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ADHD in the News - September 1, 2011

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

  1. School Support for ADHD Children May Be Missing the Mark: Inattention, Not Hyperactivity, Is Associated With Educational Failure (Science Daily, August 28, 2011)

    "New research from the University of Montreal shows that inattention, rather than hyperactivity, is the most important indicator when it comes to finishing a high school education. "Children with attention problems need preventative intervention early in their development," explained lead author Dr. Jean-Baptiste Pingault, who is also affiliated with Sainte-Justine Mother and Child University Hospital. The researchers came to their conclusion after looking at data collected from the parents and teachers of 2000 children over a period of almost twenty years..." Full Story

  2. Bullying: How Do Victims Respond to Bullies and Why? (Science Daily, September 1, 2011)

    "Many wonder why bullies bully, but a new study looks at the other side of the equation: How do children respond to bullying and why? The answer, researchers say, may lead to more effective interventions to reduce the negative consequences -- and perhaps even the frequency -- of bullying. The study appears in the journal Child Development..." Full Story

  3. Listening to Shhhh in the City (Wall Street Journal, August 31, 2011)

    "To Tune Out Distractions, White Noise Climbs to the Top of Playlists. Some of the hottest tracks on digital playlists: sounds of an oscillating fan, a waterfall and crickets. White noise and other soothing sounds, once mainly played on machines to aid nighttime sleep, are increasingly helping make daytime hours more serene. When played through headphones, the sounds help people tune out chatty co-workers, pounding jackhammers and the dentist's drill..." Full Story

  4. Class aims to help those caring for a child with mental illness (Washington Post, August 31, 2011)

    "Christine Driscoll uses words such as "disturbing" and "scary" to describe the days of dealing with the anxiety-induced, two-hour-long tantrums her then-4-year-old daughter would throw each day after preschool...Driscoll and McCombs understand the challenges and emotional turmoil that comes with raising a child with a mental illness. And they have some answers for others who might be experiencing similar problems. The women will share some of those answers when they lead a new class this fall in Leonardtown for NAMI Southern Maryland. The National Alliance on Mental Illness is a nationwide nonprofit group dedicated to providing support, education and advocacy for people who have serious mental illnesses and their loved ones..." Full Story

  5. Father diagnosed with Asperger's "failed by system" (Daily Gazette [UK], August 30, 2011)

    "A FATHER who spent most of his childhood in care says he has been let down by the system after only just being diagnosed with a series of severe behavioural disorders. Robert Joyce, 47, of Buntingford Road, in Monkwick, Colchester, was taken into foster care at five because his parents couldn't cope with his behaviour...As an adult, he struggled with personal relationships and was unable to hold down a job because of difficulty interacting and overcoming his temper. But only recently he was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Asperger's Syndrome, a form of autism..." Full Story

  6. Adderall Shortage Has Many Worried (My Fox Houston, August 30, 2011)

    "What if the prescription you needed to have filled wasn't available at your corner pharmacy? How far would you go and how much would you pay to get it? Nearly 80 miles and about $500 later one Houston man now has his medicine. "We paid $417," Linda Thomas said. Thomas says her husband has been taking the prescription medication Adderall for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD, for six years..." Full Story

  7. College students take ADHD drugs for better grades (CNN, September 1, 2011)

    "Gabay takes the prescription drug Adderall, designed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. He doesn't have ADHD or a prescription, but the drug is not hard for him to get. "It's easy -- not sketchy or perceived in a bad way," he says. "Maybe a simple text or a phone call. 'Hey mind if I get some Adderall? I've got a long night ahead of me.'" After taking the pill he hits the books in his fraternity house room, pulling an all-nighter studying. It's a scene that is playing out at college campuses across the United States..." 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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