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ADHD in the News - May 17, 2012

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

  1. Not-So-Quick Fix: ADHD Behavioral Therapy May Be More Effective Than Drugs in Long Run (Scientific American, May 15, 2012)

    "Cognitive and behavioral therapies that help young people reduce impulsivity and cultivate good study habits are costlier and take longer to administer, but may be more efficacious over time...A new synthesis of behavioral, cognitive and pharmacological findings emerged at the recent Experimental Biology meeting, held last month in San Diego, where experts in ADHD research and treatment gathered to present their work. Their findings suggest that behavioral and cognitive therapies focused on reducing impulsivity and reinforcing positive long-term habits may be able to replace current high doses of stimulant treatment in children and young adults..." Full Story

  2. Is Adult ADHD Linked to Addiction? (Psych Central, May 11, 2012)

    "The prevalence of children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) greatly exceeds the prevalence of this diagnosis among the adult population. This could be, perhaps, because the disorder is more difficult to diagnose in adults. Research suggests that one to five percent of adults suffering from ADHD are unaware that they have it or that it affects their daily lives...Adults with undiagnosed ADHD also exhibit a much more frequent incidence of addictive behavior than those who do not suffer from the disorder. Reasons vary, but substance abuse often is connected to a need to self-medicate untreated ADHD symptoms." Full Story

  3. Interview With Dr. Ari Tuckman on Adult ADHD (Huffington Post, May 17, 2012)

    "Ari Tuckman, Psy.D., MBA is a psychologist in private practice, specializing in diagnosing and treating children, teens, and adults with ADHD, anxiety, and depression. He has appeared on CNN, National Public Radio, and XM Radio and been quoted in the New York Times, USA Today, the Washington Post and the Boston Globe. In addition to his three books, Dr. Tuckman has written for numerous ADHD-related publications, including ADDitude magazine, Attention! magazine, myADHD.com enewsletter, and ADDconsults.com enewsletter. His website is www.TuckmanPsych.com..." Full Story

  4. ADHD Goes to School (Huffington Post, May 15, 2012)

    "When a child has a language delay, people tend to accept this fact at face value...The same attitude does not hold for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). ADHD is a developmental delay in a broad skill set called executive function. A huge body of research defines it as a medical disorder; neither parents nor children benefit when people suggest otherwise..." Full Story

  5. Long-term benefits of ADHD drugs in kids are uncertain (Consumer Reports, May 16, 2012)

    "If your child takes medications such as Ritalin or Adderall to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), you should reconsider after two years or so whether the medications are still helping, according to a new CR Best Buy Drugs report. We found that while those drugs help most children and teens with the condition at first, it's unclear how long the benefits last..." Full Story

  6. Foundation seeking grant applications from families in need (theday.com, May 16, 2012)

    "The UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation announced today that it is seeking grant applications from families in need of financial assistance to help pay for their child's health care treatments, services or equipment not covered, or not fully covered, by their commercial health insurance plan. Qualifying families can receive up to $5,000 to help pay for medical services and equipment such as physical, occupational and speech therapy, counseling services, surgeries, prescriptions, wheelchairs, orthotics, eyeglasses and hearing aids..." Full Story

  7. The Secret Stress of Having a Child With ADHD (GalTime.com, May 16, 2012)

    "You remember back to the days when he was toddler. Friends and family laughed when you expressed worry. "He's just an active boy," they told you. Even your pediatrician seemed less than concerned. Call it mother's intuition but somehow you knew he was somehow different...Although information regarding intervention abounds, as a parent of an ADHD child, this does not dilute the daily struggles you may encounter in parenting your child. Here are some hints on how to cope..." Full Story

  8. 12 Tips to Navigate Summertime When Your Child Has ADHD (Psych Central, May 14, 2012)

    "Parenting a child with ADHD can be especially tough during the summer. "Kids with ADHD blossom when they have a structured schedule, and summertime is notorious for having a lack of scheduling," according to Stephanie Sarkis, Ph.D, a psychotherapist and author of Making the Grade with ADD: A Student's Guide to Succeeding in College with Attention Deficit Disorder. Psychotherapist and ADHD expert Terry Matlen, ACSW, agreed...But while the summer can be challenging, you can absolutely overcome these obstacles and enjoy a fun break. Below, Sarkis and Matlen offer their excellent suggestions..." Full Story

  9. Prenatal Alcohol Exposure & Adaptive Ability (dailyRx, May 16, 2012)

    "Executive function is impaired by prenatal alcohol exposure and ADHD. Exactly how does prenatal alcohol exposure slow down a kid's cognitive ability? Compared to normal kids, they seem to have a much tougher time with "higher order" thought process. A new study that compares kids with ADHD, prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) and normal brain function shows where cognitive function is different..." Full Story

  10. Safer Driving as a Rx Side Effect? (dailyRx, May 13, 2012)

    "ADHD in teens and young adults has been linked to unsafe driving. Many medications can be used to help with symptoms of ADHD, and safer driving may be a good "side effect." People of driving age with ADHD are more likely to have traffic tickets and accidents. Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine dimesylate), a long-acting stimulant used in the treatment of ADHD, now shows promise that it may also help improve driving safety for young adults 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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