Anxiety, Depression, and More

Anxiety, Depression, and More

Youth & Technology: How Social Media Affects the Mental Health of Children with ADHD

Let’s face it: screens are a defining feature in the lives of both children and adolescents. Whether it’s social media apps (i.e. Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat or Discord), YouTube videos, gaming, television, texting, listening to music or buying material goods, kids today are extremely … Continue reading Youth & Technology: How Social Media Affects the Mental Health of Children with ADHD

YouTube: Live Q&A with ADDitude Magazine on “Transition Trouble”

Dr. Sharon Saline offers advice with ADDitude Magazine during a Live Facebook Q&A on how to create and maintain summer routines. Learn more tips to help your family maintain summer routines in her blog.  Read Dr. Saline’s blog posts: 3 Ways to Help Children & Teens … Continue reading YouTube: Live Q&A with ADDitude Magazine on “Transition Trouble”

ADDitude Magazine: Expert Tips on How to Overcome Social Anxiety and Fear of Rejection for Adults

“Q: My Fear of Rejection Keeps Me Socially Isolated” Social anxiety and rejection sensitive dysphoria cause people with ADHD to feel isolated, self-conscious, and stressed. Here are expert tips on how to improve social skills and alleviate your social anxiety. Q: “I want to socialize … Continue reading ADDitude Magazine: Expert Tips on How to Overcome Social Anxiety and Fear of Rejection for Adults

ADDitude Magazine: School Shootings, Mass Tragedies, Anxiety

How Do You Reassure Your Anxious Child When You’re Scared, Too? “As caregivers, we want to show up fully for our children in these troubled times. It’s natural to want to protect them, even as we struggle to comfort ourselves. Our kids have this amazing … Continue reading ADDitude Magazine: School Shootings, Mass Tragedies, Anxiety

Artı Enstitü: DEHB ve Üretken Erteleme (ADHD and Productive Procrastination)

“Gecikme nasıl durdurulur? Erteleme davranışı, bir şeylere başlamayı ve bitirmeyi doğal olarak zorlaştıran bir durum olarak DEHB’li bireyleri zayıf düşürebilir. Erteleme davranışı gösteren bireylerin çoğu nadiren zamanlarını hiçbir şey yapmadan harcarlar. Bunun yerine, daha karmaşık, daha zor işlerden ziyade daha kolay görevlere odaklanırlar. Bu “üretken … Continue reading Artı Enstitü: DEHB ve Üretken Erteleme (ADHD and Productive Procrastination)

ADDitude ‘Mental Health Out Loud’ Webinar – Trauma, Anxiety, School Violence & More

Trauma, Anxiety, School Violence & More “In December 2021, the U.S. Surgeon General issued an unprecedented public advisory regarding the youth mental health crisis in America, which took root before COVID but has grown alarmingly more severe in the last two years. Roughly 1 in … Continue reading ADDitude ‘Mental Health Out Loud’ Webinar – Trauma, Anxiety, School Violence & More

Overcoming Negative Thinking: 5 Tips for Adults with ADHD

Have you ever noticed how people with ADHD, regardless of their age, remember, the negative things people say about them more than the positive? While all human brains are wired for the negativity bias, the minds of those with ADHD seem particularly vulnerable to holding … Continue reading Overcoming Negative Thinking: 5 Tips for Adults with ADHD

Coping with the recent mass shootings: Advice for processing senseless gun violence in America

I had planned to write a blog this week on a hot topic related to ADHD–avoidance procrastination. It was outlined and researched. But, when I sat down to write, I couldn’t focus on it. My thoughts, my heart, my grief were with the people in … Continue reading Coping with the recent mass shootings: Advice for processing senseless gun violence in America

Worried and Watchful: 7 Strategies for Helping Neurodivergent Kids Manage Anxiety

Most kids and adults just want their anxiety to go away NOW. As parents, we try to anticipate and cope with the fear of our child or teen by trying to protect them from the pain. I don’t know about you, but this rarely worked … Continue reading Worried and Watchful: 7 Strategies for Helping Neurodivergent Kids Manage Anxiety

Therapy for ADHD: 5 Tips for Finding the Right Therapist for a Child, Teen or Adult with ADHD

Recently, I received an email from a mom whose 11 year old son was recently diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia. She said, “I am trying to find someone for him to speak with. What should I be looking for in a therapist? I want to … Continue reading Therapy for ADHD: 5 Tips for Finding the Right Therapist for a Child, Teen or Adult with ADHD

Helping your ADHD Teen Get Out of the “Compare and Despair” Trap: Strategies for Nurturing Self-Acceptance

Can you think of a time when you compared yourself to others and felt good about yourself? How about a time when you felt like you didn’t quite measure up? Unfortunately, the latter is more common. We tend to compare ourselves to people whom we … Continue reading Helping your ADHD Teen Get Out of the “Compare and Despair” Trap: Strategies for Nurturing Self-Acceptance

Emotional Wellness Strategies for Women with ADHD: How to reduce self-criticism & build self-confidence

March is Women’s History Month, a time to recognize and celebrate women’s strength, accomplishments and contributions. Women carry a lot on their shoulders–from family, community, school and work responsibilities to societal expectations around physical appearance and behavior. That’s a LOT of pressure. Women with ADHD, … Continue reading Emotional Wellness Strategies for Women with ADHD: How to reduce self-criticism & build self-confidence

Reducing Regret as an ADHD Adult with the 4R’s

Do you live with regrets? Regrets for things that you’ve done or things that you wish you had tried? If so, you are in good company. Many adults with ADHD carry around feelings of sadness, remorse or disappointment over something that happened in their lives … Continue reading Reducing Regret as an ADHD Adult with the 4R’s

ADHD and Bullying (Part 2): How you can prepare kids to support victims of bullying as helpful upstanders

When it comes to bullying, there are two responsible parties: the bully and the bystander. Bystanders, or “onlookers,” are people who witness bullying behavior and allow the bully to continue by either encouraging it or saying nothing. The unspoken and often unconscious support of the … Continue reading ADHD and Bullying (Part 2): How you can prepare kids to support victims of bullying as helpful upstanders

ADHD and Bullying (Part 1): How to help kids with ADHD recognize, respond to and prevent bullying

