ADHD in the News 2016-09-29

Ouch! Avoiding failure leads to missed opportunities for children with ADHD

Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are potentially more exposed to reproaches than typically developing children, explain researchers. A behavioral experiment on reward and punishment highlights the cumulative effect of punishment in children with ADHD.

Girls with ADHD often struggle with defiance, conduct issues

For girls, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is more likely to amplify issues with defiance and acting out than problems with depression or anxiety, a research review suggests. Compared to other girls, girls with ADHD are more than five times as likely to have oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) and more than nine times as likely to have conduct disorder, the study found.

Ten-year trend shows improved care for low-income ADHD patients

With the increase in ADHD diagnoses and the corresponding rise in costs of care over the past 15 years, concerns have emerged about whether low-income children with ADHD receive quality evidence-based care. A recent report by a multidisciplinary, multicenter research team may help allay some of these concerns.

Doctors’ notes: New brain imaging data points to better treatments for autism and ADHD

Right now, we diagnose autism spectrum disorder, ADHD and OCD based on information about a person’s experiences and behaviours that fit a textbook definition....Recently, we published the first research using advanced scanning to study the brain’s “white matter” across all three disorders. Previous brain imaging studies have examined these disorders separately.

Is use of diabetes meds in pregnancy linked to ADHD?

Risk of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may be increased in children of mothers who used medication for gestational diabetes or type 2 diabetes for more than 2 months during pregnancy, new research shows.

Understanding ADHD in women

For a long time, ADHD was the domain of rowdy little boys. But over the past two decades, clinicians have realized it affects girls, too – differently than it affects boys. These differences explain why many women aren't diagnosed until adulthood, while their male peers are often diagnosed in elementary school.

Online program helps families of pre–schoolers with ADHD

[A University of Queensland] Parenting and Family Support Centre Director and study co-author Professor Matt Sanders said a University of Auckland study trialed Triple P Online, a self-directed, interactive positive parenting program currently available free to Queensland families..."This is the first study in the world to demonstrate that an online program can generate improvements for these families," Professor Sanders said.