ADHD in the News 2017-08-03

ADHD medication does not increase suicide risk

Recent findings did not indicate a causal association between methylphenidate treatment and suicide attempts...To assess the association between methylphenidate and risk for suicide attempt, researchers analyzed data from a population-based, electronic medical database from the Hong Kong Clinical Data Analysis & Reporting System for 25,629 individuals aged 6 to 25 years who received methylphenidate treatment between 2001 and 2015.

How Do I Know if My Therapy Is Working?

According to the American Psychological Association, reviews of hundreds of research studies have shown that about 75 percent of people who engage in some form psychotherapy benefit from it. In addition, the average person who receives psychotherapy treatment is better off by the end of treatment than 80 percent of those who don’t receive any such treatment...With several psychotherapy methods to choose from, patients and their physicians often have to explore more than one type of therapy until they find the results they are looking for. So how do patients and doctors know when therapy is working and when it isn’t?

What are the current costs and outcomes related to mental health and substance abuse disorders?

This collection of charts (updated July 31, 2017) explores trends in the prevalence, outcomes, costs, and access to care associated with mental health and substance abuse disorders in the United States and comparably wealthy countries. A related brief offers discussion of data available as of May 5, 2016.

Can Sports Help Kids Manage Their ADHD Symptoms?

Researchers from The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center conducted a study that took a closer look at the role sports plays in people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The findings, which were presented at the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Annual Meeting in May, noted that people with ADHD were more inclined to gravitate towards team sports versus individual sports, which could increase their risk of injury.

What are the best sports for kids with ADHD?

Getting children involved with sports offers plenty of benefits, including physical exercise, development of social skills and even boosted self-esteem. But do all sports offer the same level of benefit for children who have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?

How To Help Someone With ADHD When They Are In A Crisis

Have you ever seen someone with ADHD in a crisis? Are you wondering how to help them? Do you talk to them? Do you remain silent? This article will answer this particular question."

The Role of Psychologists in Integrated Primary Care

This post highlights one of the lesser known ACA provisions, the patient centered medical home (PCMH), which has a direct impact on mental health care delivery and outcomes...According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), "combining mental health services/expertise with primary care can reduce costs, increase the quality of care, and, ultimately, save lives" ("Integrated Care," 2017)...I reached out to Dr. Corinn Elmore, a pediatric health psychologist at a large military hospital, to get a better idea of what it’s like as a psychologist working in a PCMH.