ADHD in the News 2020-10-29

ADHD the Focus of International Conference Hosted by CHADD, ADDA, and ACO – 2020 Conference to be Held Virtually in November

Three leading nonprofit organizations serving the ADHD community will host a virtual international conference from November 5 through 7, 2020. Encouraged to attend are adults with ADHD, parents and caregivers of children with ADHD, educators, mental health clinicians, coaches, advocates, and medical professionals who diagnose and treat patients with ADHD. The conference, themed “Strong Minds, Healthy Lives,” will feature 60 general sessions presented by renowned ADHD experts, as well as numerous activities, networking opportunities, and a virtual exhibit hall.

Integrating ADHD care into pediatric practice is doable and essential

Integrating ADHD care into practice work flows is vitally important for all practitioners who care for children, said Herschel Lessin, MD, a senior partner of the Children’s Medical Group in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Although not necessarily “easy” to do, it’s far less overwhelming than it seems when doctors take the time to thoughtfully set up protocols, train others in the office, and use the ADHD Toolkit sold by the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Lessin told attendees at the annual meeting of the AAP, held virtually this year.

Hyperactivity, learning disabilities, and social isolation…COVID-19 and its effects on ADHD

COVID-19 has created many stresses: mental, job-related, and health. For some caregivers, these stressors are complicated further with caring for a child with attention-deficit/hyperactive disorder (ADHD).

The Role of Stimulants in ADHD Treatment

In this video, psychiatrist Birgit Amann, MD, discusses the common myth that stimulants are a good treatment option for all patients with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Dr. Amann is medical director of the Behavioral Medical Center in Troy, Michigan. She treats ADHD in children, adolescents, and adults, and has been an investigator on numerous ADHD medication trials.

ADHD: Recognizing the Symptoms – CHADD Aims to Build Understanding During ADHD Awareness Month in October

How do you know when you or a loved one should seek a professional evaluation? As we mark ADHD Awareness Month in October, CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder)--the leading nonprofit organization providing support, training, education, and advocacy for the ADHD community--explains the signs to look for.

“Is It ADHD?” in ASL

Learn about symptoms of ADHD, how ADHD is diagnosed, and treatment recommendations including behavior therapy, medication, and school support. [video]

NIMH Expert Dr. Mary Rooney Discusses Managing ADHD

I'm Dr. Mary Rooney, a Clinical Psychologist and chief of the Child and Adolescent Psychosocial Interventions Research Program at the National Institute of Mental Health, or NIMH, which is part of NIH, the National Institutes of Health. October is ADHD Awareness Month...For the next half hour, I'll discuss signs, symptoms, and treatments for ADHD, as well as tips for helping children and adolescents manage ADHD, while attending school during the pandemic.

ADHD Awareness Month: Early signs and diagnosis

According to the A.D.D Resource Center, seven is the average age a child is diagnosed with ADHD in the U.S. But can it be predicted in toddlers or babies? From an early age, I noticed something was unconventional with my son. When he was a baby, I had to bounce him on an exercise ball to get him to sleep, or hold him in the palm of my hands and slowly raise him up and down.  

The Duality of ADHD: Finding a Path Forward

A strength-based perspective does not deny that ADHD carries potentially life-threatening risks and deficiencies, however, it also seeks to acknowledge the talents, interests, and skills upon which the person can build a life of success and joy.

Thinking Through Adult ADHD

Although one’s thoughts play no causal role in whether one has Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), they are a persistent and persuasive issue for those living with it.1 These thoughts and beliefs are odorless, tasteless, and weightless, but their influence runs the gamut — from a fixation on an idea or task, procrastination despite being aware of the consequences, to blurting out the exact wrong thing at the exact wrong time, later dope-slapping one’s head and wondering “What was I thinking?”