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ADHD in the News - May 22, 2014

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

  1. Top 25 Psychiatric Medication Prescriptions for 2013 (PsychCentral, May 18, 2014)

    "These are the top 25 psychiatric medications by number of U.S. prescriptions dispensed in 2013, according to IMS Health, a global information and technology services company...The biggest gains were once again in anti-depressant medications and stimulant medications for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The most popular drugs continue to be antidepressants, like Zoloft and Prozac, and anti-anxiety medications like Xanax and Ativan..." Full Story

  2. Use Of ADHD Drugs Rose Sharply Among Adults, Especially Women (Connecticut Health I-Team, May 18, 2014)

    "The number of young adult women taking medications for ADHD jumped by 85 percent between 2008 and 2012, according to a recent report by St. Louis-based Express Scripts, a pharmaceutical benefits company. While children are still more likely to have ADHD, the rate of diagnosis is climbing faster in adults – up 53 percent in grownups versus 19 percent in kids over those four years..." Full Story

  3. Treating Toddlers for ADHD is Crazy, but Don’t Throw the Baby Out with the Bathwater (EmaxHealth, May 21, 2014)

    "Data released recently by the CDC, and reported in the New York Times, that more than 10,000 American toddlers are being medicated for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has ignited a firestorm of indignation – as it should...Everyone should be concerned about these “extreme” diagnoses. But parents, in particular, must be careful to not ‘throw the baby out with the bathwater’..." Full Story

  4. Many processed foods are heavily dyed, study finds (FoxNews.com, May 21, 2014)

    "Some cereals, candies and cakes contain much more artificial coloring than parents probably expect, according to a new study...Several studies have suggested some children may be sensitive to artificial coloring or the preservatives that often accompany it. The dyes have been linked to inattention and hyperactivity. For the new study, researchers bought and tested common processed foods to find out how much artificial coloring they included..." Full Story

  5. ADHD rates in Louisiana get the attention of DHH & politicians (WVUE, May 19, 2014)

    "Louisiana is at the top in terms of people diagnosed and medicated for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and now the state health department and some politicians want to make sure the drugs are not being over prescribed..." Full Story

  6. With ADHD, Anger May Be Genetic (EmaxHealth, May 19, 2014)

    "Many adults impacted by ADHD have difficulty regulating their emotions. They may move quickly into anger, overwhelm or anxiety at unexpected times and in response to triggers that seem minor. This emotional lability can be quite difficult for spouses and other family members to deal with... Research conducted by Merwood and colleagues explored the source of this emotional rollercoaster..." 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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