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Category :: Parenting Articles Author :: Douglas Cowan, Psy.D. 
 
 Article Title :: What Makes a Good Evaluation for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?
 
So you have just returned home from your third meeting with your child's teacher. She tells you that your child is not getting his work done, he cannot sit still, and he is simply not going to have any success in school unless something changes. She suggests that you talk to someone to see if he has ADHD. What do you do next? This can certainly be a difficult time in any family, so we would not want you to be uninformed as you take the next important steps. Here are the things that we recommend if you have a child that ought to be looked at for possible Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. First, there should be an "adequate" physical exam by the child's pediatrician   (read full article)
 
 
Category :: Parenting Articles Author :: Douglas Cowan, Psy.D. 
 
 Article Title :: The Neurology of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Part One
 
What is Happening in the brain of children, teens, and adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?The most recent models describing what is happening in the brains of people with Attention Deficit Disorder suggest that several areas of the brain may be affected by the disorder. These impacted areas include the frontal lobes, the inhibitory mechanisms of the cortex, the limbic system, and the reticular activating system. Each of these areas of the brain is associated with specific functions.The frontal lobes help us to pay attention to tasks, focus concentration, make good decisions, plan ahead, learn and remember what we have learned, and behave appropriately for a  (read full article)
 
 
Category :: Parenting Articles Author :: Douglas Cowan, Psy.D. 
 
 Article Title :: The Reticular Activating System, and its Role in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
 
In our last article about the neurology of ADHD we began to introduce the reader to the system in the brain known as the Reticular Activating System. The Reticular Activating System is the "attention center" in the brain. It is the key to "turning on your brain," and seems to be the center of motivation. The Reticular Activating System is connected at its base to the spinal cord where it receives information projected directly from the ascending sensory tracts. The brainstem reticular formation runs all the way up to the mid-brain. As a result, the Reticular Activating System is a very complex collection of neurons that serve as a point of convergence for signals from the externa  (read full article)
 
 
Category :: Parenting Articles Author :: Douglas Cowan, Psy.D. 
 
 Article Title :: I Don't Believe in ADHD
 
O.K. I've heard it a hundred times from my prison guard friends, "I don't believe that there is such a thing as ADD. It's only something made up from the drug companies to drug our children." They know because they read an article in a magazine, or saw a show on TV once. I guess they also believe in aliens in government, and that Elvis still lives somewhere in Oklahoma. Look, there are lots of physical differences between the actual brains of people with ADD and those who don't have it, and there are also functional differences in the way that their brains work. And there are lots of scientists and physicians who are investing lots of time and money into identifying and writing ab  (read full article)
 
 
Category :: Parenting Articles Author :: Douglas Cowan, Psy.D. 
 
 Article Title :: A Dialogue with an ADHD Non-Believer
 
Dear Sir, It was with some interest that I read the article What You Should Know About Attention Deficit Disorder by Edward W. after having it handed to me by a member of our church. There were elements of the article that were insightful, helpful, and needed to be said in a public forum, especially the discussion of the moral and spiritual dimensions of behavior. For this part of the article I applaud Mr. W. However, Mr. W's discussion on the physiological/biological aspects of ADD ADHD was lacking to the point of being misleading to the readers. I am sure that Mr. Welch had no intention of misleading any readers, as that would hardly reflect the "biblical guidelines with  (read full article)
 
 
Category :: Parenting Articles Author :: Douglas Cowan, Psy.D. 
 
 Article Title :: ADHD: A Dialogue With a Non-Believer, part two
 
Dear Sir, It was with some interest that I read the article What You Should Know About Attention Deficit Disorder by Edward W. after having it handed to me by a member of our church. There were elements of the article that were insightful, helpful, and needed to be said in a public forum, especially the discussion of the moral and spiritual dimensions of behavior. For this part of the article I applaud Mr. W. However, Mr. W's discussion on the physiological/biological aspects of ADD ADHD was lacking to the point of being misleading to the readers. I am sure that Mr. Welch had no intention of misleading any readers, as that would hardly reflect the "biblical guidelines with  (read full article)
 
 
Category :: Parenting Articles Author :: Douglas Cowan, Psy.D. 
 
 Article Title :: ADHD: A Dialogue With a Non-Believer, part three
 
Dear Sir, It was with some interest that I read the article What You Should Know About Attention Deficit Disorder by Edward W. after having it handed to me by a member of our church. There were elements of the article that were insightful, helpful, and needed to be said in a public forum, especially the discussion of the moral and spiritual dimensions of behavior. For this part of the article I applaud Mr. W. However, Mr. W's discussion on the physiological/biological aspects of ADD ADHD was lacking to the point of being misleading to the readers. I am sure that Mr. Welch had no intention of misleading any readers, as that would hardly reflect the "biblical guidelines with  (read full article)
 
 
Category :: Parenting Articles Author :: Douglas Cowan, Psy.D. 
 
 Article Title :: ADHD: Dialogue with a Non-Believer, Part Four
 
Dear Sir, It was with some interest that I read the article What You Should Know About Attention Deficit Disorder by Edward W. after having it handed to me by a member of our church. There were elements of the article that were insightful, helpful, and needed to be said in a public forum, especially the discussion of the moral and spiritual dimensions of behavior. For this part of the article I applaud Mr. W. However, Mr. W's discussion on the physiological/biological aspects of ADD ADHD was lacking to the point of being misleading to the readers. I am sure that Mr. Welch had no intention of misleading any readers, as that would hardly reflect the "biblical guidelines with  (read full article)
 
 
Category :: Parenting Articles Author :: Douglas Cowan, Psy.D. 
 
 Article Title :: ADHD: A Dialogue With a Non-Believer, Part Five
 
Dear Sir, It was with some interest that I read the article What You Should Know About Attention Deficit Disorder by Edward W. after having it handed to me by a member of our church. There were elements of the article that were insightful, helpful, and needed to be said in a public forum, especially the discussion of the moral and spiritual dimensions of behavior. For this part of the article I applaud Mr. W. However, Mr. W's discussion on the physiological/biological aspects of ADD ADHD was lacking to the point of being misleading to the readers. I am sure that Mr. Welch had no intention of misleading any readers, as that would hardly reflect the "biblical guidelines with  (read full article)
 
 
Category :: Parenting Articles Author :: Douglas Cowan, Psy.D. 
 
 Article Title :: Non-Compliance in Your Children, Some Tips for Parents
 
Non-compliance is the family therapist's big word for your child not obeying you when you have asked him or her to do something. It is helpful because it is descriptive, and because it may also motivate us as parents to move our kids from being non-compliant to being compliant. Here's how we are going to define the term "non-compliance" in children: 1. The child fails to begin doing what he was asked within a reasonable amount of time (15 seconds);2. The child fails to keep doing what he was asked until the job is finished;3. The child fails to follow previously taught rules of conduct in a specific situation, such as at church, at school, at the store, or with fri  (read full article)
 
 
 
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