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ADHD in the News - April 4, 2013

A weekly news digest** from the National Resource Center on ADHD: A Program of CHADD

  1. Understanding the Rise in ADHD Diagnoses: 11% of U.S. Children Are Affected (TIME, April 2, 2013)

    "The rates of U.S. children affected by attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are skyrocketing, according to a recent report, but experts caution that the latest numbers require a bit of decoding. That information shows that 11% of children aged four to 17 were diagnosed with ADHD, a 16% increase since 2007, the last time that researchers at Centers for Disease Control (CDC) did a comprehensive survey for the prevalence of the neurobehavior disorder...Are rates truly climbing at such an alarming rate? Possibly. But many experts believe that’s unlikely. The data was collected by the CDC and analyzed and reported by the New York Times; the CDC plans to publish its own report on the data in the coming months..." Full Story

  2. At Issue [Ruth Hughes, CEO of CHADD, interview on uptick in ADHD diagnosis] (Wisconsin Public Radio,April 1, 2013)

    "The number of children being diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is growing, according to new federal data. John Munson and his guest [discuss] the uptick in ADHD diagnoses, and the implications of the wider availability of drugs like Adderall and Ritalin..." MP3 Download

  3. It's Different for Girls with ADHD (Atlantic Wire, April 3, 2013)

    "Harmful are the consequences of ADHD untreated, an all-to-common story for women like me, who not only develop symptoms later in life, but also have symptoms—disorganization and forgetfulness, for instance—that look different than those typically expressed in males. While the New York Times’ Op-Ed columnist Roger Cohen may claim that Adderall and other “smart” drugs “have become to college what steroids are to baseball,” these drugs have given me, a relatively unambitious young adult who does not need to cram for tests or club until 6 a.m., a more normal, settled life..." Full Story

  4. ADHD Medications: 5 Vital Questions and Answers (LiveScience.com, April 2, 2013)

    "The news that 11 percent of U.S. children are now diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) comes at a time when doctors are increasingly concerned about overuse of medication for the condition...The decision of whether to put children with ADHD on medication is not one that's taken lightly. Here are five things to know about the medications..." Full Story

  5. For Black Parents, Anger at an ADHD Diagnosis Can Lead to Inaction (Atlanta Black Star, April 3, 2013)

    "My son was often euphemistically referred to as “busy” when he was a child. Teachers were convinced he had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and on three separate occasions, at different schools, I was asked to have him tested...So what’s a parent to do if her child is having performance issues at school and teachers and administrators are suggesting ADHD is the problem? The website blackdoctor.org said there is no simple answer, but lists suggestions for how to proceed to get a professional opinion that can be trusted..." Full Story

  6. Parent-Focused Classes May Help Tots at Risk for ADHD (HealthDay News, April 1, 2013)

    "Parent behavior training is an effective and well-studied intervention for preschoolers at risk of developing attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a new review shows. Such programs seek to promote a positive relationship between the parent and child, and to teach effective discipline strategies that rely on rewards and non-punitive consequences...Results of the review were published online April 1 and in the May print issue of Pediatrics..." Full Story

  7. Sleep Apnea Linked to Behavioral, Learning Problems in Kids (PsychCentral, March 30, 2013)

    "Obstructive sleep apnea is associated with increased rates of ADHD-like behavioral problems in children, as well as learning problems, according to a new study. Obstructive sleep apnea, a common form of sleep-disordered breathing (SDB), occurs in about 2 percent of children who are otherwise healthy, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine...The five-year study, published in the journal SLEEP, used data from the Tucson Children’s Assessment of Sleep Apnea Study (TuCASA). That study examined Hispanic and Caucasian children between the ages of 6 and 11 to determine the prevalence of SDB and its effects on neurobehavioral functioning..." Full Story

  8. 10 Time Management Tips for Those with ADHD (PsychCentral, March 30, 2013)

    "Do you often find yourself distracted until time is wasted? The challenges of ADHD and attention deficit disorder (ADD) are very real. But there is hope. When you understand how ADHD has been affecting all areas of your life, you can learn to minimize its impact and live successfully with ADD /ADHD. Here are some steps to help you build confidence, clarify and prioritize your goals, minimize your ADHD challenges, and get you past being stuck to actually following through with your plans..." Full Story

  9. Special-ed legislation would ‘level playing field’ for Md. parents, bill supporters say (Washington Post, March 24, 2013)

    "The party that files a special education legal complaint in Maryland — most often the parents of the child — has the responsibility of convincing a judge that a school system’s individual education program for a disabled child is or is not appropriate. But Senate Bill 691 and House Bill 1286 would change that. The legislation proposes requiring Maryland public school systems to defend the appropriateness of learning plans they create for students regardless of who files the complaint. Placing the burden of proof on schools would encourage districts to work cooperatively with parents before cases reach a financially and emotionally draining legal fight, supporters say..." Full Story

**Disclaimer: Neither CHADD, the National Resource Center on ADHD, nor the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention endorses, supports, represents or guarantees the truthfulness, accuracy, or reliability of any included articles nor endorses any opinions expressed in any articles included in ADHD in the News. CHADD and the National Resource Center on ADHD merely provide access to such content as a service to you.

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