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Parenting Our Future

Sep 29, 2020

What is ADHD?  My guest, Dr. Tommy Black, explains it as a neurological disorder that impacts an individual's ability to sustain attention or maintain control of their motor functions.  As parents, if you have a child with ADHD, their behavior can be triggering and frustrating.  I can relate first hand!  ADHD is also confusing because sometimes your child can’t sit still, and sometimes they are hypyer focused.  Both can indicate ADHD…so what do you do?

Lets look at the many types of ADHD: 1) inattentive and distractible, 2) Impulsive/Hyperactivity 3) combined type ( a bit of 1 and 2).  What signs should you be looking for if you aren't sure if your child has ADHD? First, your child has to show these signs prior to 7 years of age and those signs can't be related to other disorders or illness.  Look for these different behaviors:

  •       Your child can't focus, preform tasks with multiple steps,
  •       seemingly driven by a motor so they are always on the     go
  •       they can't finish what they start
  •       hyper focused on something like TV, videos or games.  

Why doesn't "just sit still" or "will you pay attention" work with your ADHD child? Well this is the reason why ADHD can be so frustrating for both parents and kids…

What if there was an app you could download to give you the help and support you need at your fingertips when and where you need it?  Dr. Black and his colleagues at Esteem Therapeutics, have developed a world class app to help you understand ADHD and help your child THRIVE!    Esteem empowers parents to know if their child's ADHD symptoms, social and emotional development, daily life skills, sleep quality, and medication side effects are trending up, holding steady, or even declining. Be guided with real data and insights to make better decisions that are aimed at healthy, happy, successful kids. 


About Dr. Tommy Black

Dr. Tommy Black is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has been in private practice since 1998. Currently he serves as a member of the Georgia Composite Board for Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage & Family Therapists. He also serves as the Chair of the Rules Committee and on the Advisory Panel for the National Board of Forensic Evaluators.

Dr. Black has extensive experience and training in Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, REBT, and DBT. He works with a myriad of life issues but has particular expertise in Grief/Loss, Depression, Anxiety Disorders, PTSD, Impulse Control Issues, Relationship difficulties, and Adjustment Difficulties.

A veteran of the Gulf War (1990-1991) while serving in the U.S. Army, Dr. Black has years of personal and professional experience in understanding and helping others cope with the specific trials of military services for active duty individuals and their families.


From the podcast:

 To download the Esteem App, Visit the Apple App Store and for Android, use this link:


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