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April 8, 2013 


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What is the most important thing to remember to avoid pitfalls with ADHD medications? How can parents and students protect themselves from the consequences? Attorney Rob Tudisco of the Edge Foundation gives illumination on the topic in his article, "Diversion of ADHD Medication: Help for Parents and Students," in our Guest Writer section of this edition.

Should we keep an ADHD diagnosis separate from the issues that come up simply from living in a non-ADHD world? Why do some people think it requires medication instead of just adjusting the environment to work within it? In our "Facebook Corner" in this edition, we share a Facebook post by Veronique St. Martin about our interview with Dr. Kevin Ross Emery, "Separating ADD Issues from ADDERS Living in a Non-ADD World."  



Also featured in this issue of Attention Talk News:

"ADHD Motivation: Three Approaches to Change Behavior": Dr. Jeffrey Katz answers questions on how to invoke motivation and how to decipher what it looks like in your child;

In our interview with Dr. Ari Tuckman and Dr. Roberto Olivardia, entitled "ADHD Circus: Juggling It All," they reveal what happens if the brain doesn't sleep and what impact that would have on someone with ADHD; 

Mr. ADD CrusherTM Alan Brown speaks on TEDx about the realities of "Adult ADD: Undiagnosed in Millions. Do you Have It?" Cause/Action: Alan Brown at TEDx San Diego;

Our video interview, "The Not-So-Obvious Place to Get an ADHD Diagnosis," with Dr. Andrew Cutler;

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ADHD Motivation: Three Approaches to Change Behavior 

How do you invoke motivation? Can you decipher what motivation looks like in your child? Listen to our interview on March 20, 2013, with Dr. Jeffrey Katz, titled "ADHD Motivation: Three Approaches to Change Behavior, on Attention Talk Radio."


Is exercise the antidote to sleeping and eating?  And what are the keys to juggling the ADHD circus?  Learn the key takeaways from our interview on March 13, 2013, with Dr. Ari Tuckman and Dr. Roberto Olivardia as they reveal the answers on "The ADHD Circus: Juggling It All."      


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The Impact of Stigma on ADHD  

Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 8:00 pm

What is stigma? Is it different from discrimination? How is it different and what are its properties? What role does language play? What is courtesy stigma? How is stigma overcome? In this episode of Attention Talk Radio, co-hosts Jeff Copper and Kirsten Milliken interview Dr. Stephen Hinshaw, Professor of Psychology at UC Berkeley, who has studied this topic extensively for decades on a personal and academic level. If you have been diagnosed with or are impacted by ADHD, then stigma impacts you. Tune in and get an education on this important topic.


The Impact of Media on ADHD

Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 8:00 pm 

Let's face it. A war is being raged for your attention. Friends, families, pets, your boss, your employer - they all want your attention, especially the media and corporate America. If we're not careful, our attention can get used by the media... or you could attend to the media wisely. In this episode of Attention Talk Radio, co-hosts Jeff Copper and Kirsten Milliken interview Dr. Mark Bertin on the impact of media on ADHD. Given the topic and the nature of ADHD, this promises to be an insightful show and one you do not want to miss. After taping our interview, Dr. Bertin shared two websites parents might find useful:  



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The Not-So-Obvious Place to Get an ADHD Diagnosis
What is a not-so-obvious place to get an ADHD diagnosis? Would you believe a research facility? Learn more from Andrew Cutler M.D. in our interview with him on Attention Talk Video titled "The Not-So-Obvious Place to Get an ADHD Diagnosis."   (Click image below to watch the video)





Mr. ADD CrusherTM Alan Brown speaks on TEDx about the realities of adult ADD, "Undiagnosed in Millions.  Do You Have It?"  Cause/Action: Alan Brown at TEDx San Diego.  (Click image below to watch video)


Undiagnosed in Millions, Do You Have it? -Cause/Action: Alan Brown at TEDxSanDiego 2012
"Undiagnosed in Millions, Do You Have It?"
Cause/Action: Alan Brown at TEDx SanDiego 2012


Learn more about Alan Brown in our interview with him on Attention Talk Radio, titled "Crushing Your ADD: Stories behind the Scenes " and Attention Talk Video, titled "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: What an Aha Moment Looks Like." 

