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ADHD in the News - April 7, 2011

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  1. Equine Therapy and ADHD: How It Works (Psych Central, April 7, 2011)

    "For as long as the diagnosis of ADHD has been recognized, there have been experiential methods to treat it. From wilderness excursions to ropes courses, therapists have looked for ways to help those children burdened with high anxiety, short attention span, inability to focus and complete tasks, and heightened excitability, learn to understand and manage their condition..." Full Story

  2. Phthalates, BPA linked to atypical childhood social behaviors (Environmental Health News, April 6, 2011)

    "A recent study finds that children with higher fetal exposure to both phthalates and bisphenol A (BPA) have impaired social functioning. The social behavior -- including difficult interpersonal and social awareness skills -- reported by the moms are similar to those associated with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism. The results add to a growing list of studies on the topic and are published in the journal NeuroToxicology..." Full Story

  3. Clumsy kids who don't 'grow out of it' (Physorg.com, April 4, 2011)

    "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, is widely recognized by the medical community, and there are a number of therapies in place. But as many as six percent of all children suffer from the less familiar Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Demonstrating a lack of refined motor skills, children with DCD tend to have a more difficult time playing sports and staying organized at school. They appear to be uncoordinated - and many parents think they'll grow out of it. But research shows that may not be true..." Full Story

  4. Secondhand smoke isn't just bad for kids' bodies, it's bad for their brains (Los Angeles Times, April 5, 2011)

    "Children and teens exposed to secondhand smoke are more likely to develop symptoms for a variety of mental health problems, including major depressive disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and others, according to a study published in Tuesday's edition of the journal Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine..." Full Story

  5. To get an edge, students turn to illicit study drug use (The Brown Daily Herald, April 6, 2011)

    "Prescription drug use is the fastest-growing category of drug abuse on college campuses today. Just over 5 percent of Brown students take prescription stimulants once or twice a semester as academic aids, according to last month's Herald poll. More non-first-years, 6.4 percent, reported use than first-years, 2.3 percent..." Full Story

  6. Expect tests for ADHD meds (New Mexico Daily Lobo, April 1, 2011)

    "SHAC combats recreational use with evaluations, policies, waits...Students may have to wait nearly three months to get an attention deficit hyperactivity disorder diagnosis and prescription from Student Health and Counseling. Counseling Director Harry Linneman said that the center has seen a spike in students wanting ADHD evaluations, but the center does not have the resources to see every student immediately. He said the media plays a role in increasing evaluation demands..." Full Story

  7. What Are Amphetamines? What Do Amphetamines Do? (Medical News Today, April 5, 2011)

    "Amphetamines are drugs which stimulate the CNS (central nervous system) - they are psychostimulant drugs - when overused they can be psychologically and physically addictive. As well as giving the user an enhanced feeling of wakefulness and focus, they also reduce appetite. The recreational drug, "speed" refers to types of amphetamines. The name amphetamine comes from the chemical name alpha-methylphenethylamine..." Full Story

  8. Gateway Disorder?: Kids with ADHD Show Higher Risk for Later Substance Abuse Problems (Scientific America, April 4, 2011)

    "Two recent large studies reflect growing evidence that ADHD increases children's risk for abusing tobacco, alcohol and other drugs when they are older. It remains a mystery whether the link is causal..." Full Story

  9. Attention Deficit Disorder, Still a Hidden Diagnosis (Kansas City infoZine, April 3, 2011)

    "Having undiagnosed Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is like running a race with a sprained ankle you don't know you have. Nearly every day in my counseling practice I see one or more clients who have ADD. Most often they have not come to counseling for that reason. They have come due to depression, anxiety, anger or relationship problems. Some have been treated for these problems for years, with antidepressants or anti-anxiety medication, previous counseling, or hospitalizations. Often substance abuse is a coexisting problem and may range from stimulant abuse (cocaine, methamphetamine, etc.) to dependance on alcohol or marijuana in order to relax. A friend of mine, who knows several people who have been diagnosed with ADD, said to me "Wow, ADD must be a horrible thing." The truth is - it's not! But it really helps to know that you have it and to know what that means..." 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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