Sadly, it’s all too common that neurodivergent kids to experience some level of teasing, taunting or bullying as they grow. Despite anti-bullying policies in schools and best efforts to raise awareness, kids with ADHD will likely find themselves as victims and/or aggressors at one time … Continue reading ADHD and Bullying (Part 1): How to help kids with ADHD recognize, respond to and prevent bullying

ADHD and Self-Sabotage: 6 supportive strategies to help you feel more confident and reach more goals

Self-sabotage is the negative self-talk that prevents us from believing we can do things. It can be conscious or unconscious and can keep us from setting, working towards and reaching our goals. It holds us back from doing what we want to do. Low self-esteem … Continue reading ADHD and Self-Sabotage: 6 supportive strategies to help you feel more confident and reach more goals

Simplifying the Holiday Season with Your Neurodiverse Family: How to prevent stress and foster joy

As the holiday season unfolds, my clients and friends express feeling very stressed. Some people have a long list of gifts to buy and wait until the last minute to do their shopping. Some schedule back-to-back social plans and celebrate with gusto. Other folks dislike … Continue reading Simplifying the Holiday Season with Your Neurodiverse Family: How to prevent stress and foster joy

Social Anxiety and ADHD: How to better manage anxiety with supportive planning and preparation

Social anxiety is a fear that people will scrutinize you in either familiar or unfamiliar social situations, and this negative judgment will have harmful effects on you. These worries about humiliation and rejection are persistent, often last six months or more, and restrict your activities, … Continue reading Social Anxiety and ADHD: How to better manage anxiety with supportive planning and preparation

Low Motivation and ADHD: Using ‘GRIT’ to tackle the essential tasks when you’re just not interested

Handling tasks and obligations we don’t enjoy is a part of everyday life. There are always meals to cook, laundry to do and garbage to take out. Most of us need to push ourselves to do tedious chores. Those with ADHD find it especially difficult … Continue reading Low Motivation and ADHD: Using ‘GRIT’ to tackle the essential tasks when you’re just not interested

Starting Tasks with ADHD: How to help kids and teens feel motivated to get the ball rolling!

Have you ever asked your teen with ADHD to start their homework–over and over–and, still, they don’t sit down to do it? Even if they’re failing the class, and it means they won’t be able to play on the basketball team? Even if it means … Continue reading Starting Tasks with ADHD: How to help kids and teens feel motivated to get the ball rolling!

Tone of Voice Awareness in Neurodiverse Families: How to practice self-regulation in family conflicts

Neurodiverse families often struggle with emotional reactivity and verbal impulse control. Negative feelings and unpleasant words can intensify in the blink of an eye. Still, when the moments arise, it’s hard enough to calm down your own emotions — let alone the emotions of your … Continue reading Tone of Voice Awareness in Neurodiverse Families: How to practice self-regulation in family conflicts

Negative Memory Bias and ADHD: Tips to Help Kids and Youth with ADHD Remember the Positives

Have you ever noticed that your child or teen with ADHD remembers negative comments people say to them more than they do positive ones? While all human brains are wired for the negative memory bias, or negativity bias, the minds of kids and youth with … Continue reading Negative Memory Bias and ADHD: Tips to Help Kids and Youth with ADHD Remember the Positives

ADHD and Negativity: Why ADHD kids and teens say “No” and how to help them communicate

As a parent of a neurodivergent child with ADHD, you might struggle with understanding symptoms of ADHD and negativity. It seems like you’re constantly catching your child or teen with a negative attitude. It’s ‘No’ to this and ‘No’ to that! You might wonder if … Continue reading ADHD and Negativity: Why ADHD kids and teens say “No” and how to help them communicate

Gender, Sexuality and ADHD: Parenting Children and Youth with ADHD Exploring Their Gender and Sexual Identity

Growing, learning and exploring gender and sexuality Neurodiverse and neurotypical children, teenagers, and young adults are constantly questioning things. As their brain develops, they learn more about themselves and the world around them. Therefore, it’s natural for them to be inquisitive. Part of this curiosity … Continue reading Gender, Sexuality and ADHD: Parenting Children and Youth with ADHD Exploring Their Gender and Sexual Identity

ADHD and Anger in the Family: Manage Outbursts with STOP-THINK-ACT

Let’s face it: the past 18 months have been rough. For kids and adults living with ADHD, there’s been more challenges than ever managing disappointment, frustration and anxiety. As we transition to a new normal, it’s worth learning from those struggles and angry outbursts that … Continue reading ADHD and Anger in the Family: Manage Outbursts with STOP-THINK-ACT

6 Helpful Tips for Dealing with Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria

What is Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria? ADHD has a large group of companions that like to come along for the ride, whether that’s anxiety and depression, learning disabilities, or autism. Rejection sensitive dysphoria (RSD), while not a formal diagnostic category, describes experiences that often occur with … Continue reading 6 Helpful Tips for Dealing with Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria

Post-Pandemic Self-Care for Parents: 12 Tips for Wellness Practices in a New Normal

Over the past year, we’ve touched on the importance of self-care for parents during the pandemic. It’s essential for parents to take care of themselves during these times, especially parents of children and teens who struggle with ADHD, learning disabilities, anxiety and other issues. After … Continue reading Post-Pandemic Self-Care for Parents: 12 Tips for Wellness Practices in a New Normal

Beyond Sibling Rivalry: How to Mediate Sibling Relationships Complicated by ADHD

Are you tired of the arguments between your kids? Our sibling relationships are often the longest we experience in our lifetime. We all develop many integral skills within these core relationships. With siblings, we learn how to relate others, how to practice social skills and … Continue reading Beyond Sibling Rivalry: How to Mediate Sibling Relationships Complicated by ADHD

Returning to School with ADHD: Tips on helping anxious kids transition smoothly

Back to school is normally a time of excitement with a splash of worry thrown in. But this year, with the shift from remote learning to in-person or hybrid instruction, it seems that there’s more worry with just a splash of excitement. For neurodiverse kids … Continue reading Returning to School with ADHD: Tips on helping anxious kids transition smoothly

5 Tips to Uplevel Your Spring Cleaning and Decluttering

As the spring air settles in, the daylight hours get longer, and our positivity shifts. But that glistening sunshine may cast a harsh light on the parts of your home and your life that need a good reset after this COVID year. Spring cleaning and … Continue reading 5 Tips to Uplevel Your Spring Cleaning and Decluttering

