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posted: Thursday March 26th - 2:07pm

“Collaborative Care” Improves ADHD Symptoms in Children

A new model for treating ADHD in children — connecting parents to pediatricians through a “care manager” — has shown to be more effective than standard treatment approaches.

What’s the best treatment for ADHD children? It might be a team effort. A recent study published in the journal Pediatrics found that a “collaborative care” model, which uses a “care manager” as a liaison between parents and pediatricians, was more effective at treating ADHD in children than a standard pediatrician-centered model. The study, published online March 23, randomly assigned 156 children who were being evaluated for ADHD...
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posted: Tuesday March 24th - 3:14pm

Treat ADHD Symptoms Over Skype? A New Study Says Yes

New research finds that ADHD treatment delivered by videoconferencing and supervised remotely is effective for children who don’t have access to in-person care.

If you live outside of a major metropolitan area, you know that finding local ADHD specialists is seldom easy. But now parents can confidently look beyond their geographic region for psychiatrists, therapists, and behavior-therapy consultants who offer their services via video conference, according to new research published this week in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. The new Children’s ADHD Telemental Health...
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posted: Monday March 23rd - 2:18pm

Is Parent Training a Key to ADHD Symptom Control?

New research finds that kids’ ADHD symptoms improve in three key areas when a qualified care manager teaches parents to engage in their treatment plan.

A new study conducted by the Boston University School of Medicine makes a strong case for keeping parents involved in the hands-on management of their child’s ADHD symptoms. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, shows that a child’s ADHD symptoms may improve when their parents engage in their treatment plan, actively deal with their own mental health challenges, and work to manage difficult behavior. Its...
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posted: Monday March 16th - 3:55pm

Just How Common Is ADHD, Really? A New Study May Have the Answer

The rate of ADHD worldwide has been disputed for years. Now, researchers may have identified the benchmark rate of ADHD, to help medical professionals determine whether communities are being over-diagnosed or under-diagnosed.

For as long as ADHD has been recognized by the medical community, the rate at which it occurs in children has been disputed, ranging from as low as 3 percent to as high as 14 percent. The conflicting numbers confuse parents, doctors, and patients, who struggle to determine if the condition is over-diagnosed — and over-medicated — or under-diagnosed. A new study published in Pediatrics claims to...
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posted: Wednesday March 11th - 5:12pm

Sensitivity to Sound May Be a Sign of Creative Genius

A recent study has found a positive correlation between an individual’s sensitivity to sound and his or her creativity, suggesting that hypersensitive hearers possess a wider view of the world.

If you’ve ever wondered how on earth other people brush off the sound of a dripping faucet or ticking clock, you could be a highly sensitive or hypersensitive person – and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Creative geniuses including Charles Darwin, Johan Wolfgang von Goethe, and Marcel Proust were all uncomfortably sensitive to the noises around them, wearing earplugs and working in special areas to...
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posted: Tuesday March 10th - 1:45pm

Harmonyx Releases New Genetic Test for ADHD Meds

A new genetic test claims to assess which medication will work best for an ADHD patient — before treatment starts — to avoid potential side effects.

Every patient reacts to ADHD medication differently, and the trial-and-error required to find the right balance between efficacy and side effects can be frustrating for many children and adults. Up until this point, medical professionals haven’t been able to identify a better way, subjecting patients to the slow and sometimes agonizing process of adjusting dosages and switching medications. Now, a company called Harmonyx has released a...
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posted: Tuesday March 10th - 10:13am

Study: ADHD, OCD, Tourette Syndrome Share Genetic Links

New research finds that 86% of people with Tourette Syndrome will be diagnosed with certain psychiatric disorders, most commonly ADHD or OCD.

In the largest study of its kind, research conducted over 16 years has affirmed that Tourette Syndrome (TS) often occurs alongside other psychiatric disorders. Most commonly, TS was diagnosed with ADHD, OCD, or both. Seventy-two percent of the group studied had TS with ADHD or OCD. Nearly one third of the group had all three conditions. The study, conducted by the Tourette Syndrome Association International Consortium for...
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posted: Friday March 6th - 1:47pm

Take the ADHD Sex Survey

A new questionnaire for ADHDers and their non-ADHD partners sets out to improve your relationship.

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In the past, ADDitude has asked you for your best strategies on getting organized, getting better sleep, and getting exercise. Now, Ari Tuckman, Psy.D., MBA, a respected speaker on ADHD, the author of More Attention, Less Deficit, and a friend of ADDitude, wants to ask you about your sex life—anonymously, of course. Tuckman created a survey to explore an important and neglected topic—the sex lives...
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posted: Thursday February 26th - 3:28pm

ADHD Diagnosis Linked to Greater Risk of Premature Death

ADHD professionals have long suspected a link between an ADHD diagnosis and dying at a young age, but no definitive studies existed to prove it. Now, disturbing new research suggests a stronger correlation than previously thought.

ADHDers are known to be accident-prone — hyperactivity and impulsivity are a combustible mix and can lead to dangerous behaviors. But an unsettling new study suggests that the risk goes beyond an occasional fall or fender bender: An ADHD diagnosis may be linked to a greater risk of dying prematurely. The study, conducted by a research team at Aarhus University in Denmark, tracked 2 million Danish...
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posted: Monday February 9th - 3:56pm

Hyperactivity and Inattention Linked to Energy Drinks

Recent research finds that middle schoolers who consume energy drinks have a 66% higher risk of hyperactivity and inattention – two major symptoms of ADHD.

A new study by the Yale School of Public Health has found an association between students’ consumption of energy drinks and higher-than-average hyperactivity and inattention. Energy drinks were linked to a 66% higher risk for these behaviors, compared to a 14% increased risk after consuming other sweetened drinks like soda or juice. The researchers surveyed 1,649 fifth, seventh, and eighth graders regarding the beverages they drank...
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