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ADHD in the News - August 30, 2012

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

  1. Challenges of adult ADHD (American Medical News, August 27, 2012)

    "Long-considered a childhood problem, the condition increasingly is being diagnosed in adults. If untreated, it can lead to trouble with jobs and relationships...Likely driving the uptick is greater awareness among doctors and the public about symptoms of the disorder and the importance of treating those symptoms, health professionals say. Also contributing to the rise is research showing that many children don't outgrow the condition. That means if an ADHD diagnosis is missed in childhood, the individual might need treatment when he or she gets older..." Full story

  2. The Right Mindset Matters for Managing ADHD (PsychCentral, August 28, 2012)

    "Managing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) effectively isn't just about finding good tools and techniques. Your attitude also plays a significant role in your success..." Full story

  3. Upton: Adult ADHD often causes loss of focus (Chattanooga Times Free Press, August 30, 2012)

    "60 percent of those who suffer from ADHD symptoms as children carry them throughout their adult lives. Those symptoms include the following and more: difficulty organizing tasks or following sequential directions, completing work within time frames or remembering appointments. The list of how it affects the lives of adults is even longer. Take a look at this picture..." Full story

  4. Rehab for ADD Medications On the Rise (CBS Miami, August 27, 2012)

    "Annie Gendaszek was introduced to ADHD medications when she was just 13-years old, by a friend with a prescription. "I really liked the effect and how they made me feel, so I sought out my own prescriptions from doctors," said Gendaszek. By the time she was in college, she was abusing the drugs daily, and she knew she need help..." Full story

  5. ADHD School Planning in 300 Words or Less (Huffington Post, August 28, 2012)

    "A 2011 study from the journal Pediatrics found that near 60 percent of children with ADHD have an associated writing disability. Beyond the effects of distractibility, rushing through assignments, impulsivity and all the rest of ADHD, these children have a neurologically-based deficit around writing...For students to enjoy and take ownership of their own academic career, underlying issues affecting school must be addressed first. Here are suggestions (in fewer than three hundred words) to avoid common pitfalls while planning for the upcoming year..." Full story

  6. Toxic Phthalates In School Supplies Used By Kids (Medical News Today, August 27, 2012)

    "High levels of toxic phthalates, which are banned in toys and are associated with birth defects, ADHD, obesity, behavioral problems and asthma, have been found in 75% of children's back-to-school supplies, a new report issued by the Center for Health, Environment & Justice, the Empire State Consumer Project, and Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY). School supplies were tested in a laboratory, and even seemingly harmless products, such as Dora, Spiderman and Disney branded lunchboxes, rainboots, raincoats, backpacks, and 3-ring binders were found to have elevated levels of phthalates..." Full story

  7. Startup launches site for kids with autism, special needs (Mass High Tech, August 30, 2012)

    "After having spent the last decade working with parents, kids and educators as the CEO of Goldberg Center for Educational Planning, Adam Goldberg decided it was time to take what he's learned and bring it online...Goldberg has developed myEdGPS, an online tool to help families navigate through information and services for their children..." Full story

  8. A lifeline for families with special needs (The Register-Guard [Eugene, OR], August 23, 2012)

    "A decade ago, the principal of the elementary school where Christine Friedemann's son attended would see her in the hall, turn and all but run. Her son, David, was pulling fire extinguishers off the walls, failing in school and generally making life miserable for others. Now, despite having Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, dyslexia and other challenges, David Friedemann is entering North Eugene High School needing nominal extra attention in his classes. And Christine is singing the praises of a Eugene organization that, she believes, made the difference. Direction Service..." 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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