Raising Teens with ADHD: Redefining what ‘success’ means

Let’s face it, raising teens today is challenging. With 24/7 access to screens, peers and entertainment, it’s tough to set boundaries, especially during a pandemic. Regardless of their words, actions or attitudes, most teens dislike family conflict as much as their parents do. Parenting “a … Continue reading Raising Teens with ADHD: Redefining what ‘success’ means

ADHD and Technology: Sensible Solutions to Screen (In)Sanity

Do you feel like your child with ADHD has turned into a tech-obsessed stranger? If so, you are not alone. Many parents and caregivers are distraught and overwhelmed by the role that technology now plays in the lives of their children and teens. While you … Continue reading ADHD and Technology: Sensible Solutions to Screen (In)Sanity

Perfectionism and ADHD: Why ‘good enough’ is better than perfect

Do you have a child or teen who needs to get things right or else? Perfectionism can be motivating and debilitating. While it’s admirable to want to do our best and strive for academic, social and professional success, many folks with perfectionism and ADHD go … Continue reading Perfectionism and ADHD: Why ‘good enough’ is better than perfect

Overcoming 3 Common ADHD Parenting Struggles during COVID

Many families living with ADHD feel bogged down right now. As the COVID winter drags on, remote/hybrid learning combined with parents’ professional responsibilities are beyond tiresome. Families are arguing more than they would like as everybody’s fed up and kids are often pushing back. Although … Continue reading Overcoming 3 Common ADHD Parenting Struggles during COVID

Divorce and the ADHD Family: 3 Essential Tips for Better Co-Parenting

Divorce is so complicated. It can be tough on both kids and parents. For kids with ADHD who already struggle with organization, time management and transitions, going from one home to another can be disconcerting. They need their parent to establish and maintain consistency between … Continue reading Divorce and the ADHD Family: 3 Essential Tips for Better Co-Parenting

Teens, ADHD and Procrastination

Many teens with ADHD procrastinate and appear to lack self-discipline. Why? Sometimes they have anxiety around how to approach the task, how to complete the task or possible outcomes of failure or rejection. Sometimes they have perfectionistic tendencies that require energy and focus and can … Continue reading Teens, ADHD and Procrastination

ADHD and Defiance during COVID: What can you do instead of yelling?

There are so many facets to kids with ADHD. Yes, they are creative, passionate, energetic and smart. Yes, they can also be distractible, impulsive, intense and strong-willed. And yes, COVID is making things that were previously challenging harder in many ways and also adding new … Continue reading ADHD and Defiance during COVID: What can you do instead of yelling?

Beyond ADHD Pandemic Burnout: How to help your family regroup and find strength

If you are tired of hearing about how you and your family need to bounce back again as 2021 (and 2022) perpetuates the same problems as 2020, you are not alone. One mother of a fifteen year-old boy with ADHD and dyslexia who hates virtual … Continue reading Beyond ADHD Pandemic Burnout: How to help your family regroup and find strength

Teens and Young Adults in the Pandemic

What are some of the adjustments that teens and young adults are making in the pandemic? Teens and young adults are making many, many adjustments recently. Not only are they unable to see their friends and connect in familiar surrounding, but they are also facing … Continue reading Teens and Young Adults in the Pandemic

How to Transform Anxiety in Kids with ADHD to Excitement

Do you ever notice how your heart races in similar ways when you’re anxious and when you’re excited? The energy courses through your body and brain, and you feel a type of exhilaration. Of course, it’s more negative for anxiety and more positive for excitement. … Continue reading How to Transform Anxiety in Kids with ADHD to Excitement

5 Parent Self-Care Ideas: Parenting ADHD in a Pandemic

Parent self-care is essential during these times in a pandemic. Parenting an ADHD child or teen can add even more complexity to this difficult time. Children and teens with ADHD have symptoms that make remote learning more difficult due to executive function challenges, and they … Continue reading 5 Parent Self-Care Ideas: Parenting ADHD in a Pandemic

ADHD and Motivation: How stress reduces productivity and what you can do about it

In October, the American Psychological Association released the results of its latest Stress in America survey. The report concluded that stress about COVID-19, the economy, racism and politics are threatening the mental health of our country, especially young people. In fact, the survey found that … Continue reading ADHD and Motivation: How stress reduces productivity and what you can do about it

Holidays and Family Estrangement

Family estrangement refers to the loss of a former relationship between parents and children, siblings or other extended family members. Holidays are times when this estrangement can lead to anxiousness, PTS and other conditions. Estrangement reflects physical or emotional distancing and minimal contact or communication … Continue reading Holidays and Family Estrangement

Gratitude in an Age of Uncertainty

It’s clear that this holiday season won’t look like anything we’re accustomed to. Unable to gather safely with beloved family and friends, many of us (myself included) are planning for much smaller dinners. With all of the uncertainty we’ve been facing as individuals and as … Continue reading Gratitude in an Age of Uncertainty

Reducing Teen Stress and Anxiety during Pandemic

The Enormity of the COVID19 Experience My heart goes out to teens and young adults. Staying compassionate, offering to collaborate on tasks and being available to talk through emotions is critical in reducing teen stress and anxiety during this pandemic. Don’t try to solve issues. … Continue reading Reducing Teen Stress and Anxiety during Pandemic

Teens with ADHD Habits that Hurt their Mental Health and How to Change Them

In the course of the past few months, I’ve seen a few major habits in teens that seem to be hurting their mental health more than help them. Here are my recent observations and some tips to turn these behaviors around. Too much time on … Continue reading Teens with ADHD Habits that Hurt their Mental Health and How to Change Them

Message to Tween, Teens and Young Adults During Covid

This can be a tough time for emerging adults. Seven months into the pandemic, and things are still “far from normal”. You’ve lost so much of what was familiar, valued and fun in your lives–being on campus and attending in-person classes, socializing with peers, working, … Continue reading Message to Tween, Teens and Young Adults During Covid

ADHD and Anger: Tools for Reducing Family Conflict by Starting with Yourself

It’s amazing how a small spark of miscommunication or defiance can trigger an explosion in families, especially those living with ADHD. For kids who struggle with executive functioning challenges including working memory, behavioral control and emotional regulation, parents aren’t often sure how to prevent or … Continue reading ADHD and Anger: Tools for Reducing Family Conflict by Starting with Yourself

Socializing in a Pandemic

People who are very engaged in social media must use caution to ensure that they don’t place more value on their virtual friends, or how many or few they have, versus their in-person relationships. We can all get distracted by the online world, believing that … Continue reading Socializing in a Pandemic

Change those habits that hurt mental health: Do something different today!

