ADHD in the News 2016-03-03

Link between ADHD, vision impairment in children

A new study sheds light on a link between noncorrectable vision problems and ADHD in children. Results from a large survey of 75,000 children suggest an increased risk of ADHD among children with vision problems that are not correctable with glasses or contacts, such as color blindness or lazy eye, relative to other children. This finding suggests that children with vision impairment should be monitored for signs and symptoms of ADHD so that this dual impairment of vision and attention can best be addressed.

‘If you can pay attention, you do not have ADHD’ — and 9 other misperceptions about the disorder

[Ned] Hallowell is a child and adult psychiatrist and the founder of the Hallowell Center for Cognitive and Emotional Health in Sudbury, Mass., New York City, San Francisco and Seattle...He is the author of a number of books, including, with co-author John Ratey, “Driven to Distraction,” “Answers to Distraction,”and “Delivered from Distraction.” He also co-authored, with Peter S. Jensen, “Superparenting for ADD.” Here are Hallowell’s 10 ADHD misconceptions.

ADHD Diagnostic Scales: Which Test Is Best?

Two of the most commonly used scales in diagnosing attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are moderately sensitive and specific, but one may have the edge over the other, a new meta-analysis shows. In comparing diagnostic performance of ADHD scales, investigators, led by Ling-Yin Chang, PhD, Taipei Medical University, in Taiwan, found that the Child Behavior Checklist–Attention Problem (CBCL-AP) scale, the Conners Rating Scale–Revised (CRS-R), and the Conners Abbreviated Symptom Questionnaire (ASQ) came out on top, but they write that the ASQ "may be the most effective diagnostic tool in assessing ADHD because of its brevity and high diagnostic accuracy."

Living with adult ADHD – let's talk about Sheila

Sheila is married to a good man who provides for their family, shares duties of bringing up their only child and manages their accounts and utilities efficiently...It is not that Sheila is bored in her marriage, wants excitement, or adulation. On the contrary - she dearly wants her marriage and life to be free of turbulence...Sheila's husband has progressively worsening adult ADHD - below are the manifestations and consequences of his illness and explanations given to Sheila by professionals.

Abuse of ADHD medication increasing, according to study

College-aged students are the largest demographic to misuse attention deficit hyperactivity disorder medication, according to a recent study. The study, done by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Department of Mental Health and published in 2016, shows that those between the ages of 18 and 25 account for 60 percent of ADHD medication misuse for those 12 and up, and that misusing the drug has been leading to more emergency room visits.

New study identifies possible correlation between ADHD and academic demands on young children

A new study led by Jeffrey P. Brosco, M.D., Ph.D., professor of clinical pediatrics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has identified a possible correlation between the prevalence of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and increasing academic demands on young children. In an article published in JAMA Pediatrics, Brosco hypothesized that increased academic standards since the 1970s have contributed to the rise in diagnosis of ADHD.

Pills for your kid's ADHD? Try this instead

Story highlights -- Peggy Drexler: Study says modifying behavior before taking pills produces better outcomes -- She says parents are quick to medicate kids when faced with hard work of a behavior plan -- But parents owe it to their children to try behavioral modification first, Drexler says