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posted: Wednesday April 9th - 10:00am

Step It Up for ADHD

Join the ADHD Walk & Family Fun Day on May 18, 2014.

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Lace up your Asics and walk a 5K to raise awareness and reduce the stigma of attention deficit. Sponsored and hosted by CHADD in Arlington, Virginia, on Sunday, May 18, the event will have fun activities for the kids and give ADHD families an opportunity to bond with each other and hear inspiring stories. ADHD coaches, tutors, and therapists, who will exhibit and answer your ADHD-related questions,...
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posted: Thursday March 20th - 10:45am

ADHD Medication Use in Adults Climbs Dramatically

Women outnumber men in medication usage.

Depression + ADHD: Treatment Options
A new report from drug manager Express Scripts shows that the number of Americans who use medication to treat ADHD rose between 2008 and 2012. The greatest increase in use during the five-year study period was among adults, with the largest gains seen in women ages 26 to 34, climbing 85 percent. The use of medication among children, much higher than among adults, rose less — about 19...
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posted: Wednesday March 5th - 11:46am

"Take Two Tylenol and See Me in the Morning"

Not so fast. Pregnant women taking acetaminophen may boost the risk of their children developing attention deficit.

Meds, Pregnancy, and Nursing: What Should You Do?
Reaching for a pain reliever to minimize aches and pains due to pregnancy is standard practice for women, and one that most doctors don’t frown upon or warn against. A new study published in JAMA Pediatrics may force doctors to rethink that practice. It found that children of women who took the drug during pregnancy were about 40 percent more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD...
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posted: Tuesday February 25th - 10:02am

A Must-Read: The State of Learning Disabilities in the U.S.

A new report from the NCLD puts LD in perspective.

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Parents of children with ADHD, as well as adolescents and adults with attention challenges, have good reasons to stay on top of the latest research on learning disabilities: Between 30 to 50 percent of all individuals with attention deficit also have LD. The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) is the best source for timely and practical information on LD in children and adults, and its recently...
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posted: Wednesday February 19th - 11:35am

Back to School: Continuing Ed for Doctors

A new CME program in ADHD will increase the chances that doctors will make an accurate diagnosis—and prescribe the best treatment—right off the bat.

common ADD / ADHD diagnosis problems
A wrong diagnosis of a child by a physician or professional is a terrible thing. Parents go through an initial phase of shock and worry, followed by relief: “We finally know what is making Julie act the way she does. It’s ADHD.” Parents read up on attention deficit, make themselves experts, and discuss treatment with their doctor. They are guardedly optimistic. They try behavioral management techniques. They...
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posted: Friday January 24th - 3:19pm

ADHD in the Media: The Good, the Bad, and the Ridiculous

The new book titled ~ADHD Does Not Exist~ gets my hackles up and got me thinking about ADHD in the news.

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Twenty years ago, reporters who asked me about what was then called ADD almost always opened with the question: “Is this just an excuse people make up for being irresponsible and careless?” Since then genetic studies and epidemiologic research have reinforced the biological basis for what’s now called ADHD, so that question is not asked nearly as much. Yet the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD remain in...
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posted: Wednesday December 4th - 2:34pm

More ADHD Diagnoses, Less Treatment?

More children are being diagnosed at an increasingly younger age, but the CDC wonders if they are receiving all the services they need to manage the condition.

A new study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP) found that an estimated 2 million more children in the U.S. have been diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) between 2003-04 and 2011-12. One million more U.S. children were taking medication for ADHD between 2003-04 and 2011-12. According to CDC scientists, children are commonly being diagnosed at a young age. Parents...
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posted: Friday November 22nd - 8:16am

The Affordable Care Act: Good for ADHDers

We can breathe a sigh of relief (and not go bankrupt) treating attention deficit.

If you’ve been diagnosed with ADHD or are a parent of a diagnosed child, you’ve got a lot of reasons to pay attention to the fate of the Affordable Health Care Act. Whether Obamacare survives — and in what form. Some have said that this policy change has been the victim of incompetent public relations. The extraordinary benefits for many millions of Americans have been underplayed...
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posted: Monday November 18th - 9:24am

Need Money for College?

Shire may be able to help you foot some higher-education expenses.

Top Picks ADHD College Students Talking
Every dollar counts when the college tuition bill comes in. Shire is doing its part by launching the 2014 Michael Yasick ADHD Scholarship. The scholarship is for individuals in the U.S. diagnosed with ADHD who are accepted to, or will be enrolled in, an undergraduate program at an accredited college, university, trade school, or technical or vocational school. Fifty one-time scholarships will be awarded in June 2014,...
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posted: Thursday September 5th - 10:52am

Texting, Driving, ADHD: Danger Ahead

Texting while driving impaired the driving performance among ADHD teens.

ADHD Teen and Driving, Teen Driving
Researchers at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center who road-tested the performance of teens — half of whom were diagnosed with ADHD — on a driving simulator found that texting while driving significantly affected speed and lane position of the ADHD drivers. “Texting is especially dangerous because it involves visual, manual, and cognitive distractions,” says senior author Jeffery N. Epstein, Ph.D., director of the Center for Attention...
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