ADHD in the News 2015-11-10

Adult ADHD has become epidemic—experts explain why

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder is growing up...""ADHD was never just for kids, and today many adults are getting the help they've needed for years,"" says Hinshaw, a professor at the University of California at Berkeley and a respected global expert on ADHD - See more at:

Talk Therapy Alone for ADHD Doesn’t Cut It

Outcomes of treating attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adults with a highly structured therapy versus more loosely delivered individual counseling did not differ significantly in a randomized trial, but the addition of stimulant medication to both types of therapy was beneficial, German researchers found

Brain patterns in ADHD and bipolar disorder

A new King's College London study has identified both unique and shared brain patterns in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and bipolar disorder (BD), which could, in the future, help clinicians more accurately diagnose and treat the conditions. The research is published today in Psychological Medicine

A.D.H.D. Rates Rise Around Globe, but Sympathy Often Lags

While global diagnoses of A.D.H.D. are on the rise, public understanding of the disorder has not kept pace...Data from various nations tell a story of rapid change. In Germany, A.D.H.D. diagnosis rates rose 381 percent from 1989 to 2001. In the United Kingdom, prescriptions for A.D.H.D. medications rose by more than 50 percent in five years to 657,000 in 2012, up from 420,000 in 2007. Consumption of A.D.H.D. medications doubled in Israel from 2005 to 2012

French Kids DO Have ADHD

It's not that French kids, or Europeans, don't have ADHD, says French child psychiatrist Michel Lecendreux...but that they're clinically invisible. ""It's just not very well understood, nor is it very well-diagnosed, nor well-treated."" Lecendreux, a researcher at the Robert Debre Hospital in Paris who also heads the scientific commission for the French ADHD support group HyperSupers, told me that his research suggests that fewer than one-third of French children who have ADHD are being diagnosed

Quigg: Mindful parenting takes focus

The conscientious parents I know want to be mindful. They try to still the noise around them in order to focus on precious moments with their kids, recognizing the all-too-fleeting nature of childhood’s years...In a recent interview with Stew Friedman of LinkedIn, [Dr. Ned] Hallowell shared that, while 5 to 10 percent of the population has true ADD or ADHD, “75 to 80 percent have a severe case of ‘modern life,’” or what he calls “Attention Deficit Trait (ADT)

Don’t delay: Having to wait doesn’t help young kids exercise self-control

Would your ability to resist a tantalizing cookie improve if you had to wait a few seconds before you could reach for it? The idea that natural urges 'die down' with time seems intuitive, but new research shows that it's being reminded about what not to do, not the passage of time, that actually helps young children control their impulsive behavior