ADHD & Mental Health

Turning Distress into Joy: Part I, Forgiveness

On the night of January 21, 1995, Azim Khamisa’s life changed forever.  While delivering pizza, his 20-year-old son, Tariq Khamisa, was shot and killed by Tony Hicks, a 14-year-old gang member.  Set to be married to his girlfriend, Tariq would never see his wedding day.  Neither would his father.  Days and months went by, and Azim struggled to get out of bed, to even take the simplest steps towards the next day.  But as life dragged on, Azim began to sense that something extraordinary would have to occur in order for him to survive, and thrive again.  He would have to forgive his son’s kill

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Why marijuana should still be taboo

Something has changed in the past five years-- pot isn’t really considered a street drug anymore by my patients. Marijuana use isn’t anything they feel a need to deny or hide. With increasing frequency, my adolescent patients openly discuss their marijuana use in front of their parents. Some adamantly deny alcohol use yet don’t hesitate to discuss their regular marijuana use.

Just a few years ago, this wasn’t true. As soon as I mentioned the need to get a drug screen, my patients would get a nervous look on their face, often confessing marijuana use before the test results came back and begging me not to tell their parents.

My patients now recognize marijuana as a drug-- a medical drug, that is.

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Why Teens with ADHD Smoke (and how to avoid it)

ADHD is often treated with stimulants such as Ritalin, Adderall, and Concerta, yet many parents, including myself, are hesitant to put our children on these drugs.  New research published today in the medical journal Pediatrics gives parents another reason to feel good about treating ADHD with stimulants—untreated adolescents with ADHD often self-treat with nicotine.

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Do ADHD Medications Make Kids Obese? Surprising new research suggests the answer is, “Yes.”

I didn’t expect this research result—a study published today in the medical journal Pediatrics found that children with ADHD, and especially those treated with stimulant medications, are more likely to become obese.

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