ADHD in the News 2015-11-03

ADHD Stigma Is So Prevalent, Parents Are Delaying Diagnosis

Toronto child and youth worker Sheera Walton spends a great deal of time assisting children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). But when it came to the diagnosis of her own son Darius at age six, she was surprised by her reaction

ADHD in the elderly: An unexpected diagnosis

A 70-year-old patient with no psychiatric history presents to your office complaining of memory problems...The patient is concerned about having dementia. That’s on your differential, but could it be attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder? Even in an older patient, it’s worth considering

Video Game May Help Treat ADHD

A video game that taps into cognitive functions involved in controlling attention appears to improve symptoms in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to results of an open-label pilot study. The intervention, called Project EVO, stresses the system in the brain that processes multiple streams of information

Bringing Teacher to Teacher to Louisiana

CHADD, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, and the Louisiana Department of Education have formed a partnership to bring Teacher to Teacher training to the Louisiana public schools. You can read the press release about the partnership below or on the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals website

A Case Study on the Treatment of ADHD in Pregnancy

The author presents a case of a woman with a history of ADHD who is stable on stimulant therapy and presents for preconception counseling...The author considers how clinicians should provide preconception counseling to women with ADHD by reviewing functional impairment caused by ADHD, in addition to the risks of ADHD treatment on the developing fetus

ADHD & Parenting: Tips for Creating Calm

According to Cindy Goldrich in her book 8 Keys to Parenting Children with ADHD, “Stress and pressure can shut down the thinking brain — the prefrontal cortex that houses executive function skills.” And kids with ADHD, she writes, may be already up to 30 percent delayed in these skills...This is why creating calm is so critical

ADHD and Emotional Eating

In her book ‘Natural relief for Adult ADHD’ author Stephanie Sarkis says people with ADHD can self-medicate with high fat, sugary and salty foods as a way to feel better. Here are 6 ADHD friendly ways to put you back in control of what you eat.

Boston mayoral aide shares his struggle with ADHD

One morning last August, Daniel Koh, chief of staff to Mayor Martin J. Walsh, drove to a speaking engagement at Excel High School in South Boston. He was uncharacteristically nervous...he had something else on his mind besides the mayor’s vision for education. Should he tell his own story?

Doctor, my child can’t focus in school. Does he need medication?

School has been in full swing for a while and you probably have a good idea how your child is performing. It’s not uncommon for parents to bring a child into the pediatrician’s office after that first report card to say that “he can’t focus and needs to be on medication.” But there are countless causes for poor school performance, and identifying the right problem to fix is the key to success.