The Independence Curve

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ADHD is a neurodevelopment disorder.  That means that it delays the way the brain develops the connections leading to normal function in certain areas.  Well connected brains can sustain attention, regulate emotions, resist impulses and regulate motor activity.  Less well connected … Continue reading

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Paying the Wrong Kind of Attention to ADHD

by James Wiley, MD, FAAP — @adddoc An email alerted me of a study concerning ADHD medication.  Since I prescribe it every day and take it myself, I’m always interested. When I clicked on the link I was directed to … Continue reading

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Why Physicians Should Pay Attention to ADHD

by James Wiley, MD, FAAP — @adddoc In recent years, our understanding of ADHD has overwhelmingly improved. We know that this chronic medical condition has been proven to cause serious problems with learning, destroys self-esteem, significantly increases the risk of … Continue reading

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Focusing on Her Future: 2016 Scholarship Winner, Haley Millard

After successfully managing her ADHD in grade school, Haley made the decision to stop taking her medication while in middle school. During middle and high school, Haley’s grades were acceptable, but not nearly as high as they were in elementary school. … Continue reading

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Independence Day

by James Wiley, MD, FAAP –@adddoc As Americans we are celebrating our nation’s history of Independence– you know, when we told our mother country she no longer had to tell us what to do, supervise our every move, or run … Continue reading

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Why I don’t Diagnose Oppositional Defiant Disorder (Part 4 of 4)

by James Wiley, MD, FAAP — @adddoc As we wrap up this series on why oppositional defiant disorder is often misdiagnosed, let’s talk about depression.  “She doesn’t care about anything.” “He’s lazy! Every day instead of doing homework or studying … Continue reading

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Why I don’t Diagnose Oppositional Defiant Disorder (Part 3 of 4)

by James Wiley, MD, FAAP — @adddoc As we continue our series on symptoms and disorders that resemble ODD, another factor that can affect a child’s behavior is having a learning disability of any kind.  Dyslexia, dysgraphia and dyscalculia all … Continue reading

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Why I Don’t Diagnose Oppositional Defiant Disorder (Part 2 of 4)

by James Wiley, MD, FAAP – @adddoc In this series we are talking about how co-morbid conditions can mask themselves as oppositional-type behaviors. In part one we discussed the importance of starting ADHD treatment and introduced anxiety as a common … Continue reading

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Why I Don’t Diagnose Oppositional Defiant Disorder (Part 1 of 4)

by James Wiley, MD, FAAP  - @adddoc Okay, I have diagnosed it. On occasion, I still might diagnose a young person with it. However, every time I think ODD, I ask myself “What is making this kid so angry and defiant?”  … Continue reading

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Using Your iPhone to Treat Your ADHD

No, don’t stop taking your medication.  But, it is nice to have a second brain, especially one that does so many of the things our ADHD brain won’t do…like remembering our appointments and helping us run on time. (Sometimes our … Continue reading

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