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ADHD in the News 2019-04-04

Children at Risk of Depression and ADHD More Likely to Be Bullied

Children at risk of developing mental health disorders such as depression and ADHD are more likely to be bullied, according to scientists...The authors of the study, published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, defined bullying as “repeated, intentional aggression by a more powerful bully against a less powerful individual," and highlighted as many as one in five adolescents suffer physical or verbal abuse.



Pain Points: Measuring Family Stress When a Child has ADHD

Families report significant stress when a child has ADHD, even after their child is successfully treated. Up until now, families have typically received little help even as their well-being suffers. Now, researchers have created a new tool to help doctors support these families. The IMPACT 1.0 rating scale was co-created by researchers and families using design thinking methods.



Why Did the FDA Approve This New High-Dose ADHD Drug?

A new time-released formulation of a drug used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat children as young as six years old. It’s called Adhansia XR and its active ingredient is methylphenidate, which has been used to treat ADHD for more than 50 years.



The Cost of Undiagnosed ADHD in Children

Not knowing you have a mental health condition doesn’t protect you from that condition’s symptoms. It just makes you less able to cope with them...what about kids with ADHD who don’t get diagnosed and have to suffer the consequences? A new study highlights exactly what some of those consequences might be. In the study, researchers followed 2,945 children in Japan for several years, evaluating them for symptoms of ADHD.



Dopamine conducts prefrontal cortex ensembles

New research in rodents reveals for the first time how dopamine changes the function of the brain's prefrontal cortex. Researchers found that dopamine has little effect on individual cells. Instead, it generates sustained activity in the ensemble of cells in the prefrontal cortex that lasts for up to 20 minutes.



A new report shows that diagnosis rates for ADHD have risen 30% in 8 years

A new report by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association found that rates of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) diagnosis are significantly increasing, especially for children...Notably, the report draws from actual diagnosis rates instead of self-reported surveys, making it one of the more precise sources of information about the scope of ADHD in the U.S. Here are a few of the key takeaways from the data.



Getting the Academic Support Teens and College Students Need

In the past few weeks, an important study about kids with ADHD and school was released. It looked at whether students ages 4-17 were receiving adequate supports at school...School-based interventions improve academic performance and social relationships. For high school students with ADHD who already run a higher risk for underachievement and dropping out than neurotypical kids, having support services can make all the difference.



What are the Effects of Adderall if You Don’t Have ADHD?

Adderall is a drug used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as well as sleep disorders such as narcolepsy. Drugs like Adderall and Ritalin work to compensate for deficits, not increase performance, says Eugene Arnold, a professor of psychopharmacology at the Ohio State University.