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ADHD in the News - December 19, 2013

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

  1. ADHD is a life-long condition, say experts, and long-term effects of meds are uncertain (Washington Post, December 16, 2013)

    "People who had ADHD diagnosed in childhood will probably have it into their adult years. About 11 percent of U.S. children age 3 to 17 have ADHD, according to 2011 figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among such people, almost 30 percent will have symptoms that meet the full ADHD diagnosis beyond childhood, according to a 2013 study, and another third will continue to have some persisting symptoms and impairment..." Full Story

  2. The False ADHD Controversy (Forbes, December 16, 2013)

    "ADHD is perhaps childhood’s most common neurobehavioral disorder...But the lack of a conclusive causal mechanism in the brain leads many onlookers to conclude that ADHD is a manufactured condition. Its symptoms are merely side effects of childhood, they argue. But this is not in agreement with evidence stemming from genetics..." Full Story

  3. Adult ADHD undertreated despite effective interventions (The Almagest, December 18, 2013)

    "Up to two-thirds of children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) find their disorder persists into adulthood yet only a small proportion of adults ever receive a formal diagnosis and treatment, research suggests...Prevalence figures show that 3-4% of adults are affected by ADHD and it is associated with a broad range of psychosocial impairments..." Full Story

  4. Is ADHD A Pretext For Selling Speed? (Forbes, December 17, 2013)

    "New York Times reporter Alan Schwarz, who for the last year or two has been wondering what’s up with all the speed kids are taking these days, has a long article in Sunday’s paper on “The Selling of Attention Deficit Disorder.” Unfortunately, Schwarz barely mentions the American Psychiatric Association (APA), the organization that identified ADD, later relabeled “attention deficit hyperactivity disorder” (ADHD), as a disease that can be treated with prescription stimulants such as Adderall, Ritalin, and Vyvanse. Instead he focuses on the companies that make those stimulants, which he accuses of encouraging “overdiagnosis” to maximize sales..." Full Story

  5. FDA warns methylphenidate drugs associated with priapism (Clinical Psychiatry News, December 18, 2013)

    "In very rare cases, methylphenidate medications have been associated with priapism in both boys and men taking the drugs for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, the Food and Drug Administration has reported. Records of the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System, combined with data from the extant literature, identified 15 cases of priapism associated with the drug’s use. The cases occurred from 1997-2012; most (12) occurred in patients younger than 18 years. The patients’ mean age was 12, although ages ranged from 8-33 years..." Full Story

  6. Scientists Improve Human Self-Control Through Electrical Brain Stimulation (ScienceDaily, December 13, 2013)

    "If you have ever said or done the wrong thing at the wrong time, you should read this. Neuroscientists at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) and the University of California, San Diego, have successfully demonstrated a technique to enhance a form of self-control through a novel form of brain stimulation...This proof-of-principle study appears in the Dec. 11 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience and its methods may one day be useful for treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Tourette's syndrome and other severe disorders of self-control..." Full Story

  7. How to help Scouts with ADHD succeed — without hurting anyone’s feelings (Scouting Magazine, Jan-Feb 2014)

    "When David Urion, M.D., was a Boy Scout, his troop met at an Episcopal church. One summer afternoon, the Scout leader turned his back for a minute. Before Urion knew it, his friend Doug had climbed to the top of the church steeple...How can you cope with a Scout who can’t sit still, doesn’t seem to listen, can’t concentrate on a project or even disrupts the whole troop by constantly wandering off? The first step is to talk to the Scout’s parents..." 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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