With everybody struggling now more than ever, I see a few major habits in my clients living with ADHD that hurt their mental health more than help them. Let’s look at these behaviors and explore how you can make a few shifts that will improve … Continue reading Change those habits that hurt mental health: Do something different today!

What We Eat is Something We Can Control Now

During this pandemic, we all are experiencing heightened anxiety and there is so much we can’t control. What we eat is luckily something we can control now. Some foods are good for our physical, emotional well-being, and some are not. Although I am not a … Continue reading What We Eat is Something We Can Control Now

Millennial Loneliness and Depression

It can be hard to make friends as adults: People often feel like it’s hard to make friends as an adult because, quite frankly, it is. When we are in college or technical school, we have a community made for us and we share common … Continue reading Millennial Loneliness and Depression

4 Straight-forward, Practical Hacks for Managing Your Anxiety TODAY

It’s natural for parents to feel stressed and anxious right now. Whether your kids are going back to school in person or a hybrid learning situation, there are complicated issues facing families everywhere. Anxiety wants security and certainty and, with COVID related risks,  we just … Continue reading 4 Straight-forward, Practical Hacks for Managing Your Anxiety TODAY

Help! My Teen is So Unmotivated This Summer!

Teens experience a few types of academic burnout depending on their individual situations. For neurotypical kids, academic burnout usually arises towards the end of the semester when they are burdened with final tests, projects and paper in addition to their other commitments such as sports, … Continue reading Help! My Teen is So Unmotivated This Summer!

Feeling low? Tips for keeping your sense of humor amidst the uncertainty

It’s really tough to stand in uncertainty and, right now, people around the globe are facing this challenge as best they can. With all of the confusion about whether to send kids back to school and how to manage hybrid or home learning while working, … Continue reading Feeling low? Tips for keeping your sense of humor amidst the uncertainty

Getting ready: Tips for preparing for school in uncertain times

After a spring semester with remote learning and its many complications for students, parents and educators, schools are reopening in the fall. While each state is dictating its own guidelines for this reopening, it looks like many independent schools and public school districts will opt … Continue reading Getting ready: Tips for preparing for school in uncertain times

Dealing with Defiant ADHD Teens and Tweens in this Strange COVID Summer

Now, more than ever, there seems to be very little we can predict and hold onto. Everyday, we hear new reports about climbing COVID cases as we struggle to practice safety measures, keep up with work, manage bored kids and keep our sanity intact. It … Continue reading Dealing with Defiant ADHD Teens and Tweens in this Strange COVID Summer

What’s a Normal Level of Anxiety?

Stress and anxiety are connected but also different. Stress is related to feeling overwhelmed and incapable of managing the things that you have to do. Productive stress motivates you to get stuff done; poisonous stress contributes to worry and anxiety. You can’t get things accomplished … Continue reading What’s a Normal Level of Anxiety?

Stressed Out and Overwhelmed: Managing Family Life During the COVID Crisis

FREE WEBINAR with Seth Perler and Dr. Sharon Saline May 6, 2020  8 pm EST Burned out on COVID-19?! We get it. Who would’ve thought that the world would change so dramatically? Schedules? What schedules? Kids are staying up late, sleeping to all hours, chores … Continue reading Stressed Out and Overwhelmed: Managing Family Life During the COVID Crisis

Feeling shut down? How to help your family cope with numbness and isolation during COVID

Do you notice that your son or daughter is feeling more frustrated, down and hopeless as the shelter-in-place directive and online schooling continues? I’m hearing from so many kids and parents that things seem to be getting worse as this confinement continues. With thousands of … Continue reading Feeling shut down? How to help your family cope with numbness and isolation during COVID

5 Essential Emotional Survival Tips for Families Living with ADHD during Confinement

It’s hard to believe that we’re halfway through April and we are still living in confinement—all around the world. Although you may have established daily routines (and I hope you have because structure is comforting for kids with ADHD), emotions are probably running high. Each … Continue reading 5 Essential Emotional Survival Tips for Families Living with ADHD during Confinement

Coronavirus Anxiety

Q: What is situational anxiety? A: Situational anxiety occurs when someone is worried about certain environments or events and what will happen in these contexts. When people suffer from situational anxiety, they feel frightened by and unclear about how to manage the circumstances that concern … Continue reading Coronavirus Anxiety

Managing Uncertainty With Your Family During COVID-19: More than deep breathing

This new “normal” isn’t anything we’re accustomed to. With school closures, social distancing, working from home, job lay-offs and 24/7 family time, everybody is making huge adjustments to the massive disruption wrought by COVID-19. While we adults struggle to wrap our brains around these changes, … Continue reading Managing Uncertainty With Your Family During COVID-19: More than deep breathing

Kids and Mental Health Days

Mental health days can be very beneficial to kids for a much-needed break from the stress of school, particularly with kids who have ADHD, learning disabilities or high functioning ASD for whom school can be their hardest area of functioning. When kids are particularly overwhelmed, … Continue reading Kids and Mental Health Days

Why did you post THAT? Smart Screen Parenting for Kids with ADHD

It’s the question I hear from almost every parent I meet: How do I make sure my son or daughter is using technology appropriately? Research has shown that managing technology in families is the greatest sources of arguments in the home according to both kids … Continue reading Why did you post THAT? Smart Screen Parenting for Kids with ADHD

Forget Freaking Out: How to parent panic attacks in kids with ADHD

Does your child or teen ever tell you that they are having a panic attack? Or, do they describe symptoms such as shortness of breath, a pounding heart and the sudden feeling like the world is closing in on them? Panic attacks are awful for … Continue reading Forget Freaking Out: How to parent panic attacks in kids with ADHD

Habits that Hurt Mental Health

I see a few major habits in my clients that hurt their mental health more than help them. Spending too much time on social media: Social media not only seems to suck up time faster than you notice but it also is built to so … Continue reading Habits that Hurt Mental Health

Impact of Watching Scary Shows

Stranger Things is back on Thursdays. Should you let your child watch it or other scary shows? How to judge if they are ready. Watching anything scary on television or at the movies before a child is cognitively, psychologically and emotionally ready to understand and … Continue reading Impact of Watching Scary Shows

Are You Giving Feedback or Criticism? Recognize the Difference and Change What You’re Doing

As a parent, your motivations and intentions behind a statement might greatly differ from how your child interprets it. How do you know when you are giving feedback or criticism, and who is to decide? For example: Your 16 year-old daughter, Layla, agrees to clean … Continue reading Are You Giving Feedback or Criticism? Recognize the Difference and Change What You’re Doing

Feeling Holiday Stress? Start caring for your mental health today!

