ADHD in the News 2019-08-29

Stable home lives improve prospects for preemies

Researchers have found that as premature babies grow, their mental health may be related less to the medical challenges they face after birth than to the environment the babies enter once they leave the neonatal intensive care unit.

Possible link between C-section and autism, ADHD

The combined results of 61 studies conducted in 19 countries suggest that when a woman gives birth by cesarean section, autism in the child is 33% more likely and the odds of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) increase by 17%. The statistical analysis, published in JAMA Network Open, does not prove that having a C-section directly causes such problems. Other factors that lead doctors to order a surgical delivery of the baby may underlie the link.

How to Help Teenagers Keep Track of Their Stuff

Expert advice on how to make sure all those new back-to-school jackets, water bottles and backpacks make it back from school...“It is important for educators and parents to understand that the areas of the brain related to executive functioning do not mature until a person is in their mid-20s,” said Dr. Mark Bertin, a developmental behavioral pediatrician in Pleasantville, N.Y.

Should You Start ADHD Treatment With a Stimulant or Nonstimulant?

When a patient is newly diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), is it better to begin treatment with a stimulant or a nonstimulant? Anthony L. Rostain, MD, MA, shares his thoughts in this video.

Got ADHD? There’s a Coach for That

I recently got a call from a mother who was looking to hire an ADHD coach for her teen daughter. She told me that a friend of hers suggested she find an ADHD coach to which she responded, “An ADHD coach? What the heck is that? Is there such a thing? What do they do? And where would I find one?” If you’ve never heard of ADHD coaching or have considered hiring a coach but aren’t sure where to start, here’s what you should know.

Asking the Wrong Questions About Coping With ADHD

There are different phases of learning to cope with ADHD, and one of the phases that many of us pass through is the phase of wishing we were like people who didn’t have ADHD...Part of learning to cope more effectively is learning how to replace the wrong questions with the right ones.

Emotions, Not Nutrition Classes, Are Key to Behavior Change

New research presented by the European Society of Cardiology suggests that we have been going about addressing childhood obesity all wrong. Instead of focusing on nutritional knowledge, we should be teaching children self-regulation and emotion management skills...parents frequently ask about how to help ADHD children remain committed to goals like healthy eating when their neurology doesn’t support it.

Teacher training needed to help students with ADHD

Better training for teachers to understand ADHD and how to deal with it in the classroom is more important than targeted funding to support the student at school, ADHD experts say. Parents overwhelmingly believe teachers and key staff need professional development and training to better support children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a national survey [in Australia].