ADHD in the News 2017-03-23

Study: Rates of ADHD diagnosis and medication treatment continue to increase substantially

Beginning in about 1990, substantial increases in the rates of ADHD diagnosis and medical treatment were found in several nationally representative samples of US physician office visits...These substantial increases in ADHD diagnosis and medication treatment raise the question of whether these trends have continued...a study recently published online in the Journal of Attention Disorders...examines this question using data from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey over 3 time periods: 2008-09, 2010-11, and 2012-13.

Autoimmune Disease Linked to ADHD

A history of autoimmune disease, either personal or maternal, is linked to an increased risk for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children, with type 1 diabetes showing a particularly strong association, new research shows.

Nonadherence to ADHD Medication in Adolescents Transitioning Into College

Nonadherence to ADHD medication in adolescents, especially during their transition to college, can have significant repercussions on academic performance and long-term goals. In a recent study, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, 10 freshmen with ADHD were interviewed regarding their medication self-management experience as they transitioned to college life.

Study links ADHD drug use to improved reading skills among children with dyslexia

A new study of atomoxetine, a drug used to treat attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), was associated with improved reading skills among children 10-16 years of age with either dyslexia alone or with ADHD and dyslexia, compared to placebo...The article is available free on the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology website.

11 Little Habits You Didn’t Realize Can Be Signs Of Adult ADHD

If you feel like your constant lateness and total disorganization is getting in the way of your life, it may come as a relief to know that these "bad habits" may be signs of adult ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). While it's likely you struggled with it more as a kid, the symptoms of ADHD can stick around, affect you into adulthood, and truly make life difficult.

My Favorite Coping Skills for Dysregulated Children

ADHD, Oppositional and Autistic children especially have a difficult time regulating their emotions and emotional responses (behaviors). In my experience, the following skills have been extremely beneficial and effective in helping a child reduce their dysregulation.

‘Not Just a Number’: Mental Health at Harvard Medical School

At the Medical School, problems with mental health are not unusual. In a March 2016 survey conducted by Medical School student J. Bradley Segal, 20 percent of third-year respondents said they had experienced either suicidal or self-harming desires within the last two weeks.

5 Most Dangerous Myths You’ve Heard About Adderall

Approximately 1 in 13 high school seniors have tried Adderall, and by senior year of college, that number has risen to 1 in 3 students. But is Adderall really a miracle drug? Spoiler alert: Nope (though it can really help those clinically diagnosed with ADHD). And a lot of what you've heard about Adderall may be misleading or even dangerous. Here's what you need to know.