ADHD in the News 2017-03-02

A Genetic Lead in ADHD

Researchers from the National Human Genome Research Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, have further characterized a genetic risk for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).[1] Their study focused on gene variants within a previously characterized ADHD linkage region called ADGRL3.

Memantine Could Amplify Effect of Stimulant for Adult ADHD

A new placebo-controlled study reported that adding memantine (Namenda/Allergan) to treatment with a stimulant medication improved executive function deficits in adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)."

Five Ways to Be a Better Parent to Your Child With ADHD

More children than ever before are being diagnosed with ADHD. Contrary to popular assertions, that’s not because of an over-diagnosis epidemic. It’s because doctors and mental health providers are more aware than ever before of how ADHD affects children. They diligently work to provide early diagnoses that offer children prompt access to services.

Biological, Genetic and Environmental Causes of Oppositional Defiant Disorder

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – Fifth Edition (DSM-5), oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) is a recurring pattern of irritable/ angry mood, defiant/ argumentative behavior or vindictiveness that lasts for a period of at least 6 months. It is estimated to occur in between 1 to 16% of children and adolescents.

The Best Strategies For Managing Adult ADHD

Many people I treat for adult ADHD are interested in avoiding medications. To help Charles and people like him in my practice, I’ve outlined non-medication strategies to address adult ADHD.

The ADHD Controversy

Is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) a legitimate diagnosis or is it mostly a fraud? The answer has important implications for many individuals and for society. The diagnosis is accepted as legitimate by the psychiatric profession, but continues to have its vehement critics. Recently, noted psychologist Jerome Kagan has been giving tremendous weight to these criticisms by calling ADHD mostly a fraud. There are significant problems with his criticism, however.

A “Natural” Treatment for ADHD

Do you ever get ads trying to sell you such-and-such natural supplement that will treat ADHD? You can thank targeted advertising for that. It occurred to me, though, that there’s one “natural” ADHD treatment that definitely isn’t a scam … nature.