ADHD in the News 2015-11-17

ADHD Drug May Improve PTSD, TBI Symptoms

Individuals with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and/or traumatic brain injury (TBI) may benefit from treatment with a drug normally prescribed for treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), results of a multicenter US study have revealed. The researchers found that methylphenidate (multiple brands) not only improved PTSD symptoms but also depressive and postconcussive symptoms in individuals with PTSD, TBI, or both. The drug also improved cognition

Who Is Diagnosing All These Kids With ADHD?

Approximately 11% of US children receive a diagnosis of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and the prevalence of the condition has been increasing in recent decades. Although professional organization guidelines[1] exist and outline specific criteria that should be met to make the diagnosis of ADHD, the extent to which diagnostic criteria are followed and who diagnoses ADHD in children are not clear.

ADHD and Addiction May Share Genetic Basis

Impulsivity underlies some types of ADHD, as well as substance abuse. In addition to the direct challenges associated with attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), there is ample evidence linking it with elevated rates of substance abuse, and several recent studies add to the growing body of research on the topic - See more at:

Brain Structure May Be the Root of Apathy

When brain scientists at Oxford University studied apathy, they didn’t expect to see less motivated people making more effort. Their results suggest that for some people traditionally perceived as lazy, it’s biology – not attitude – that might be the cause

Stanford researchers show we’re sending many children to school way too early

Parents wondering whether to wait a year to send their kids to kindergarten, take note: A new study from Stanford University shows that Danish kids who postponed kindergarten for up to one year showed dramatically higher levels of self-control

When Mom’s Depressed, What Happens to the Kids?

Recent studies have revealed that at least one in eight--and as many as one in five--mothers develop symptoms of mental disorder in the year after giving birth. This can mean the sort of postpartum depression we tend to think about when we think about disordered moms, but it can also mean other things: anxiety, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder or any combination of disorders