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ADHD in the News - March 7, 2013

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

  1. Childhood ADHD often can linger into adulthood (USA TODAY, March 4, 2013)

    "Large population study finds attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder in childhood lingers into adulthood for many and is linked to an increased risk for a wide range of psychiatric disorders. Almost a third of kids diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder during childhood still had it as adults, and more than half also had another psychiatric disorder, finds one of the largest studies to follow children with ADHD into adulthood..." Full Story

  2. ADHD Takes a Toll Well Into Adulthood (ScienceDaily, March 4, 2013)

    "The first large, population-based study to follow children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder into adulthood shows that ADHD often doesn't go away and that children with ADHD are more likely to have other psychiatric disorders as adults. They also appear more likely to commit suicide and to be incarcerated as adults. The findings appear in the March 4 online issue of Pediatrics..." Full Story

  3. ADHD’s Lasting Effects Prove That Mental Disorders Need To Be Treated Just Like Any Other Illness (ThinkProgress, March 4, 2013)

    "When the bipartisan Wellstone-Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) was signed into law in 2008, mental health advocates hoped it would begin bridging the gap between the way that mental health treatments and more “traditional” medical services are provided — particularly by prohibiting different standards for one type of care over the other. Unfortunately, the evidence shows there’s still a long way to go when it comes to making the dream of medical parity a reality..." Full Story

  4. Why ADHD is Not Just a Problem for Kids (TIME, March 04, 2013)

    "Previous estimates of the rate at which ADHD persists into adulthood had ranged widely, from 6% to 66%, but those studies relied on small groups of children. Barbaresi and his colleagues identified 379 cases of ADHD in the 5,718 children born during a six-year period from 1976 to 1982 in Rochester, Minn. Between 7% to 9% of the Rochester kids developed ADHD, which is consistent with current national estimates of 7.5%. Decades later, they were able to track down and enlist 62% of those now-adults — 232 people — to participate in the research..." Full Story

  5. Low-income patients often have trouble reaching doctor via email (13ABC, March 4, 2013)

    "Many low-income patients want to communicate electronically with their doctors but can't because the clinics they use generally do not offer such services, a new study finds. An increasing number of health care systems provide online services to patients in order to manage care outside of office visits, and this includes enabling patients to communicate electronically with health care providers. But this is not available to many poorer patients, according to the study from researchers at the University of California, San Francisco..." Full Story

  6. The Power of Porn: Attention, Hyperfocus and Dissociation (PsychCentral, March 3, 2013)

    "Some people can look at internet pornography now and then and not become porn addicts. Others get hooked on porn very quickly and spend hours online, often jeopardizing their work, neglecting their families and wrecking their relationships. Why are some people more at risk for internet porn addiction? We look immediately for childhood trauma but there may be other contributing mental health issues which can be treated in order to reduce the risks and optimize the result..." Full Story

  7. Treating ADHD Without Medicine (dailyRx News, March 2, 2013)

    "Diet changes, behavioral therapies and many other non-medical treatments exist for ADHD. But research on whether or not these treatments work is scarce. Researchers reviewed published trials that tested non-medical treatments for ADHD. They looked at studies involving dietary changes, nutritional supplements, cognitive training and behavioral programs. Results showed that diet and nutritional changes were most consistently effective. The main conclusion, however, was that there is just not enough research on these types of treatments to provide a good understanding of whether or not they work..." Full Story

  8. Short Bouts of Exercise May Enhance Self-Control and Treat Conditions Like ADHD and Autism (Counsel & Heal, March 7, 2013)

    "Scientists found that short bouts of moderately intense exercise improved self-control in children, teens and young adults up to 35 years old, according to the report published in the March 6 online issue of the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Researchers say that the results may be because exercise increases blood and oxygen flow in the prefrontal cortex of the brain. The brain's prefrontal cortex, which is responsible for "executive" functions, plays an essential role in concentration and learning..." 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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