ADHD in the News 2018-03-01

Survey Examines Whether Primary Care Doctors Gave Correct ADHD Diagnosis

A study of adults in Canada found that primary care doctors were usually able to correctly identify patients with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), with the diagnosis being confirmed by a specialist in most cases.

Behavior Therapy Reduces Tic Severity, But Less for Youth with ADHD

The authors of a study published in Psychiatry Research demonstrated that behavior therapy may significantly reduce the severity of tics in youth diagnosed with Tourette disorder or other vocal or motor tic disorders. However, for youth with comorbid attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), the type of behavioral therapy administered in this study showed a weaker effect.

Bugs and allergies in pregnancy linked to child developmental disorders, like autism and ADHD

A new study suggests activation of a mother’s immune system during pregnancy, such as during an allergic response, may affect fetal brain development. This could influence the child’s susceptibility to psychiatric disorders in later life, such as autism, schizophrenia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Positive Parenting Makes a Difference for Children with ADHD

Parenting young children often comes with daily challenges, but for parents who have children with ADHD coupled with extreme emotional reactions, the challenges can be significant.

Inattention, Slow Processing Speeds Mediate Peer Problems in ADHD and Beyond

Inattention and slow processing speed are associated with problems with peers, both in children with and without an attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) diagnosis, according to a study published in Frontiers in Psychology.

Diagnosed with ADHD? Comorbidity Might Be the Real Issue

There are a variety of political, social, and economic reasons for ADHD’s popularity. But ADHD often has many mental and psychiatric disabilities associated with it. When symptoms become blended, it’s harder to distinguish a disease correctly. Often, comorbidity, defined as the simultaneous presence of two chronic diseases or conditions, is an overlooked factor for overdiagnosed ADHD cases.

The devastating, underdiagnosed toll of toxic stress on children

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris: Ten years ago at my pediatric clinic in San Francisco, teachers, social workers and parents were bringing me child after child with concerns of ADHD. As I examined my patients, I noticed that the highest rate of behavioral problems was occurring in the kids whose parents had drug addictions or mental illness, or those who were subject to violence at home.

Tips for Gifted Adults with ADHD

Among the many myths and misunderstandings of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder is that exceptionally smart people can’t have ADHD (or, conversely, that ADHD comes pre-packaged with gifts of creativity and high intelligence). However, as Dr. Thomas Brown explains in “The Mysteries of ADD and High IQ,” ADHD “has nothing to do with how smart a person is. Some individuals with ADD are super-smart on IQ tests, many score in the average range, and some are much lower.”

DeMarcus Ware teams with Snoop Dogg, Steven Battey on music video for ADHD awareness

Former Broncos linebacker DeMarcus Ware teamed with grammy-winning singer Steven Battey and rapper Snoop Dogg on a music video, “They Don’t Know,” to bring awareness to ADHD. The video, which stars Ware’s two children, is a part of Singing for Superheroes, a group formed by Battey “to empower children with disabilities and illnesses through music.”