ADHD in the News 2017-04-06

Do You Zone Out? Procrastinate? Might Be Adult ADHD

Six simple questions can reliably identify adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, according to a World Health Organization advisory group working with two additional psychiatrists..."It's very important to look at the questions in their totality, not each individual symptom," says Dr. David Goodman, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine who was not involved in the study.

More brain differences seen between girls, boys with ADHD

Girls and boys with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder don’t just behave differently. Parts of their brains look different, too...Now, Mostofsky and colleagues have looked at the cerebellum, which plays a role in coordinating movement. He reported the new findings March 25 at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society’s annual meeting in San Francisco.

10 Ways Schools and Parents Can Help Students with ADHD

It is critically important for teachers and parents to work together to help students with ADHD face multiple social and academic challenges throughout their school years. Here are 10 ways schools and parents can help students with ADHD:"

What We’ve Learned About ADHD

Thomas E. Brown, Ph.D., has thought deeply about ADHD, basing much of his research the science of distraction. After serving 20 years on the faculty of Yale Medical School, he now teaches at Keck Medical School at the University of Southern California. In addition, he is the director of the Brown Clinic for Attention and Related Disorders, based in Manhattan Beach, California, as well as the author of the recent book Outside the Box: Rethinking ADD/ADHD in Children and Adults-A Practical Guide. Here are 20 questions and answers on this topic.

ADD and ADHD: the invisible disabilities

Oftentimes the diagnoses of ADD and ADHD are missed, which could leave some students struggling academically...Your heart begins to race, your hands are clammy and shaky, your head is spinning and your breathing is slow and inconsistent. You look over and see all the stacks of books and mounds of homework you need to complete, but you can’t bring yourself to do it. Instead, you go for a run, play some video games, you even clean your room. You do anything to avoid buckling down and starting your assignments.

Patient Voices: A.D.H.D.

About 6.4 million children in the United States have been given diagnoses of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (A.D.H.D.). But the condition — characterized by impulsiveness and difficulty sitting still and paying attention — is also being recognized more in adults. The challenges faced by those with A.D.H.D. are daunting and deeply personal. Here, in their own words, are the stories of adults and children coping with A.D.H.D.

Videogame Promotes Better Attention Skills in Some Children with Sensory Dysfunction

A videogame under development as a medical device boosts attention in some children with sensory processing dysfunction, or SPD, a condition that can make the sound of a vacuum, or contact with a clothing tag intolerable for young sufferers. In a study publishing April 5, 2017, in PLOS ONE, researchers at UC San Francisco measured the impact of a “digital intervention” on attention among 38 children with the disorder and compared them with 25 typically developing counterparts, matched by age and gender.