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ADHD in the News - November 17, 2011

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

  1. Women's Use of ADHD Medications Surges (Psych Central, November 17, 2011)

    "A new report suggests that women's use of medications used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has more than doubled in the past decade, surpassing use of these kinds of meds by men. According to the report published by Medco Health Solutions, the number of women on ADHD drugs was 2.5 times higher than in 2001. The most striking increase - 264 percent - was seen in young and middle-aged adult women - ages 20 to 44 years old..." Full Story

  2. Data shows more than 20 percent of US adults taking drug for psychiatric, behavioral disorders (Washington Post, November 16, 2011)

    "More than 20 percent of American adults took at least one drug for conditions like anxiety and depression in 2010, according to an analysis of prescription data, including more than one in four women. The report, released Wednesday by pharmacy benefits manager Medco Health Solutions Inc., found that use of drugs for psychiatric and behavioral disorders rose 22 percent from 2001. The medications are most often prescribed to women aged 45 and older, but their use among men and in younger adults climbed sharply. In adults 20 to 44, use of antipsychotic drugs and treatments for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder more than tripled, and use of anti-anxiety drugs like Xanax, Valium and Ativan rose 30 percent from a decade ago..." Full Story

  3. Scientists Probe Role of Brain in ADHD Cases (Wall Street Journal, November 14, 2011)

    "A brain area that helps orchestrate mental activity works overtime in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, reflecting the internal struggle to hold more than one thing in mind at a time, neuroscientists reported Sunday. The scientists used a functional magnetic imaging scanner to track signs of neural activity among 19 affected children and 23 other children who were asked to remember a simple sequence of letters. The scientists discovered that a critical mental control area, called the dorsal anterior cingulate cortex, worked much harder and, perhaps, less efficiently among children with attention problems..." Full Story

  4. New ADHD findings (Medical Xpress, November 14, 2011)

    "A combination of rare and common genetic variations could play a part in biological pathways linked to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Cardiff University scientists revealed last year that children with the condition, like those with autism, were more likely than unaffected individuals to carry duplicated or omitted small DNA segments known as copy number variants (CNVs). The findings suggested that rare genetic variations contribute to ADHD risk. Similar findings have been found for autism, schizophrenia and intellectual disability. Now a wider study by the same team and colleagues in Eire and Scotland has replicated the initial findings that these large, rare CNVs are more common in children with ADHD than amongst the general population. Their findings additionally suggest a more common type of genetic variant called Single-Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) may also be relevant to ADHD risk..." Full Story

  5. AD/HD group names Educator of the Year (PennLive, November 10, 2011)

    "Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, commonly known as AD/HD, is estimated to affect between 3 and 5 percent of all school-age children, and is the most commonly diagnosed behavioral disorder in children. While the exact cause has not been identified, it is speculated to be a variety of things, ranging from genetics to the environment. Due to her commitment to improving the lives of youth affected with the disorder, psychologist and West Chester University professor Joan Polka was named Educator of the Year by the nation's leading non-profit organization serving individuals affected with AD/HD, Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)..." Full Story

  6. ADHD in African American Children (Yahoo News, November 16, 2011)

    "There isn't a lot of research about ADHD in the African American Community; however, based on existing research it is evident that the treatment and diagnosis of ADHD is especially difficult in African American children due to lack of adequate health care services and false perceptions of ADHD in the African American Community..." Full Story

  7. When ADHD and Anxiety Occur Together (Psych Central, November 11, 2011)

    "It's not uncommon for individuals with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) to struggle with anxiety, whether it's several symptoms or a full-blown disorder. In fact, about 30 to 40 percent of people with ADHD have an anxiety disorder, which includes - obsessive-compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, phobias, social anxiety and panic disorder,- according to Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D, a clinical psychologist and clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School. The Anxiety Disorders Association of America even estimates the figure to be almost 50 percent. Here's why ADHD and anxiety co-occur (occur together), how this affects treatment and several strategies for coping with anxiety..." Full Story

  8. Nondrug Therapies in ADHD (Medscape, November 15, 2011)

    "This is Dr. Robert Findling. I am the Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at University Hospital Case Medical Center and Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common diagnosis in children and adolescents and a substantial amount of attention has recently been paid in the media to the pharmacotherapy of this condition. Issues pertaining to the safety or tolerability as well as the efficacy make the consideration of medication treatment of ADHD important and newsworthy. However, I would like to talk about psychosocial interventions in ADHD because this is also a very important topic..." Full Story

  9. How to cope with ADHD at college or university (The Windsor Star, November 17, 2011)

    "Ten ways to achieve success for university and college students with ADHD, from the Centre of ADHD Awareness, Canada..." Full Story

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