Picture of WomanHOME: myADHD.comAbout ADHDAdults with ADHDParentsEducatorshealth  

somethingPicture of Woman



Dr. Phil Show and ADHD  
Slide Show on ADHD
ADD WareHouse Special Sales


Go to Home Page

Free tools in this month's newsletter (see below for downloads):
• Daily Report Card Program
• Home Token Economy Program
• ADHD medication chart (revised)
• ADHD Slide Show

Over 3,400 people have registered on in the past eleven months.

Only allows you to send and receive rating scale information electronically. Results are stored in your private, secure, account. Take advantage of our child and adolescent history forms, adult history forms, ADHD rating scales, child disorders checklists, and monitoring forms. See what our subscribers are saying about using tools. View testimonials.

View our collection of rating sales for ADHD and over 150 assessment, tracking and treatment tools—register with today.

Supporting the awareness, treatment, and management of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder by connecting parents, patients, professionals, friends and family with customized tools, information, and resources

Free Teleconference • October 13, 2004 8:30-9:30 PM and invite you to sign up for our next free live ADHD teleconference.This free teleconference entitled Maximizing the Benefits of Medication will be presented by David Rabiner, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist at Duke University.
Fill out this form to reserve your SPOT and we will send you instructions a few days before the teleconference on how to join the us on October 13th.

If you would like to sign up for a free subscription to ADHD Research Updates, a newsletter authored by Dr. Rabiner, click here.

Dr. Phil Got It Right (and Wrong) On ADHD
Experts in ADHD and advocates for families and adults affected by ADHD have worked for many years to help the public better understand the facts about this condition. From the mid-1980's through the 1990's the media often ignored these facts in favor of sensationalized stories that misinformed viewers.   The controversy surrounding ADHD, of course, centered around the causes of ADHD, identification of those children suspected of having ADHD, and the practice of giving medicine to children with ADHD to treat this condition.

In the past few years there seems to have been less sensationalism and more acceptance of ADHD as a neurobehavioral disorder that is best treated with a combination of medication, psychosocial interventions, classroom accommodations and teacher and parent education.   It has taken a long time to reach this point, that is why the September 28, 2004 Dr. Phil Show was a disappointment.   Dr. Phil ran a segment entitled "Parenting with Pills," which featured families whose children had been diagnosed with ADHD. Two national organizations,   CHADD and the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), criticized Dr. Phil for presenting misinformation that could result in stigmatizing those affected by ADHD and causing potential harm.   Unfortunately, Dr. Phil missed an opportunity to provide the public with the correct facts about ADHD and instead proliferated some common misconceptions that will create obstacles for proper care for children with this disorder.

Dr. Phil did correctly point out that ADHD is a neurobehavioral disorder characterized by differences in brain structure and function and that medication can be effective and is often necessary. He also emphasized that other conditions such as anxiety and depression can contribute to symptoms that look like ADHD and children should be carefully evaluated.   He encouraged the development of a consistent and structured setting at home and school to help the child perform and he advised parents to consult with their physician if they suspect their child has ADHD.

However, he ignored an abundance of scientific evidence to the contrary when he stated that diets high in sugar or food additives could trigger ADHD. He also got it wrong when he said medication could be effective for 50 percent of children with ADHD when many studies of stimulants with ADHD would put this figure in the 70 to 90 percent range.   He made it seem that parenting style can be blamed for the development of ADHD symptoms rather than acknowledge that ADHD is largely a heritable disorder and not the result of parent-child interaction or environment. And, his statement that the ONLY way to diagnose ADHD is with an EEG or a Spectagram is not supported by research and, in fact, such procedures are not generally recommended as part of a workup to diagnose ADHD.

We hope the media, and Dr. Phil, in particular, will be more responsible in reporting on ADHD and get their facts straight so that the public is correctly informed. We have made a great deal of progress in the past 25 years in our understanding and treatment of those with ADHD. We should be well beyond the hysteria and sensationalism that was seen decades earlier. Let's stick to the facts.

October's Featured's Tools
Daily report cards and home token economy programs have been used to help children in school and at home. These programs offer a structured way to provide incentives for children to perform and they enable parents and teachers to track progress. offers a number of behavioral programs in the Treatment Tools pages of the site. Below are sample tools, a Daily Report Card and Home Token Economy Program, that can be used at home or in the classroom.

Sample Daily Report Card
Sample Home Token Economy Program

Medication Chart for ADHD
Click here to view a comprehensive listing of the commonly used medications to treat ADHD in children and adults. Dosing information, main effects, adverse effects, and precautions are listed.
Use this information only in collaboration with your physician.

  CHADD's 16th Annual Conference—October 28-30, 2004
ONLY A FEW WEEKS AWAY. THERE'S STILL TIME! REGISTER NOW! CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder), the nation's leading advocacy organization serving individuals and families affected by AD/HD, invites you to attend its16th Annual International Conference October 28-30, 2004 in Nashville,Tenn.With more than 70 sessions being offered over three days, you will have the opportunity to listen to and speak with the country's leading specialists covering the newest treatments for AD/HD and recent findings in the fields of medicine, psychiatry, psychology and education. To view the complete preliminary program or to register, go to
Click here for great articles on ADHD from ADDitude Magazine!

  Need a Powerpoint Presentation on ADHD?
Visit our home page and scroll to the bottom (click on link below) and find the link to an excellent slide show to familiarize your patients about ADHD.
What is ADHD? This is a 15 to 25 minute presentation designed to give a quick overview of ADHD to families and adults. Reviews characteristics, causes, treatments, and resources on ADHD. Ideal for busy practitioners who would like to explain ADHD to others.

Subscribers to can use the Adult Psychosocial History Form.
Collect information about childhood symptoms, current symptoms, educational, medical, and work history. Includes scales for mood disorders and anxiety disorders. To view scale and transmit electronically via your MY CONTROL PANEL just login to your account at

Visit today, register, and view our collection of over 150 tools to assess and treat ADHD and related conditions in children, adolescents and adults. If you like what you see please consider subscribing to this new web-based service for ADHD.

Need to fulfill your continuing education requirements?

See the National Association for Continuing Education for home study programs and live conferences. Over 80 home study courses for psychologists, social workers, marriage and family counselors, and mental health counselors.

For additional articles and resources on ADHD visit these sites: online library:

A.D.D. WareHouse—See our special sales for September 2004

To sign up for a live conference on ADHD visit

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)

Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA) 

Subscribe to Attention Research Updates for a free newsletter. news is an e-publication of Health Link Systems, Inc. This publication is sponsored by, A.D.D. WareHouse, and the National Association for Continuing Education. Information presented here is not intended to replace the advice of a physician or other health care professional. Placement of an advertisement in this e-newsletter does not represent an endorsement of any advertised products or services or the validity of any claims advertised. Copyright 2004 by Health Link Systems, Inc. For comments or information, please send an email to:, subject line: News.