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Diversion of ADHD Medication: Help for Parents and Students 
by Robert Tudisco of the Edge Foundation 


The news media often reports on the diversion of ADHD stimulant medication to those without a diagnosis, who take it without the supervision of a physician. It is a frightening subject, but it there are important things that parents and students need to know. Diversion of ADHD meds is medically dangerous, illegal and can subject students to expulsion, prosecution and also feeds many of the stigmas that the disability community has been fighting for years. It is important that parents and students understand the medical and legal parameters and take steps to protect themselves.


First and foremost, ANY medication that is not taken under the prescription and supervision of a qualified physician is dangerous. ANY medication can have side effects, be subject to allergic reactions and/or could interact with other medications. That is why it is important that medication be taken under the supervision of the prescribing doctor and pursuant to an agreed upon medication plan. Legally, however, stimulant medication for ADHD is not just ANY prescription medication. Stimulants are a Schedule II Controlled Substance and are strictly regulated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). It is also important for parents and students to know that, under the law, money does not need to exchange hands in order for an exchange to be considered a "sale". That means that sharing stimulants with a friend is legal equivalent of selling a controlled substance, which is a felony and can subject students to arrest and prosecution and potential jail time. In addition to police action, students who are caught diverting their medication on campus are subject to administrative action and expulsion. In addition to all of these serious consequences, sharing this type of medication adds fuel to the traditional stigmas that medication for ADHD somehow makes these kids high and is not necessary, which completely undermines the efforts of the disability community who have been trying to educate the public about the realities and necessities of medication in many cases.


Given the significant consequences listed above, what can parents and students do to protect themselves? It is important for parents to educate their children about their medication and the fact that it is important to be taken according to a medication plan and under the supervision of the prescribing doctor. Students must also understand that their medication must be safeguarded and never shared with friends, or anyone, under any circumstances. It is also important that students take their medication pursuant to the plan established between them, their parents and their treating doctor. Prescriptions are written with strict specificity. When students stop taking medication according to the plan, they are in danger of developing a surplus of medication that can be a temptation to their friends and dorm mates. If a student doesn't think they need medication as often as prescribed, then it is important that they, their parents and their doctor change the plan accordingly. With everyone on the same page, it will be much more difficult to venture into dangerous territory alone.


The most important thing to remember is to communicate openly and coordinate treatment and medication to avoid these pitfalls. Parents, students and their doctors need to work together to protect against consequences that can alter the bright future before it gets off the ground.


Robert Tudisco


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Véronique St. Martin is an Attention Talk Radio listener in Canada who has been blogging her thoughts on our Facebook page about our video and radio shows. We want to share some of her comments. (The content has been edited, as much of it is written on the fly.)   



On "Separating ADD Issues from ADDers Living in a Non-ADD World" (Dr. Kevin Ross Emery Interview on Attention Talk Radio)

It's cool how Dr. Emery describes us so well! It's true that, if there's nobody to take the time to listen to us, we shut up ourselves from others and we feel isolated, not understood. And how many times I realized it in my own life! As many ADDers, I love to explore a topic, to share my personal perspective about it, but as Dr. Ross Emery said it so well. Most people don't seem to want to go so deep. They prefer to stay on the surface, being superficial.


Talking about that, how many times have I lost my concentration or my interest in a conversation because people were talking about weather, make-up, clothes, fashion, and stuff like that! To the contrary, I'd have preferred to talk about politics, the economy, ecology, psychology.... And it's true that the education system is not made for ADDers and that it's an institution! Not surprising that so many young people don't recognize themselves in it! And it's true that we prefer to live in our interior world, in our dreams and thoughts because they are so much more interesting!


Thank you for having shared this interview again, because I had forgotten about it, but it's so exciting!


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A rope swing hangs down vertically so that the end is 12 inches from the ground and 48 inches from the tree.  If the swing is pulled across so that it touches the tree, it is 20 inches from the ground. How long is the rope? 


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answerTeaser Answer:


The rope is 148 inches long.

We can use the Pythagoras theorem if we draw an imaginary line across to create a right-angled triangle. The hypotenuse is equal to the rope's length "R." The bottom of the triangle is 48 inches. The vertical side is R - 8 (the difference between 20 inches and 12 inches).

Pythagoras' theorem tells us that:

A2 + B2 = C2

Where C is the hypotenuse.

This gives us:

482 + (R - 8)2 = R2

2304 + (R - 8)(R - 8) = R2

2304 + R2- 16R + 64 = R2

2304 - 16R + 64 = 0

16R = 2368

R = 148


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Editor's Note

Kirsten Milliken, Editor


My intention is to share images, information, videos, and content to capture your interest and perhaps inspire you to pay attention to something differently. Enjoy! 

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