Happiness during the holiday season for your family really depends on your ability to stay sane and stable in the midst of all of the shopping, planning and parties. When you are able to manage yourself with as much calm and clarity as possible, your … Continue reading Feeling Holiday Stress? Start caring for your mental health today!

4 Tools to Manage Panic Attacks

Panic attacks are best managed by having a concrete set of steps to follow that you’ve figured out beforehand. When you can identify the triggers and notice the warning signs, you can ground yourself more effectively and won’t be thrown off course as much. In … Continue reading 4 Tools to Manage Panic Attacks

Depression Myths

What people get wrong about depression: You could make it go away if you tried harder. An incident must have happened to make you depressed. Otherwise you wouldn’t be sad. If you practiced more gratitude, you’d feel better. Anxiety and depression are unrelated. Depression is … Continue reading Depression Myths

Habits that Hurt Mental Health

I see a few major habits in my clients that hurt their mental health more than help them. Spending too much time on social media: Social media not only seems to suck up time faster than you notice but it also is built to so … Continue reading Habits that Hurt Mental Health

Frustrated by Inconsistent Progress? Change Your Expectations and Nurture Efforting

It happened again. Tonight when you went to take your daughter’s phone for the evening, she argued with you. Even though, you’ve had this conversation for the millionth time yesterday, she pushed back again today. Exasperated by her lack of recall and self-control and expecting … Continue reading Frustrated by Inconsistent Progress? Change Your Expectations and Nurture Efforting

Manage big feelings better: Reduce triggers by noticing bodily signals

For kids with ADHD, managing intense emotions can be extra tough. In the heat of the moment, it’s hard for any of us to hold it together and act the way we’d like to. Breathing techniques, calming phrases or taking a walk are great options … Continue reading Manage big feelings better: Reduce triggers by noticing bodily signals

Teen Hormones and the ADHD brain? Helping Kids in Transition

As they enter adolescence, boys and girls with ADHD may not be able to articulate what is swirling around inside of them. Quick to react and then make inappropriate choices, they may not be aware of what triggers them or how to manage themselves differently. … Continue reading Teen Hormones and the ADHD brain? Helping Kids in Transition

Anxiety and Food

Q: What foods might spike anxiety … and why? A: Although I am not a medical doctor, I’ve observed that especially sugary foods or those with a lot of caffeine can increase someone’s agitation and then make them more prone to anxiety. Sometimes ginseng can … Continue reading Anxiety and Food

Anxiety and Resilience

Anxiety is a physiological response related to a perceived danger and worried, negative thinking. Basic fight or flight responses are triggered from worries and these reactions are usually disproportionate to the concern at hand. Worry can be productive or poisonous. Productive worry is worry about … Continue reading Anxiety and Resilience

Got an anxious high schooler with ADHD? Help is here.

Many teens today feel extremely overwhelmed and anxious, especially those who are out-of-the-box thinkers. Life seems constantly demanding and stressful. With the executive functioning challenges that are typical of ADHD brains, it’s even harder for them to regulate intense feelings.  Routine concerns can quickly balloon … Continue reading Got an anxious high schooler with ADHD? Help is here.

22 News Mass Appeal: Insight on helping kids cope with insecurity

(Mass Appeal) – The COVID-19 pandemic has turned lives upside down and it’s leaving many kids feeling more and more insecure. Clinical Psychologist Dr. Sharon Saline of DrSharonSaline.com, joined us with advice on helping children remember who they are. First, stated Dr. Saline, is normalize … Continue reading 22 News Mass Appeal: Insight on helping kids cope with insecurity

22 News Mass Appeal: Understanding and managing the anxiety of returning to school

(Mass Appeal) – These are anxious times for kids and adults as the school year restarts. But it’s important to remember that children absorb how adults act in different situations and feed off those emotions and actions. Dr. Sharon Saline is here today with some … Continue reading 22 News Mass Appeal: Understanding and managing the anxiety of returning to school

22 News Mass Appeal: Reducing Anxiety by Shifting From Worry to Wonder

(Mass Appeal) – Look at how much worrying you’ve done over the past few months. Imagine in the future you took all the time you would’ve spent worrying and shifted that to be more inquisitive by wondering in a positive way? Dr. Sharon Saline explains … Continue reading 22 News Mass Appeal: Reducing Anxiety by Shifting From Worry to Wonder

Parade Media: Living With Anxiety Is Uncomfortable, Breathing Exercises Can Help—Here Are 10 to Start With

“Breathing alleviates anxiety because we shift our focus from racing thoughts to the present moment and what’s happening in our body,” Saline says. Want to work on breathing through your anxiety more? Here are 10 breathing exercises to get you started. Click logo below to … Continue reading Parade Media: Living With Anxiety Is Uncomfortable, Breathing Exercises Can Help—Here Are 10 to Start With

CHADD ADHD Newsstand: Help Your Child Better Cope with Social Anxiety

“Social anxiety is a fear that people will scrutinize you in familiar or unfamiliar social situations and that this negative judgment will have harmful effects on you,” says Sharon Saline, PsyD, author of What Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew: Working Together to Empower Kids … Continue reading CHADD ADHD Newsstand: Help Your Child Better Cope with Social Anxiety

YourTango: 7 Tools For Managing Childhood Anxiety

“Most kids and adults just want their anxiety to go away NOW. As parents, we try to anticipate and cope with the fear of our child or teen by trying to protect them from the pain. I don’t know about you, but this rarely worked … Continue reading YourTango: 7 Tools For Managing Childhood Anxiety

Lynn C. Davison Q&A with Dr. Sharon Saline: How to Help Our Autistic Young Adults Get Things Done

Video Recording of the Live Q&A on May 13, 2022 with Dr. Sharon Saline and Lynn C. Davison Access the transcript here. Receive a PDF download of Dr. Saline’s 12 GREAT Ideas About Getting Stuff Done: How to improve executive functioning skills through collaboration and … Continue reading Lynn C. Davison Q&A with Dr. Sharon Saline: How to Help Our Autistic Young Adults Get Things Done

ADDitude Mag – “Why Is Accepting Compliments So Difficult for My Child?”

