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posted: Wednesday July 1st - 3:38pm

Newborn’s Gaze May Predict Impulsivity, Inattention in Children

One common myth about ADHD is that it stems from bad parenting. Now, new research shows that attention differences may exist from infancy, providing even more proof that nature (not nurture) is at work here.

Posted Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 Many symptoms of ADHD – hyperactivity, impulsive interrupting, trouble following directions – may look like nothing more than naughty behavior to the uneducated observer. After all, most kids can control themselves. It must be lax parenting, right? Wrong. New research suggests that ADHD is a biological condition present at birth, and not a byproduct of overly lenient parenting. The study, published June...
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posted: Wednesday July 1st - 12:12pm

A New Drug Found Effective in Treating ADHD Children

A recently released medication, Evekeo, shows promise in treating ADHD symptoms in children between the ages of six and 12.

In September 2014, a new medication called Evekeo was approved by the FDA to treat ADHD in children older than three. Now, a small study provides additional evidence that Evekeo is an effective ADHD treatment for children, with generally few side effects. Evekeo is an amphetamine salt similar in makeup to Adderall, composed of 50 percent dextroamphetamine and 50 percent levoamphetamine. The study, published in the Journal...
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posted: Tuesday June 30th - 3:39pm

ADDitude Is Hiring a Social Media Editor

ADDitude is expanding its social media team. Please read the details and follow the instructions below to apply.

Position: Freelance social media editor Location: Work remotely Responsibilities: Promote ADDitude content and resources on Facebook each day, according to our editorial calendar and in close collaboration with our editorial staff. Respond to readers' questions and comments posted to Facebook. Hours: 10-15 hours per month. Work times are flexible so long as Facebook Posts are scheduled to publish according to our editorial calendar. Skills: Strong writing and editing skills, with...
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posted: Wednesday June 24th - 12:26pm

More Adults Than Children Taking ADHD Medications

ADHD was once considered a pediatric disorder, but now adults in the U.S. account for over half of all people taking medication to treat the condition.

Posted Wednesday, June 24th, 2015 One persistent myth about ADHD is that only impacts kids. This is not true. Symptoms persist through adolescence and into adulthood for roughly half of all children with ADHD. In addition, some researchers now believe that adult-onset ADHD is a separate condition, plus you’ve got those adults never diagnosed as children who recognize their own symptoms in their child’s struggles and...
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posted: Thursday June 18th - 4:14pm

Dementia Treatment May Improve ADHD Symptoms

A medication regimen previously approved to treat dementia could improve executive functioning in adults with ADHD, according to a new study.

Posted Thursday, June 18th, 2015 The vast majority of children and adults with ADHD also have trouble with executive functions, the cognitive and mental abilities that help people engage in goal-directed action. These deficits can cause time blindness, plus difficulty organizing, scheduling, planning, and completing tasks. To date, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has been used — usually in concert with an ADHD medication — to treat executive...
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posted: Wednesday June 17th - 4:53pm

ADHD Drug May Be Beneficial Against Menopausal “Brain Fog”

There is hope for post-menopausal women who have executive function challenges.

A new study conducted at the University of Pennsylvania indicates that a common ADHD drug could possibly help women regain some of their mental faculties after going through menopause. Experts estimate that as many as 90 million American women are “post-menopausal,” meaning they have gone more than 12 months without a menstrual period and are considered to be reproductively inactive. It’s a natural phase of a woman’s life,...
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posted: Wednesday June 17th - 11:40am

The Mind-Body Link: Eating Fermented Foods May Help Anxiety

New research indicates that fermented foods high in probiotics may help to alleviate symptoms of social anxiety. As it turns out, “You are what you eat,” may be more than a proverb.

Posted Wednesday, June 17th, 2015 Social anxiety impacts two to 13 percent of the U.S. population – most commonly teens and adults with ADHD. It’s a serious condition that makes it stressful to interact in social situations, and has most commonly been treated with cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and relaxation exercises. Now, new research suggests that changes in diet may help to alleviate symptoms. A study, to be...
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posted: Monday June 15th - 10:28am

Adult ADHD: A Different Disorder from Childhood ADHD?

Researchers recently found evidence that childhood ADHD and adult ADHD may be separate disorders.

Surprising findings from a recent study indicate that, despite what was previously thought, childhood ADHD and adult ADHD may be different conditions, unrelated to one another. The researchers didn’t hypothesize the results beforehand, and they caution that the results need to be replicated before any conclusions can be made. But the unexpected nature of the results should be noted, they say, and it’s “imperative” that it be...
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posted: Wednesday June 10th - 12:18pm

Emotional Instability: A Core Symptom of ADHD?

The DSM-V lists hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattention as criteria for ADHD. But emotional instability should be a core symptom as well, a new report claims.

Emotional dysregulation — or the inability to properly modulate and regulate emotions — is often seen in ADHDers, starting in childhood and lasting well into adulthood. However, it isn’t listed as a symptom of ADHD in the DSM-V, which has increasingly focused on hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattention. New research — and a new report based on long-term studies of ADHD — aims to change that. The report,...
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posted: Wednesday June 10th - 10:34am

Financial Challenges and ADHD Risk

A new study suggests that family financial difficulties increase the risk of children developing ADHD.

A new study conducted by the University of Exeter Medical School looked at 8,000 children in the UK who were tested for ADHD at age seven. Parent-reported “financial difficulties” in the early years of a child’s life (defined as birth to two years old) correlated strongly to the likelihood of the child being diagnosed with ADHD at age seven, even when controlling for other factors like...
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