Meet Our Top Ten

Top Ten Social Healthmakers: ADHD

These experts and patient advocates share their advice and stories, helping children and adults learn the symptoms and treatment of ADHD -- and how to cope.

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If you or your child suffers from attention hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), you know how tough living with ADHD can be. But support is out there. These experts and patient advocates share their advice and stories, helping both children and adults learn about the symptoms and treatment of ADHD—and how to cope.

Charles Parker, DO

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Dr. Charles Parker is a neuroscience consultant, child and adult psychiatrist, and psychopharmacologist. He specializes in diagnostic and medical services for troubled children, adolescents and adults. His broad range of clinical experience, from psychoanalysis to substance abuse and psychopharmacology to neuroimaging, provides a comprehensive foundation for treatment interventions and recommendations.

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Keath Low, MA

3 / 11 Keath Low, MA

Keath Low is a psychotherapist specializing in working with children diagnosed with ADHD and their families, as well as with families dealing with the disruptive behaviors that accompany oppositional defiant and conduct disorders. In addition to individual and family therapy, child and family assessments, treatment planning, behavior modifications and social skills training, Low has led parenting groups and provided clinical supervision to other therapists and social workers. 

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Bryan Hutchinson

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Bryan Hutchinson is a blogger who writes about life with ADHD on the blog ADDer World. Hutchinson is also the author of multiple ADHD-related books, including The Brilliant Reality of ADHD, which presents a collection of his blog posts and explains how everyone can appreciate the “Brilliant Reality” in their own life and bring inspiration, motivation and ultimately, hope, to anyone who has been touched by ADHD. Additionally, Hutchinson is the founder of The ADD/ADHD Support Social Network Community within ADDer World

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Edward Hallowell, MD

5 / 11 Edward Hallowell, MD

Dr. Edward Hallowell is a seasoned speaker who has been prominently featured on numerous national TV programs, including 20/20OprahThe Dr. Oz ShowGood Morning America and 60 Minutes. He is also a New York Times best-selling author and has written 19 books on topics that have given millions of people the insight to take control of their lives. Hallowell is an authority on the topic of ADHD, and is recognized for his strength-based philosophy.

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Douglas Cootey

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Douglas Cootey is a blogger writing for his site, A Splintered Mind, about his experience living with ADHD. Cootey sought help for ADHD when he was in college, but a rare side-effect from an ADHD medication led to an emotional decline. In an effort to turn his life around, Cootey began cognitive behavior therapy and learned how to manage his ADHD, at which point he began blogging and helping others who suffer from the condition. In addition to A Splintered Mind, Cootey blogs for HealthyPlace as a way to help lift the spirits of others living with ADHD.

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Maia Szalavitz

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Maia Szalavitz is a neuroscience journalist whose writings focus on addiction, love, evidence-based living, empathy and other topics related to the brain and behavior. She is the co-author of Born for Love: Why Empathy is Essential and Endangered and The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog, both with Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD. Her 2006 book, Help at Any Cost: How the Troubled-Teen Industry Cons Parents and Hurts Kids is the first book-length exposé of the “tough love” business. 

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Kelly Babcock

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Kelly Babcock is a contributing writer for Psych Central, where he blogs about his own personal experiences living with ADHD. He provides users with tips on everything from how to successfully transition between tasks in their day to planning their day to prevent slip-ups and distractions. Babcock was diagnosed with ADHD at age 50, and has been using every day since to discover new ways to make his life and coping with ADHD better.

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Jennifer Koretsky

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Jennifer Koretsky is managing partner and Chief Executive Officer of ADD Management Group, LLC. Koretsky was diagnosed with ADHD at age 25 and has since used her experiences living a life with ADHD to help others with the condition. In addition to the ADD Management Group, Koretsky is author of Odd One Out: The Maverick’s Guide to Adult ADD, frequent conference speaker on the topic of managing adult ADHD, director of the Virtual ADHD Conference, senior certified ADHD Coach and a dedicated volunteer. 

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Adrienne Ehlert Bashista

10 / 11 Adrienne Ehlert Bashista

Adrienne Ehlert Bashista is a mother, writer, publisher and special needs parent advocate. Bashista writes and speaks about parenting children with invisible special needs as well as adoption, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, homeschooling and alternatives to the traditional classroom. Bashista is a blogger for her site A Mom's View of ADHD. In addition to conducting workshops for parents and professionals, she is the co-editor of and a contributor to, where she blogs about issues surrounding the parenting of children with brain-based disabilities such as ADHD.

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Stacey Turis

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Stacey Turis is an adult living with ADHD and giftedness who writes and blogs for ADDitude magazine. After battling with her quirks for 35 years, Turis finally decided it was time to accept her differences to live a peaceful existence. She has successfully learned to view the world of ADHD and giftedness through her own eyes and maneuver through life accordingly. Her writings offer a unique perspective on what it is like to live life as an adult with ADHD.

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Whether you refer to it as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)it's the same disorder. Impulsive behavior, hyperactivity, difficulty concentrating are symptomsand children and adults ... More