10 Myths about ADHD

1.     MYTH: ADD is just a lack of willpower. Persons with ADD focus well on things that interest them; they could focus on any other tasks if they really wanted to. FACT:  ADD looks very much like a willpower problem, but it isn’t. It’s essentially a chemical problem in the management systems of the brain. 2.     MYTH: ADD is a simple problem of being hyperactive or not listening...
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Kate Kelly

       February 28, 1950 – September 13, 2012 Kate Kelly passed away on September 13, 2012 in Seattle, Washington, eight months after being diagnosed with bladder cancer. She wrote, with her friend Peggy Ramundo, the first book by and for people with ADD: “You Mean I’m Not Lazy, Stupid or Crazy”.  Published in 1993, it was instrumental in facilitating understanding for and...
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Have You Been Affected by the Shortage of Stimulant Medication?

Many of you know all too well the frustration and confusion people are experiencing getting prescriptions filled for stimulant medication. Now there is something that you can do that may help. It started a year ago with shortages of generic short-acting Adderall. This likely prompted an increased demand for substitutes, sparking shortages that included other short-acting generics (Ritalin and...
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What’s So Wrong with Ritalin?

Watch Dr. Pentz discuss misconceptions about stimulant medications. Two recent articles on the front page of the New York Times Sunday Review have touched a familiar disheartening chord for many of us in the ADHD community. Dr. Alan Sroufe’s “Ritalin Gone Wrong” (1/29/12) followed three weeks later by Hanif Kurieshi’s “The Art of Distraction”(2/19/12), were grim reminders of how much...
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