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ADHD in the News - May 3, 2013

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

  1. College Health Centers and ADHD (CHADD Leadership Blog, May 3, 2013)

    "This week we have seen yet another story from New York Times journalist Alan Schwarz about ADHD and stimulant abuse linked with a story of suicide. Like many of the recent media articles on this serious issue, there is a more complex and I think more compelling story..."[by Ruth Hughes, CEO of CHADD] Full Story

  2. Attention-Deficit Drugs Face New Campus Rules (New York Times, April 30, 2013)

    "Lisa Beach endured two months of testing and paperwork before the student health office at her college approved a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Then, to get a prescription for Vyvanse, a standard treatment for A.D.H.D., she had to sign a formal contract — promising to submit to drug testing, to see a mental health professional every month and to not share the pills..." Full Story

  3. Are Doctors Diagnosing Too Many Kids with ADHD? (Scientific American, May 1, 2013)

    "Some boys may be labeled incorrectly with the condition, but undertreatment may be the bigger problem..." Full Story

  4. Think twice about attention deficit disorder (EurActiv, April 25, 2013)

    "Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder affects one in 20 children and adolescents in Europe. A new expert's white paper on the disease should galvanise more research into the disorder that causes much more harm and needs more urgent treatment than people believe, says Dr Susan Young...Senior Lecturer in Forensic Clinical Psychology at King’s College, the University of London..." Full Story

  5. Diagnosing the Wrong Deficit (New York Times, April 27, 2013)

    "In the spring of 2010, a new patient came to see me to find out if he had attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. He had all the classic symptoms: procrastination, forgetfulness, a propensity to lose things and, of course, the inability to pay attention consistently. But one thing was unusual. His symptoms had started only two years earlier, when he was 31. Though I treat a lot of adults for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, the presentation of this case was a violation of an important diagnostic criterion: symptoms must date back to childhood..." Full Story

  6. 10 Steps to Using Credit Cards Responsibly When You Have ADHD (PsychCentral, April 26, 2013)

    "The very nature of ADHD makes it difficult for adults with the disorder to use credit cards responsibly. “Impulsivity, for one thing, means an adult with ADHD will see something they want and without thinking it through, will pull out their credit card and make a purchase,” according to Terry Matlen, ACSW, a psychotherapist and author of Survival Tips for Women with AD/HD..." Full Story

  7. More ADHD Awareness is a Good Thing (U.S. News & World Report, April 29, 2013)

    "Recently, the news has been full of reports, based on data from a nationwide survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that the prevalence of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder in the child and adolescent population is dramatically on the rise...But we should also be careful about throwing around accusations of fraudulent diagnoses, claims that ADHD isn't a real disorder, and horror stories about stimulant medication use by schoolchildren leading to addiction. ADHD is a real brain disorder; it can create severe barriers to success in school, in relationships, in life; and kids who don't get treatment are at heightened risk for drug abuse, not the other way around..." Full Story

  8. EU urged to increase public awareness of ADHD (TheParliament.com, April 26, 2013)

    "The EU has been urged to make "the invisible, visible" and increase public awareness of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). President of the European brain council Mary Baker told TheParliament.com, "A lot of people do not believe in [ADHD's] existence. So therefore, if it does not exist, then people do not understand that there is treatment for it. We need to make this illness visible to society..." Full Story

  9. UVa begins program to unlock potential of children with ADHD (Daily Progress, April 30, 2013)

    "Researchers in a new program at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education are seeking ways to unlock the potential of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. “The end goal is we’re trying to look at ADHD from a positive youth development perspective,” said research professor Michael Kofler..." Full Story

  10. Twitter Analysis Finds Spike in Adderall Use, Misuse At Exam Time (PsychCentral, May 2, 2013)

    "As the spring semester nears the end, a growing number of college students are tweeting about their use of the ADHD medication Adderall. Twitter allows experts and policymakers the opportunity to track the use of Adderall, in much the same way an outbreak of influenza can be followed as it works its way across the nation. In the new study, BYU health science and computer science researchers report the findings of their six-month investigation in the Journal of Medical Internet Research..." Full Story

  11. UPDATE: Shire's Vyvanse Approved in US for Children with ADHD (Benzinga.com, May 01, 2013)

    "Shire plc (NASDAQ: SHPG), the global specialty biopharmaceutical company, today announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the prescription medication Vyvanse^® (lisdexamfetamine dimesylate) Capsules, (CII) as a maintenance treatment in children and adolescents with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Vyvanse is currently approved as a maintenance treatment in adults with ADHD. With this new approval, Vyvanse becomes the only stimulant approved for maintenance treatment in children, adolescents, and adults (patients ages 6 and above) with ADHD..." Full Story

  12. NIMH Twitter Chat on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (NIMH Science Update, April 26, 2013)

    "Join us Friday, May 3, from 11 am to noon EST, for a discussion of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) to help commemorate National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day on May 9. NIMH’s own Ben Vitiello, M.D, from the Child and Adolescent Treatment and Preventive Intervention Research Branch, will field questions regarding ADHD in children and teens..." 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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