New Research Shows ADHD Symptoms Can Go Up and Down: What Does This Mean?

ADHD Symptoms Can Go Up and Down

The Multimodal Treatment StudY OF ADHD (MTA) was a large study conducted in the 1990s that compared different treatments for children with ADHD to see which was most effective. As part of this research, the elementary school children who joined the study were visited by researchers every two years until they were in their mid-twenties. There…

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ADHD? I Don’t Believe in It!

ADHD? I Don’t Believe in It!

This assertion was something we used to hear a lot in the early days, back in the 1980s and 90s. But alas, in these days when many people are suspicious of science, it appears to be an ongoing myth individuals and families continue to deal with. I used to say: “This is not something you…

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Challenges in ADHD Care for Children of Color
PART ONE

Challenges in ADHD Care for Children of Color

Melvin Bogard, MA, interviews Roberto Olivardia, PhD   African Americans of all face many barriers in getting a proper ADHD evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment. Roberto Olivardia, a clinical psychologist based in Boston, Massachusetts, recently spoke with Melvin Bogard, CHADD’s director of multimedia content, about the specific barriers for Black children and how they are often…

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Understanding and Differentiating Between Autism and ADHD

There is often CONFUSION AND DEBATE regarding the distinction between ADHD and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This article begins with a description and elaboration of their similarities and differences. Then we’ll examine the impact of these two disorders in a four-year-old boy who has this dual diagnosis within a typical classroom, before closing with a discussion…

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Is Exposure to Nature Related to ADHD Symptoms?

In this research update, the first study examines associations between exposure to nature and rural environments with ADHD in youth. The second study investigates whether contact with green spaces relates to lower ADHD symptom severity. Both studies are correlational, and therefore cannot determine whether contact with nature causes improved ADHD symptoms. The studies do suggest…

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Should My Child Be Evaluated for ADHD During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Many parents may be wondering whether or not their child can be evaluated for ADHD right now, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, many clinicians are currently performing ADHD evaluations, both in person and remotely through videoconferencing. Before deciding whether your child should be evaluated now, and whether an in-person or a remote telehealth evaluation…

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Risky Behaviors Associated with ADHD

This research update focuses on risky behaviors associated with ADHD and what can be done to help mitigate these potential risks. What is the connection between risk-taking and ADHD? The first paper reviews research focused on risk-taking behavior in adolescents and adults with ADHD, including the connection between risk-taking and ADHD, underlying factors explaining this…

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New Guidelines for ADHD and Complex ADHD

AAP Revises ADHD Guidelines by Karen Sampson Hoffman, MA The American Academy of Pediatrics recently released its updated guidelines for the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of ADHD. The updates place a greater emphasis on identifying ADHD in preschool-aged children and on addressing co-occurring conditions in children and teens. The guidelines are written for pediatricians and…

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Beyond “Oppositional Defiant Disorder”

“He’s got oppositional defiant disorder.” Maureen would never forget those words. Her five-and-a-half-year-old son was certainly a handful. At home, Timmy had tantrums all the time. It seemed impossible to get him to do the smallest of things. During the first weeks of kindergarten, he was already getting into all sorts of trouble. He would…

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An ADHD Assessment Might Set You Free—No Matter Your Age

No one wants to feel like something is wrong with the way their brain works, or to be labelled or stigmatized due to their mental health symptoms. Fears like these—of being judged or having their lives worsen as a result of speaking up—hold people back from seeking support through mental health assessment and treatment services.…

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