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‘ADDer’ Is a Dumb Name. Don’t Call Me That.

Groups should get to name themselves. It’s a key part of forming a group identity: figuring out why you belong together and distilling it into a name. The Moody Blues, the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Beatles all

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Getting Better: the Paperwork

The notion that paper forms can be used to diagnose or measure mental health might seem crude or simplistic. I’ve heard the complaint more than once: “I just filled out some forms, and they told me I had ADHD”. Wouldn’t

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Getting Better: Measuring Improvement

“You cannot manage what you do not measure.” This is one of the most famous quotes in all of business school.  Unfortunately, no one knows who first said it. Apparently, it’s a truth so self-evident that it’s been taught by every

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Define ‘Better’

“We started a new ADHD treatment for our daughter Chloe, and she’s doing much better.” If this is your friend talking, or if you’re an ADHD nerd like me, this is a wonderful thing to hear. Oddly, though, no one

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Let’s Not Rename ADHD

No matter what the owner of the Washington football franchise says, the team will someday not be named the Redskins. It’s not that a once-honorable name imperceptibly morphed into a racial slur. It’s always been derogatory, but now a sizable majority admit

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Bess, You Is My Doctor Now

Audra McDonald is a fabulously talented singer/actress who deservedly became the first person ever to win six Tony awards this week. I fell in love with her Bess, opposite Norm Lewis, in “Bess, You Is My Woman Now” from Gershwin’s Porgy

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Father’s Day 2014

“When you publish your book, you should dedicate it to me,” my 15-year old son, Ben, announced. I was halfway through the first draft of Reaching For A New Potential. It wasn’t his boldness that surprised me, since he’s never

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The Gifts of ADHD

If you have ADHD, you are the gift, not your ADHD. My day job for 14 years has been working with people with ADHD, and each day has been filled with miracles and blessings. Young kids with ADHD that articulate their challenges

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Does ADHD Make my Butt Look Big?

ADHD is associated with obesity. Surprised? The stereotype kid with ADHD is a wiry, energetic guy. He’s short, runs like mad on the playground, comes inside, grabs scissors and keeps running. Obesity is the last of his mom’s concerns. She’s

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The Superstore that Tried to Eat my Saturday

Saturday morning, almost a month after starting ADHD medication, was time for my first prescription refill. I drove to our local Meijer superstore, enjoying the warm sun and fall colors.  My wife, Chris, had stayed home with our 8 and

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Oren Mason MD
Oren Mason MD

Oren Mason MD

Physician specializing in diagnosis and management of attention deficit disorders and related conditions.

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