Top 10 Posts of 2018

What have others enjoyed reading on ADHDKCTeen that you may have missed?

What are the top 10 posts from ADHDKCTeen in 2018? #adhdkcteen

I know it seems like I’m jumping on the bandwagon, but posting the top 10 blog posts at the end of the year serves several purposes. First, it might help someone find a post about a subject that’s important to them but they hadn’t seen yet. Second, it is a way for me to look at what people are reading, which can help me plan future group meeting topics as well as new posts. Third, it’s self-preservation. It’s a busy time of the year and I only have so much time like everyone else. This is an easy to write post!

10: Screen Time Limits

Setting Screen Time Limits is important to everyone. We all waste time on our screens, but we can’t simply get rid of them. They are a fantastic resource for information and a way to communicate with people we can’t talk to directly. Unfortunately, it’s all too easy to fall into the trap of checking one more app or playing one more game when we should be doing other things. People with ADHD are at risk due to their executive management issues with time management, impulsivity, and more. Learn some practical strategies on regulating your screen time so you have more time for other things!

9: What does brain imaging tell us about ADHD?

We’re able to look at the brain in many novel ways that are helping us to better understand its function and development. Studies have shown that kids with ADHD have smaller brains than kids without ADHD. Learn what brain imaging can tell us about ADHD and what the limitations are in What does brain imaging tell us about ADHD? 

8: Genetics of ADHD

If you know people who doubt that ADHD is a real condition, you can share new research that has located 12 specific areas in our genes that link directly to the symptoms of ADHD. Learn more in Genetics of ADHD.

7: Stimulants decrease brain function? Say what?

Yes, I was going for a click bait title with this one, but only in response to the headlines that made mainstream news about a study showing Adderall decreased brain function. The study was done in neurotypical (“normal”) people. There’s a big difference in what these drugs do in a brain that has imbalances of neurotransmitters (such as in those with ADHD) and in a brain that does not, so don’t freak out. Read Stimulants decrease brain function? Say What? to learn more!

6: 10 Secrets of Productivity

Who doesn’t want Secrets of Productivity?

5: Celebrate ADHD… Yes, Really!

One of the disappointing aspects of ADHD is that children are made to feel that they are bad and inferior. Most societies want children to do as they’re told in the way they’ve been shown. School in particular is difficult for kids with brains that work differently. The truth is that we should cultivate the characteristics that individuals have. If given the opportunity to learn in ways they learn best and to express their creativity and problem solving, people who think differently can excel. Many adults with ADHD finally find their purpose later in life when they can use the way their brains work to their advantage. Learn more in Celebrate ADHD.

4: 5 Self-Confidence Boosters Part 1: Stop Negativity

I’m surprised this is the most popular in the series of Self Confidence Boosters because it’s rather negative and the others are positive. I suppose it’s because if we recognize that we have a problem with negativity, we want to fix it.

3: How To Get A Growth Mindset

This is my personal favorite because I love this topic. A growth mindset is associated with success more than intelligence. Let that soak in… our perspective on life can help us be more successful. Learn How to Get A Growth Mindset.

2: Watch Out for Rejection Sensitivity

This is a topic that is a relatively new idea to me, but in hindsight I feel like I’ve always known of it. Kids with ADHD are particularly sensitive to criticism. They tend to have low self esteem and are often easily upset by things that wouldn’t bother others. Learn more about Rejection Sensitivity and what you can do to protect yourself against it.

1: What is ADHD? Why do some develop it?

The most read post is What is ADHD? Why do some develop it? It helps to introduce the basics of what causes ADHD and, sometimes more importantly, what does not cause it. If you know people who blame poor parenting or bad teachers, share this with them.

What’s your favorite?

What has been your favorite post on ADHDKCTeen?

What topics would you like covered in 2019?

Let me know in the comments below!

Author: Kristen

Dr. Kristen Stuppy is a pediatrician who is passionate about sharing information to help others make informed decisions. She has a special interest in ADHD and has served on the board for ADHDKC.org since it began in 2012.

2 thoughts on “Top 10 Posts of 2018”

  1. Thank you for your blog on ADHD. We have been walking with my daughter on this journey since middle school. She is now in college and the journey continues. We started using stimulant medication her sophomore year and that has helped her tremendously. Previously we used supplements and vitamins to help her but as courses became more advanced, she needed more support. She is taking Concerta 18 mg and her dr writes “OROS mechanism only” on each script. I know you are familiar with the different generics that do not have this delivery system. I cant thank you enough for your efforts in the past to downgrade generics that weren’t up to par. I’m running into CVS only carrying the Trigen version which does not use OROS. Are you involved in any efforts to bring awareness to the FDA about Trigen as you did on the past? I have called my pharmacist and posed a question and got nowhere. I also posed a question to the FDA. It really concerns me because this medicine is what my daughter needs to function.
    Just wanting to join in on this cause with others and thought you would be best to ask.

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