ADHD in the News 2016-08-18

ADHD associated with unhealthy diet in pregnancy

New research emphasizes the importance of a healthy diet during pregnancy, after finding children with conduct disorder in early life may be more likely to develop symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder if their mother consumes a high-fat, high-sugar diet while expecting.

Acetaminophen Use During Pregnancy Linked to Childhood Behavioral Problems, Study Finds

A common over-the-counter pain medication has been associated with increased risk of developing behavioral issues for children who were exposed to the drug in utero, according to a study published today in the medical journal JAMA Pediatrics...Dr. Max Wiznitzer, a pediatric neurologist at Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, said the study provides valuable insight but that it was far too early to conclude the drug itself is a cause for the behavioral issues.

ADHD in Older Adults

For which patients over 50 who complain of cognitive difficulty should ADHD be considered in the differential? What are the treatment options for older adults with this diagnosis? David Goodman, MD, FAPA addresses both questions in this brief podcast.

To Parents of Children With Learning and Other Disabilities

If your child has a learning disorder, mental health diagnoses, or other qualified disability, he or she is entitled to fair treatment at school. Unfortunately, getting your child the services he or she deserves is often a long and drawn-out battle that demands zealous advocacy and a willingness to educate yourself about your child's are five vital facts that can help you become a better advocate.

ADHD and Michael Phelps: Medication Is Not a Crutch

One of the greatest disservices to children and adults with mental health issues is marginalizing those who need medication...ADHD is a biological, neurological, and genetic disorder. Michael Phelps has not "beat" his ADHD diagnosis...he and his mother, Debbie Phelps (who provided a lot of structure to Michael), would be the first people to tell you that. Intense exercise and rigid structure have helped him cope with his symptoms, but it does not eliminate them.

Are Adult and Childhood ADHD Different Conditions?

Diagnosing an adult with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) requires at least five symptoms of inattention and/or hyperactivity and impulsivity, per the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5)...What if an adult has indications of ADHD, but didn’t as a child? Could adult and childhood ADHD be two distinct conditions?

Why You Should Skip Adderall as a Study Drug

Popping an ADHD pill, such as Adderall, to enhance your studying and boost grades might sound tempting. But you could be risking rare and serious side effects like heart attack, stroke, and possibly even death, for little, if any benefit.