Why French Kids Don’t Have ADHD

Is ADHD a biological-neurological disorder? Surprisingly, the answer to this question depends on whether you live in France or in the United States. In the United States, child psychiatrists consider ADHD to be a biological disorder with biological causes. The preferred treatment is also biological–psycho stimulant medications such as Ritalin and Adderall.

French child psychiatrists, on the other hand, view ADHD as a medical condition that has psycho-social and situational causes. Instead of treating children’s focusing and behavioral problems with drugs, French doctors prefer to look for the underlying issue that is causing the child distress—not in the child’s brain but in the child’s social context. They then choose to treat the underlying social context problem with psychotherapy or family counseling. This is a very different way of seeing things from the American tendency to attribute all symptoms to a biological dysfunction such as a chemical imbalance in the child’s brain.

via Why French Kids Don’t Have ADHD | Psychology Today.

Summer Survival Tips for Parents of Children With ADHD

My About.com colleague Keath Low posted these tips for helping kids with ADD and ADHD get through the summer… lots of these suggestions apply equally well to kids on the spectrum.

Sometimes, people think about ADHD as only affecting school and academics. For some kids with ADHD this may be the predominate area in which they experience challenges, but it is much more common that ADHD affects all aspects of life, including home life and family interactions. If you are a parent of a child with ADHD, here are some ideas for making the summer months less stressful, more productive and fun for you, your child and the whole family!

via Summer Survival Tips for Parents of Children With ADHD.