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New Prevalence Numbers of Children Who Have an ADHD Diagnosis Released

Join the discussion. Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released updated numbers on how many children and teens have ever had a diagnosis of ADHD in the United States. They found that about 6.1 million children and teens (9.4 percent) have ever been diagnosed, and about 5.4 million children and teens…

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ADHD and a Pathway Toward Criminality: Preventing Trouble Before It Begins

Join the discussion. Recent meta-analyses have found that men with childhood ADHD have a 2-3 times greater risk of being arrested, convicted, or incarcerated in adulthood, compared to their counterparts without ADHD. Some researchers have asserted the rate of ADHD in prison populations may be as high as 50 percent. From Impulsivity to … The impulsivity…

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ADHD and Migraines are Likely Partners

Join the discussion. Migraines are extremely painful headaches that can include nausea and sensitivity to light or sound. These headaches often co-occur in many children, adolescents and adults affected by ADHD. One study found that men affected by ADHD were more than twice as likely to have migraines as other men, and another study in…

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Life can be filled with trauma. Can that affect your ADHD?

Join the discussion. Recently, a member of the Attention Connection community posted in Questions & Answers about the difficulty of diagnosing co-occurring ADHD and PTSD.  Diagnosing both conditions at the same time can be hard, especially when they share symptoms. Why is this?  While the underlying causes for the behaviors are different, ADHD and post-traumatic…

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Tips for Finding an ADHD Specialist

Join the discussion. You suspect your child may have ADHD–just as you do. Finding a specialist who can conduct an evaluation for your child, or one who treats adults, can be a difficult endeavor. In many communities, it’s common to have to drive an hour or more to a professional or a hospital or university…

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Wait! Don’t Let Impulsivity Get Ahead of You!

Join the discussion. What do road rage, illegal drug use, overspending, poor social relations, and stealing all have in common? Each activity can be the result of impulsivity due to ADHD gone badly. Impulsivity, taking hasty actions without first thinking about the consequences, is one of the core symptoms of ADHD.  Not all impulsivity is…

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The Double Whammy of ADHD and Depression

Join the discussion. An adult affected by ADHD is up to six times more likely to also have depression than an adult without ADHD. It is one of the most common co-occurring conditions for someone who has ADHD. “A lot of people are diagnosed with depression and you hear the depression as a function of…

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How to Find a Therapist Near You

If you are struggling to find an ADHD specialist to help you or your child, you are not alone. Finding a qualified behavior therapist who takes your insurance can be particularly hard for parents of young children diagnosed with ADHD. Could it be the problem is not a lack of providers, but a question of…

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How to Find a Behavioral Therapist Near You

Behavior therapy is the first step when you have a young child diagnosed with ADHD. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children younger than 6 years old receive behavior management, which includes parent training by a licensed therapist, before medication is added to a treatment plan. But finding a behavior treatment program for your child…

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Tips on Finding an ADHD professional

Are you looking for an ADHD professional to help you or your child with an evaluation or treatment plan? Finding the right professional for you makes a difference in treatment and, for many people, how successful treatment can be. When you are looking for an ADHD treatment provider for your child, a good place to…

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Overview

An estimated 15 million individuals in America have ADHD. Without identification and proper treatment, ADHD may have serious consequences, including school failure, family stress and disruption, depression, problems with relationships, substance abuse, delinquency, accidental injuries and job failure. Early identification and treatment are extremely important. With identification, proper treatment and management, individuals with ADHD can lead…

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Treatment of ADHD

Treating ADHD often requires medical, educational, behavioral and psychological intervention. This comprehensive approach to treatment is sometimes called “multimodal” and, depending on the age of the individual with ADHD, may include: parent training medication skills training counseling behavioral therapy educational supports education regarding ADHD Working closely with health care providers and other professionals, treatment should…

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