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My daughter recently received a letter from an elementary school teacher and it could not have come at a better time.  This wonderful teacher took the time to send my daughter a letter to thank her for posting her ADHD Awareness videos on YouTube. (Giuliana’s video won First Place in the 2017 ADHD Awareness Month Video Contest! She won an iPad mini, cover, and a $100 Apple Gift Card!  Way to go, Giuliana!) In his letter to my daughter, the teacher wrote: “I saw...

It’s no secret that parenting is hard work. When you have a child with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), parenting can be much more difficult and complicated.  It’s been almost two years since we found out my seven year old has ADHD.  Every day is a rollercoaster for us filled with ups and downs.  When my child wakes up in the morning, I never know if she will be excited to go to school and see her best friend or have an epic meltdown and cry that...

When my first grader comes home from school, I always take out the work she brought home from school and we go over it together. It’s a part of our after school routine before she starts her homework. I ask her questions about her assignments and she tells me what her favorite assignments were and why. I always make sure I make a big deal about her wonderful handwriting, the unique colors she chose to use to color a picture, and I compliment her on the effort she put...

I feel like changing the lyrics of Red Hot Chili Peppers’ song to “Your ADHD is like a rollercoaster, baby,” because that is exactly what raising my child with ADHD feels like. Let me explain. The Beginning: At the beginning of a rollercoaster, particularly if it is your first time, you feel anxious and nervous, because you don’t know what to expect. Although my husband and I had our suspicions that our then five year old daughter had ADHD, I was still...

For almost a year now, my daughter with ADHD has been suffering from depression. When her doctor diagnosed her with depression, I was shocked and I didn’t know what to say. I was like a deer in headlights. “But she’s six years old,” I said. “How could she have depression?” According to WebMD, 2.5% of children in the US have depression, but in a study done with 125 children with ADHD, 39% of those children had depression. So why is depression much higher with children who have ADHD? Kids with ADHD have...

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