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ADHD in the News - October 3, 2013

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

  1. Preschool Behavior Helps Predict ADHD (PsychCentral, October 2, 2013)

    "Parents can get a heads-up on whether their child may develop attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder by observing the way a child behaves at home during preschool years. Ideally, information should be garnered from preschool teachers, parent’s observation, and feedback from other adults who have the opportunity to observe the child’s tendency to be inattentive or hyperactive. This advice comes from Sarah O’Neill, Ph.D., and based on research she conducted in an article published in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology..." Full Story

  2. College Students Face Risks, Unknown Benefits from Misuse of Prescription Stimulants (ScienceDaily, October 1, 2013)

    "In a systematic review of hundreds of research studies on prescription stimulants and the misuse of drugs prescribed for those with ADHD, University of Rhode Island Psychology Professor Lisa Weyandt found that between 5 and 35 percent of college students without ADHD reported taking the stimulants. Her paper was published this week in the Journal of Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology. "Students without ADHD are taking these stimulants thinking that it's going to enhance their academic performance, but we don't have the scientific evidence to support this," said Weyandt, who has studied ADHD for more than 25 years..." Full Story

  3. Pearson's Quotient® ADHD Test Shown to Detect "ADHD Fakers" (Sacramento Bee, October 1, 2013)

    "Pearson, the world's leading learning company, announced today that the company will present a poster on results from a pilot study of the company's newly acquired Quotient® ADHD Test demonstrating the technology's ability to detect individuals attempting to fake attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The author-led poster presentation...will be presented at the U.S. Psychiatric and Mental Health Congress 2013 in Las Vegas, NV on October 1, 2013..." Full Story

  4. Young Kids Seem to Be Getting Fewer Psychotropics (Medpage Today, September 30, 2013)

    "Among preschoolers, psychotropic drug prescriptions peaked from 2002 to 2005 and then stabilized from 2006 to 2009, but with increased usage found in boys, white kids, and those lacking private health insurance, researchers reported..." Full Story

  5. Preschoolers' Use of Psychiatric Drugs Levels Off, Study Shows (HealthDay News, September 30, 2013)

    "Doctors don't seem to be as quick as they once were to reach for their prescription pads when treating preschoolers for mental troubles, a new study shows. The research, published online Sept. 30 in the journal Pediatrics, looked at recent trends in the use of psychotropic medications -- drugs that alter mood or behavior -- in children between the ages of 2 and 5..." Full Story

  6. Ask a Psychiatrist: Abuse risks not related to ADHD medication (htrnews.com, September 30, 2013)

    "Q: Recently I heard a woman on the radio say medications for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are addictive and cause drug abuse. My son has done well on Ritalin since sixth grade. Ever since taking it, he can finish his homework on time and gets A’s and B’s instead of C’s, D’s and an F. Should I be worried about him having drug abuse problems?..." Full Story

  7. CHADD kicks off ADHD Awareness Month with celebrities, social media campaign (PR Newswire, October 1, 2013)

    "You're aware of ADHD, but do you really understand it? October is National ADHD Awareness Month and CHADD, the largest family-based ADHD organization in the United States, wants you to have the facts about this common disorder. Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, commonly called ADHD, affects about 15 million children and adults across the United States. CHADD, working with the ADHD Awareness Coalition (www.adhdawarenessmonth.org), is launching a media campaign to share the facts of this disorder and the faces of real people who daily cope with the symptoms of ADHD while building successful lives..." Full Story

  8. October is ADHD Awareness Month; Effects lessened when kids walk to school (Video) (Examiner.com, September 29, 2013)

    "Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one that affects millions of children and adults around the world. Not everyone fully understands the disorder, and more often than not, it is diagnosed wrong by those that don't know all about it...October is ADHD Awareness Month, and it will give everyone a chance to learn more about the disorder and hopefully get rid of numerous misconceptions..." 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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