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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)

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Attention Difference Disorder on Amazon

My new book, Attention Difference Disorder was just released yesterday (on June 7, 2011).

It was a whirlwind of a day. Very exciting indeed.

I had 18 radio interviews (across the USA), a newspaper interview, and then a live teleseminar call in the evening. The call was very well attended, and we’ve decided to post the replay (for people who couldn’t attend live). You can access the recording until Sunday night – here. There is also a special offer on that page – which will be there until the replay comes down – on Sunday night.

The great news:

Yesterday – my book started climbing the charts on Amazon. On Amazon.ca – we ranked as high as #19 in the overall bestsellers category (that is for ALL of the books on Amazon), and my book was #1 in the categories of: Disorders and Diseases, Parenting School Aged Children, and Family Health.

And this morning – it was ranked #1 on Amazon.ca in the Bestsellers ‘Movers and Shakers’ category – because in 24 hours, it went from ranking 38,000+ on the bestsellers list – to #19!

You can see the pictures below.

If you haven’t grabbed your copy – now’s the time. (the best way is to take advantage of our special bonus by clicking here)

Thanks for your support.

Best,

Dr. Kenny

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Attention Difference Disorder Book Now Available

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Attention Difference Disorder

I’m very excited to announce the release of my book: “Attention Difference Disorder: How To Turn Your ADHD Child or Teen’s Differences Into Strengths in 7 Simple Steps”. It is published by Morgan James, and the release date is June 7, 2011. By: Dr. Kenny Handelman. Forward by: Dr. Edward Hallowell.

You can read more about the book here: Attention Difference Disorder Book.

You can read the press release here.

Please join me for a ‘book launch online event’ – tonight – June 7th at 8 pm Eastern time. I will be doing a free teleseminar call – to teach you all about differences rather than deficits, and I’ll share my 7 steps system for parents to use to help their children and teens. There will be a special bonus for people who purchase the book during the live call. You can access the live call here: Attention Difference Disorder online live event.

And of course – you can get your copy on Amazon.com here.

I hope you enjoy the book!

Best,

Dr. Kenny

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ADHD and Creativity?

While most doctors focus on the negativity in ADD/ADHD, I like to take a more balanced approach, and I focus more on differences than deficits. It is my opinion that when we take a strength based approach, we can help people with ADD/ADHD a lot more. Today’s blog post discusses an interesting study on creativity in ADHD.

Researchers recently studied whether college students with ADHD were more creative than their non-ADHD peers. They had the students complete tests to look at their creativity.

You can read a summary of the study here.

Some of the findings from this study include:

  • Adults with ADHD are better at divergent thinking than non-ADHD adults. Quoting from the link above: “Divergent thinking involves generating several possible solutions to a problem”.
  • Adults with ADHD did better finding ideas to find solutions to problems. As the report says:

Another questionnaire assessed the respondents’ preferred creative style: clarifier, who defines and structures the problem; ideator, who like to generate ideas; developers, who elaborate or refine ideas and solutions; and implementers, who incorporate a refined idea into a final product or solution.

Non-ADHD participants preferred problem clarification and idea development. ADHD individuals liked the ideator style.

Knowing the creative style can help identify careers suited to the strengths and weaknesses of individuals with ADHD, the researchers said.

Do you find that people with ADHD are more creative than non-ADHD’ers? Is this an advantage for people with ADD or ADHD? Please share your thoughts and ideas below.

Best,

Dr. Kenny

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ADHD Medication Shortages: Has This Affected You?

It seems that the shortage of ADHD medication in the USA is lasting much longer than anyone thought it would.

In this article, it is explained that the shortage is related in part to the increased demand for ADHD medication, as well as the DEA controlling the amount of the active ingredient forwarded to the pharma companies to allow them to produce the medication.

It seems that the medications impacted are: Adderall XR, as well as generic Adderall, and generic methylphenidate.

The article referenced above has a quote from the director of the FDA drug shortages program. It’s interesting to me that the FDA has a program for drug shortages. It makes sense… and then the question is – what are they doing about this?

And why is it that it is predominantly the generic medications (which are cheaper and have less profit involved) which are having trouble with supply?

I’m really interested to hear what is happening on the ground out there. Please share your comments and experiences in the comments below:

  • Are you impacted by this shortage?
  • Have you been struggling to get the prescribed medication for yourself or your family member?
  • What have you done about it?
  • Have you had to purchase a much more expensive brand name product?
  • Have you taken less medication to ‘make your prescription last’?

