ADHD in the News 2019-11-07

Rates of ADHD diagnosis among US adults are on the rise, study suggests

The prevalence of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, has continued to climb significantly among adults in the United States within the past decade, a new study suggests. The study, published in the medical journal JAMA Network Open on Friday, found increasing rates of adults diagnosed with ADHD within the Kaiser Permanente Northern California health system between 2007 and 2016, regardless of whether they were first diagnosed as a child or adult.

Racial, ethnic disparities persist in ADHD diagnosis

“Racial and ethnic disparities in the seeking and delivery of care for ADHD in adults remain prominent, putting a substantial portion of the population at increased risk for the many negative outcomes associated with ADHD,” Michael P. Milham, MD, PhD, of the Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research in New York, told Healio Psychiatry.

Top minds pinpoint ADHD cause by thinking big over 20 years

Scientists say research two decades in the making has pinpointed the cause of severe ADHD, and pointed to ways to control and even reverse it. Researchers from QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute teamed up with researchers from Taiwan to put together a study of 80 sufferers of chronic attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

‘No Identifiable Reason’ for 50% of Antipsychotic Use in ADHD

Only about 50% of antipsychotic prescriptions for children and youth who have been newly diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have an identifiable clinical indication. Furthermore, fewer than half of these patients receive initial treatment with stimulants ― the recommended first-line pharmacologic therapy ― results of a national analysis show.

Does Special Education Work for Students With Learning Disabilities?

Test scores for students with learning disabilities improve after they are classified into special education, and the gains are greatest for students who entered special education before they reached middle school, a recently released report finds.

Health Beat: ADHD school focuses on life lessons

Students at University of California, Irvine's Child Development Center learn more than history and science. "What the program aims to do is teach those social skills or those communication skills that we don't necessarily put any emphasis on in traditional schooling," said Sabrina Schuck, the center's executive director.

Teaching Your Child the Building Blocks of Better Time Management

Time is a tricky thing for kids (and adults) with ADHD. They often perceive the passage of time differently and may have trouble self-regulating which can make adhering to a schedule, being on time, and meeting deadlines difficult...The good news is that time management, like any other skill, can be leaned and improved. Here are some tips for how to help your child develop better time management habits.

How Can I Help My Child with ADHD Fall Asleep?

Sleep is the cornerstone of wellness in all ages, especially for growing children. When it’s bedtime for a child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), difficulties with sleep affect the parents as well as the child. In fact, studies have shown that up to seven of every 10 children with ADHD have clinical sleep disturbances.1