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ADHD in the News - March 29, 2012

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

  1. Learning to Drive With A.D.H.D. (New York Times, March 26, 2012)

    "Learning to drive is hard and scary for many teenagers, and driving is far and away the most dangerous thing teenagers do. But the challenges are significantly greater for young people who, like Ms. Serpa, have attention problems. A number of cognitive conditions can affect driving, and instructors report a recent increase in the number of teenagers with Asperger syndrome seeking licenses. But the largest group of challenged teenage drivers -- and the mostly closely studied -- appears to be those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder..." Full Story

  2. Research Institute Brainclinics: Doubling of Neurofeedback Efficacy in ADHD Treatment (BusinessWire, March 28, 2012)

    "A personalized treatment approach, tailoring Neurofeedback treatment to the individual ADHD patient, almost doubled the effectiveness for attentional and hyperactivity/impulsivity problems. These results have just been published in the scientific journal Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. This study is the first scientific study investigating whether personalizing Neurofeedback treatment, based on a so-called quantitative EEG or QEEG, results in a higher effectiveness of this treatment in ADHD..." Full Story

  3. Caffeine makes mugs of hard workers, but doesn't have an effect on slackers (Vancouver Sun, March 29, 2012)

    "Workers who thrive on difficult tasks lose their motivation when given stimulants such as caffeine and amphetamine, according to a study by University of B.C. researchers. So you might want to dial back the coffee intake if you are a natural achiever. Or not; the effect has only been demonstrated on rats so far. Researchers divided their rats into two groups based on their preference for high difficulty/high reward tasks or low difficulty/low reward tasks to determine whether certain drugs would affect them differently based on that personality trait, according to psychologist Jay Hosking, who executed the study with co-author Catharine Winstanley..." Full Story

  4. Stimulant Misuse in College Students With ADHD (GoodTherapy.org, March 23, 2012)

    "Substance misuse among college students has been extensively researched. There is also limited research addressing the issue of substance (legal and illegal) misuse in college students with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD [1]). But identifying which substances are most commonly abused by college students who have high levels of conduct problems that co-occur with ADHD is something that few studies have examined. To address this concern, Kathryn Van Eck of the Department of Psychology at the University of South Carolina led a study that looked at the rates of substance abuse among young adults with conduct problems (CP), antisocial personalities (APD), sensation seeking (SS) behaviors, and ADHD..." Full Story

  5. Acne-ADHD link? (CBS News, March 23, 2012)

    "Could acne be a sign of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? Yes, says a Canadian psychiatrist whose study shows that people with acne are substantially more likely to have ADHD than people with other skin problems...The findings were presented here at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology..." Full Story

  6. Think your child has ADHD? Think again ... (Philly.com, March 27, 2012)

    ""My child is having trouble at school. The teacher says I should ask about ADHD." Sound familiar to you? It should. The diagnosis of ADHD is being made more frequently than ever before...While ADHD treatment is generally safe and very effective, it is important to make sure that we are treating the right condition. With that being said, here are some important questions to consider before visiting your pediatrician..." 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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