Thanks for sharing your experiences. By sharing here, you can let people know what is happening – without it being ‘filtered’ by mainstream media.

Best,

Dr. Kenny

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ADHD: Teacher Horror Stories

We just posted an article to this blog about good communication strategies for parents to use with their child’s teacher.

We’d love to hear from you, as well as other readers from our online community.

While there are many great teachers out there, who make a dramatic difference in kids’ lives, there are also teachers who just don’t mesh well with kids with ADHD. I’d love to hear from you – have you had a real problem with a teacher for your child with ADD or ADHD?

Sometimes there are problems with teachers not helping, and other times there are teachers that seem to make things worse. I think the latter falls into the category of ‘horror stories’.

I open up this discussion, because I think it can be helpful for all of us to learn about the challenges that many people have gone through. That said – I want to be clear here about the ‘ground rules’ for comments below:

  1. All comments are moderated – so your comment won’t appear right away, and if it is deemed inappropriate in any way, it won’t be posted to this blog
  2. It is not OK to identify teachers by name and school – i.e. I don’t want this to turn into a place to specifically ‘get back’ at a teacher you were upset with. Please don’t use names or school names, and we can just learn about your challenges (and hopefully solutions you eventually found)
  3. It is not OK to include hateful, racial or threatening comments (it is completely up to us to determine the definition of those terms)

So — after reading those ‘ground rules’, you may wonder what I’m expecting… I’ve been blogging in the ADHD space for a few years now, and I know that when people are typing comments in (often late at night), they can include more than they intend to. If you stick to the ground rules, we’d love to hear your comments about struggles with teachers.

As I’ve posted before, teachers are wonderful and can be tremendously helpful. I hope that the comments below will help teachers and other educators to know what NOT to do, and it can also help parents to understand other people’s struggles and hopefully the solutions they found.

All the best,

Dr. Kenny

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Great Teachers for ADD?

We just posted an article to this blog about good communication strategies for parents to use with their child’s teacher.

We’d love to hear from you, as well as other readers from our online community.

Has your son or daughter had a teacher who has made a tremendous difference in your child’s life?

Please take a moment and share some comments below – we’d love to hear about it.

… and it could help to inspire other teachers, and let some parents know what is possible.

Personally, I remember many of my teachers over the years who had a dramatic impact on me. I remember them well, and I have stories about how they went ‘above and beyond’.

Please share your comments and experiences below.

Best,

Dr. Kenny

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ADHD in School: Parent Teacher Communication

One of the cornerstones of ADD/ADHD treatment is strategies which help at school. Academic challenges are one of the main reasons that people are referred for assessment and treatment of ADD/ADHD.

Treatment of ADD/ADHD needs to be ‘multimodal’ – i.e. more than just medication! We need counseling, strategies, as well as parenting strategies and school strategies.

When it comes to school strategies – parent-teacher communication is one of the cornerstones of the strategies that work.

Why is this?

Because your child is with the teacher for so many hours a day, and the teacher is the one who is evaluating your child, giving feedback to your child, and helping (or not helping) your child to get the right resources in the school.

Best Approaches To Good Communication With The Teacher:

  1. Respect the role that the teacher plays
  2. Understand that the teacher is often under tremendous pressure
  3. Book a meeting early in the school year, with regular follow ups
  4. If all else fails, Part 1: get help from the office
  5. If all else fails, Part 2: aim for the right teacher next year

Now let’s go through these one by one.

1) Respect the role that the teacher plays:

Teachers play a tremendously important role in our children’s lives. They teach our kids, and they also model good behavior, and evaluate how our children are doing. As they evaluate, they get an idea as to whether our children have increased symptoms of inattention, or hyperactivity, or sadness or even anxiety, for that matter.

Teachers can’t diagnose ADHD, and they can’t recommend medication, but they can let you know that your child may be having difficulties, and you should talk to your doctor.

Remember – the teacher will see your child in different circumstances than you see them in – so your child may display symptoms in a different way in school (i.e. you don’t see them doing math work in a class with 25 other children…). It is important to respectfully listen to the teacher’s feedback, and then take action on it. Don’t get defensive! This can just make things harder…

2) Understand that the teacher is often under tremendous pressure:

Realize that teachers are often asked to give more and more to their classes, with less and less resources. Even great teachers can get tired and frustrated with administrative issues and financial pressures. Be sure to share your appreciation for what your child’s teacher is doing to help your child to succeed. Like all people, teachers like to be appreciated. And they will be more likely to do more to help when they feel that what they are doing is helping and being appreciated.

