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Stories Different from Family to Family

The Press Enterprise in Southern California recently ran an article in which three different moms told stories of life with an ADD/ADHD child. Though they have something in common, a child (or children) with ADD/ADHD, each story is unique.
"For parents entering the netherworld of how to treat such conditions, choosing the right medication - or whether to use medication at all - is merely the starting point in the ADD-ADHD adventure... And despite the collective threads, the stories are so individual; we decided to let three moms share theirs."
The uniqueness of these three stories can help ease the minds of those who wonder why their experiences as the parent of an ADD/ADHD child are unlike anyone else's. But there's enough of a common thread to also remind parents that they're not alone.

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Video Games for ADHD

ABC30 out of Fresno, California is reporting today on a doctor who is successfully using video games to treat young people with ADHD.
"Dr. MacDonald treats ADHD with SMART BrainGames, a new system that combines brain wave monitoring, biofeedback, and video games. The goal is to alter the brain wave pattern responsible for ADHD. . . And it works."
Janelle, a patient of Dr. MacDonald's, says she's better able to focus when taking tests. Before beginning this unusual treatment, she couldn't concentrate enough to take tests at all. Janelle no longer has to take medication, and her sister Julia, who also struggles with ADHD, has been able to reduce her medication.

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Too Many Children with ADHD Are Not Getting Their Medication

Reuters Health reports that there are a growing number of kids with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are not getting the medication that they need.
"Rather than the popular belief that children are being overmedicated... in fact
they're being under-medicated," study co-author Dr. Wendy Reich, of Washington
University School of Medicine, in St. Louis, Missouri, told Reuters Health.
Reich found that only 59 percent of boys and 46 percent of girls are getting medication to treat their ADHD. Her conclusion is that, "There continues to be room for improvement in the treatment of ADHD in the general population." Read more online.

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