pediatric housecalls Robert R. Jarrett M.D. M.B.A. FAAP

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ADHD, Hyperactivity: Don’t JUST Take My Word For It 

Fussing around trying to find photos to accompany my many posts in the series about ADHD and hyperactivity, I stumbled upon a great article from one of the most “down home” type physicians on the internet, Greg Barrett MD. A professor at a prestigious college, this guy has won many awards from his medical students for just “plain talk” and “making sense”—along with the overall kindness usual with a Pediatrician. Here is a link to his article about ADHD entitled “Errors of commission and omission.”

Hyperactivity Treatment: What Really Works… Really

ADHD treatment - what we KNOW works

In this series so far we’ve learned that there are new guidelines for diagnosing ADHD and hyperactivity which should help standardize when a child is “labeled” with the problem. We’ve followed a child through an appropriate diagnostic evaluation and we’ve been reminded that the internet is full of scams which delay children from getting real help. Read more →

Stanley Prusiner: Neurodegenerative Diseases

We’re going through the top 50 doctors who have made a lasting impact on medicine throughout all time—at least according to a heavily read medical magazine which had its “best people” scratch their heads on the matter several months ago.
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Best Treatment For ADHD: Success In Something

All of us watching this video clip can’t help but believe that Jason will be one of those children who do well in spite of his ADHD—Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder. Not all do, largely because they lack the support systems that Jason has.

His grandmother is correct that the “condition” is something that he will have to some extent most of his life; but, its manifestation does change over time as his body and nervous system matures. For some reason, children with this condition seem to take longer to do so.

Additionally, he will learn other coping mechanisms including finding a life’s work that will fit with his temperament and skills. And things will get a lot easier for learning.

The true blessing in what we’ve watched for Jason, and any child with ADHD, is making it into maturity with confidence, hope AND a self-image which doesn’t do them harm.

Now that we’ve gotten to know him, I hope we get to see some follow-up in the coming years. We’re all rooting for you bud!

Hyperactivity: The Boy or Girl – The Patient

Hyperactivity ADHD, Michael's diagnosis

Of the many children I’ve seen with this issue, let me introduce you to Terry. He is a real boy… well, a couple real boys and a girl actually so my example could be clearer and, of course, not break any confidentialities. Read more →

Hyperactivity: First, The Diagnosis

Hyperactivity or just normoactivity

I have to tell you that most issues of childhood dealing with an emotional, behavioral or psychiatric diagnosis are NOT… let’s say… “favorite” issues for busy physicians to deal with. Read more →

ADHD, ADD, HK, ADHK, LDHK, MBD, Hyperactive, “Slow”

If you’re looking for a “first case” of this hyperactive problem don’t bother. I’ve tried and there’s nothing definitive—excepting a whole boat-load of historical people who’ve acted crazy enough that they coulda’ been!

Even the name for the thing has changed four or five times since I did research on “hyperactivity” in medical school as an honors project ty years ago!
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Night Terrors and Nightmares

Do you think that the term “Night Terrors” is just the name your grandmother used to describe an upsetting bad dream or nightmare?

Well, I never met your grandmother so I don’t know really know what she meant; BUT, they are not the same thing and are treated somewhat differently.
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Childhood Diabetes and a New Medicine – Part 2

Over 20 years ago, while I was in the service, a new method of testing diabetics for blood glucose control was “discovered” and I instantly seemed to know in my gut that it would revolutionize the care for the whole clinic full of patients I was managing – not to mention those kids at camp UTADA diabetic camp I saw every fall. (more…)

Childhood Diabetes and a New Medicine – Part 1

I’d like to talk today about a “new med” for “juvenile diabetes.”

By ‘childhood diabetes’ I mean the ‘type 1’ diabetes that used to be most predominant in childhood as opposed to the ‘type 2’ which used to be most predominant in adulthood. Two different diseases which, confusingly, have the same name.
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