Attention deficit disorder is the single most diagnosed disorder among young people in this country. Find out more about how educators, scientists, and others approach this widespread condition.

Understanding Today’s Attention Deficit Child

Just What is Attention Deficit and Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)? The common symptoms of ADHD, which has replaced ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) as the medical term of choice, are what Hinshaw called "The symptoms of childhood." After all, most children are...
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The Case Against Ritalin

The decision to medicate a child with a behavioral disorder is a complex one that involves many discussions between the child's parents, teachers, and physicians. In the case of children suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), parents are placing...
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Children Controlling Their Own Brainwaves: A New Treatment for ADD?

Imagine a boy sitting in front of a computer screen, controlling what appears on the monitor with only his brainwaves. His hands don't move; he makes no sound. But as he watches the screen, his brain learns to regulate itself...
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Concerns are Raised over the Prescription of Ritalin to Preschool Aged Children

A report in the February 23 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) describes a disturbing trend in the rate at which the stimulant Ritalin is prescribed for preschool-aged children. Dr. Julie Mango Zito and her colleagues...
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Use Your Brain or Lose It: A Conversation with Dr. John Ratey

Dr. John Ratey's most recent book, A User's Guide to the Brain, is one of the most accessible books available on recent brain research, what it means, and how to best make use of it. Ratey is professor of psychiatry...
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