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What if it’s Not ADHD? (Guest: Frank Barnhill, MD)

There are over 60 medical, psychological, and environmental conditions and circumstances that can mimic the symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

What does this mean? It means that almost 2.5 million young people are being misdiagnosed, mismedicated, and wrongly labeled as ADHD. The implications of this are far-reaching and harmful to our children.

In this fast-paced and fact-filled interview, ADHD expert and family practice physican, Dr. Frank Barnhill, describes the problems and concerns associated with a “quick fix,” a hasty diagnosis of ADHD and use of stimulant drugs without benefit of a thorough evaluation. He shares how a wrongful diagnosis in children and teens can lead to employment, legal, and emotional problems in adulthood. He then draws on his 27 years of family medicine to cover important questions parents should ask their doctor to be sure their children are being effectively evaluated and treated for ADHD (29:04).

Dr. Barnhill is the author of the aclaimed book, Mistaken for ADHD. The book, an ADHD blog, and his newsletter, “Living with ADHD,” are all available through his excellent and informative website, www.mistakenforadhd.com.

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Loving Animals; Learning Empathy and Compassion (Guest: Sujatha Ramakrishna, MD)

SRamakrishnaphotoEmpathy and compassion aren’t just admirable qualities; they are absolutely necessary for a society to function. That society or culture continually impresses its values, or lack of them, on its children.

Our guest on this program, pediatric psychiatrist Dr. Sujatha Ramakrishna, notes evidence is clear that youngsters who harm others and engage in criminal behavior are seriously lacking in empathy and compassion. Additionally, any child or teen who will deliberately hurt animals might be quite close to doing the same to people.

Dr. Ramakrishna strongly believes that parents and teachers should emphasize feelings and acts of empathy and compassion to children, even if it means less emphasis on competition and activities of self-reference. She also believes, and will share with in this program, how animals are an excellent way to teach youngsters responsibility, caring and sensitivity toward others. The benefits are well worth the effort.Raising Kids Who Love Animalsphoto

Dr. Ramakrishna is the author of Raising Kids Who Love Animals. An animal activist, she has written many articles on animal welfare issues and child development. Non-profit group such as Alliance for Animals and In Defense of Animals rely on her expert testimony in their campaigns, and national news outlets such as USA Today, Today’s Parent and MSN.com have featured her comments in their stories. (26:31)


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COMING SOON: Creating a Family Charter (Guest: Dr. Daniel Trussell)