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posted: Thursday May 30th - 10:14am

When Parents Became a Force for Change

It’s been 50 years since parents stood up for their “learning different” kids and got laws passed to protect them.

Fifty years ago, on April 6, 1963, a group of concerned parents convened a conference in Chicago to discuss a shared frustration: They all had children who were struggling in school, the cause of which was generally believed to be laziness, lack of intelligence, or just bad parenting. This group of parents knew better. They understood that their children were bright and just as...
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posted: Thursday May 23rd - 12:05pm

DSM-V: The Last Word on Mental Health

There are lots of changes in the just-released mental health manual. Find out what they are.

ADHD Manual, Open Book
The new bible of psychiatric diagnosis — the Diagnostic and Statistic Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-V) — goes on sale today. Used by clinicians and researchers to diagnose and classify mental disorders, including attention deficit, the manual is the product of more than 10 years of effort by hundreds of international experts in all aspects of mental health. The diagnostic criteria for ADHD are similar...
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posted: Tuesday May 21st - 1:53pm

We're Spending More on ADHD

A new analysis shows that ADHD diagnoses and medication and pharmacy expenses are spiking throughout the U.S.

Graph ADHD increase
New research indicates that spending on ADD and ADHD medications will jump 25 percent in the next three years — faster than any other traditional medication category, including diabetes. According to Express Scripts Drug Trend Report, the spike is largely due to the increasing number of middle-aged adults taking medication and wider diagnosis of the condition throughout the country. Highlights from the report, which gauged the responses...
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posted: Thursday May 9th - 11:39am

Treating ADHD Preschoolers: Many Doctors Don’t Follow the Guidelines

Too many specialists prescribe medication first, instead of behavior therapy.

Preschoolers at Recess, Young Kids
A recent study reveals that more than 90 percent of pediatric specialists who diagnose ADHD in children are not following clinical guidelines developed in 2011 by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The study, conducted by the Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York, surveyed 3,000 physicians specializing in neurobehavioral conditions on how they treated ADHD in children aged four to six, as well as which drugs...
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