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ADHD in the News 2018-11-08

Methylphenidate for ADHD Treatment May Be Associated With Low BMI

Methylphenidate (MPH) use in boys with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to be associated with low body mass index (BMI), according to data published in BMC Psychiatry. However, this effect appeared to change based on age bracket and/or duration of MPH use. No evidence was found to confirm the association of MPH with short stature or changes in blood pressure.



Therapy putty does not improve focus in kids with ADHD

Therapy putty may not help children and teenagers with ADHD focus or improve their academic performance, according to research presented at the AAP National Conference & Exhibition. However, the tool may be helpful for listening-based activities, researchers said.



What’s ‘neurodiversity’? Movement promotes rights, hiring for people with ADHD, dyslexia, on autism spectrum

Hiring someone with autism to help her with administrative tasks left Erica Wight stressed about the way that decision could ultimately make more work for her. Three or four months after she brought the new employee on board, Wight said, she stopped back-checking his work — it was flawless.



I Think Therefore I Fidget

How can you tell what someone with ADHD is thinking about? Watch how much they fidget. If they’re moving around a lot, there’s a good chance they’re thinking about something complex or cognitively demanding.



Some Good Words about ADHD

Author, CEO, and media entrepreneur Peter Shankman has a lot on his plate, and he likes it that way. He’s the best-selling author of five books on subjects from marketing to the advantages that he’s found come from having attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and the founder of Help a Reporter Out (HARO).



Recognizing ADHD When You’re an Adult

For Lew Mills, a retired marriage and family therapist in San Diego, CA, it was a cluster of events that led him to suspect 20 years ago that he might have ADHD.



Why You Can’t Think Straight When You’re Sleep Deprived

After a bad night of sleep, we all typically feel distracted and off our mental game. But do you really know all the ways a lack of sleep interferes with your cognitive performance? Most of my patients are surprised to learn just how broadly a lack of sleep affects their ability to think at their best.