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Practice Gratitude Regulary

This past week, it was US Thanksgiving. When it’s Thanksgiving, people (generally) have a great time with friends and family, and have a wonderful, satisfying meal together.

And… most people take some time to consider what they are thankful for.

I am thankful for so many things. Including:

  • My Family and Friends
  • My Health
  • My profession, and the ability I have to help people on a day to day basis
  • The fact that I was born at the time I was (we live in amazing times, with incredible opportunities)
  • The fact that I was born in Canada (it may get cold here, but it is one of the best countries in the world, in my opinion)

And I’m also thankful to you - my blog reader or subscriber – because you’ve chosen to share your journey with ADD/ADHD with me, and you allow me to come onto your computer screen, or into your email inbox to share my thoughts, perspective and advice. I also really appreciate your comments, feedback and participation in the dialogue.

Now – I love Thanksgiving, and I think it is a wonderful yearly ritual.

And I encourage you to practice gratitude more regularly than once a year.

When I say ‘practice gratitude’, I mean that I encourage you to take a few moments, and quiet yourself down. Get comfortable, slow your breathing, and even close your eyes. Think about who and what you are grateful and thankful for. And then feel the feelings of gratitude and love for what you are focusing on. This exercise can take just a moment, and it can be tremendously helpful for you.

When you achieve a state of gratitude (with true feeling and emotion), it changes how you feel, as well as how you interact with the world and others. This can help you in our stressed out, overly busy world – especially if you have ADD/ADHD yourself, or if it’s in your family.

I encourage you to practice gratitude regularly – ideally daily.

What do you think? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.


Dr. Kenny

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Long Term Stimulant Use Improves School Grades

When kids or teens are diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, doctors generally recommend medication to help to control the symptoms.The most commonly used medications include the stimulant medications – namely medicines like: Concerta, Adderall, Adderall XR, Vyvanse, Metadate CD, Ritalin LA, Methylphenidate, Dextroamphetamine, and others.

While there are many studies showing that the ADHD symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity improve with the medicine, and cause short term academic improvements, there has been a lack of research to show long term academic benefits.

The studies summarized here clearly document that ADHD stimulant medication helps with long term academic success.

In this research, the research team followed 5700 children from birth until 18 years old. In that group, 277 boys and 93 girls were diagnosed with ADHD. Of those with the diagnosis, some decided to use medication, and some did not. When kids took ADHD medication, they generally started in elementary school, and took it for (on average) 30 months (i.e. just under 3 years).

Of the ADHD kids who were taking medication, by 13 years old, the medication children had improved reading scores compared to the kids with ADHD who had not taken medication. Children taking medication were more likely to attend school (i.e. less absenteeism), and they were 1.8 times less likely to be held back a year at school.

The lead researcher, Dr. Barbaresi was quoted as saying: “We can’t simply focus on the symptoms of ADHD,” Barbaresi said. “We really need to be focusing on the risk for poor outcomes in school and in other aspects of the child’s life,” he said. “That’s why we have to recognize these children and make sure they get appropriate treatment.”

To read more about these studies, click here.

What do you think? Has ADHD medication helped your child (or yourself) over the long term? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.


Dr. Kenny

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Stop Your Child’s Negative Thoughts

Kids and teens with ADD/ADHD often have what we can call: “Gremlins”. These can also be called: ANTS = Automatic Negative Thoughts.

Everybody gets these, but automatic negative thoughts can be particularly difficult and damaging to kids and teens with ADHD.

And, most of the time, parents feel helpless (or helpless and frustrated) when they can’t seem to help their kids get past these negative thoughts.

ADD Coaching Diane O’Reilly (from Indigo Tree Coaching) is featured in this video which discusses this issue and will help parents to better understand the issue of ‘gremlins’ and also give you some strategies to help you to help your teens.

Step 1: Watch this video:

Step 2: Join us for a live ADD Coaching call for the Attention Difference Disorder Insiders Membership site. The live call is on: Monday November 21st at 8 pm Eastern Time.
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We hope this information will help you to get your kids ‘unstuck’ from their gremlins.
Dr. Kenny
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Adult ADHD: Surviving The Holidays

The Holidays can be a very stressful time for everyone – but it’s especially difficult for Adults with ADD/ADHD.

There are so many details to take care of, including:

  • Decorations
  • Cards
  • Gifts
  • Events
  • Food…
  • And the list goes on and on…

And the worst part is that many adults with ADD often get overwhelmed, and then down when they feel that they have messed up for yet another year…

Why not start off the holidays with some strategies that can help you out?

Adult ADD Coach: Lynne Edris (from Coaching ADDvantages), can help you with some strategies to help you to do better this holiday season.

Steps to help you out:

First: Watch this video where Lynne shares some specific strategies to help you out:

Second: Join us for the live coaching call on Monday November 21st at 9:15 pm eastern time. Just click here to join the Insiders Membership Site.