3) Book a meeting early in the school year, with regular follow ups

Many parents wait for the teacher to call them for meetings. If you know your child has ADD/ADHD, be proactive. Contact the teacher early in the year, and let him or her know that your child has ADD/ADHD, and you’d like to touch base to discuss strategies that work. Even when teachers have notes on your child, the beginning of the school year is so hectic, that the teacher will usually appreciate the opportunity to hear from you about what works best for your son or daughter.

This first meeting also sets the tone of you being a proactive parent, who wants to keep in touch and work collaboratively with the teacher about your son or daughter. That can help a lot as the months go on through the school year.

Aim to have regular communication with the teacher. You can either ask to meet in person every 6 weeks, or if the teacher is OK with email, you can use that for weekly updates. Maybe a parent-teacher communication book would be ideal. Ask the teacher, and then work on your end to support that mode of communication. Remember – you should be more flexible! So, if the teacher wants to write in a communication book, and you prefer email – just accept the communication book!

4) If all else fails, Part 1: get help from the office

Sometimes, despite the best efforts (on both the parent and teacher’s side) the communication doesn’t work well. There can be frustrations and challenges. If that is the case – seek help from the office.

Often times a guidance counselor, special ed teacher, or even the Vice-Principal or Principal can get involved to help to smooth things out with the teacher if things aren’t going well. They may also be able to get more resources into the classroom to help your child on  a day to day basis.

5) If all else fails, Part 2: Aim for the right teacher next year

Actually, this idea holds whether your child has had a great year, or a not-so-great year this year. In the spring, ask the teacher, or the guidance counselor, “who would be the best teacher to help my son/daughter next year?”

Although staff in the school would never say: ‘make sure that Jim doesn’t get Mr. Smith’, they would say that, ‘We think Jim would do much better with Mr. Jones.’ This allows them to try to find the best match for your child.

Be sure to ask early enough toward the end of the school year to make sure that the school can have time to put the recommendation into effect for the next school year. Shouldn’t they do this already? Maybe… But they have so many administrative things to think about, that they may not come up with this without your reminder/request.

Hopefully these recommendations can help you to communicate well with your child’s teacher. Good communication with the teacher can make a great difference in your child’s outcome for any given school year.

Please share your thoughts and comments below.

Best,

Dr. Kenny

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Generic Concerta in the US

Article updated on May 11, 2011:

A recent new report shows that Watson Pharmaceuticals is cleared to create a generic form of Concerta for the US. A recent court of appeal decision is reported to have said that the patent on Concerta is invalid and that Watson is cleared to make their own version of the drug. Johnson and Johnson, the parent company which makes Concerta, had worldwide sales of $1.33 billion of Concerta last year.

Update:

According to this report, Watson is now authorized to sell a generic version of Concerta. This report shares the fact that the sales of Concerta totaled $1.5 billion in the year ending Feb 28, 2011 (it is unclear if that is worldwide or US data).

The report says:

Johnson & Johnson’s Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceutical unit is making and supplying the drug, and it will receive a share of the revenue from sales. Watson will market and distribute the generic.

The agreement lasts until the end of 2014. Watson can launch its own generic version when the deal ends.

What does this mean for you?

If you take Concerta (and you are in the USA), then it appears that you will be able to get a generic version of the drug which is sold by Watson, and manufactured by Ortho-McNeil. In other words – this should be the exact same medicine. This will last until 2014 – at which time this deal ends, and Watson will be creating its own version of generic Concerta.

This is quite a different circumstance than what is going on in Canada.
My experience in Canada is that the new generic Concerta which has surfaced in Canada is quite an inferior drug, and falls short of Concerta in many ways. That didn’t stop Health Canada from approving the medicine, and deeming it interchangeable – which allows pharmacists to automatically substitute the medicine to people, even if they come in with a prescription requesting Concerta. To read more about this, please refer to my article on Generic Concerta in Canada.

As always – the power of this blog comes from the discussion -and from you sharing your experiences and providing real feedback as to what is going on. As your prescription shifts from the ‘brand name’ Concerta to the Generic Concerta (from Watson), please take a moment and let us know if it is working well and if it seems the same to you.

Best,

Dr. Kenny

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ADD Coaching Video

After last week’s post about ADD/ADHD Coaching – there was a lot of discussion – both in the blog comments, and with me directly.
I’m glad to see that the blog post created so much interest in coaching.

I’ve created a follow up video – as well as the chance for people to take part in a very affordable form of ADD Coaching.

You can watch the video and learn more here.

Best,

Dr. Kenny

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