ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwired - August 06, 2013) - For the 5.4 million children in the U.S. who suffer from attention deficit disorder (ADHD), heading back to school can be tough. But ADHD isn't limited to just kids: 90% of adults who have it don't even know they do, yet it affects every part of their lives. To raise awareness about ADHD and provide support for adults and children who have it, Sharecare, a one-of-a-kind online health and wellness community founded by Jeff Arnold and Dr. Mehmet Oz that helps people engage with the most qualified resources, has named its Top 10 ADHD Bloggers. According to a ranking system based on more than 100 individual metrics, these "Social HealthMakers" are the most influential people in ADHD conversations on the web. Follow them to learn more:
1. Charles Parker, DO - CorePsych.com
A neuroscience consultant, psychiatrist and psychopharmacologist with more than 40 years of experience, Dr. Parker specializes in diagnostic and medical services for children, adolescents and adults, and shares insights on his blog "CorePsych."
2. Keath Low - ADD.about.com
A psychotherapist specializing in children diagnosed with ADHD and their families, Low has worked with preschools and school systems, teachers, psychiatrists, pediatricians, therapists, social workers and others in managing ADHD and other disruptive behaviors.
3. Bryan Hutchinson - ADDerworld.com
A blogger on coping with ADHD, Hutchinson is author of ADHD-related books including The Brilliant Reality of ADHD and founder of the ADD/ADHD Support Social Network Community on his blog, "ADDer World."
4. Edward Hallowell, MD - DrHallowell.com
A child and adult psychiatrist, and authority on ADHD, New York Times bestselling author Dr. Hallowell is the founder of Hallowell Centers in New York and Boston and has appeared on 20/20, The Dr. Oz Show, Good Morning America, 60 Minutes and Oprah.
5. Douglas Cootey - DouglasCootey.com
When a rare ADHD medication side effect led to an emotional decline, Cootey began cognitive behavior therapy to manage his condition, and now writes about living with ADHD on his blog, "A Splintered Mind" and on HealthyPlace.com.
6. Maia Szalavitz - Healthland.time.com
Neuroscience journalist Szalavitz writes on addiction, love, evidence-based living, empathy, and brain- and behavior-related topics. She has been published in Time, The New York Times, Scientific American Mind and Psychology Today.
7. Kelly Babcock - PsychCentral.com
Diagnosed with ADHD at age 50, Babcock is a contributing writer for PsychCentral.com, where she provides effective tips on improving life with ADHD.
8. Jennifer Koretsky - ADHDManagement.com
CEO of ADD Management Group, diagnosed with ADHD at 25, author Koretsky is a speaker and director of the Virtual ADHD Conference whose work has been featured in The New York Times Magazine and ADDitude.
9. Adrienne Ehlert Bashista - ADHDmomma.com
Writer, publisher and parent advocate, Bashista writes "A Mom's View of ADHD" blog, conducts workshops for parents and professionals facing special needs issues, and is co-editor and contributor to "Easy to Love but Hard to Raise."
10. Stacey Turis - ADDitudemag.com
Turis is an adult living with ADHD and giftedness who battled her quirks for 35 years, decided to accept her differences, and writes and blogs for ADDitude magazine.
Complete background information about all Top 10 ADHD Bloggers can be found here: www.sharecare.com/static/top-ten-social-healthmakers
Sharecare Social HealthMakers (formerly SharecareNow) are among the most influential people in health and wellness on the Web, literally driving "conversations on the leading edge." They address a wide range of issues within specific topic areas while demonstrating consistent impact across multiple interactive channels -- such as Twitter, Facebook, videos and blogs. This impact is measured through a proprietary algorithm based on more than 100 individual metrics developed and powered by WCG, the marketing-leading digital communications agency, quantifying topic relevance, syndication, presence and reach. Prior Sharecare lists have identified Social HealthMakers in weight loss, infertility, heart disease, fitness, Alzheimer's disease and more.
Sharecare is the leading online health and wellness engagement platform providing millions of health-conscious consumers with a personal, results-oriented experience by connecting them to the most qualified health resources and programs they need to improve their health. Sharecare's one-of-a-kind experience includes the popular, scientifically-based health risk assessment, the RealAge® Test, taken by more than 30 million people since its inception in 1998, and a unique, social Q&A format that provides the collective wisdom of thousands of validated health and wellness experts to greatly simplify the search for health information. Created by Jeff Arnold and Dr. Mehmet Oz in partnership with Harpo Productions, Sony Pictures Television and Discovery Communications, Sharecare allows people to ask, learn and act upon questions of health and wellness, creating an active community where knowledge is shared and put into practice -- simply said, sharing care. Launched in 2010, Sharecare is based in Atlanta, Georgia
Founded and led by chairman and CEO Jim Weiss, WCG is focused on integrated business solutions in the areas of innovation, change and growth for the world's leading companies and brands. WCG serves clients through a network of offices in San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Austin, Los Angeles and London. For more than a decade, WCG's seasoned professionals have specialized in providing analytics, content, engagement and strategy to a diverse set of clients across the consumer, technology, healthcare and pharmaceutical industries.
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