When your teenager refuses treatment for ADD

I still meet parents who have been told by their doctors that children ‘outgrow’ ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) by adolescence, and that therefore their child doesn’t require treatment beyond the age of thirteen. Having dutifully discontinued...

Dr Phil said WHAT?

This link (www.drphil.com/articles/article/153/) was forwarded to me by a concerned parent, whose 9-year-old son is doing well on Ritalin. The article, entitled Side-effects of ADD medication, is actually an excerpt from a book by Dr Frank Lawlis, entltled The ADD...

What really causes ADHD?

ADHD is a highly heritable condition. There are very few medical disorders or traits as genetic as this one. For example, studies reveal that the ADHD syndrome is almost as heritable as your height. But how do we know this? Close relatives (immediate family) of an...

How do we diagnose ADD?

‘Please test him for ADD’ We find it comforting to rely on an X-ray or a blood test to unequivocally establish or refute a diagnosis. But unfortunately, with Attention Deficit Disorder, no such test exists. Not yet, at least. No, the diagnosis rests on the...

What is ADD? Part II

Fidgety Philip and the history of ADHD In the first of this series, we considered whether ADHD warrants inclusion among the ranks of medical conditions at all, or whether, as has been claimed by some, it is nothing other than the convenient invention of the...

What is ADD? Part I

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, to use its full title, refers to a condition in which a child (or adult) displays excessive inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsivity. These symptoms can occur in varying combinations, giving us three subtypes of the...