ADHD in the News 2016-08-04

Combination of Meds May Be Best for Long-Term Outcomes of ADHD

Emerging research suggests combining two standard medications results in greater clinical improvements for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) than use of either medication independently. As published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP), three studies demonstrated that combination therapy could lead to greater clinical improvements for children with ADHD.

ADHD-related insomnia gets better over time

Parents often struggle to get their child to sleep, and once they do, they can’t be sure that they won’t wake up repeatedly during the night. But there’s good news for children with ADHD and their parents. In a recent study, we found that most cases of childhood ADHD resolve over time, and when that happens, sleep quality is no worse than in the rest of the population.

New ADHD Study Shows Negative Social Implications of Early Childhood Diagnosis May Outweigh Benefits for Children with Less Severe Symptoms

This is the first study to use longitudinal, nationally-representative U.S. data to examine the relationship between early elementary school ADHD diagnosis and adolescent academic achievement. Although results are consistent with prior work that claims children with more severe behaviors fare worse academically than those children with relatively less severe ADHD behaviors, this study shifts the focus to an often neglected group: children who are diagnosed with ADHD but who have relatively minor ADHD-related behavior problems.

6 Common Assumptions About ADHD That Aren’t Helping Students

The [Office of Civil Rights] guidance also challenges pernicious stereotypes and assumptions that set students with ADHD back. Teachers may assume that students who perform well on tests and on homework don’t need to be diagnosed, that girls don’t have ADHD, and that interventions should only allow for things like more time on tests instead of teaching kids skills to manage their time. There are also a lot of misunderstandings about what learning disorders such as ADHD are and how they work. Here are some of the most common assumptions:

FIU hosts summer program for behavior, learning challenges

The Summer Treatment Program, which ends Aug. 12, helps children ages 4-12 with behavioral, emotional and learning challenges by focusing on problem-solving strategies, academics and behavioral treatments instead of medication. The program is broken down into several sub-programs: ADHD and behavioral issues program for ages 5 to 12 and pre-kindergarten; Healthy Lifestyle Intervention Program, for ages 4 to 6; and Autism in Rising Kindergartners.

4 Tips for Going Back to School With ADHD

Like many people with ADHD, I wasn’t always a huge fan of school...By the time I was in college, and especially after I was diagnosed, I started to make incremental adjustments that helped me go back to school a little more gracefully. Here are some things I found useful for doing this.

Rural Towns Groom Students to Fill Behavioral Health Shortage

Rural towns need psychologists, social workers and substance abuse counselors, but there is a chronic shortage. The U.S. needs about 2,700 more clinicians to catch up to demand, according to the Department of Health and Human Services..."We can bring providers in who will be here for a while, but once they, maybe, get their scholarships repaid then they leave," says Anitra Warrior, a psychologist from Lincoln, Nebraska.