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And, we hope you have a great holiday season icon smile Adult ADHD: Surviving The Holidays


Dr. Kenny

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Action Signs For Children’s Mental Health

Despite progress that has been made in children’s mental health, research repeatedly shows that greater than 75% of children with diagnosable and treatable mental health conditions do not get the proper diagnosis or treatment. To address this, in 2001, the US Surgeon General called for the development of some “warning signs” or “action signs” to help to identify children at risk. It was a large task – which some of the top American scientists have been working on since the Surgeon General’s call to action. Today – on October 28, 2011, the scientific paper, as well as a toolkit are being released to the public.

Dr. Peter Jensen, lead researcher and author on the paper, and President and CEO of The Reach Institute writes:

“I am pleased to let you know that today (Friday, Oct 28th) an embargoed paper in (the medical Journal) Pediatrics will be made available to the press entitled “Overlooked and Underserved: ‘Action Signs’ for Identifying Children With Unmet Mental Health Needs,” authored by a national team of investigators. This paper reports on an analysis of many of the best available US epidemiologic data sets that yielded 11 easy describable symptom profiles, based on child and parent reports. The presence of any one of these symptom profiles, called “action signs,” indicates that any child with the action sign has a high probability of having a bona-fide, severe mental health disorder. Accompanying the paper is also a free toolkit that includes posters for parents or youth freely available to you, perhaps for can posting in your office, so that families/parents/youth will be more likely to bring these problems to your
or others’ attention, if the child is having any of the 11.”

This toolkit of “Action Signs” can be very helpful to parents, teachers, primary care doctors and many others to help to identify children who may have an undiagnosed or untreated mental health disorder. Most importantly, it can be helpful to teenagers – who may feel that they are alone, and don’t know if the symptoms they are feeling are real or merit help. When a teenager recognizes that they are feeling one (or more) of the action signs, then they can ask for help from a parent, guidance counselor, religious leader, or their doctor. This can open the door to get them the help that they need.

What Are The 11 Action Signs?

On page 6 of the Action Signs Toolkit, the following 11 signs are documented:

  • Feeling very sad or withdrawn for more than 2 weeks
  • Seriously trying to harm or kill yourself, or making
    plans to do so
  • Sudden overwhelming fear for no reason, sometimes
    with a racing heart or fast breathing
  • Involvement in many fights, using a weapon, or wanting
    to badly hurt others
  • Severe out-of-control behavior that can hurt yourself
    or others
  • Not eating, throwing up, or using laxatives to make
    yourself lose weight
  • Intense worries or fears that get in the way of your daily activities
  • Extreme difficulty in concentrating or staying still that puts you in physical danger
    or causes school failure
  • Repeated use of drugs or alcohol
  • Severe mood swings that cause problems in relationships
  • Drastic changes in your behavior or personality

Pass This Message On!

These Action Signs are so important to raise awareness about children’s mental health, and to help parents, kids and teens to recognize the signs of psychiatric disorders that would require them to get help. They will also help educators, physicians, and other health professionals. These signs are based on years of outstanding, well designed scientific research.

And they will only be helpful if people know about them, and use them.

My request of you? Please pass this message on!

There are children and teens right now, suffering in silence. They don’t know that they need help, or an adult that they told doesn’t know that they need help. These suffering kids may be contemplating suicide, and feeling that there is no hope. These Action Signs have the ability to change all of that by raising awareness about mental health conditions so that people can get help.

When you pass this message on – it can really make a difference to someone who needs it. These Action Signs have the p0tential to literally save thousands of children from suffering. (I will personally be pleased if this blog post can help at least one – and I hope it helps a lot more than that.)

So – use your email contacts, your facebook friends, or twitter followers, and pass this message along. Please. You’ll be helping a child at risk somewhere.

You can view the Abstract of the “Action Signs” scientific paper here.
You can view the Action Signs Toolkit here.


Dr. Kenny

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Procrastination in ADHD Kids and Teens

Does your ADD or ADHD child procrastinate a lot? If you’re like most parents, the answer is yes. And it likely leads to frustration, hassles, and maybe even battles.

And most parents are thinking: ” This whole thing could have been avoided, if my son (or daughter) didn’t leave this till the last minute!”

Procrastination is a complicated issue. There isn’t a one size fits all answer to it. To fully understand what’s going on with procrastination, and to help you to find solutions for it, I’ve interviewed Diane O’Reilly, from Indigo Tree Coaching below. She’ll help you to understand what’s going on with clutter, and also how to develop strategies to improve it.

To Join The Attention Difference Disorders Insiders Membership and

Participate in the Coaching Call for Parents

of Kids and Teens with ADD/ADHD:

“Overcome Procrastination”



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Conquering Clutter

Clutter is a universal problem for adults with ADD/ADHD. When there’s trouble dealing with the boring need to clean up little things, piles begin to build up.

Paperwork is often a big issue, as well as impulsively buying something that seemed great at the time, and now is just filling up more space.

And then clutter can get overwhelming…

It can lead to embarassment, and it can contribute to social problems – you don’t want people to come over because of how embarasing your clutter is. And then you may feel bad about your kids not having their friends over because of it.

