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ADHD in the News - September 8, 2011

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

  1. The Size and Burden of Mental Disorders in Europe (ScienceDaily, September 6, 2011)

    "A major landmark study released September 5 by the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) sheds new light on the state of Europe's mental and neurological health. The study finds reveal that mental disorders have become Europe's largest health challenge in the 21st century. The study also highlights that the majority of mental disorders remain untreated. Taken together with the large and increasing number of 'disorders of the brain', the true size and burden is even significantly higher..." Full Story

  2. Anger in ADHD and Temper-Reducing Tools to Help (PsychCentral, September 2, 2011)

    "People with ADHD tend to have issues with anger for several reasons, said clinical psychologist Ari Tuckman, PsyD, and author of More Attention, Less Deficit: Successful Strategies for Adults with ADHD. One contributing factor is neurology. "People with ADHD tend to feel and express their emotions more strongly," he said...According to Tuckman, there are various ways individuals with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder can resolve their anger problems and "lengthen their fuse."..." Full Story

  3. Infants Trained to Concentrate Show Added Benefits (ScienceDaily, September 2, 2011)

    "Although parents may have a hard time believing it, even infants can be trained to improve their concentration skills. What's more, training babies in this way leads to improvements on other, unrelated tasks. The findings reported online on Sept. 1 in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, are in contrast to reports in adults showing that training at one task generally doesn't translate into improved performance on other, substantially different tasks. They also may have important implications for improving success in school, particularly for those children at risk of poor outcomes, the researchers say..." Full Story

  4. Pediatric Irritation, Bipolar Disorder Differ in Imaging (Family Practice News, September 7, 2011)

    "Longitudinal data, family studies, and recent imaging findings show distinct differences - and some similarities between severely irritable children and children with bipolar disorder. The notion that bipolar disorder in children is characterized not by manic and depressive episodes but by very severe, chronic irritability and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has become popular in the United States in recent years but doesn't hold up to scientific scrutiny, Dr. Ellen Leibenluft said at the annual congress of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology..." Full Story

  5. The Emotional Brain in Youth: Research Suggests How to Diagnose and Treat Mood Disorders in Children and Adolescents (ScienceDaily, September 6, 2011)

    "Recognition of bipolar disorder in adolescents is now clearly established. However, whether bipolarity exists in children remains controversial despite numerous studies that have been conducted on this topic in the last fifteen years. Since the diagnosis of bipolar disorder in children has been rising for the past ten years, clinicians, researchers, parents, and others who care for children are left wondering what accounts for this dramatic increase in diagnosing pediatric bipolar disorder (Dickstein, 2010): is it better recognition of an important psychiatric disorder or is it due to overdiagnosis, misdiagnosis, or a diagnostic trend? In response to this increase, both clinical and research interest in pediatric bipolar disorders have surged, including a re-examination of the diagnostic criteria for this condition based on developmental and neurobiological findings..." Full Story

  6. Illinois limits psychiatric drugs for Medicaid patients (Chicago Tribune, September 7, 2011)

    "In a money-saving move that reflects the dire condition of the state budget, the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services no longer automatically provides 17 brand-name psychiatric drugs to people on Medicaid, the state's insurance program for the poor. Officials say doctors must first explain why the pricey medicines are preferable to alternatives that can be far cheaper...But some who care for people with mental illness say many clients, forced off their regular meds, have gotten worse, some to the point of hospitalization..." Full Story

  7. Opening up about attention deficit hyperactivity disorder helps kids and adults (Straight.com [Vancouver], September 7, 2011)

    "Vancouver park commissioner Sarah Blyth remembers when her attention deficit hyperactivity disorder was so severe that she considered ending her life...Now Blyth is going public about her condition, she said, in part so that other kids won't suffer the same way she did..." Full Story

  8. Doctors warn against treating ADHD with coffee (ABC7 News, September 7, 2011)

    "Can coffee keep Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder at bay in children? A Colorado mother thinks so...But some doctors are not convinced. "Caffeine is not the answer for real bona fide ADHD," said Dr. David Rosenberg, Children's HOSPITAL of Michigan. "I don't want parents to be deluded into a false sense of security that if I just go to the local Starbucks I'm going to cure my son or daughter's 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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