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ADHD in the News - June 6, 2013

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

  1. Recession Forced Cutbacks in Care for Special Needs Kids: Study (HealthDay, June 5, 2013)

    "The belt tightening triggered by the recent recession appears to have forced families to make tough choices about care for children with chronic physical or emotion problems, a new study suggests. The study, which was published in the June issue of the journal Health Affairs, used a large government database to track out-of-pocket costs for families with private health insurance carriers from 2001 to 2009..." Full Story

  2. Drug Therapy for Parents' ADHD Improves Kids' Behavior (Medscape Medical News, May 31, 2013)

    "Pharmacologic therapy for parents who have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) improves their parenting skills, especially if their children also have the disorder. In a small trial of 38 parent-child dyads with ADHD, treatment of the parents with lisdexamfetamine dimesylate (LDX) enhanced their ability to help their children do homework and also caused them to interact with their children in a more positive, nurturing way..." Full Story

  3. How to handle debt when you're ADHD (MSN Money, May 30, 2013)

    "Hard enough to manage finances, add in attention deficit disorders and you've got some serious challenges. Here are 9 tips to help you manage..." Full Story

  4. Computer-Based ADHD Assessment Being Trialled In UK Prisons For The First Time (Medical News Today, June 4, 2013)

    "A new ADHD tool is being investigated in the UK prison population for the first time. Researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London are using the computer-based QbTest; an objective test to assist in the accurate diagnosis of ADHD in young adult inmates. QbTest is the first system that has been cleared by both the FDA and European authorities to be used in children and adults..." Full Story

  5. Research Shows How Ritalin Affects Brains of Kids With ADHD (Everyday Health, May 31, 2013)

    "Ritalin activates specific areas of the brain in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), mimicking the brain activity of children without the condition, a new review says...Analyzing data from earlier studies that looked at how children's brains were affected by doing certain tasks that are sometimes challenging for kids with ADHD, the researchers found that Ritalin (methylphenidate) was having a visible impact on three areas of the brain known to be associated with ADHD: the cortex, the cerebellum and the basal ganglia...The research was published recently in the Harvard Review of Psychiatry..." Full Story

  6. Outdoor Activities for Kids with ADHD (Psych Central, June 1, 2013)

    "The great outdoors is great for kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Research suggests that being outside in natural environments reduces the severity of ADHD symptoms in kids...Below, you’ll find ideas on fun and engaging outdoor activities..." Full Story

  7. Nearly One-Third of Children with Autism Also Have ADHD (The Wall Street Journal, June 5, 2013)

    "In a study of the co-occurrence of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in early school-age children (four to eight years old), researchers at the Kennedy Krieger Institute found that nearly one-third of children with ASD also have clinically significant ADHD symptoms. Published in Autism: The International Journal and Practice (Epub ahead of print), the study also found that children with both ASD and ADHD are significantly more impaired on measures of cognitive, social and adaptive functioning compared to children with ASD only..." Full Story

  8. Cognitive Similarities and Differences in Autism and ADHD (Good Therapy Blog, June 4, 2013)

    "Attention deficit hyperactivity (ADHD) and autism spectrum (ASD) have often been viewed as very distinct and separate conditions. ASD manifests with symptoms of impaired communication, repetitive and restricted behaviors, limited interests, and social deficits. ADHD is indicated by inattention, impulsivity, and low inhibition. But some research has suggested that there are similarities in the two conditions. Per Normann Anderson of the Division of Mental Health Care at the Innlandet Hospital Trust in Norway recently led a study exploring the differences and similarities in ADHD and ASD..." Full Story

  9. Obsessive-compulsive symptoms can manifest through ADHD (Clinical Psychiatry News, June 5, 2013)

    "In adult patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder who are thought to have comorbid attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, the symptoms of inattention, forgetfulness, and impaired executive function might actually be an epiphenomenon of OCD rather than a manifestation of ADHD, a study has shown. OCD patients’ "continuous and excessive attempts to control behavior and thoughts" may cause a flooding of the executive system, interfering with attention, memory, and other executive processes, said Amitai Abramovitch, Ph.D., of the department of psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Boston, and his associates..." Full Story

  10. Shelter Dogs Help Improve Moods Of Teenagers With ADHD (redOrbit, June 4, 2013)

    "Teenagers living in residential treatment centers can have their moods improved if they receive regular visits from a canine companion, a researcher from Washington State University (WSU) has discovered. In what is being called the first study to demonstrate how teens living in such facilities can benefit from interacting with these kinds of animals, Lindsay Ellsworth, a doctoral candidate in animal sciences at the Pullman, Washington-based institution, helped organize meet-ups were patients could help feed, brush and play with shelter dogs..." Full Story

  11. Documentary shows meditation helps with ADHD and PTSD (Toronto Star, June 5, 2013)

    "Psychologist studies the power of mindfulness to rewire the mind...Free The Mind: Can You Rewire The Brain Just By Taking A Breath?, a documentary that follows the work of University of Wisconsin psychology professor Richard Davidson on children with ADHD and veterans with PTSD..." 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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