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ADHD in the News - April 12, 2013

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

  1. Undiagnosed adult ADHD ‘debilitating’ (NBC News, April 5, 2013)

    "A growing number of adults are learning they have ADHD after witnessing their own kids get diagnosed. Rock Center’s Kate Snow examines the surprising new face of ADHD..." Video

  2. Google Searches About Mental Illness Follow Seasonal Patterns (ScienceDaily, April 8, 2013)

    "A new study published in the May issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine finds that Google searches for information across all major mental illnesses and problems followed seasonal patterns, suggesting mental illness may be more strongly linked with seasonal patterns than previously thought..." Full Story

  3. Adults with ADHD need structure and accountability (AnnArbor.com, April 8, 2013)

    "DEAR DOCTOR K: I am a man in my 20s and was just diagnosed with ADHD. Is it possible to be successful with this condition?..." Full Story

  4. An Unexpected Benefit of Attention Deficit Disorder in Adults (Lifescript, April 9, 2013)

    "Did you know that the symptoms of attention deficit disorder in adults that make it hard to succeed in the office make you ideally suited to being an entrepreneur? Starting a home business may seem like a daunting prospect, but working from home can give you financial freedom and a chance to funnel your talents. With a bit of brainstorming and a lot of planning, you can succeed with adult ADD..." Full Story

  5. Coaches help students with attention deficits stay engaged (KPLU, April 11, 2013)

    "As spring fever sets in, teachers are struggling to keep their students focused on the classroom. That can be a challenge even on the best of days for kids with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Their brains work differently from the students most schools were designed for, and nearly a third end up dropping out or delaying graduation. But a new program is betting that kids with ADHD can still navigate school – it just takes a little coaching..." Full Story

  6. 7 Ways to Bring Out the Best in Special-Needs Students (Education Week, April 9, 2013)

    "As a former special education teacher, I can't count the number of times my students would come up to me and say, "Mr. A., when can I get out of this retarded class?" I began to understand that kids with special needs have two strikes against them. First, they have the disorder itself, and all the challenges it poses. But second, they have to spend a good deal of their time in school dealing with things they're bad at...Here are seven ways that you can activate the strengths of your students with special needs, whether you run a full-inclusion classroom, a self-contained special ed classroom, or anything in between..." Full Story

  7. Viewpoint: ADHD Isn’t A Metaphor (TIME, April 9, 2013)

    "Let’s say that rates of ADHD diagnoses among kids in America are continually rising. Let’s say that stimulant medication use — both prescribed by doctors, and as the result of illegal trade with friends — is on the rise, too. What do we make of that information? What do we do with it? In particular, how do we use it to improve children’s and teenagers’ lives? The answers speak volumes about where we are as a society and where we ought to be headed..." Full Story

  8. Teachers in Ireland Regard Medication for ADHD as Last Resort (ScienceDaily, April 8, 2013)

    "Teachers in the Republic of Ireland consistently view medication treatment for Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as a last resort, even when they view the disorder as biologically based. This is the finding of a study conducted by Niamh Skelly and Dr Juliet Foster from the University of Cambridge, funded by a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. The finding presented today, Tuesday 9 April, at the Annual Conference of the British Psychological Society (BPS) in Harrogate, suggest that teachers are resistant to medication use for children with ADHD..." Full Story

  9. Pharmaceuticals, other non-traditional chemicals, found in southern California drinking water, scientist says (The Times-Picayune, April 08, 2013)

    "A wide mix of modern chemicals, including popular prescription drugs, chemical constituents of plastics, and ingredients of sunscreen, were found in both raw water and treated drinking water at five water treatment plants in southern California, according a research paper presented in New Orleans Monday during national meeting of the American Chemical Society...Another study measured the chemical constituents of sewage running from dormitories housing mostly first-year students at the University of Puget Sound, in Tacoma, Wash., to determine whether they were misusing Ritalin, a prescription drug, or Adderall, a version of amphetamine, both of which are prescribed for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder..." 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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