And this can lead to guilt and shame.

On this post – I interview ADD Coach Lynne Edris (From Coaching ADDvantages) about how to clear clutter.

(watch the video until the end – you’ll not only hear me mess up (and have a good laugh over it), you’ll learn how you can get specific strategies and skills to conquer your clutter)

Join Us For the ADD Coaching Class: Conquer Your Clutter
On Monday October 24th at 9:15 pm Eastern Time

By joining the ‘Attention Difference Disorder Insiders Membership Site’
>>Click Here To Find Out More<<


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Great ADHD Resources

As you know, it is really important to develop supports around you and your family. Whenever you are dealing with any challenge – like ADD/ADHD challenges, or working toward a goal, it is very helpful to have a support network. The saying “it takes a village” comes to mind. I’m writing this post today to share the people who are part of my support network online – particularly when I had a major event – the launch of my book.

Recently, when I launched my book: Attention Difference Disorder, many people were kind enough to let their subscribers and readers know about my new book. I’d like to thank each of these people, and let you know about them, because they provide great resources online which can help you out. Most of them are directly in the ADHD niche, and some provide other resources, and they were kind enough to let people know about my ADD book.
They are written here in alphabetical order. I encourage you to click on the links to visit their sites:

  1. Jeff Copper: Jeff’s an ADD Coach and he interviewed me on Attention Talk Radio. Visit his page to listen to old archives and catch new shows about ADD/ADHD.
  2. Frank Deardurff: Frank is “that one web guy”. He was willing to share with his subscribers about my new book. If you need to learn about graphics, web design, wordpress, or much more – visit Frank’s site.
  3. Lynne Edris: Lynne is an ADD coach, a woman with adult ADD, and the mother of a teen with ADD. She is a coach in Dr. Kenny’s ADD Insiders program. She runs Coaching
  4. Ray Edwards: Ray is a great sales copy writer and marketing strategist. He is the author of Writing Riches, and teaches many business owners how to build their business. You can learn more about Ray here.
  5. Jacqueline Green – Jacqueline is a parenting expert, and she runs the Great Parenting Show – an online seminar teaching people about great parenting strategies. You can participate in The Great Parenting Show here.
  6. Dr. Anthony Kane: Dr. Kane is a medical doctor and expert in ADHD. He has many products and resources to help parents of kids and teens to help their kids. You can learn more about Dr. Kane and his resources at ADD ADHD Advances.
  7. Jennifer Koretsky: Jennifer is an ADD Coach,  as well as a woman with ADD. She provides great training and resources for ADD – including the well attended ‘ADHD Virtual Conference’. You can learn more at ADD Management.
  8. Tara McGillicuddy – Tara is an ADD coach and a woman with ADD herself. She provides a tremendous number of resources and support for people online. You can learn all about her resources here: ADD You can also hear the replay of the interview she did with me here on ADHD Support Talk Radio.
  9. Bonnie Mincu: Bonnie is a Senior Certified ADHD Coach and a woman with ADD herself. She has created a Thrive with ADD line of products online. You can learn about Bonnie at Thrive with ADD.
  10. Diane O’Reilly: Diane is an ADD coach who is a woman with ADD and also has sons with ADD. She is the coach in Dr. Kenny’s ADD Insiders program, and she runs Indigo Tree
  11. Dr. Yannick Pauli: Dr. Pauli is an expert in ADHD, and he publishes The Unritalin Solution. He shares natural approaches to treat ADD/ADHD.
  12. Rhea Perry: Rhea is an outstanding woman who has taught people all about home-schooling, as well as entrepreneurial education. You can learn more about here here.
  13. Dr. Rory Stern: Rory is an ADHD expert, and he’s a writer, therapist, coach, consultant and speaker. He publishes The Truth Behind ADHD, and provides many resources to help you out.
  14. Greg Writer: Greg is an entrepreneur who is committed to keeping kids safe on the internet. His unique browsers can help to protect your kids online. You can get parenting resources and learn more at: Kid Safe.

Thank you to these people who helped to launch my book when it came out on June 7th. Please visit their sites, as I know that they provide great content and resources to help you out. And – the lesson in this is – when you are trying to accomplish a goal, build a network of support, and then really appreciate them afterwards. I know I appreciate all of the people listed above icon smile Great ADHD Resources


Dr. Kenny

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ADHD on Breakfast Television

I had the great fortune of being invited onto Breakfast Television – one of Canada’s biggest morning shows. Here’s a copy of my interview. Enjoy!

You can pick up a copy of Attention Difference Disorder here: Canadians – click here, Americans (and international) – click here.

Adult ADHD Radio Interview

On Sunday September 4, 2011, I was interviewed on WGTK radio on the Dr. Stan Frager show. The interview was all about adult ADHD (with some questions/comments about teen ADHD as well).

Dr. Frager was kind enough to let me share the recording of the radio station with you. You can hear the radio interview here:

Please share any comments below.

You can pick up a copy of Attention Difference Disorder here.
Dr. Kenny

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