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ADHD in the News - May 10, 2012

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

  1. Anxiety Disorders and ADHD: Comorbidity the Rule, Not the Exception (Psychiatric Times, May 8, 2012)

    "If you work in an anxiety disorder clinic or adult outpatient psychiatric clinic, you probably see a higher prevalence of patients with ADHD than you would in the general population, according to two presenters at the APA meeting. Speaking during the Scientific and Clinical Report Session on attention spectrum disorders, Michael Van Ameringen, MD, FRCPC, Co-Director of the Anxiety Disorders Clinic at McMaster University Medical Center in Canada and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at McMaster University, summarized some of the medical literature on anxiety and ADHD prevalence..." Full Story

  2. Chronic Lyme Disease Linked to ADHD in Adults (Medscape Medical News, May 8, 2012)

    "Chronic lyme disease (CLD) has been linked to attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adults, new research shows. "The association between ADHD and CLD has not been identified previously," principal investigator Joel L. Young, MD, medical director, Rochester Center for Behavioral Medicine, Rochester, Michigan, told Medscape Medical News. The survey results also corroborate earlier findings of a relationship between CLD and anxiety and depression, he said..." Full Story

  3. Drug Shortages Exist Across the Board (Psychiatric Times, May 9, 2012)

    "Ongoing shortages of several psychotropic medications have wreaked havoc among patients and their families, caused frustration and reluctant prescription switches among physicians, and prompted investigations by Congress. Drug shortages reached an all-time high in 2011. According to the University of Utah Drug Information Service, 267 drugs-primarily injectables-were in short supply, up from 211 in 2010 and 58 in 2004...Ruth Hughes, PhD, psychologist and Chief Executive Officer of Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), a nonprofit educational and advocacy organization, said the shortages in ADHD medications that began with a shortage of short-acting generic versions of Adderall "have been going on for more than a year." A January survey of CHADD members revealed that nearly half (49.9%) of the 5500 respondents were having difficulty in getting their medications and of that group, 37% had to switch medications..." Full Story

  4. Can Past Meds Influence Current ADHD? (DailyRx, May 9, 2012)

    "Stimulants are a first-line treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). They can have side effects, and researchers are still exploring how stimulants might affect future medical treatments. A small study looked at the safety and side effects for children taking Vyvanse. The types of side effects were different for children who had never taken a stimulant before, and the side effects were more severe than in children who had taken a stimulant in the past..." Full Story

  5. Disabled African-American students face frequent suspensions (HealthCal.org, May 7, 2012)

    "Michelle Harvey's son has severe Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. By middle school, when he was diagnosed, he could not read at grade level, and he struggled in math. Harvey, who is an elementary school teacher, worked closely with school administrators on her son's needs, and was a frequent volunteer at his middle school. Then he went to high school, and things fell apart...His problems at school are all too common, according to data recently released by the U.S. Office of Education's Office for Civil Rights. African American students with disabilities run the highest risk of school suspension in California, according to an analysis [3] of that data by The Civil Rights Project at UCLA in the report Suspended Education in California..." Full Story

  6. What Is ADHD, and Why Do People Say It Doesn't Exist? (Huffington Post, May 9, 2012)

    "This story is part of Speak Up for Kids, an annual public education program held during National Children's Mental Health Awareness Week (May 6-12, 2012). ADHD is the most common of all childhood psychiatric disorders, but one that is widely misunderstood. That's because the three key features of ADHD--hyperactivity, inattention and impulsivity--are behaviors all children exhibit to some degree...But the belief that ADHD isn't a real disorder--and that medication is just an exaggerated response to difficult but typical children's behavior--is a serious threat to the timely treatment that can transform the lives of young people..." Full Story

  7. The Science Behind Motivation and Drive (Mental Health News, May 9, 2012)

    "If you've ever seen the television show Gilmore Girls, you know that Rory Gilmore is a textbook overachiever. She sets her sights on Harvard at a young age, she finishes all of her weekend homework by Saturday so that she can devote Sundays to extra credit, and she has every detail of her life planned out for the next five decades. Why are some people overachievers and/or go-getters willing to work hard to reap future rewards, while others are perfectly content to settle and slack off? According to a recent study, the degree of motivation people exhibit may be determined by levels of dopamine in the brain..." Full Story

  8. AssureRx Health Launches Personalized Medicine Test for ADHD (PRNewswire, May 7, 2012)

    "AssureRx Health, Inc. today announced it has launched a personalized medicine test for the growing number of children and adults diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The new pharmacogenomic test can assist clinicians with important medication decisions that result from genomic differences in how individual patients tolerate ADHD medications..." 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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