ADHD in the News 2016-09-15

ADHD and Health-Risk Behaviors: Toward Prevention and Health Promotion

This topical review provides an overview of health risks associated with ADHD and the limited existing research relevant to health promotion for children and adolescents with ADHD. Future research questions and implications for clinicians are also addressed—especially how psychologists and medical practitioners may improve child health through early screenings, increasing medication adherence, and treating psychosocial impairments.

ADHD Research Update: September 2016

Three new studies in children with ADHD reveal an association with seizures, the benefits of after-school exercise, and brain changes linked to treatment.[1-3] Scroll through the slides for the latest findings and take-home messages.

Simone Biles Addresses Leaked Medical Records and ADHD Misconceptions

U.S. gymnastics superstar Simone Biles was in a different kind of spotlight on Tuesday after Russian hackers circulated confidential medical records from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) database that showed her use of methylphenidate, a stimulant used to treat ADHD...The gold medalist took to Twitter to address the situation and wrote, "I have ADHD and I have taken medicine for it since I was a kid..."

Disciplining the oppositional-defiant child

Any parent will tell you that disciplining an oppositional-defiant child can cause feelings of frustration and anger in the adult...One of the reasons why ODD is so difficult to treat is that it is a comorbid factor found alongside so many other mental, biological and behavioral disorders...If your child has ADHD, there is a 60 percent chance that he will also develop ODD.

Lowering the Bar: Adult ADHD, a Risky Diagnosis?

Public health officials have focused attention on the staggering increase in opioid overdoses and abuse of prescription painkillers, but little has been said about another growing threat -- abuse of drugs used to treat attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adults. Since 2013, the FDA has received 19,000 reports of complications from ADHD drugs.

Creating an Ideal Homework Environment for Kids with ADHD

Most articles you read about helping children and teens with attention-deficit hyperactivity (ADHD) complete homework are likely to focus on having a structured plan. A structured plan—do homework in the same location, take breaks at specific times, etc.—can indeed be helpful, but often parents underestimate the importance of the actual environment in which the homework is done. Here are five suggestions to help develop the ideal work environment for your child or teen:

The Psychosocial Implications of ADHD in Adults

For many ADHD patients, having a lifelong, neurodevelopmental psychological disorder has proven to be socially and psychologically detrimental, greatly reducing an individual's self-esteem and social acceptance.2 Compared to healthy individuals, 75% of adults with ADHD also have one other mental health disorder, with anxiety, mood, or personality disorders being the most common.3