When You Suspect ADD in Your Classroom

If you believe a child in your class may have ADD, very likely you also feel like you've already tried everything and yet problems of underperformance or misbehavior persist.

Unless you've been teaching in a cave over the past decade, you've heard that ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder or ADHD to indicate hyperactivity) could be the cause of this child's problems. Yet be aware that ADD remains a heterogeneous multi-caused syndrome of underperformance, impulsivity and hyperactivity.

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Maybe Your Child Has ADD and Needs Ritalin

What You Should Do When Someone Tells You: "Maybe Your Child Has ADD and Needs Ritalin"

Perhaps you feel panic, anger or relief. Wait. All they're really telling you is that your child isn't meeting their expectations of behavior or performance. Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD or ADHD for hyperactivity) has become the all too inclusive umbrella term for a variety of childhood (and increasingly adult) problems.

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Powerful proponent of psychiatric drugs for children primed for a fall

(First appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle on March 27th, 2009)

Dr. Joseph Biederman, chief of the Massachusetts General Pediatric Psychopharmacology Clinic, is already under investigation by Harvard University and the National Institutes of Health for failing to report income received from drug companies. Now, in newly released court documents, Biederman appears to be promising drugmaker Johnson & Johnson in advance that his studies on the antipsychotic drug risperidone will prove the drug to be effective when used on preschool age children.

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