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ADHD in the News - May 5, 2011

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  1. Wide Global Variation in ADHD Diagnosis and Treatment (Medscape, May 5, 2011)

    "Different countries have different attitudes toward attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). In a study appearing in the May issue of Psychiatric Services, researchers, led by Stephen P. Hinshaw, PhD, report that the prevalence of ADHD varies across nations but that most of this difference is due to disparate diagnostic practices and algorithms..." Full Story

  2. Combination of ADHD and Poor Emotional Control Runs in Families (ScienceDaily, May 5, 2011)

    "A subgroup of adults with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) also exhibit excessive emotional reactions to everyday occurrences, and this combination of ADHD and emotional reactivity appears to run in families. A study from a Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)-based research team finds that siblings of individuals with both ADHD and deficient emotional self-regulation (DESR) had a significantly greater risk of having both conditions than did siblings of those with ADHD alone. The study, which will appear in the American Journal of Psychiatry, has received early online release..." Full Story

  3. Annual Health Care Costs Rise Dramatically, Says New Study (Medical News Today, May 3, 2011)

    "Poor childhood health caused by environmental factors, such as air pollution and exposure to toxic chemicals, cost the United States $76.6 billion in 2008, according to authors of a new study in the May issue of Health Affairs. This price tag represents a dramatic increase in recent years, rising from 2.8 percent of total health care costs in 1997 to 3.5 percent in 2008..." Full Story

  4. Estimated Costs of Environmental Disease in Children at $76.6 Billion Per Year (ScienceDaily, May 4, 2011)

    "In three new studies published in the May issue of the journal Health Affairs, Mount Sinai School of Medicine researchers reveal the staggering economic impact of toxic chemicals and air pollutants in the environment, and propose new legislation to mandate testing of new chemicals and also those already on the market. Leonardo Trasande, MD, Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine and Pediatrics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, analyzed the costs of conditions -- including lead poisoning, childhood cancer, asthma, autism, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) -- associated with exposure to toxic chemicals..." Full Story

  5. LWPES: ADHD Drugs Okay With Growth Hormone (MedPage Today, May 2, 2011)

    "Drugs used to combat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) do not appear to interfere with hormone treatments in children who have growth disorders, researchers reported here. After three years of follow-up, 82.8% of children who were treated with both ADHD drugs and growth hormone had achieved a height that was less than 2 standard deviations from expected growth, Susan R. Rose, MD, of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, told MedPage Today. That compared with 85.3% of children treated only with growth hormone who reached that height..." Full Story

  6. More women have ADHD ... or is it the stress of modern life? (Washington Post, April 28, 2011)

    "To better understand the reach of ADHD in women's lives and the nebulous point where the stress of modern life ends and a neurobiological disorder begins, I spent months contacting support groups, psychologists, doctors, clinics and ADHD life coaches. Many women called immediately, invited me to their homes and in intricate detail laid bare how ADHD had shaped their lives..." Full Story

  7. Is Life Experience What Changes Your Brain? (FoxNews.com, April 29, 2011)

    "I've noticed that lots of the comments I get in response to my blogs on topics like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder and major depression are heated ones that argue one or the other side of the brain/mind debate...Over the past twenty years, I have come to adopt a unified vision of these two perspectives that seems to have been very helpful to my patients as they try to understand their suffering and overcome it. Here it is, in a simple form: Living through stress and trauma can actually deplete your brain of chemical messengers (neurotransmitters) linked to comfort, optimism and pleasure..." Full Story

  8. Carolyn Hax: Is an ADHD father in denial about his son's symptoms? (Washington Post, May 4, 2011)

    "My husband had ADHD diagnosed as an adult; his childhood school reports read like a textbook case. Our 8-year-old son's midyear report comments repeatedly on how bright he is, but every paragraph ends with "but he is easily distracted" or "he has trouble following multi-part instructions" or "he struggles getting his wonderful ideas onto paper." My husband doesn't think much of our son's teacher, who has been at the school 35-plus years and has a somewhat formulaic approach..." Full Story

  9. Doc: Exercise is best self-medicine to ease ADD symptoms (philly.com, May 5, 2011)

    "Shane Victorino played football, then soccer, then baseball, then ran track, growing up in Hawaii. It was just what he needed, to soften the symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder, even if he didn't know it at the time. "Spend 4 hours exercising," said Dr. John Ratey, an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, "4 hours in the gym, working out, and you are self-medicating."..." Full Story

  10. Should You Tell Your Boss that You Have ADHD? (Psych Central, May 5, 2011)

    "When you have any mental health condition, it can be hard to know if you should disclose your diagnosis at work, particularly to your boss. It's a thorny topic. For instance, you might be worried that others will judge you negatively because of the pervasive stigma in our society. Yet, you might need certain accommodations that you'd like to ask for. Also, many people are relieved to get their diagnosis--finally having a name for their disruptive symptoms--and want to share it with others. So what can you do?..." Full Story

  11. NIDA'S Top Doc Honored for Leading-Edge Addiction Research (Medscape, May 4, 2011)

    "Nora Volkow, MD, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), who was one of the first scientists to demonstrate that addiction is a disease, is the recipient of the Joan and Stanford Alexander Award in Psychiatry by Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas...Dr. Volkow shares Dr. Kandel's interest in how the brain works. She told Medscape Medical News that she has always been intrigued by the human brain and the complexity about what makes us human..." Full Story

  12. Major Restructuring Proposed for DSM-5 (Medscape, May 4, 2011)

    Clinicians will notice a significant new structuring of chapters and categories in the upcoming Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), the American Psychiatric Association (APA) announced today. The APA has released a newly proposed organizational framework for the DSM-5 on its Web site and is inviting comments through June 15 from anyone who plans to use the manual for diagnostic and research purposes. "The revisions reflect the knowledge we have gained since the last DSM was published in 1994. They should facilitate more comprehensive diagnostic and treatment approaches for patients and encourage research across diagnostic criteria," said David Kupfer, MD, chair of the DSM-5 Task Force, in a release..." Full Story

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