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ADHD in the News - November 1, 2012

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

  1. Recently Published Economic Analysis Highlights the Financial Impact of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in the United States (Sacramento Bee, October 26, 2012)

    "A recently published systematic literature review and analysis of applicable studies has assessed the economic impact of ADHD in the United States. This analysis estimated that annual national excess costs for ADHD ranged from $143 billion to $266 billion. More than 70 percent of these overall excess costs were attributable to adults with ADHD or to adult family members of patients with ADHD. The analysis was published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP)..." Full Story

  2. Marker May Link Smoking with ADHD (MedPage Today, October 30, 2012)

    "A genetic marker associated with smoking has been linked with the diagnosis of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), although the findings should be considered preliminary, Canadian researchers reported..." Full Story

  3. A little exercise may help kids with ADHD focus (Reuters, October 31, 2012)

    "Twenty minutes of exercise may help kids with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) settle in to read or solve a math problem, new research suggests..." Full Story

  4. New Tools Developed to Better Treat ADHD Patients in Early Stages (ScienceDaily, October 26, 2012)

    "Mayo Clinic researchers are presenting new findings on the early treatment of child and adolescent attention deficit hyperactivity disorder this week at the American Academy of Childhood and Adolescent Psychiatry annual meeting in San Francisco. They include a method to get better input from parents and teachers of children who are being diagnosed with ADHD for the first time -- allowing for more effective treatment upon the first consultation. Researchers also showed how a tool can help clinicians better diagnose and treat children who have both ADHD and oppositional defiance disorder..." Full Story

  5. ADHD drugs do not raise risk of serious heart conditions in children, study shows (Medical Xpress, November 1, 2012)

    "Children taking central nervous system stimulants such as Adderall and Ritalin do not face an increased risk of serious heart conditions during treatment, according to a new University of Florida study that confirms findings reported in 2011. Published in the British Medical Journal in August, the study contributes to a decade-long clinical and policy debate of treatment risks for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder..." Full Story

  6. Parental Awareness Decreases Behavior Problems for Teens With ADHD (Good Therapy, October 30, 2012)

    "In a recent study, Christine A. P. Walther of the Department of Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh explored how positive parenting practices affected the risk of maladaptive outcomes for teens with and without ADHD..." Full Story

  7. Attention Deficit Disorder and Sex Addiction: What's the Connection? (PsychCentral, October 31, 2012)

    "Dr. Rory Reid of UCLA did research in 2007 and 2011 in which groups of men in treatment for sex addiction were assessed for ADHD and in which 23%-26% were found to meet the criteria for adult ADHD. Almost all of these (97%) were of the "predominantly inattentive type" rather than being predominantly hyperactive. (The prevalence of ADHD in the general population is 3-5% according to Reid.)..." Full Story

  8. Male College Students View Stimulants as Prescription for Success (Good Therapy, October 31, 2012)

    "Because both AS [anabolic steroids] and PS [prescription stimulants] are designed to produce positive results in the form of achievement, either academic or physical, researcher Tonya Dodge of the Department of Psychology at George Washington University wanted to find out if students endorsed or opposed each drug in the same way..." Full Story

  9. Omega 3 supplements improve the n-6/3 fatty acid profile in children with ADHD (Foodconsumer.org, October 30, 2012)

    "A new study in ADHD Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorders suggests that parents who have children with ADHD may want to consider letting their children use an omega 3 fatty acid supplement as the authors say the supplementation can improve the lipid profile that is associated with ADHD symptoms..." Full Story

  10. How to Handle Hyperactivity in Kids with ADHD (PsychCentral, October 28, 2012)

    "Hyperactive kids with ADHD are always on the go, according to Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D, a clinical psychologist and clinical instructor in the department of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School...For instance, rather than sitting at their desk, they might jump up several times to sharpen their pencil, said Ari Tuckman, PsyD, a clinical psychologist and author of Understand Your Brain, Get More Done: The ADHD Executive Functions Workbook. ...Parenting a child who's hyperactive is no doubt exhausting. Tuckman and Olivardia shared these suggestions on how to handle hyperactivity..." Full Story

  11. Metacognitive therapy: a possible new approach for ADHD? (Harvard Health Publications, October 26, 2012)

    "One treatment that can help relieve depression and other mental or emotional problems is cognitive behavioral therapy. It guides individuals to change what they think. A related approach, called metacognitive therapy, helps individuals change how they think. Some preliminary but promising research suggests that metacognitive therapy may be useful for people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (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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