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ADHD in the News - April 5, 2012

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

  1. FDA says ADHD drug shortage to end in April (Consumer Reports, April 5, 2012)

    "If you fill prescriptions to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), such as Ritalin or Adderall, you know the generic versions of these medications have been in limited supply since 2011. But drug makers have told the Food and Drug Administration that they will release enough medication--particularly the short-acting versions of these drugs--in April, which should end the shortage, according to FDA spokesperson, Shelly Burgess..." Full Story

  2. Breaking the Silence of ADHD Stigma (Psych Central, April 2, 2012)

    ""Stigma thrives in silence but tends to fade when people are open and we can put a face to a condition or situation," according to Ari Tuckman, PsyD, a clinical psychologist and author of Understand Your Brain, Get More Done: The ADHD Executive Functions Workbook. The good news is that people are speaking up, and the stigma surrounding attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is shrinking..." Full Story

  3. With ADHD diagnoses on the rise, it's time to debunk 8 commonly held myths about the disorder (NorthJersey.com, April 2, 2012)

    "Experts can't say whether the number of cases is actually on the rise, or whether it's a matter of parents, teachers and doctors becoming more attuned to the condition...Dr. Joseph Holahan, chief of developmental pediatrics at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital in Paterson, agrees we've become more aware of ADHD. "We're much more vigilant in looking for it than the past; many people were [once] treated as if they were just misbehaving. There's a manifestation that's not in a person's control," he said...Holahan helps us understand some commonly held myths about ADHD..." Full Story

  4. Is ADHD Overdiagnosed? (Psych Central, April 3, 2012)

    "Depending on whom you ask, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is either over- or underdiagnosed. A new European study weighs in on the question suggesting gender, both of the clinician and of the client, plays a significant role in the diagnosis. German researchers from Ruhr-Universitšt Bochum (RUB) and University of Basel believe the study shows that child and adolescent psychotherapists and psychiatrists tend to give a diagnosis based on heuristics or rules of thumb, rather than adhering to recognized diagnostic criteria. This suggests that ADHD is over-diagnosed..." Full Story

  5. We're not paying enough attention to ADHD (Washington Post, March 30, 2012)

    "Like a fourth-grader who keeps jumping out of his chair, the uptick in America's ADHD epidemic demands our attention. According to a new report in Academic Pediatrics, the number of doctor's visits by children being given a diagnosis or treatment for attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder jumped to a total of 10.4 million in 2010, representing a 66 percent increase over the year 2000...Kids with ADHD need us to broaden our focus, however. In other words, it's time we devoted some attention to demanding more-comprehensive solutions from school districts, doctors and parents..." Full Story

  6. Personal best goals may help close achievement gaps for at-risk students (HealthCanal.com, March 30, 2012)

    "Personal-best (PB) goals for at-risk children such as those with attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) may be one way of closing the achievement gap in schools, according to new research by Professor Andrew Martin from the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney. The study, involving more than 3400 Australian high school students, showed the positive role of PB goals in ADHD students' achievement, homework completion, planning, and persistence. It also found PB goals were associated with lower levels of academic disengagement..." Full Story

  7. Study Shows Driving Dangers for Teens With ADHD (NBC29, March 30, 2012)

    "Teen drivers are statistically far more likely to get into trouble behind the wheel. But a new study from psychologists at the University of Virginia shows driving can be far more dangerous for teens suffering from Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). It is something researchers hope to change, and they already have concrete ideas about how to do it. UVA behavioral psychologist Dr. Daniel Cox and his team have spent years researching the effects of ADHD on driving. In the past, they've used simulators to study driving habits. Now, for the first time, they've stepped out of the lab and into real vehicles. "This is the first study that has investigated real routine driving," Cox said..." Full Story

  8. What Do ADHD and Cancer Have in Common? Variety (Science Daily, April 2, 2012)

    "According to new research conducted at Oregon Health & Science University, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is more than one disorder. It's an entire family of disorders, much like the multiple subtypes of cancer. The research, which highlights various versions of the disease, each with differing impacts, demonstrates that there is likely not going to be a "one-size-fits-all" approach to treating patients. It also suggests new methods for characterizing any given individual are going to be required for improved diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of the disease. The research also indicates that scientists need to shift their thinking when it comes to conducting research aimed at understanding the cause and impacts of ADHD, and consider the vast variety of human behavior in non-affected children as well..." 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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