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Attention Deficit Disorder Association

 February 2012 

An Interview with Dr. Stephen P. Hinshaw
By Rheba Estante

Dr. Stephen P. Hinshaw is a Professor of Psychology and the Director of the Hinshaw Lab at the University of California, Berkeley. His area of expertise is clinical science, change, plasticity and development. Dr. Hinshaw earned his A.B. from Harvard University and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is also the author of the 2003 book; The Years of Silence are Past: My father's life with Bipolar Disorder, a memoir of Dr. Hinshaw's early life growing up with a father suffering from bipolar disorder in a household that sought to keep his father's mental illness secret.

Why does the debate remain among some members of the public about the validity of a diagnosis for children with ADD-ADHD?

The Attention Deficit Disorder diagnosis is made in a low tech fashion. It is true that there is no definitive brain scan or blood test that can indicate with 100% accuracy that a person suffers from this condition. The same can be said for other psychiatric illnesses such as clinical depression, bipolar, or schizophrenia. The brain is composed of a trillion synapses and medical science has only been able to image it with clarity in the last 20 to 25 years. There is still a long way to go in the scientific field to substantially measure, empirically, the existence of brain abnormalities that cause attention problems. Read more »


Tax Prep Strategies
By Harriet Steinberg

It's time to file your taxes AGAIN! Didn't I just do that?

Which would you rather do: work on your taxes or stick a fork in your eye? PUT DOWN THE FORK! It's not that bad. Honestly.

For people who have ADHD, one of the hallmark challenges is organization. And procrastination. Taxes FEEL like an overwhelming task because the project pieces are usually not organized. It's hard to get started: "What do I do first," "it's so complicated," "I don't know where anything is," "I don't even know what I need," so many reasons to delay.

There's also the issue of MONEY that surfaces when we talk about taxes. How much do I spend? How much do I save? Will I have enough money to pay what I owe?   Read more »


A Message From the Editor

Dear friends,

At ADDA, we're helping adults with ADHD lead better lives, and I'd like to share a couple of exciting ways we're doing that for you. This issue is our last chance to remind you about two important dates.

Scholarship Deadline: March 15, 2012

To help young adults with ADHD, ADDA is offering the Moulton-Farnsworth Scholarship for the first time this year. Named for Dr. Stephanie Moulton Sarkis' grandparents, who instilled in her a love of learning, the scholarship offers two students $1,000 each to help get their college adventure off on the right foot. If you want to apply, or you know a young adult with ADHD who's soon heading for college, act now. Don't wait and miss out on this opportunity!

2012 Webinar Kick-Off: March 7, 2012

We are kicking off the 2012 Webinar year with Dr. Ari Tuckman. Ari is one of our favorite Webinar speakers, and in this session, which is open to members and non-members, author, speaker and psychologist specializing in ADHD, Dr. Tuckman will answer all your questions. Whether you're newly diagnosed or an old hand, you'll find it informative and entertaining, so contact us as soon as possible (space is limited and Ari's sessions are always popular!) to reserve your spot.

ADDA's Webinars are excellent; we work hard to bring you the leading experts in ADHD, and they're so popular our members demanded we expand our Webinar program to operate throughout the year! Even better, now participants can log in on the Web to ask questions, chat with other participants and follow along with the presentation slides. We'd love for you to join us… I'm sure attending just one Webinar will convince you the Webinar program is one of the best ways ADDA is helping adults with ADHD lead better lives.

We offer several Webinars through the year at no charge, open to both members and non-members, and this year, we'll have such exciting speakers as David Giwerc, author of "Permission to Proceed" and Dr. David Teplin answering your questions about "ADHD and Personality." The quality of the speakers and the pertinence of their information for adults dealing with ADHD is unequaled anywhere, and that's just a small sample (an appetizer, if you will) of ADDA's full member's Webinar program. (As a member, you'll have access to the entire buffet!)

For only $45 annually ($20 for students, $55 for families and $150 for professionals), you'll be an ADDA member and have access to our entire Webinar program: you'll enjoy upcoming presentations on "Money and ADHD" with Stephanie Sarkis, "ADHD Medication Management" with Theresa Cerulli Banks and "ADHD and Sleep" with Chana Klein. As an adult with ADHD, if you're not struggling with money, medication or sleep, you're very lucky (and very unusual!)

But not only do you have access to these member-only Webinars and more, you can also listen to recordings of any Webinars you miss. Scheduling conflict? Never miss your favorite speaker again! You can even listen to our entire library of past Webinar recordings. For only $45, you have access to a fantastic education about adult ADHD, and I haven't even touched on the numerous other member benefits that are yours for joining ADDA.

Won't you join me as an ADDA member? It's a privilege to serve this amazing community. Yes, we face challenges, but our passion, dedication and perseverance is stronger! We are growing and... with your help, we will grow even faster!

To your success,

Duane Gordon
ADDA e-News Editor

P.S. Last month, we announced the beginning of our change of email providers to Aweber in order to serve you better. During the changeover, though we will do our best to avoid it, you may receive duplicate emails. This is a temporary situation and will stop on its own as soon as we shut down the Constant Contact list. If you choose to unsubscribe from the duplicate email, only unsubscribe from the emails from Constant Contact. We use several systems to manage emails for members and non-members, and if you want to be kept informed of everything that's going on (the latest Webinars, scholarships, conferences and so on), do not unsubscribe from any emails except those sent from Constant Contact. If in doubt, don't unsubscribe at all and the situation will resolve itself soon. We apologize for any inconvenience.

 

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