“Your compliments are intended to convey your pride and enthusiasm about your son’s effort. He dismisses them because of shame, low self-esteem, and his overactive inner critic. If we can address these issues, it will be easier for him to accept your praise.” Read the … Continue reading ADDitude Mag – “Why Is Accepting Compliments So Difficult for My Child?”

ADDitude Mag – “Working Memory vs. Short-Term Memory: What’s the Difference?”

“While there’s some debate in the field about this, it’s generally held that short-term memory is super quick: It stores information briefly. Working memory is related to short-term memory, but it lasts slightly longer and is involved in the manipulation of information.” Read the full … Continue reading ADDitude Mag – “Working Memory vs. Short-Term Memory: What’s the Difference?”

ADDitude Mag – Q: “Fear of Failure Holds Me Back. How Do I Let Go of Past Mistakes?”

“When you make choices that hold you back in any way, what you’re really doing is depriving the world of the uniqueness that is you. Risk is an inherent part of life – and you can’t live a full life where you’re not taking risks … Continue reading ADDitude Mag – Q: “Fear of Failure Holds Me Back. How Do I Let Go of Past Mistakes?”

ADDitude Mag – When Perfectionism Stems from ADHD: Challenging the Fallacy of “Not Good Enough”

When Perfectionism Stems from ADHD: Challenging the Fallacy of “Not Good Enough” “Perfectionism, when unhealthy, drives a person to exhaustion striving for a flawlessness that’s neither reasonable nor healthy. Though it may seem contradictory, perfectionist traits may stem from ADHD — an overcompensation for past … Continue reading ADDitude Mag – When Perfectionism Stems from ADHD: Challenging the Fallacy of “Not Good Enough”

ADDitude Free Download: The Eisenhower Matrix for ADHD Decision-Making

The Eisenhower Matrix for ADHD Decision-Making The Eisenhower Matrix is a simple, effective decision-making tool for determining which tasks deserve our immediate action, our long-term attention, our delegation skills, and our circular bins. What Is the Eisenhower Matrix? “It’s human nature. When a fire sparks … Continue reading ADDitude Free Download: The Eisenhower Matrix for ADHD Decision-Making

ADDitude Webinar Replay – Perfectionism and ADHD: Making ‘Good Enough’ Work for You

Access the recording of the ADDitude webinar by Dr. Saline on 1/19/22: “Perfectionism and ADHD: Making ‘Good Enough’ Work for You” Get access to the webinar replay! “In this webinar, Dr. Sharon Saline will explain how to stop setting unreasonable standards, engaging in negative comparisons … Continue reading ADDitude Webinar Replay – Perfectionism and ADHD: Making ‘Good Enough’ Work for You

ADDitude Mag – The Best of 2021: Must-Read Articles on ADHD

“From cutting-edge clinical research to features on mental health during the pandemic to a deep dive on social media’s impact on ADHD brains — ADDitude published no shortage of thought-provoking and insightful articles this year. Below, click through to the most riveting reads from 2021, … Continue reading ADDitude Mag – The Best of 2021: Must-Read Articles on ADHD

ADDitude Mag – You Are Worthy of Self-Compassion: How to Break the Habit of Internalized Criticism

“Self-compassion allows you to be good enough as you are, with your warts, with your foibles, sometimes off-balanced, sometimes more reactive than you’d like, sometimes disorganized, but fundamentally perfectly imperfect as a human being, just like everyone else.” Read the full article by Dr. Saline!

ADDitude Mag: No Motivation? 5 Steps to Build Drive and Confidence

Teachers and parents can take advantage of these strategies for training focus, combatting procrastination, and prioritizing effectively to achieve the success that drives future motivation in their students with ADHD. Read the article here.

The Normangee Star – You Are Worthy of Self-Compassion: How to Break the Habit of Internalized Criticism

“Self-compassion allows you to be good enough as you are, with your warts, with your foibles, sometimes off-balanced, sometimes more reactive than you’d like, sometimes disorganized, but fundamentally perfectly imperfect as a human being, just like everyone else.” Dr. Saline’s article “You Are Worthy of … Continue reading The Normangee Star – You Are Worthy of Self-Compassion: How to Break the Habit of Internalized Criticism

ADHD Essentials Podcast: Managing Lingering Pandemic Anxiety with Dr. Sharon Saline

Dr. Sharon Saline joins Brendan Mahan, M.Ed., M.S. on the ADHD Essentials Podcast! “In this episode, Dr. Saline and [Brendan] talk about the effects of the pandemic on children and families. We discuss the data on mental health pre- and post-pandemic, moral injury, the effect it … Continue reading ADHD Essentials Podcast: Managing Lingering Pandemic Anxiety with Dr. Sharon Saline

Psychology Today: ADHD and Productive Procrastination

“Do you ever feel so overwhelmed with dreaded tasks that you do anything else instead of beginning them? Does it seem like you’re running in place and not getting where you want to go? Instead of calling yourself “lazy” or a “slacker,” consider that many … Continue reading Psychology Today: ADHD and Productive Procrastination

Psychology Today: How Stress and Self-Sabotage Interfere With ADHD Happiness

“Do you notice that when you feel stressed from work, school, or relationships, some of your ADHD symptoms get more intense? When we are stressed, our ​​weakest executive functioning skills are hit first. This means that you may feel flooded by anxiety or anger, or … Continue reading Psychology Today: How Stress and Self-Sabotage Interfere With ADHD Happiness

Psychology Today – Hyperfocus and ADHD: Productivity Superpower or Kryptonite?

New Psychology Today Article by Dr. Sharon Saline Four strategies for understanding and managing hyperfocus successfully. “Are you ever so engrossed in an activity that time seems to stop and nothing can tear you away? Does it ever seem like you lose a sense of … Continue reading Psychology Today – Hyperfocus and ADHD: Productivity Superpower or Kryptonite?

