ADHD in the News 2018-03-08

Study Shows Efficacy of Mindfulness Meditation in Treating Adults With ADHD

Mindfulness meditation is effective in treating adults with attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a study published in the Journal of Attention Disorders...Practicing mindfulness is a 2-step approach that involves orienting one’s attention purposefully to a moment, and then approaching the moment with curiosity and open-mindedness. This model has been used as an effective therapy for patients with depression and anxiety.

Real-World School-Based Interventions May Ease Homework Challenges for Children with ADHD

Researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University have discovered 2 brief school-based interventions for adolescents with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may be effective in helping students overcome homework and organization challenges related to their ADHD. The researchers, led by Joshua M. Langberg, PhD, director of the Promoting Adolescent School Success (PASS) program, and co-director for the Center for ADHD Research, Education and Service at Virginia Commonwealth University...

ADHD Meds, Seizures May Not Be Linked

Medication for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) -- including methylphenidate (Ritalin) -- may be associated with lower risk of seizures, a retrospective observational study suggested. While patients with ADHD were at higher odds for seizures than patients without ADHD, medication prescriptions for the disorder were associated with lower seizure odds of among patients with and without seizure history, reported Brian D'Onofrio, PhD, and Kelsey Wiggs of Indiana University in Bloomington and colleagues, in the study, online in Neurology.

Methylphenidate may be misused, abused among adults in France

Researchers observed differing patterns of methylphenidate use across age groups in France, including long-term use in children, use for medical conditions other than ADHD and narcolepsy in adults and drug abuse/misuse behaviors.

Exposure to ‘safe’ levels of air pollution during pregnancy increases children’s risk of ADHD, study finds

Youngsters whose expectant mothers lived in homes with fine-air particle pollution have thinner outer layers of their brains, which is associated with ADHD, a study found today. For every 0.005g increase in fine particles, certain regions of the brain become 0.045mm thinner, the research adds.

From Distracted to Decided – What do you value?

For many ADHDers, making a decision and sticking to it is extra difficult. Distraction gets in the way: You decide to do one task, but another comes along and distracts you...Regularly reviewing what you value helps prioritize your “to do list” and direct your activity down the most productive avenue.

Want to Enrich Students’ Reading Lives? Don’t Dismiss Audiobooks

I often hear teachers, parents, and students make implicit or explicit comments that reflect a bias against audiobooks...This fall, I facilitated a learning panel for my school’s 5th graders. I invited successful former students with unconventional learning profiles (those with dyslexia, ADHD, and other learning differences), to speak about the tools and strategies that they use to help them thrive in the upper grades.