Intuniv: Exorbitant, Sedating, and Second-Line

Guanfacine, a drug originally used to treat hypertension, has been reformulated and now has new life as a medication to treat ADHD in children.

Vyvanse: A Look at America’s Most Prescribed Stimulant

Why has Vyvanse become by far the most prescribed stimulant in the United States? Great marketing? A great product? Some combination of the two? 

The Real Story About Food Dyes and Behavior

We’ve seen these parents in our practice: those that say their children get “hyper” from eating a red Popsicle or that the orange mac and cheese makes their ADHD somehow worse. But what’s the evidence that food dyes are actually related to behavior?

Research Update

What Meds Work for Insomnia in ADHD?

Sleep complaints are common in children with ADHD, whether they are caused by the disorder itself, the treatments for it, or both. Despite this fact, there are limited studies on treatments for insomnia and other sleep problems in children and adolescents with ADHD.

How Can Teachers Best Help Us Identify ADHD?

Current diagnostic criteria for ADHD involves documentation of impairment in more than one setting. Since most kids receive an ADHD diagnosis during their school years, we greatly depend on teachers to provide us with information on behavior and symptoms.

Expert QA

Tic Disorders and Comorbid Conditions

Sometimes complex motor tics and OCD compulsions can be difficult to differentiate, since both are related to urges to perform some type of activity or movement.

ADHD as an Executive Function Disorder

There are six dimensions of executive function, and with ADHD show widespread failure of the executive system, often in all six dimensions.

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Stimulants in the Treatment of ADHD


The gold standards of treatment for ADHD are the stimulants amphetamine and methylphenidate. They are old friends, having been used for decades, and there is a wealth of patient experience with them. Although we use them all the time, an occasional review of the tools in our toolbox is always helpful.