ADHD in the News 2019-08-15

How ADHD meds might alter boys’ brains

One of the most popular and effective medications used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to alter the brains of boys with the disorder, a new study shows. While the researchers couldn't say for certain whether the changes were good or bad, one ADHD expert thinks the findings suggest the changes help young males with the disorder.

Back to school: South Florida researcher wants to prove behavior adjustments can treat ADHD

For some children, learning how to focus on following a command, helping a peer, or showing good sportsmanship can be a challenge. Now one nationally recognized researcher is out to prove how those basic lessons in changing behaviors can be a more effective treatment than medicine for ADHD.

Children with a greater number of siblings receive later ADHD diagnosis than peers

Children with a greater number of siblings are more likely to receive a later diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) than their peers, potentially hindering their educational and social development, new research published in the BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine reports.

Mindfulness, ADHD, and Emotion: A Natural and Practical Fit

A new study shows benefit to children as young as seven years old with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) when they practice mindfulness. Perhaps surprisingly, the study is not really about attention. Instead, the researchers measured improvements around behavior and emotion.

Does Vitamin D Supplementation Reduce ADHD Symptoms?

A recent systematic review and meta-analysis assessed the benefits and harms of vitamin D supplementation in patients with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)...Vitamin D supplementation resulted in a small but statistically significant improvement to ADHD symptoms.

When Teens With ADHD Start Driving

Teens with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more likely than their peers to experience a car crash, get a speeding ticket, and drive without a license. That is not new news. But what is new is the degree of that risk. A recently published retrospective cohort study[1] used electronic health record (EHR) data on almost 15,000 teenagers from six primary care practices in New Jersey.

Children With Slow Processing Who Need Extra Time on Tests

A recent New York Times article titled “Need Extra Time on Tests? It Helps To Have Cash” has ignited an explosive issue that has troubled psychologists for many years. Those of us who conduct neuropsychological evaluations are frequently asked to assess whether a child processes information slowly and, if so, whether he or she needs extra time on tests or other accommodations at school.

Most Kids On Medicaid Who Are Prescribed ADHD Drugs Don’t Get Proper Follow-Up

Most children enrolled in Medicaid who get a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder don't get timely or appropriate treatment afterward. That's the conclusion of a report published Thursday by a federal watchdog agency, the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General.

NJ Public Schools Must Teach About Mental Health, New Law Says

Last week, Gov. Phil Murphy gave the go-ahead to S2861, which requires all New Jersey public schools to include mental health instruction for students in kindergarten through grade 12...New Jersey will be the second state in the nation to enact this program throughout K-12 schools. The State of New York was the first to mandate mental health education in all public schools.