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ADHD in the News - August 11, 2011

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

  1. ADHD and Marriage: Boundaries Can Help Rebuild Your Relationship (Psych Central, August 10, 2011)

    "In marriages where one spouse has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (or both do), there are often many challenges. One of them is overstepping each other's boundaries...In her book, The ADHD Effect on Marriage: Understand and Rebuild Your Relationship in Six Steps, marriage consultant Melissa Orlov (who I recently interviewed for a piece on pitfalls and potential solutions), discusses the importance of working on changing yourself, instead of your partner. It is unrealistic to try and change others anyway, and it only creates and perpetuates conflict..." Full Story

  2. Micronutrients reduce stress, anxiety - study (The Press [New Zealand], August 8, 2011)

    "Vitamins and minerals have helped reduce post-quake stress and anxiety, a Canterbury University study shows. Nearly 100 Christchurch residents took part in the two-month trial, which started in May. A study last year led by the same team tested the effect of micronutrients on people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and found that those taking the micronutrients at the time of the September quake coped better than those not taking them. The study was published in Psychiatry Research..." Full Story

  3. For Better Grades, Try Gym Class (New York Times, August 10, 2011)

    "If you want a young person to focus intently in school and perform well on tests, should you first send him or her to gym class? That question, which has particular relevance for school districts weighing whether to reduce or ax their physical education programs to save money, motivated a number of stimulating new examinations into the interplay of activity and attention. Some of the experiments studied children; others looked at laboratory rats bred to have an animal version of attention deficit disorder. For both groups, exercise significantly affected their ability to concentrate, although some activities seemed to be better than others at sharpening attention..." Full Story

  4. Let's Talk About ADHD: Q&A With Dr. Mark Bertin (White Plains Patch, August 9, 2011)

    "As the new school year approaches, some parents might have concerns that their child?s behavioral or academic struggles might be something different than typical distractibility or childhood rambunctiousness. If they are finding that their child's "executive function" -- a set of cognitive abilities that allows the brain to manage actions and organize thoughts effectively -- is lacking and causing impairment across multiple settings, then it may be well worth the effort to have the child clinically evaluated for the disorder, said Dr. Mark Bertin, a developmental behavioral pediatrician..." Full Story

  5. Overcoming Obstacles, Aiming High (Odenton Patch, August 6, 2011)

    "Alex LeBlanc of Odenton has battled learning problems all his life, but he remains on track to fulfill his dream of becoming an Air Force pilot..." Full Story

  6. Your child was diagnosed with a developmental disorder, now what? (Sun-Times Media, August 5, 2011)

    "Attention deficit disorder. Autism. Asperger Syndrome. Pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified -- otherwise known as PDD-NOS. Receiving such a diagnosis can be overwhelming. Parents of newly diagnosed kids with special needs have their own special needs, starting with learning how to navigate all the treatments and services available. We asked experts around Chicago -- doctors, therapists, nonprofit leaders and parents -- what advice they would offer parents dealing with the diagnosis of a developmental disorder. Consider their advice a road map and GPS..." Full Story

  7. ADHD, Autism May Sometimes Share Gene Mutations (US News & World Report, August 10, 2011)

    "Some of the genetic variants implicated in ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) overlap with genes and nerve communication pathways that play a role in autism, a new study finds. The research may help to explain why people with ADHD, autism and other neuropsychiatric disorders sometimes have symptoms in common, such as impulsivity and restlessness, researchers said. Instead of finding one or more "ADHD" or "autism" genes, research is beginning to uncover neural pathways that influence the way a brain develops and works, said senior study author Dr. Russell Schachar, a senior scientist and child psychiatrist at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto..." Full Story

  8. Mom's questioning meds for treating ADHD (Boston Globe, August 11, 2011)

    "Hi Barbara, I have 3 boys (7, 5 and 2). My oldest was recently diagnosed (in June) with ADHD(hyperactivity/impulsivity) and Oppositional Defiant Disorder. He was always a challenge for us to parent. My hope was that his behavior was just a phase and that he would gow out of it. But here I am years later, and his behavior is still a huge concern...Sometimes, I just want to throw in the towel and go for the meds but will that actually change his behavior or I am just taking the easy way out?..." Full Story

  9. IDF to allow draftees with ADHD to serve in combat units (Haaretz.com [Israel], August 8, 2011)

    "As of September 1, the Israel Defense Forces is instituting a new policy to allow draftees diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder - commonly called ADHD - to join combat units. Until now, draftees who said they were taking medication to treat their ADHD were limited in possibilities for military service and were excluded from combat duties. The limitations frequently led young people who had been treated in high school with medication to stop taking it before predraft medical assessments so as not to hurt their chances of getting into training for a combat unit, or they would obtain the drug on the black market as that way, it would not appear on their record..." Full Story

    [for U.S. information, read NRC's ADHD and the Military]

  10. DIG Coaching Practice Presents "Back to School with ADHD" on Attention Talk Radio with Host Jeff Copper and Psychiatrist, Dr. Kenny Handelman (PR.com, August 9, 2011)

    "Transitions can be difficult for those with ADHD, especially for children headed back to school. Host Jeff Copper talks with Dr. Kenny Handelman about strategies to transition back to school after the freedom of summer by gradually reintroducing homework...The program will be aired on Wednesday, August 17, 2011, at 8 pm ET, on Attention Talk Radio.." 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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