ADHD in the News 2015-12-29

ADHD and Effects of Methylphenidate

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a much-debated diagnosis, is associated with not only functional, but also with structural brain changes...According to a recent review of neuroimaging studies by Spencer and colleagues, therapeutic doses of stimulants diminish differences in brain structure between patients with ADHD and healthy persons

Michigan School District Swaps Students’ Chairs For Exercise Balls In Classrooms

One Michigan school district decided to trailblaze along with select other schools districts across the country by removing traditional classroom chairs and using exercise balls in their place. Many elementary school buildings within the Howell Public Schools joined a growing trend that is believed to be beneficial for all children, not just children with special needs like ADHD, autism or FASD.

Han Solo has ADHD

Let me be the first to say it: Han Solo has ADHD. One of the most beloved, if not the most loved, Star Wars character makes promises he can’t keep, makes shady deals, talks a good talk but fails to deliver, seems incapable of sustained intimacy (Princess Leia “I love you!” Han Solo: “I know.”), and his own son Kylo Ren tells Rey that his father """"would have disappointed you.”

One Exercise Sure to Make You Feel Better About Yourself

I have been treating patients using cognitive therapies for almost 15 years, and one of the most successful exercises I have ever seen work to help them re-engage their sense of well-being is so simple that each and every time I convince someone to do it, I am still remarkably struck by how effective it is.

Neuroimaging Study Hunts for Connectivity Clues to ADHD Diagnosis

Interactions between three attention-related brain networks are weaker in children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine. In fact, the weaker the connections, the more severe the symptoms of inattention.

Study: Extremely Premature Babies at Greater Risk for Autism

Babies born very prematurely are at higher risk for developing autism spectrum disorder, a new study suggests...Advances in neonatal intensive care have improved survival rates among extremely preterm babies. Infants born more than 13 weeks early, however, are at greater risk for brain damage, autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and learning problems.