Psychology Today: ADHD and Self-Awareness

How to improve metacognition and nurture resilience. “Do you ever struggle with evaluating how you are doing in real-time and pivoting appropriately? Metacognition, also known as self-awareness, is a key executive functioning skill that coalesces in the late twenties for people with ADHD. It refers to processes related … Continue reading Psychology Today: ADHD and Self-Awareness

Psychology Today: 3 Steps for Lowering Stress With ADHD

How to create more calm in 2022. “If you are tired of feeling so much stress in your life, the start of a new year and pressures to create resolutions may only add more tension. These promises for a “better” 2022 often fail because people … Continue reading Psychology Today: 3 Steps for Lowering Stress With ADHD

Psychology Today: How to Cope with ADHD and Perfectionism

Tools to turn down the noise of self-criticism and feel “good enough” every day. “Do you set unrealistic goals for yourself, fret about disappointing others, and compare yourself negatively to those around you? If so, you are probably like many other people with ADHD who … Continue reading Psychology Today: How to Cope with ADHD and Perfectionism

ADDitude Mag: Q: Is ADHD or Anxiety to Blame for My Perfectionism?

“There is no perfection. If you think someone is perfect, then you’re comparing your insides to their outsides, which may look very different from what they experience internally. Real is better than perfect.” Click the logo below to read the article.

ADDitude Mag: 5 Ways to Reframe Anxiety for Your Worried Teen

Anxiety in teens is common — and stressful. With ADHD, the adolescent years are ripe for outsize worry and fear of the unknown, especially in the midst of a pandemic. By acknowledging your teen’s feelings and changing their relationship to anxiety, you can help them … Continue reading ADDitude Mag: 5 Ways to Reframe Anxiety for Your Worried Teen

ADHD Support Talk Radio: Perfectionism, Shoulds & Adult ADHD

“If you can be your own worst critic, and you find yourself avoiding, delaying or putting off things that you intend to do until you have the time/energy/bandwidth to do them right, this episode is for you! Dr. Sharon Saline joins co-host Lynne Edris to … Continue reading ADHD Support Talk Radio: Perfectionism, Shoulds & Adult ADHD

Attention Talk Radio – ADHD, Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria, and the Pink Elephant Paradox

“Rejection sensitive dysphoria (RSD) is a buzz phrase in the ADHD world. Is it a thing? Not a thing? And what does the pink elephant paradox have to do with it? In this show, ADHD Coach Jeff Copper (www.digcoaching.com) interviews Dr. Sharon Saline on the … Continue reading Attention Talk Radio – ADHD, Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria, and the Pink Elephant Paradox

Attention Talk Radio – Perfectionism and ADHD: Obstacle or Motivation

“Got ADHD? Are you a perfectionist? Have you ever thought about what it is to be a perfectionist and if you are how to deal with it? In this episode of Attention Talk Radio, ADHD coach Jeff Copper (www.digcoaching.com) interviews Dr. Sharon Saline (www.drsharonsaline.com) to … Continue reading Attention Talk Radio – Perfectionism and ADHD: Obstacle or Motivation

Attention Talk Radio – ADHD: “I’m Sorry,” a Reflexive Response

“Got ADHD? Do you lead off conversations saying you’re sorry? How do such reflexive responses serve you? Do they take the pressure off? Are you always assuming you are wrong? Are you shaming yourself? In this episode of Attention Talk Radio, ADHD coach Jeff Copper (www.digcoaching.com) interviews Dr. Sharon Saline (www.drsharonsaline.com). In the … Continue reading Attention Talk Radio – ADHD: “I’m Sorry,” a Reflexive Response

Attention Talk Radio: ADHD and Social Anxiety: Point/Counterpoint

Those with ADHD often struggle with social anxiety. There is help to those in need. Question is do you need a psychologist, a therapist, or a coach? Or should you will your way through it all or just give up and hide? The options are … Continue reading Attention Talk Radio: ADHD and Social Anxiety: Point/Counterpoint

ExQ Infinite Know How: Confident and Curious Webinar

Now that the novelty of returning to school has started to wear off, our students are facing the reality of hybrid and online learning. The 2020-21 academic year promises to amplify anxiety that complicates a successful educational experience. Given the very real challenges students, teachers … Continue reading ExQ Infinite Know How: Confident and Curious Webinar

22 News Mass Appeal: Children and politics: How to address anxiety and validate concerns

Tuesday is election day, and there’s no escaping the tension and disagreements surrounding it. Our kids pick up on that anxiety, too. Clinical Psychologist Dr. Sharon Saline, from drsharonsaline.com, shares advice on helping our children’s concerns surrounding the election. Click logo below to read more.

What’s the Difference Between Nervousness and Anxiety?

Recently, a parent asked me to answer this question. He wanted to understand when his child’s frequent worrying should be evaluated by a mental health practitioner or a primary care provider. In these tense and confusing times, it’s easy to confuse normal feelings of nervousness … Continue reading What’s the Difference Between Nervousness and Anxiety?

22 News Mass Appeal: Self-care tips to reduce stress and anxiety

Mass Appeal) – With the high levels of stress, anxiety and depression people are experiencing right now, it’s more important than ever to take the time for restorative activities. Dr. Sharon Saline, Clinical Psychologist from DrSharonSaline.com joins us with 4 easy ways to practice self-care. … Continue reading 22 News Mass Appeal: Self-care tips to reduce stress and anxiety

Psych Central: How to Help Your Family Cope with Numbness and Isolation During COVID-19

Do you notice that your child or teen is feeling more frustrated and hopeless as the shelter-in-place directive continues? I’m hearing from so many families that things seem to be getting increasingly worse. With thousands of schools switching their grading systems to Pass/Fail, many kids … Continue reading Psych Central: How to Help Your Family Cope with Numbness and Isolation During COVID-19

Rewire: Don’t Google Your Symptoms – Why We Get Medical Anxiety

I woke up in the middle of the night with pain in my chest. I rolled over and grabbed my phone, googling my symptoms. It didn’t look good. “Think you’re having a heart attack? Call 911 immediately,” Google advised me. “Chest pain has many causes … Continue reading Rewire: Don’t Google Your Symptoms – Why We Get Medical Anxiety

Attention Talk Video : ADHD and Anxiety: A Basic Intervention

Many with ADHD have a lot of anxiety, but how do they manage it effectively? In this video ADHD coach Jeff Copper (www.digcoaching.com) interviews Dr. Sharon Saline on a basic intervention to manage worry and anxiety. While Dr. Saline shares the strategy, Jeff explains the … Continue reading Attention Talk Video : ADHD and Anxiety: A Basic Intervention

Parenting in the Thick of It Podcast: Is Your Child’s Anxiety Escalating During Covid-19?

