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ADHD in the News - January 2, 2014

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

  1. Creating Change With ADHD in 2014 - Ways to Start Addressing Adult ADHD (Psychology Today, December 27, 2013)

    "As 2013 winds down, many of us are thinking about our resolutions... Adults with ADHD that I work with often express desires to be more “there” for their partners and/or children; to better organize themselves; to focus and take in more details; to be more productive at work; and to help share home tasks more evenly. Thankfully, there are a number of resources available to help make these changes possible..." Full Story

  2. A dark side of the ADHD gender gap - Girls face greater risk of serious depression (Chicago Tribune, December 27, 2013)

    "In fall 2002, Dr. Stephen Hinshaw and his team published findings from a summer camp they created to study girls with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder alongside girls without ADHD. "The day we published, the world's literature on girls with ADHD doubled," said Hinshaw, professor of psychology at the University of California at Berkeley and vice chair for psychology at UC-San Francisco. "It shows how little was out there."..." Full Story

  3. Is your teen with ADHD ready to drive? (Philadelphia Inquirer, January 2, 2014)

    "I am often asked by parents of teens with ADHD for advice on determining whether their child is ready to drive, what to focus on with practice driving, and how to keep their teen safe after the learner permit phase when driving without supervision. Unfortunately, the evidence base is limited for proven effective ways to keep them safe during the learning-to-drive period and beyond. As we learn more, I will share guidance, but for now, what I can offer are suggestions based on experience..." Full Story

  4. A.D.H.D. Experts Re-evaluate Study’s Zeal for Drugs (The New York Times, December 29, 2013)

    "Twenty years ago, more than a dozen leaders in child psychiatry received $11 million from the National Institute of Mental Health to study an important question facing families with children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: Is the best long-term treatment medication, behavioral therapy or both?...in retrospect, even some authors of the study — widely considered the most influential study ever on A.D.H.D. — worry that the results oversold the benefits of drugs, discouraging important home- and school-focused therapy and ultimately distorting the debate over the most effective (and cost-effective) treatments..." Full Story

  5. Professor: Treatment of ADHD should focus on more than just drugs (CNN, December 30, 2013)

    "More than 3.5 million children use medications like Ritalin and Adderall to treat Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD..."Subsequent publications where we looked more broadly at academics and social skills and family discipline styles, showed the clear and superior benefits of combining the medications with active family and school behavior therapy," said professor Steven Hinshaw. Hinshaw was a researcher in the influential 1990s study..." Full Story

  6. Can a T-Shirt Change the Conversation About Mental Illness? (Slate, January 2, 2014)

    "Brooklyn-based designer Dani Balenson, 22, has drawn on her struggles with ADHD to try and help destigmatize mental illness for the estimated 46.4 percent of adults (and 25 percent of college students) in the U.S. who are affected. The recent Rhode Island School of Design graduate has created a thought-provoking series of T-shirts that utilize graphic patterns and colors to represent core behavioral patterns associated with depression, bipolar disorder, OCD and ADHD as a means to “encourage, engage, and support new conversations about mental health...” 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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