ADHD in the News 2015-11-24

A Peek At Brain Connections May Reveal Attention Deficits

A look at the brain's wiring can often reveal whether a person has trouble staying focused, and even whether he or she has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, known as ADHD. A team led by researchers at Yale University reports that they were able to identify many children and adolescents with ADHD by studying data on the strength of certain connections in their brains

Pay Attention! New “”Brain Fingerprints”” Predict Your Ability to Focus

Although the ability to sustain attention varies widely from person to person, characterizing these individual differences has been difficult. Unlike intelligence, which has traditionally been measured (though not without controversy) with pencil-and-paper IQ tests, attentional abilities are not captured by performance on a single test. In a study recently published in Nature Neuroscience, my colleagues and I set out to identify a new way to measure attention

Adjusting ADHD Drug Dosing May Improve Children’s Sleep

Children and adolescents receiving stimulant medications suffer sleep impairment and should be monitored for sleep issues, and perhaps switched to different dosing schedules, according to a small meta-analysis published online November 23 and in the December issue of Pediatrics

ADHD meds may cause sleep problems in kids

For some kids with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), stimulant medications used to control symptoms may keep them from getting the sleep they need, a new research review confirms...The analysis showed that both methylphenidate drugs like Ritalin and amphetamines like Adderall cause troubled sleep in kids

Teens Who Share or Sell their ADHD Medications are Four Times More Likely to be Bullied

According to a new report by University of Michigan researchers, teenagers taking drugs like Ritalin and Adderall for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are twice more likely to be bullied by their peers. The study showed four times increase in risk of bullying in teens in middle and high school who shared or sold their medications

ADHD meds may be a prescription for bullying

Kids and teens who take medications like Ritalin to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder are twice as likely to be physically or emotionally bullied by peers than those who don't have ADHD - See more at:

Video Game Is Built to Be Prescribed to Children With A.D.H.D.

Send an avatar surfing down an icy river by tilting your computer tablet from side to side. Grab bluebirds (but not red birds) each time they appear on your screen by tapping your thumb on the surface. Zoom over flashing power stations, but steer clear of the riverbanks. These are the challenges of Project: EVO, a computer program created to improve attention and reduce impulsivity in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

Brain Games: 3 Video Games That Have Been Scientifically Proven To Benefit Your Brain

It’s commonly believed that most video games turn your brain to mush. And while that’s pushing it, there have been studies showing some could lead to aggressive behavior or even become dangerously addictive. Aside from these outliers, however, there are games that offer benefits on the other side of the spectrum, providing benefits to the brains of those who play them. Here are three of them