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posted: Sunday September 25th - 12:00am

Diabetes Medication During Pregnancy May Be Linked to ADHD

Anti-diabetic medications like insulin are often used to treat type II or gestational diabetes in people who are pregnant — but new research indicates that this might be linked to an increased risk of attention deficit disorder in the child.

September 26, 2016 Taking diabetes medication during pregnancy may increase the risk of a child later developing ADHD, according to a new study — though some experts in the field of diabetes aren’t yet convinced that there is cause for concern. The study, conducted by a team from Kaiser Permanente and the University of Southern California, was presented September 16 at the annual meeting of the European Association...
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posted: Friday September 23rd - 9:00am

New Research: 60 Percent of Children with ADHD Will Experience Symptoms as Adults

New data from a long-term longitudinal study shows that a majority of children with ADHD will continue to experience ADHD symptoms in adulthood, putting to rest the notion that most patients "grow out of" this disorder.

September 23, 2016 Will your child's ADHD symptoms fade with age? New data indicates that it is unlikely; ADHD is not a lifelong condition for a majority of patients. In a long-term study conducted over nearly 20 years by theNational Institute of Mental Health, more than 60 percent of children with ADHD continued to show symptoms in adulthood. The study, published September 19 in the Journal of Child...
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posted: Thursday September 22nd - 9:00am

Internet Addiction May Indicate Other Mental Health Problems

Adults who spend an unhealthy amount of time online are more likely to demonstrate symptoms of depression, anxiety, and other mental-health conditions, a new research study suggests.

September 22, 2016 Spending an unhealthy amount of time online may indicate problems above and beyond Internet addiction, a new study finds. Specifically, adults who spend the majority of their wakeful hours online may be at higher risk for depression, anxiety, or other mental health problems. The study, conducted by Canadian researchers at McMaster University in Ontario, was presented at the 29th European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) Congress...
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posted: Wednesday September 21st - 9:54am

The Anti-Clique, Anti-Bullying App That Solves a Big Daily Problem

For any child who struggles to make friends, the cafeteria can be anxiety inducing. Now, a teen who once endured middle-school bullying and lunchtime rejection has created “Sit With Us,” an app to make meeting new friends easier.

September 21, 2016 Finding and keeping friends requires a host of skills not typically associated with ADHD: staying focused on a conversation, listening without interrupting, and empathizing, just to name a few. Difficulty reading social cues and delayed social maturity can complicate the process of making friends even further. As much as loved ones want to help them – prevent or stop the mean remarks, the rolled eyes,...
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posted: Tuesday September 20th - 12:03pm

In Young Children, Suicide is More Often Linked to ADHD Than to Depression

ADHD — not depression — is the most common diagnosis for young children between the ages of 5 and 11 who commit suicide, a new study finds.

September 20, 2016 Children under the age of 12 are often overlooked in conversations about suicide and suicide prevention, but the sobering reality is that a small number of U.S. children between the ages of 5 and 11 kill themselves every year. Now, a new study adds another dimension to the story of suicide’s youngest victims: more of them lived with ADHD than any other mental health...
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posted: Wednesday September 14th - 2:38pm

“Having ADHD and Taking Medicine for It is Nothing to Be Ashamed Of”

Simone Biles, America’s sweetheart and recent winner of 5 Olympic medals in gymnastics, publicly addressed her ADHD this week after hackers exposed the 19 year old’s private medical information. And her response was loud and clear: ADHD is “nothing to be ashamed of.”

This week, celebrated American gymnast Simone Biles was thrust back into the spotlight when a group of Russian hackers broke into the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) database and exposed her (and other athletes’) confidential medical records. It turns out that Biles was diagnosed with ADHD as a child, and continues to treat her symptoms with methylphenidate (Ritalin), a stimulant medication used by approximately 2 million people...
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posted: Wednesday September 7th - 3:33pm

iPad Play Could Help Identify Signs of Autism

New research finds differences in the way young children with autism moves their hands while touching, swiping, and interacting with iPad games. This finding could be used to develop new early-detection tools.

September 7, 2016 A clinical diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is time consuming, and requires detailed evaluation and physician expertise. No single lab test can detect ASD, since symptoms are extremely broad and unique to each individual. Typically, a developmental pediatrician, psychiatrist, or neurologist will use a diagnostic tool like the modified checklist of autism in toddlers (M-CHAT) to determine whether a child needs further evaluation...
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posted: Tuesday September 6th - 2:18pm

Teens with Bipolar Disorder at Greater Risk for Drug Abuse

Though bipolar disorder in teens is not yet fully understood, a new study points towards an increased risk for substance abuse problems by the time teenagers with the condition reach adulthood.

September 6, 2016 Teenagers with bipolar disorder are nearly twice as likely as their peers to turn to drugs and alcohol in adulthood, a new study finds — particularly if their bipolar disorder is left untreated or has gotten worse. A team of researchers affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital followed up with 68 teenagers — now young adults — that had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder five...
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posted: Thursday September 1st - 2:56pm

When It Comes to ADHD, DNA May Be the Key

It’s well known that ADHD runs in families. But recent research shows that it goes even further, all the way down to DNA: the more DNA two people have in common, the more likely they are to share an ADHD diagnosis (or a lack of one).

September 2, 2016 Familial aggregation of ADHD — or the clustering of the disorder within genetically related groups of people — increases significantly as DNA overlaps more and more, according to a small new study out of Sweden. So while it’s been established that ADHD is often passed down between parents and children, the results of this study indicate that it’s even more likely to co-occur between...
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posted: Thursday August 25th - 1:53pm

Play Therapy Helps Children with ADHD Build Social Skills

Kids with ADHD who struggle to make and keep friends might benefit from play therapy with a trained professional, according to a small new Australian study.

September 1, 2016 Play therapy has long been used to help children cope with trauma; more recently, it’s become an effective tool to help children with ADHD manage symptoms like impulsivity and hyperactivity. Now, further evidence has been added to support its ADHD-related benefits — a small study found that play therapy can help children with ADHD interact better with their peers. Kids with ADHD can struggle...
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