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ADHD in the News - November 23, 2012

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

  1. Attention-deficit patients are more likely to commit crimes when off ADHD drugs, study finds (Washington Post, November 21, 2012)

    "Older teens and adults with attention deficit disorder are much less likely to commit a crime while on ADHD medication, a provocative study from Sweden found. It also showed in dramatic fashion how much more prone people with ADHD are to break the law - four to seven times more likely than others...The findings were published in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine..." Full Story

  2. ADHD Meds May Help Cut Crime (Medpage Today, November 21, 2012)

    "For individuals with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), remaining medicated may reduce criminal behavior, a Swedish study showed. The rate of criminal convictions was 32% lower for men and 41% lower for women when they were taking ADHD medication compared with times when they were not medicated, according to Paul Lichtenstein, PhD, of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, and colleagues..." Full Story

  3. Youngest Kids in Class May Get More ADHD Meds (Medpage Today, November 19, 2012)

    "Icelandic elementary school students in the bottom third of their fourth-grade class for age were almost twice as likely to score low on math and language arts standardized tests, Helga Zoëga, PhD, of Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, and colleagues found. They were also 50% more likely to be prescribed stimulants for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) by seventh grade than the oldest kids in their class (95% CI 28% to 80%), the group reported in the December issue of Pediatrics..." Full Story

  4. Teens Abuse Prescription ADHD Drugs, Too (Philadelphia Inquirer, November 16, 2012)

    "They're known as study drugs ... party drugs ... vitamin R, the smart drug, addy, a-bomb ...Regardless of the slang or street names, they're actually stimulants like 'Ritalin' and 'Adderall', which are commonly prescribed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). But like many other prescription drugs, they are getting in the wrong hands for the wrong reasons...Here's what a national survey of 8th, 10th and 12th graders in public and private schools found in 2011..." Full Story

  5. Brilliant and Three Years Younger (CHADD Leadership Blog, November 20, 2012)

    "As my son Chris was growing up with ADHD and learning disabilities, one of the priceless pieces of information that sustained me was my understanding that most children with ADHD have a developmental lag of about thirty percent, or approximately three years..." Full Story

  6. Redemption time for Mitchell (Vancouver Sun, November 17, 2012)

    "Mitchell is happy. He does not look like a player with two strikes against him - a defensive tackle needing to redeem himself after a tumultuous season that included a Twitter scandal, a reprehensible act of violence on the field and suspensions from both the B.C. Lions and the Canadian Football League...He revealed for the first time Friday that he suffers from dyslexia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This probably forgives Mitchell nothing, but it may explain a lot about his season..." Full Story

  7. For Teen, Undiagnosed Disabilities Turn Into School Troubles (The Hartford Courant, November 17, 2012)

    "Brian Hernandez's case provides insight into the troubled life of a student with undiagnosed disabilities. Those issues could cause a kid to act out and, as a result, be labeled a troublemaker by his peers and adults...It took years, but Brian, 17, was ultimately diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and Tourette's Syndrome last year. Experts say the delay in diagnosis likely helped fuel years of bitter conflicts with classmates and teachers..." 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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