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ADHD in the News 2019-09-12

Behavioral intervention reduces need to medicate kids with ADHD

Most children with ADHD who receive behavioral intervention do not need medication, according to a new study by researchers at FIU's Center for Children and Families. Researchers evaluated 127 unmedicated children with ADHD, ages 5 to 13, during the school year, following their participation in the center's Summer Treatment Program, a comprehensive summer camp program for children with ADHD and related behavioral, emotional and learning challenges.



Children of anxious mothers twice as likely to have hyperactivity in adolescence

A large study has shown that children of mothers who are anxious during pregnancy and in the first few years of the child's life have twice the risk of having hyperactivity symptoms at age 16. This work is being presented for the first time at the ECNP Congress in Copenhagen.



Treatment Together – Study Explores Benefits of Addressing Undiagnosed Parental ADHD For Children With the Disorder

A new University of Maryland-led study is screening parents along with their children for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) to determine whether addressing an often-untreated mental health issue in caregivers also translates to better outcomes for children...“We are taking this approach because we recognize that untreated parental mental health challenges can influence the home environment and the child’s functioning over time,” said psychology Professor Andrea Chronis-Tuscano, principal investigator for the study.



Major review asks which supplements really aid mental health

Controversy surrounds the inclusion of nutritional supplements in mental health treatments, with much research proving inconclusive. A major new review now explains which supplements have shown the most promise for specific mental health conditions...They present their findings in a paper featured in the journal World Psychiatry.



Treating ADHD in Patients With Hypertension or Cardiovascular Disease

Anthony L. Rostain, MD, MA, discusses steps to take when treating attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in patients with hypertension or cardiovascular disease [video].



ADHD medication: How much is too much for a hyperactive child?

When children with ADHD don't respond well to Methylphenidate (MPH, also known as Ritalin) doctors often increase the dose. Now a new review shows that increasing the dose may not always be the best option, as it may have no effect on some of the functional impairments associated with ADHD...This work is presented at the ECNP Conference in Copenhagen.



Should I Talk to my Child About ADHD?

As a parent myself, I know there is always someone who will be quick to offer their opinion and advice, whether you want to hear it or not, but ultimately, I believe that every family must do what feels right for them. That being said, what I will offer is simply some food for thought based on my own personal and professional experience.



New study sheds light on how a midbrain region helps us pay attention

Researchers at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) have identified how a key midbrain region plays a vital role in attention in humans, using advanced imaging and modelling techniques.