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ADHD in the News - May 8, 2014

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

  1. Kids With ADHD May Also Suffer Family Troubles (Health Day, May 6, 2014)

    "Study found they were more likely to come from homes affected by poverty, divorce, substance abuse...The researchers analyzed the answers of parents of 65,680 children aged 6-17 who responded to a 2011 survey. About 12 percent of the kids had been diagnosed with ADHD, and their parents reported higher rates of various problems than the parents of kids without ADHD did..." Full Story

  2. Nonstimulant May Provide Rapid Relief for Adult ADHD (Medscape, May 5, 2014)

    "In adults with predominantly inattentive attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (PI-ADHD), an extended-release formula of metadoxine improved attention after a single dose in a phase 2b study...The findings were presented here at the American Psychiatric Association's 2014 Annual Meeting..." Full Story

  3. Long-term safety of ADHD meds not established (Health24.com, May 5, 2014)

    "There are few long-term studies on the effects of ADHD drugs, and there's a big gap in the medical establishment's understanding of what the effects of these medicines might be. Scant research has been done on the long-term safety of drugs for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a new analysis shows, though millions of American children have been taking them for decades..." Full Story

  4. Is Taking Adderall to Boost College Brain Performance Cheating? (Psych Central, May 2, 2014)

    "A new study that will be presented tomorrow finds that 33 percent of students surveyed for a study at an Ivy League college said they did not think taking an attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drug, like Adderall or Ritalin, is a form of cheating. Another 25 percent weren’t sure if it was cheating or not, and 41 percent thought it was..." Full Story

  5. Does Misuse Of ADHD Medications By Students Constitute Cheating? (Forbes, May 5, 2014)

    "Students who are in high pressure academic environments often look to ways to help maximize their time for studying and completing school work. As students feel more pressure to succeed academically, the notion of gaining an advantage to complete numerous projects and study for exams may appeal to some students. Aside from the medical risks from using such stimulants for those without ADHD, the desire to compete and perform has some students taking chances in order to boost their academic performance..." Full Story

  6. Nearly 50 percent of M.D.s believe diversion of ADHD stimulant medications among teens is a problem (Medical Xpress, May 3, 2014)

    "Two recent studies by investigators at the Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York examined physicians' perceptions and knowledge of diversion of stimulant medications for...(ADHD) as well as practices physicians use to prevent diversion among their patients prescribed these medications. The results showed that while almost half of all physicians surveyed believe diversion is common among teens with ADHD, the majority never received training on the topic. Furthermore, about one-third of physicians rarely counsel teens about the health and legal consequences of diverting stimulating medication and don't feel qualified to do so..." Full Story

  7. Kentucky tops U.S. for ADHD diagnoses; Tennessee 11th (WBIR.com, May 3, 2014)

    "The latest statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show 19 percent of Kentucky children ages 4-17 have been diagnosed with ADHD at some point, compared with 11 percent nationally and 16 percent in Indiana. Nearly 15 percent of Kentucky children currently have the diagnosis. The figures, based on parent reports in a 2011 national survey, also showed that ADHD levels have risen steeply in the past decade across the nation, with 6 million children diagnosed at some point in their lives..." Full Story

  8. Common Mistakes Adults with ADHD Make in Managing the Disorder (PsychCentral, May 3, 2014)

    "Making mistakes when managing ADHD symptoms is normal, said Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D, a clinical psychologist and clinical instructor in the department of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. It’s “part of the journey.” Also, part of that journey is learning from your errors. Below, ADHD experts share the most common mistakes people with ADHD make when managing their disorder and how to prevent or fix them..." 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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