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ADHD in the News - April 17, 2014

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  1. Does Sluggish Cognitive Tempo (SCT) Exist? (PsychCentral, April 17, 2014)

    "Sluggish cognitive tempo is a long-time component believed to either be a part of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or may be its own stand-alone concern...the scientific foundation for sluggish cognitive tempo has been around for nearly 30 years..." Full Story

  2. Attention Deficit Symptoms in Older People (PsychCentral, April 15, 2014)

    "Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) does not disappear with age, new research shows. A study at the VU University Medical Centre in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, finds that ADHD affects about three percent of over-60s...the rate was higher in those aged 60 to 70 (at four percent) than those aged 70 to 94 (2.1 percent)..." Full Story

  3. Study confirms neurobiological origin of attention-deficit disorder (NewsMedical.net, April 11, 2014)

    "A study, carried out on mice, has just confirmed the neurobiological origin of attention-deficit disorder (ADD), a syndrome whose causes are poorly understood. Researchers from CNRS, the University of Strasbourg and INSERM1 have identified a cerebral structure, the superior colliculus, where hyperstimulation causes behavior modifications similar to those of some patients who suffer from ADD. Their work also shows noradrenaline accumulation in the affected area, shedding light on this chemical mediator having a role in attention disorders. These results are published in the journal Brain Structure and Function..." Full Story

  4. Scientists discover brain’s anti-distraction system (Simon Fraser University, April 16, 2014)

    "Two SFU psychologists have discovered that our brains have an active suppression mechanism that helps us avoid distraction when we want to focus on a particular item or task. Their study is the first to identify this mechanism, which they say could revolutionize doctors’ perception and treatment of attention-deficit disorders..." Full Story

  5. Raising a Child with ADHD (PsychCentral, April 10, 2014)

    "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a developmental disorder of self control. In a child with ADHD, the executive part of the brain that is supposed to be organizing and controlling behavior, helping the child plan for the future and follow through, is doing a poor job. The child is not suffering from a lack of skills or knowledge, so showing him how to correct his problems will not be much of help. Instead try implementing some of the following principles listed below to help them show what they know in situations that were previously a problem for them..." Full Story

  6. Vocational Rehabilitation's On-the-Job Training Helps with Skills Needed for Full Time Job (Digital Journal, April 16, 2014)

    "Most of the time, a mother knows when there is something wrong with her child, even if she can't pinpoint exactly what it could be. Sara Rossman's mom had always felt that there was something in addition to the previously diagnosed Attention Deficit Disorder that was affecting her daughter's social skills. It wasn't until she started working with Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Counselor Lynn Picolo that Sara was also diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, which is on the autism spectrum. VR is a state agency that helps people with disabilities find or keep a job..." Full Story

  7. Just say yes? The rise of 'study drugs' in college (CNN, April 17, 2014)

    "Around this time of year, you're more likely to find college students in the library cramming for final exams than out partying. In an environment where the workload is endless and there's always more to be done, a quick fix to help buckle down and power through becomes very tempting. Prescription ADHD medications like Adderall, Ritalin, and Vyvanse are becoming increasingly popular for overworked and overscheduled college students -- who haven't been diagnosed with ADHD..." 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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