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ADHD Charity will Offer Respite for Parents

Thurrock Gazette (U.K.)

A Thurrock woman has launched a nonprofit called "Attention for Me" is aimed at giving parents of children with ADHD a break from the day to day stress. The mother of a son with ADHD herself, founder Beverley Boase, 33, hopes to provide respite for parents by taking the children on weekend and day trips.

ADHD Conference Opens in Minneapolis

Pioneer Press (MN)

A national conference started yesterday in Minneapolis to help adults cope with ADHD, short for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. The Attention Deficit Disorder Association expects more than 400 adults with ADHD to attend its 13th annual conference, which features sessions on everything from time management and spousal support to meditation.

ADHD Doesn't Stop at 18

Norwich Bulletin (CT)

One of the myths about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is children outgrow it. Instead, what health care professionals have discovered is the neurobiological disorder follows one into adulthood, creating serious implications, such as job and relationship loss. "What tends to happen, children grow up and the hyperactivity tends to diminish. However, the inattention doesn’t go away," said Alnoor Ramji, a psychiatrist with Select Behavioral Health in Norwich, CT.

ADHD Doubles the Risk of Injury in Grade-School Kids

Consumer Reports

Injuries kill more 11-year-olds in the U.S. than any other cause, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) almost doubles the risk of serious injury in children that age, according to a study released yesterday in Academic Pediatrics. Researchers collected data on 4,754 fifth-graders in Birmingham, Ala., Houston, and Los Angeles. They found that the risk of serious injury-including broken bones, sprains, strains, and cuts and bruises-increased as the children's ADHD symptoms intensified.

ADHD Drug Shortage to End Soon

Psych Central

After months of Americans being unable to fill their drug prescriptions for medications that are commonly used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said yesterday that the shortages are expected to end this month. Many ADHD medications, such as Adderall, have been in short supply since 2011.

ADHD Drug Shortage: Can Meditation Fill the Gap?

Huffington Post

Drugs designed to treat ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) have been widely available for decades, but America now faces its most severe shortage of these drugs since they came on the market. Meanwhile, more and more health professionals are recognizing the viability of effective meditation for overcoming ADHD.

ADHD Drugs Don't Raise Risk of Heart Conditions, Study Shows

MedicalXpress.com

Children taking central nervous system stimulants such as Adderall and Ritalin do not face an increased risk of serious heart conditions during treatment, according to a new University of Florida study that confirms findings reported in 2011. Published in the British Medical Journal in August, the study contributes to a decade-long clinical and policy debate of treatment risks for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD.

ADHD Drugs Have No Long-Term Growth Effects: Study

Reuters

Neither attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) nor medications used to treat it have a long-term impact on kids' growth, a new study published online in The Journal of Pediatrics suggests.

ADHD Drugs Help Affected Kids in School

ABC News

Grade schoolers who take medication for their ADHD can improve their long-term academic success, particularly in math and reading comprehension, compared to children with ADHD who do not take medication, according to a new study published today in the journal Pediatrics.

ADHD Experts: What I Wish I Knew When I Was Diagnosed

PsychCentral

Receiving a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can be overwhelming, confusing and liberating. Now you have a name for your longtime struggles. But you also might have many questions, such as: Where do I go from here? Clinicians and coaches who have ADHD reflect back on the days they were diagnosed, revealing the insights they wish they would've known.

ADHD Gene Doesn't Predict Response to Drugs

Forbes

Canadian researchers report that their discovery of a gene variant that seems to affect the severity of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder did not help them predict which patients are likely to respond to a class of drugs widely used to treat the disorder.

ADHD Genetics Sometimes Beneficial

Scientific American

A study in Kenya finds that those with genes associated with ADHD who still live a nomadic life are actually more fit, but those who have adopted a more settled life are less fit. Cynthia Graber reports in this podcast.

ADHD Group Helps Children, Parents Deal with Illness

Coshocton Tribune (OH)

It can be as hard for the parents to deal with the illness. For those parents a new ADHD support group started Tuesday at St. John's United Methodist Church. The parent-initiated group is intended to provide support for the families of children with ADHD to help them access resources, work effectively with schools and maintain a healthy and supporting home environment.

ADHD in Adults: A Real and Treatable Medical Disorder

HealthNewsDigest.com (NY)

We all know friends, coworkers or family members who are disorganized, always late for appointments, and constantly starting tasks and not finishing them. You may even recognize these behaviors in yourself and may sometimes feel that people think you're lazy, unfocused, or irresponsible, when you know that's not the case. If this sounds familiar to you, you may have a real medical disorder called Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

ADHD in the Workplace

D Magazine (TX)

For entrepreneur Kevin Lofgren, 41, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder has been both a blessing and a curse. Although he got along just fine socially by being entertaining and the life of the party, he wasn't well respected for his intellect or performance in school. He got a job after college, then later founded Farstar, a technology-based creative marketing firm in Frisco.

ADHD in Women and Girls: The Importance of Early Diagnosis

ADDitudeMag.com

Women and girls with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) are not only less frequently diagnosed than their male counterparts. ADD/ADHD girls and women often require gender-specific treatments to help manage symptoms, succeed at school and work, and have successful relationships.

ADHD in Women: Is There a Role for Meditation?

Huffington Post

In a recent Washington Post Magazine article called "Scattered," Brigid Shulte deals with an important topic: attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) among women. The subject is important for many reasons. The problem Schulte outlines in her article is all too familiar to me in my psychiatric practice in the D.C. metropolitan area. Often I end up treating the mothers of schoolchildren (mostly boys), who have been referred to me for all the expected difficulties that such young people have at school.

ADHD Increasingly Common in Older Children, CDC Says

Education Week

More older children are being diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, while the rate is holding steady for children under 12, according to a government report released Wednesday. Some experts called the finding surprising, noting that most childhood diagnoses traditionally occur by age 11.

ADHD May Be More Likely in Children with Asthma or Allergies

Medical News Today

Children with a history of asthma and various allergies may be at higher risk of developing ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), according to a study published in the journal Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

ADHD Med Shortage Puts Squeeze on Parents

The Tennessean

Jason Greene can easily predict which customers ask for Ritalin or Adderall. Their faces are new to him, but their anxious looks have become familiar. "The parents do get a little rattled sometimes when they are trying to help their children," said Greene, a pharmacist at Reeves-Sain Drug Store in Murfreesboro. The independent pharmacy has picked up new customers due to a shortage of ADHD medicines that has parents scurrying from drug store to drug store as if competing in a poker run.

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