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ADHD in the News 2019-01-03

Can a video game-based ‘digital medicine’ help children with autism and co-occurring ADHD?

Researchers at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) evaluated a digital medicine tool designed as an investigational treatment for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and co-occurring attention/deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).  The results of the study, published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, confirmed the acceptability, feasibility, and safety of Project: EVO, which delivers sensory and motor stimuli through an action video game experience, designed by Akili Interactive, a prescription digital medicine company.



ADHD Drugs are Unlikely to Cause Cardiac Damage in Children Who Take Them

With more than 1.8 million children in the U.S. being treated annually with drugs for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), the possibility that such drugs could damage their hearts has been a significant cause of concern for parents and physicians alike. Now, the results of a long-term National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded study published last month in Pediatric Research could allay many of those concerns.



ADHD and Work: 9 Tips for Thriving at the Office

Adults with ADHD are all-too aware of their shortcomings at work and regularly bash themselves for their inconsistent productivity and sinking motivation. But there are many things you can do to thrive at the office.



ADHD and Academic Procrastination: A Success Story

In an earlier post this fall, Scott Taylor and I summarized his research on Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), executive functions, and procrastination. The research was excellent...What I find just as, if not more, interesting than Scott’s research is his personal journey through public school and his bachelor’s degree. Scott has his own story of ADHD and academic achievement.



The Underlying Gift of Having ADD or ADHD

If you suspect a personal diagnosis of ADD or ADHD, what if you could view that diagnosis as a gift, rather than a curse? Come again? Yes, a gift, given that you can't change the diagnosis or the symptoms. Let’s review the situation a bit, and then you decide if you have been given an unintended gift or an intended curse.



Consistently Inconsistent

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from writing about ADHD, it’s how hard ADHD is to describe in writing. I can say people with ADHD struggle to pay attention, but what about the moments when ADHDers experience hyperfocus?



ADHD With a Side of Perfectionism

ADHD and perfectionism would seem to have nothing in common. While perfectionism involves being detail-oriented to a fault, lack of attention to detail is a classic ADHD symptom. Still, ADHD and perfectionism often find themselves teaming up to wreak all sorts of chaos in people’s lives.



Trauma Is The Norm For Many New Orleans Kids. This School Was Made For Them.

A staggering percentage of kids in New Orleans experience trauma. Safe spaces at schools are hard to come by.



How to Live With Adult ADD

Let me dispel a myth right off the top; adult ADD is a real thing. I know because I was diagnosed with it in college and at age 53 it still rages on in my brain.