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ADHD: The Pros and Cons of a “Medication Holiday”

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Summer checklist: Sunblock…check. Beach towels…check. Medication…uncheck?

During the school year, many children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) use medications—especially stimulants such as methylphenidate (e.g., Ritalin, Concerta, Focalin) or amphetamine (e.g., Adderall, Vyvanse)—to increase focus and attention span and decrease restlessness and impulsivity. This is especially true for children who have both high activity levels and impulsivity found with combined-type ADHD (ADHD-C) but may also be the case for the primarily inattentive type of ADHD (ADHD-I). Because stimulants provide symptom relief soon after taking them but are out of the system by the end of the day, there is the option of taking a “medication holiday” over the summer. But what are the pros and cons? Read more ›

How Parents Can Help With Teen Mental Health

Under the direction of Dr. Ramsey Khasho, CHC staff members and other expert contributors provide answers to questions about the serious issue of teen anxiety and depression in our community.
“How Parents Can Help” recommends approaches parents can follow if a child tends to be anxious or is dealing with depression. Read more ›

How Peers Can Help With Teen Mental Health

Under the direction of Dr. Ramsey Khasho, CHC staff members and other expert contributors provide answers to questions about the serious issue of teen anxiety and depression in our community.
“How Peers Can Help” provides suggestions for the ways in which peers can support a friend dealing with anxiety and depression. Read more ›

Other Concerns About Teen Mental Health

Under the direction of Dr. Ramsey Khasho, CHC staff members and other expert contributors provide answers to questions about the serious issue of teen anxiety and depression in our community.
“Other Concerns” offers referrals for mental health support services outside of the Bay Area. Read more ›

Introduction to Teen Mental Health

Under the direction of Dr. Ramsey Khasho, CHC staff members and other expert contributors provide answers—in a series of posts—to questions about the serious issue of teen anxiety and depression in our community.

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Middle School Kids Ages 10-12 and Younger & Concerns About Mental Health

Under the direction of Dr. Ramsey Khasho, CHC staff members and other expert contributors provide answers to questions about the serious issue of teen anxiety and depression in our community.
“Middle School Kids Ages 10-12 and Younger” answers questions about the signs of anxiety and depression in preteens. Read more ›

Environment vs. Biology and Teen Mental Health

Under the direction of Dr. Ramsey Khasho, CHC staff members and other expert contributors provide answers to questions about the serious issue of teen anxiety and depression in our community.
“Environment vs. Biology” addresses questions such as whether depression is rooted in biology, environment, or both. Read more ›

The Role of Social Media in Teen Mental Health

Under the direction of Dr. Ramsey Khasho, CHC staff members and other expert contributors provide answers to questions about the serious issue of teen anxiety and depression in our community.
“The Role of Social Media” considers the pros and cons of social media. Read more ›

Redefining ‘Success’ and Teen Mental Health

Under the direction of Dr. Ramsey Khasho, CHC staff members and other expert contributors provide answers to questions about the serious issue of teen anxiety and depression in our community.
“Redefining Success” examines the impact that over-commitment and academic pressure can have on teens. Read more ›

Profile of High-Risk Kids and Teen Mental Health

Under the direction of Dr. Ramsey Khasho, CHC staff members and other expert contributors provide answers to questions about the serious issue of teen anxiety and depression in our community.
“Profile of High Risk Kids” explores the factors that can increase the likelihood that a teen will have depression. Read more ›
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