This may sound like a typical adult who is being bombarded with deadlines at work, a pestering boss, children whining at home, or just having a bad day. For a normal individual, one can easily identify which of these critical points can be addressed immediately and then move on to the next until most of the concerns are being handled. That’s life according to us.

ADHD In Adults


You are a young, rich and successful Chief Executive Officer in one of the highly thriving companies in the Metro. No doubt about it, you can have everything that you need and want – the things that ordinary people can only dream to own. Yes, you’re very lucky. Upon arriving at the office, you receive news that will change the way you live and the way you look at life… at least temporarily. The company that you are working for was sold to a rival company and unfortunately, it is owned by your previous fling whom you have not spoken with in ages. Right then and there, you knew that it will be the start of the downward spiral.

Parent's Guide

ADHD – A Guide For Parents

  Introduction Having a child with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD can be very frustrating. The parents of these children are often stressed due to the behavioral problems that they have to deal with. This stress can be worsened by the financial requirements of treatment and social stresses can result when other adults consider the child’s behavior to be a sign of poor parenting. Stressed parents are more likely to have tense relationships with their children, which can, of course, worsen the situation. Many parents of children with ADHD will have the condition themselves since this can be hereditary. A parent who thinks that he may have similar symptoms to the child should consult a medical professional, as coping with his own set of problems and those of the child could be impossible. Children with ADHD function far better in a structured environment, so treatment often begins by training the parents. Modification of the physical and emotional environment of the child is used to help the child modify his behavior.

ADHD In Adults

Attention Deficit And Hyperactivity Disorder In Adults

  Introduction Up to 78% of children with attention and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) will carry the symptoms into adulthood, and up to 50% of these adults will have debilitating symptoms. Hyperactivity and impulsivity may decrease in adulthood but problems with executive function and inattention often remain. Diagnosing ADHD in adults can be difficult, as ADHD presents with symptoms that are similar to bipolar disorder, anxiety and depression. Adults with the disorder tend to struggle with higher education, and unless they have fast paced jobs that involve risk taking or outgoing communication, they may struggle to remain in employment. These people also tend to have a lot more problems with relationships, higher divorce rates, traffic violations and substance abuse problems. Adults with ADHD have a high risk of having children with ADHD.