ADHD in the News 2017-08-24

Stimulant use predicts higher BMI trajectory in children with ADHD

Children with ADHD prescribed stimulant therapy before fifth grade are more likely to have a higher BMI in early adolescence than children who do not receive medication or those who do not have the disorder, according to findings published in Obesity.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy particularly efficient in treating ADHD in adults

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) group training was shown to achieve the same results as neurofeedback training in treating attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Both methods led to a comparable decrease in symptoms. CBT, however, proved to be generally more efficient, concluded new research.

Tips to Advocate for ADHD Awareness in Your Community

Do people make jokes about the fact that you or your child has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder? Perhaps others make judgments based on assumptions while others avoid the ADHD conversation with you entirely. Without a doubt, negative attitudes about the disorder exist.

Studies reinforce the critical importance of ADHD treatment monitoring

As the new school year approaches, let me highlight the essential value of ADHD treatment monitoring. Even when a child’s treatment has been going well, response to treatment can change over time. This is true for medication treatment, or any other treatment a child is receiving. By regularly monitoring how a child is doing at school, parents and professionals are alerted early on to when modifications and adjustments to a child’s treatment is needed.

Should Your ADHD Adolescent Consider a Gap Year Before Attending College?

Rather than setting off for college immediately after high school graduation, some adolescents prefer to take upwards of a year to explore life and consider career options. Many parents and experts are on board with this idea, also referred to as a “gap year,” with some people saying it can be especially beneficial if the person has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Myths and misconceptions of adult ADHD: A discussion with Dr. Stephen Faraone

In this interview, Dr. Faraone busts some of the myths and misconceptions surrounding ADHD in adults. He also distinguishes how ADHD manifests differently in adults than in children, and he explains the disorder's genetic pathophysiology, and its current and future treatments.

How Peter Shankman’s ADHD Is the Engine to His Success

He's famous: From social media to TV, Peter Shankman has really made a name for himself. Yet, there's something that has driven this accomplishment that we most commonly define as an obstacle. It's ADHD.

ADHD and Asperger’s

In the DSM-IV, ADHD could not be diagnosed in a child already known to have any of the ASDs. However, this has been corrected in the DSM-5 in response to the many studies that have shown that they have many overlapping features. Depending on the study, rates of comorbidity have been reported to vary from 14-78%, with many aspects of study reflecting a basic linkage between the two conditions.