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ADHD in the News - November 14, 2013

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

  1. Impulsivity, Rewards and Ritalin: Monkey Study Shows Tighter Link (ScienceDaily, November 13, 2013)

    "Even as the rate of diagnosis has reached 11 percent among American children aged 4 to 17, neuroscientists are still trying to understand attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). One classic symptom is impulsivity -- the tendency to act before thinking. Scientifically, impulsivity can appear as a choice for a small but immediate reward over a larger one that requires some delay. Choosing between present and future rewards is a fundamental need in schooling, says Luis Populin, associate professor of neuroscience at University of Wisconsin-Madison..." Full Story

  2. How Do ADHD Medications Work? (AlphaGalileo, October 16, 2013)

    "A new study in Biological Psychiatry now provides evidence that methylphenidate and atomoxetine, two FDA-approved medications for the treatment of ADHD, both improve the brain's activation when attempting to make fine temporal distinctions, but have differential effects on performance..." Full Story

  3. Attention-Deficit Expansion Merits Monitoring: Analysis (Bloomberg, November 5, 2013)

    "The broadening of diagnostic criteria in The American Psychiatric Associationís Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, known as the DSM, has been an ďimportant contributorĒ to the growing prevalence of ADHD, according to an analysis led by Rae Thomas, a senior research fellow at Bond University in Australia and a psychologist who has worked with children and families for more than 20 years..." Full Story

  4. Experts argue that ADHD is 'overdiagnosed' (NursingTimes.net, November 14, 2013)

    "An article published by the British Medical Journal, claiming that attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is being overdiagnosed, has been reported in some of the papers...It is important to stress that these headlines are not prompted by new research or updated guidelines. The article is in fact an opinion piece by three health professionals..." Full Story

  5. Adderall: Uses, Abuses & Side Effects (LiveScience, November 06, 2013)

    "Adderall is a prescription medication used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. [It] is a combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine, which are central nervous system stimulants that are aimed at helping to restore the balance of neurotransmitters in the brain...Amphetamine and dextroamphetamine can be habit-forming. People using Adderall should not take a larger dose, or take it more often or for a longer time than prescribed by a doctor. Also, abruptly stopping the medication can cause depression, fatigue, and sleep problems. This medication should not be sold or shared; doing so is not only dangerous, but also illegal..." Full Story

  6. ADHD is Real: A Proud Mom Watches Her ADHD Teen Self Advocate (Everyday Health, November 6, 2013)

    "Ironically, right in the middle of ADHD Awareness month my oldest son had his own personal hardcore ADHD Awareness week. It seemed like every day a new opportunity to educate and self advocate came tumbling out during these end-of-day spill sessions..." Full Story

  7. What works for kids? In Norway, it's a less-stressful classroom atmosphere (Star Tribune, November 7, 2013)

    "This past July, our family moved to Oslo for six months. We left behind our 9-year-old sonís ADHD medication, which he started taking last year. The medication did wonders for his standardized test scores, which our suburban school district seems to care about a lot. But we wanted to give him a break from the side effects, and we did not have high expectations about what he or his sister would learn in the classroom in Oslo, where instruction would be in Norwegian, a language new to them...We didnít anticipate that his ADHD would disappear, but this is what seems to have happened..." 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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