ADHD in the News 2016-10-20

ADHD: Myths vs. Facts

Despite overwhelming scientific evidence endorsed by the most prestigious medical organizations in the world, there is still a multitude of inaccurate information circulating about Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), leading to confusion and even doubt among those who are uninformed or misinformed. The recognition of ADHD Awareness Month in October presents a timely opportunity for CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder)—the nation’s leading resource on ADHD—to share the facts, with the goal of guiding children with ADHD and their families, and adults with ADHD, toward proper diagnosis and treatment.

Study looks at ADHD treatment in teens at risk for bipolar disorder

Researchers at UC [University of Cincinnati] will use neuroimaging (magnetic resonance imaging or MRI) to examine the effects of standard treatment for ADHD (a psychostimulant medication, like Adderall) on brain structure and function in adolescents with a first-degree relative with bipolar disorder.

Fact or fiction: Dispelling the myths and misconceptions of ADHD

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a very common condition diagnosed mainly in children...While many have heard of this condition, there are myths that surround the disorder and a certain stigma still exists. Joshua Cabrera, MD, clinical psychiatrist and assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Medicine, helps break down what the condition is—and what it isn’t.

Graduation Rate Climbs For Students With Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Education said Monday that the graduation rate for individuals with disabilities rose to 64.6 percent for the 2014-2015 school year. That’s up from 63.1 percent the year prior and represents the fourth year in a row of growth."

Foster Kids Face Higher Risk of Health Problems: Study

Considering the adversity foster children face, the study results aren't surprising, the researchers added. But this is the first study to compare their rates of health issues to those of U.S. children as a whole, including kids from low-income or single-parent families.

FDA Proposes to Withdraw Two Generic Versions of ADHD Drug Concerta

The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) on Tuesday proposed withdrawing two generic versions of Janssen’s extended-release attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) drug Concerta (methylphenidate hydrochloride) two years after determining that they do not provide sufficient therapeutic effects."

ADHD and Sleep Disorders: Are Kids Getting Misdiagnosed?

Trouble paying attention. Forgetfulness. Poor impulse control. These are behaviors commonly associated with ADHD, but they can also be signs of lack of sleep. And since many kids with ADHD are sleep-challenged, the two issues can at times be hard to tease apart.