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posted: Wednesday November 11th - 10:22am

It’s Time for New Rules for College Entrance Exams

The Department of Justice just made it easier for students with accommodations to take standardized tests.

Many teens make preparations to go to college toward the end of their high school years. They fill out applications, visit schools, and take entrance exams. For some students, especially those with ADHD and learning disabilities, these standardized tests, such as the PSAT, SAT and ACT, can prevent them from getting into the school of their choice. During high school, many of these students received accommodations,...
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posted: Friday October 30th - 11:09am

Electronic Tools Can Improve ADHD Treatment

Researchers found that an electronic appointment program may help doctors treat children according to the AAP guidelines, which some pediatricians ignore.

Using automated electronic tools to schedule follow-up appointments, medication refills, and other routine care may help doctors better stick to AAP guidelines for the treatment of ADHD, recent data indicates. The research — presented at the 2015 National Conference of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) — focused on 22 primary-care clinics, and included 70 different board-certified pediatricians. A 2013 survey revealed widespread mismanagement of ADHD...
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posted: Friday October 23rd - 11:50am

New Study: ADHD Looks Different in Boys’ and Girls’ Brains

Often, girls go undiagnosed because their symptoms don’t reflect stereotypical ADHD behaviors. New research finds it’s because the brains of boys and girls with the condition function in distinct ways.

Posted Friday, October 23rd, 2015 Girls with ADHD are diagnosed later and less often than are boys, even though the condition is equally prevalent in both genders. Physicians, teachers, and parents often overlook ADHD in girls, who more commonly exhibit inattentive symptoms characterized by daydreaming, “spaciness,” or social trouble — quite different from the classic symptoms of hyperactive and risky behavior more often seen in boys. A new...
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posted: Wednesday October 7th - 4:13pm

ADHD Stimulants Found Safe for Children with Congenital Heart Disease

A small study suggests that children with congenital heart disease may use stimulant medication to manage ADHD symptoms.

A new study challenges conventional logic on stimulant medications, finding that children diagnosed with ADHD who have congenital heart disease can safely take these drugs without fear of adverse cardiac side effects. The study, carried out by researchers at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, looked at 44 children between the ages of six and 18, all of whom had ADHD and congenital heart disease. They compared these...
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posted: Wednesday October 7th - 9:58am

AAP: More Screen Time for Kids Is OK, Mostly

How much TV or video-game play is OK? The rules of thumb are changing, right alongside the technology. The AAP now says more is OK, but with a big caveat: Quality matters, and parent involvement matters more.

posted Wednesday October 7, 2015 Since the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) originally set its screen time guidelines – no TV, movies, or video games for children younger than two, and no more than two hours a day for older kids — the world has changed. Statistics from Common Sense Media show that more than 30 percent of children in the United States play with mobile devices...
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posted: Tuesday October 6th - 11:20am

Many Children with a Mental Health Condition Never See a Mental Health Professional

More than 40 percent of children with ADHD are treated only by a primary-care doctor.

A new study, published in Pediatrics, finds that many children with ADHD are treated solely by primary-care providers (PCP), who may be more likely to prescribe medication rather than use behavioral therapy or other treatment strategies. The study examined how children with mental health conditions, such as bipolar disorder, depression, or ADHD are treated in the United States. Researchers looked at data from the 2008-2011 Medical Expenditure...
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posted: Wednesday September 23rd - 10:09am

Set the Record Straight and Win!

Enter ADDitude's ADHD Awareness Month contest by setting the record straight about ADHD — its causes, treatment, and very real impact. One winner will receive a gift basket of ADHD tools and resources worth more than $250!

ADHD is Real. ADHD is not a myth manufactured by the pharmaceutical industry. It is not an excuse for bad parenting. Or a result of too much Minecraft. Or laziness wrapped up in lack of ambition. ADHD is a real neurological condition that is sometimes hereditary, but never caused by sugar or lack of discipline or low ambition. This has been documented in studies by the National...
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posted: Friday September 18th - 10:36am

Early ADHD Diagnosis May Affect Autism Diagnosis

Children with comorbid ADHD and autism whose ADHD was diagnosed first may experience a delay in receiving an autism diagnosis.

Being diagnosed with ADHD may result in as much as a three-year delay in the diagnosis of autism when the conditions coexist or symptoms overlap, a new study finds. This raises important questions about diagnosis standards and the best age for beginning treatment. The study, published in Pediatrics, found that children with both ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) — whose ADHD was diagnosed first — were...
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posted: Thursday September 10th - 11:59am

Breaking Now: Stimulants Do Not Cause Tics

A new study further disproves the decades-old theory that ADHD stimulant medications cause tics in children.

Further evidence has been found to support the conclusion that stimulant medications commonly used to treat ADHD — including Adderall, Vyvanse, and Concerta — do not trigger tics in children or make existing tics worse. A new study, published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, counters an FDA warning that has been on stimulant medications since 1983, indicating that children with...
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posted: Thursday September 10th - 10:23am

ADHD Awareness Month Contest Rules

Rules for ADDitude magazine's ADHD Awareness Month contest from October 1-31, 2015.

Enter the ADHD Awareness Month contest here! Void outside the 50 United States and where prohibited. Do not proceed to enter if you are not at least 21 years of age and a legal resident of, and located within, one of the 50 United States, or the District of Columbia, at the time of entry. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR...
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