It can be so hard to be the sounding board for everyone’s worries during this time – it’s stressful for us. At times we can barely contain our own anxiety never mind help our children with theirs. Today on the show, I have Dr Sharon … Continue reading Parenting in the Thick of It Podcast: Is Your Child’s Anxiety Escalating During Covid-19?

Tips to Reduce or Eliminate Anxiety

Anxiety is a physiological response related to a perceived danger and worried, negative thinking. Basic fight or flight responses are triggered from worries and these reactions are usually disproportionate to the concern at hand. Worry can be productive or poisonous. Productive worry is worry about … Continue reading Tips to Reduce or Eliminate Anxiety

What to Do When Your Child is Scared of the Dark

Monsters? Creepy noises? Frequent insomnia? Many children with and without ADHD struggle with going to bed, being in a dark room and falling asleep. Of course, it’s normal to be frightened of unfamiliar things. it’s also common for some kids with ADHD to struggle to … Continue reading What to Do When Your Child is Scared of the Dark

Why Do I Cry So Easily? Experts Break Down the Reasons Behind Your Tears

According to Dr. Sharon Saline, the effort it may take you to ward off sadness, anxiety, bad news, or something that disturbs you could be compromised when you’re stressed. “When the body is dealing with these strong feelings, the feeling brain takes over the thinking brain and … Continue reading Why Do I Cry So Easily? Experts Break Down the Reasons Behind Your Tears

One37pm: The Worrier’s Guide to Success

Often “worrier” has a negative connotation. And because of that, many entrepreneurs may see themselves not as worriers but as strategizers or problem solvers, says Sharon Saline, Psy.D., psychologist and author of What Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew.

Helping Kids with ADHD get more ZZZZ’s

If your son or daughter has trouble going to sleep, you are not alone. There are several issues that complicate going to sleep for kids with ADHD. Some kids are sensitive to the medication they take and it can negatively impact their ability to drift … Continue reading Helping Kids with ADHD get more ZZZZ’s

TADD 2018- Overcoming anxiety so you live more confidently

Sharon Saline, Psy.D., clinical psychologist and author of What Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew: Working Together to Empower Kids for Success in School and Life, specializes in working with kids, young adults and families living with ADHD, learning disabilities and mental health issues. Her … Continue reading TADD 2018- Overcoming anxiety so you live more confidently

ADHD Support Talk Radio: Turning down the Volume on Anxiety with Adult ADHD

Dr. Sharon Saline discusses why adults with ADHD ADD often struggle with anxiety and offers new ways to think about anxiety.  ADHD Support Talk Radio Anxiety is a common struggle for adults with ADHD, and the effects can be debilitating in both our personal and … Continue reading ADHD Support Talk Radio: Turning down the Volume on Anxiety with Adult ADHD

The Bright and Quirky Child Summit: Fostering Resilience for Kids with Anxiety

Dr. Saline is one of the experts included in this online summit about bright kids with focus, learning, social, emotional, and behavioral challenges. The Bright & Quirky Child Summit: “Fostering Resilience for Kids with Anxiety”  

Attention Magazine: Worried & Preoccupied-Five Ways You Can Reduce Anxiety and Live More Confidently

In today’s world, where bad news travels the globe in seconds online, people seem more anxious than ever. Read Worried and Preoccupied: Five Ways You Can Reduce Anxiety and Live More Confidently (June 2018)

AttentionTalk Radio: ADHD Tips– The Relationship Between Worry and Anxiety

AttentionTalk Radio: ADHD Tips– The Relationship Between Worry and Anxiety Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder can be stressful, create a lot of anxiety, and lead to worry. In this episode of Attention talk Radio, attention and ADHD coach Jeff Copper (http://digcoaching.com) interviews Dr. Sharon Saline (http://drsharonsaline.com) … Continue reading AttentionTalk Radio: ADHD Tips– The Relationship Between Worry and Anxiety

AttentionTalk Radio: ADHD & COVID-19––Managing Work and Kids at Home

It’s a unique time in world and American history. For the first time we’re basically putting the world on hold to combat the Coronavirus. Schools are closed and many are having to work from home. This is a challenge for everyone but especially for those … Continue reading AttentionTalk Radio: ADHD & COVID-19––Managing Work and Kids at Home

ImpactADHD: Fostering Resilience for Kids with Anxiety

According to Dr. Saline, anxiety is a physiological response to worry. The primitive part of the brain gets frightened – as if there’s a tiger at the door of the cave. Once triggered, the amygdala takes over the brain with a basic response: fight or … Continue reading ImpactADHD: Fostering Resilience for Kids with Anxiety

ADDitude Magazine: How Can We Teach Our Emotional, Anxious Tween to Calm Herself?

Could the loss of a loved one spark emotional outbursts and runaway anxiety attacks in a tween with ADHD? Dear Teen Parenting Coach Dr. Sharon Saline explains how puberty can exacerbate poor emotional regulation, and how parents can help children struggling with scary and overpowering … Continue reading ADDitude Magazine: How Can We Teach Our Emotional, Anxious Tween to Calm Herself?

Manage Anxiety in Your ADHD Kids

This month’s blog is actually an interview that I had with the team at ImpactADHD. com. It focuses on building resilience and competency as a way to help ADHD kids manage their anxiety.  Check it out!  http://impactadhd.com/manage-emotions-and-impulses/kids-with-anxiety/

Using Technology as Friend Not Foe

Everybody needs reminders sometimes. Children and teens with ADHD seem to need more reminders than other youngsters and often feel like they are being nagged. Technology, although a frequent source of distraction, can be extremely helpful in providing kids with ADHD the cues they need … Continue reading Using Technology as Friend Not Foe