Ritalin and Loss of Appetite

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Q: My first grader just started taking Ritalin.  He has absolutely no appetite at school.  It bothers him so much          that he fights me every morning and refuses to take the meds.  Any advice? A:  You are describing a pretty common side effect of Ritalin.  Loss of appetite can be difficult for some children to handle.  That … Read More

Ask a Therapist: Ritalin

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Q:    I hear that Ritalin is not used in the US anymore because of its awful side effects. I live in Israel and Ritalin is my only option but my child is depressed from the Ritalin. What can I do? A:    First, I would like to correct your assumption.  Ritalin is very much prescribed and used in the US. It … Read More

It’s not Always ADD/ADHD

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              Ever since ADD/ADHD has become such a buzzword, it has stirred up a great deal of controversy and become a continuously researched condition.  We now have a much better idea of what ADD is, how it relates to  poor functioning of the prefrontal cortex and what behaviors it elicits.  The problem is, most … Read More

Go Fly a Kite

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Go Fly a Kite   Every now and again, life throws us a gift in the guise of an opportunity.  The thing is, we need to be able to recognize it for what it is and use it wisely.  I saw just such an occasion a few weeks ago. Picture two young children in a park attempting to fly a kite … Read More

Handle With Care 

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    By now, we have all been warned about how careless use of the iPhone can endanger us.  From driving accidents to causing a sort of mob amnesia when it comes to simple every day decency.  Cell phones ringing at a funeral, for example, is no longer such a rarity.  And more’s the pity.  We should feel ashamed, but shame … Read More