ADHD in the News 2020-02-27

ADHD, Other Developmental Disabilities More Common in Rural Areas

Children in rural areas are more likely to have developmental disabilities and are less likely to receive special education or early intervention services than children living in urban areas, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Rates of ADHD diagnosis in veterans are rising, reports VA study in Medical Care

Rates of diagnosed attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in veterans receiving care in the VA health system more than doubled during the past decade, reports a study in the March issue of Medical Care...ADHD has been diagnosed in nearly one percent of patients making VA primary care or mental health visits, while the rate of new diagnoses has increased steadily in recent years...

Video Game-Based Tx Boosts Attention in Kids With ADHD

Spending 25 minutes a day with a video game-like intervention improved symptoms among adolescents with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a randomized control trial found. Among 348 adolescents, those assigned to the intervention...had small but significant improvements in Test of Variables of Attention-Attention Performance Index (TOVA-API) scores at 4 weeks... reported Scott Kollins, PhD, of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and colleagues.

Health Risks Going Unmonitored in Teens With History of ADHD

As children diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) transition into adolescence and young adulthood, primary care providers are missing the mark in monitoring them for several important health risks, warns a study published in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics.

ADHD medication prescribed at higher rates to children from poor areas

Children with ADHD who live in poor areas may be significantly more likely to receive medication for their disorder than children with ADHD who live in affluent areas, according to a study conducted in the U.K. and published in BJPsych Open. “This finding is important because it has implications for those in clinical practice and for policymakers,” Samuel P.T. Nunn, MBChB, MPH, of St. James University Hospital in England, said in a press release.

How meditation and mindfulness can help to treat your child’s ADHD

There are many ways that parents can cope with ADHD. There are pills, schools and sessions you can do with your children to help them strengthen their focus. But there is also an all-natural way to help them cope – with mindfulness and meditation.

ADHD Can Be Debilitating At Work. Here’s How To Make It Better

ADHD can potentially interfere with how well someone is able to pay attention: Some cite issues staying organized, getting too distracted, or focusing on the task at hand. But these symptoms can be managed, and there are several ways to improve concentration, productivity, memory and focus so you can thrive professionally. Here are five expert-backed techniques for managing ADHD on the job:

When I Found the Courage to Seek Accommodations as a University Student With ADHD

Undergraduate school was hectic with ADHD, as was community college. I am now a graduate student working on two master’s degrees and I finally had the courage to ask for disability accommodations after being turned down at the community college level when I was seeking my associate’s degree.