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posted: Tuesday July 19th - 11:04am

Study: Adult ADHD and Childhood ADHD May Be Separate Disorders

Controversial new research suggests that people who showed no signs of ADHD as children may develop the condition later in life and, conversely, children with diagnoses may outgrown their symptoms.

Two new studies suggest that adult ADHD is not simply a continuation of childhood ADHD, but actually a separate disorder with a separate developmental timeline. And, what’s more, adult-onset ADHD might actually be more common than childhood-onset. Both of these findings fly in the face of popular belief, and beg to be verified with more research. The two studies, published in the July 2016 issue of JAMA...
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posted: Thursday July 14th - 11:24am

Context Matters: How Work Environment Helps to Manage (or Exacerbate) ADHD Symptoms

High-stress, challenging, or rewarding jobs may help adults with ADHD control their most difficult symptoms, recent research shows.

July 14, 2016 We hear it all the time: The best job for an adult with ADHD is a job he or she loves. Passion and interest drive sustained focus, productivity, and an overall decrease in symptoms, according to many ADDitude readers. Now, this anecdotal evidence is backed up by a new study that finds that ADHD symptoms in adults may actually vary drastically in different work...
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posted: Monday July 11th - 3:17pm

Early Attention Struggles May Predict Academic Problems Down the Road

Academic and social skill challenges early on in school may lead to a higher chance of a child’s not graduating from high school.

July 11, 2016 Children who struggle to pay attention and make friends as early as kindergarten may be less likely than their peers to graduate from high school, according to a new study conducted by Duke University. The study, published this month in School Psychology Review, looked at children from the Fast Track Project, a research undertaking from Duke’s Center for Child and Family Policy that studies...
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posted: Thursday June 30th - 9:00am

Family Physicians Not Always Complying with AAP Guidelines for Diagnosing ADHD, Report Finds

A new report — confirming earlier CDC research — finds that many family physicians are not doing enough to conform to AAP guidelines when diagnosing and treating ADHD.

June 30, 2016 ADHD is already among the most common of childhood disorders, and diagnoses continue to rise among kids and adults every year. Despite its ubiquity, however, some physicians still do not diagnose and treat ADHD in accordance with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) guidelines — particularly when it comes to assessing for comorbid conditions and recommending behavioral therapy, according to a new report. The AAP...
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posted: Monday June 27th - 5:37pm

New Research Challenges Old Theories about ADHD and OCD Brains

A meta-analysis of 90 studies pinpointed specific differences between ADHD and OCD brains that may help doctors design better treatments for each condition.

ADHD and OCD share so many features — impulsive behavior, trouble focusing, and fidgety movements — that researchers have long wondered if the two conditions originate in the same part of the brain. Now, a landmark study has identified marked differences between ADHD and OCD brains, putting old hypotheses to rest and possibly paving the way for new treatment strategies for both conditions. The study, published June...
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posted: Friday June 24th - 3:06pm

Study Confirms Atomoxetine As an Effective Alternative to Stimulants

Doctors shouldn’t hesitate to prescribe atomoxetine for the treatment of ADHD, says a new study that found it to be nearly as effective and safe as stimulant medications.

Posted June 24, 2016 Atomoxetine — more commonly known by the brand name Strattera — is an effective and safe alternative to the stimulant medications most commonly used to treat ADHD, a new study finds. This may seem like old news to consumers, but not so in the medical community; the study’s researchers concluded that doctors don’t always consider atomoxetine a viable alternative for patients who can’t...
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posted: Thursday June 23rd - 3:30pm

Movement Therapy: Small Amounts of Exercise Can Boost Mood in Adults with ADHD

Researchers found that as little as 20 minutes of moderate exercise increases motivation, happiness, and productivity.

Published June 23, 2016 "Think of exercise as medication,” says John Ratey, M.D., an expert on the positive effects of physical activity on the ADHD brain — referring, of course, to exercise’s longstanding reputation as an effective non-medical treatment for managing challenging ADHD symptoms like distractibility and forgetfulness. Now, a new study finds that just a small amount of exercise can go even further than previously thought:...
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posted: Wednesday June 22nd - 11:10am

Taking an ADHD Stimulant Does NOT Put Most Children at Higher Risk for Substance Abuse

New evidence further supports the theory that long-term use of stimulant medication — when used properly for the treatment of ADHD symptoms — does not increase the risk that a child will abuse other controlled substances.

Posted June 22, 2016 Stimulant medications like Adderall, Ritalin, and Vyvanse are controlled substances, and for good reason: used improperly, these stimulant medications can lead to addiction and dangerous side effects — including, in some extreme cases, death. Some worried parents hesitate to give their children ADHD medication, out of fear that its “addictive” nature will lead to drug abuse in high school or young adulthood. But...
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posted: Tuesday June 21st - 4:02pm

A New Theory for Rising ADHD Diagnoses

As academic demands for kids have increased, so too have ADHD diagnoses.

Posted June 21, 2016 We’ve all heard the refrain, “Back in my day, ADHD didn’t exist!” It’s incorrect, of course, but what is true is that ADHD diagnoses have been on the rise for the past few decades. In fact, ADHD is almost twice as common now as it was 40 years ago. There are a multitude of theories for the surge — expanded awareness, improved diagnostic...
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posted: Tuesday May 31st - 12:00am

Retina Study Paves the Way for Physical ADHD Symptom Test

There is no definitive, physical test for ADHD, which regularly leads to wrong and missed diagnoses. But a small new study out of Germany suggests that PERG eye exams may help clinicians diagnose ADHD symptoms in the future.

Posted on May 31, 2016 Examining patients’ retinas may one day help doctors diagnose ADHD, says a new study presented at the American Psychiatric Association (APA) 2016 Annual Meeting. According to the study’s findings, the retinas of patients with ADHD exhibit more “background noise” — or neural activity that isn’t driven by a specific stimulus — than do those of non-ADHD patients. Effective ADHD treatment decreases this...
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