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ADHD: Burden or Blessing? A New View Stirs a Debate

Herald-Tribune (FL)

When pediatricians diagnose attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, they often ask their patients whether they know anybody else with the problem. These days, children are likely to reply with a household name: Michael Phelps, the Olympic superstar, who is emerging as an inspirational role model among parents and children whose lives are affected by attention problems. But the emergence of a major celebrity with attention deficit has revealed a schism in the community of patients, parents, doctors and educators who deal with the disorder. For years, these people have debated whether it means a lifetime of limitations or whether it can sometimes be a good thing.

ADHD: Girls Get It, Too

WBUR

The stereotypical boy with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder bounces off the wall of his classroom, unable to sit still or pay attention to lessons. Boys are three times more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD than girls, but a new study suggests that when girls do have the condition, they are likely to have serious challenges.

ADHD: It's Different for Women

ADDitude

Barely 31 years after "Attention Deficit Disorder" first appeared in the bible of psychiatry, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), front-line clinical therapists say that increasing awareness of the condition has led to many more girls being diagnosed while they're young. Even so, while girls and boys currently are diagnosed at a ratio of about 1 to 3—up from about 1 to 8 in the 1990s—the rate for diagnoses of adult women and men is about 1 to 1.

ADHD: It's Not Just a Kids' Problem

Florida Times-Union

Most of us find life, work, family and other daily responsibilities challenging at times, but if you find yourself unable to pay attention or to follow through on ordinary projects and other responsibilities, you may have a more serious problem than just the stresses of daily living. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, commonly known as ADHD, is a neurobiological condition that makes it difficult for people to focus on important tasks. Millions of adults - not just rambunctious kids - are showing symptoms every day.

ADHD: Regaining Focus

The Daily Observer (Canada)

Rick Green has adult ADHD. And he has his son to thank for making him aware of it. Like many adults with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, the Canadian celebrity (he was part of the comedic troupe The Frantics and plays Bill on TV's Red Green Show) learned of his own challenges a few years ago at age 48 when one of his children was diagnosed with it.

ADHD: St. John's Wort May Not Affect Symptoms

Washington Post

Parents of children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder sometimes seek alternative treatments if medication doesn't adequately relieve symptoms or causes unwanted side effects. Might one common choice, St. John's Wort, provide relief?

ADHD: the Tale of One Boy and a Dog

The Times (UK)

Liam Creed is not the most voluble of 17-year-olds. No small talk, speaks to a visitor when spoken to, and in that sense he is entirely normal. As a child Liam was naughty and difficult. He was 8 when a psychiatrist said he had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). I am talking to Liam because his name is on the cover of a book that charts the story of a 14-year-old boy who has ADHD and has reached the last-chance saloon at school, when he is invited to spend one day a week working for a charity called Canine Partners, which trains dogs to help disabled people.

ADHD: Who Makes the Diagnosis?

CNN

As a toddler, Ian Barrier got expelled from day care. According to his mother: "They said, 'We think he has ADD or ADHD' and I'm like, 'What is that?" Ian, now 11, and his 9-year-old brother Aidan are just two examples of some 5 million children in the United States who have received the diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a condition marked by impulsive behavior and a lack of focus. But although this is a medical condition with medical treatments available, often doctors aren't the ones suggesting a diagnosis.

Adjusting to Dyslexia

Cleburne Times-Review (TX)

Residents know Brent Easdon as a member of the school board or as a lieutenant with the fire department. But most don't know about his struggles in school caused by his severe dyslexia. He agreed to talk about what he has overcome in hope of encouraging someone else.

Administration Hopes Changes to Alternative Program Brings Students Back to District

The Georgetown Record (MA)

The Alternative Program at Georgetown Middle High School was revamped this summer and now allows the district to service kids in the program better and may allow some special education students who want to come back into the district to be able to — as long as it's in compliance with their individual education plans (IEP).

Adopted Teens Face Higher Risk For ADHD

National Public Radio

People have wondered for a long time whether children who were adopted in infancy are at increased risk for psychological problems. Now, the first study of its kind has found that most are psychologically healthy, though they're at "slightly increased risk" for behavioral problems such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or oppositional defiant disorder.

Adult ADHD 'Linked to Lost Work'

BBC News

Adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder do 22 fewer days of work per year than people who do not have the condition, a study says. The research, which looked at 7,000 workers in 10 countries, found an average of 3.5% had ADHD. Writing in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, the Dutch team said workplace screening should be used to pick up people with the problem. A UK expert backed the idea, but warned they should not be stigmatized.

Adult ADHD Can Cause Big Problems at Work

WNBC (NY)

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, is a mental disorder usually associated with children, but it also affects millions of adults and can take a toll on daily activities such as work.

Adult ADHD May Be Root of Problem

Southtown Star (IL)

Counselor Doreen Zaborac for the Southtown Star fields a question from a concerned 38-year-old woman. The woman says that she has "a habit of making quick decisions without thinking about the consequences." With all of the symptoms that the woman is experiencing, Zaborac thinks adult ADHD may be the root of the problem.

Adult ADHD Remains Undertreated

PsychCentral

A new European study finds that up to two-thirds of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) continue to have the disorder in adulthood. But only a small proportion of adults ever receive a formal diagnosis and treatment.

Adult ADHD Study Underway in KS

KWCH (KS)

About 4 percent of the U.S. population — about 8 million of us — have Attention Deficit Disorder or Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder. You've probably heard of kids having it. But a new study, conducted by Prairie View in Newton, is finding it's something you never outgrow.

Adult ADHD: The Moment of Focus

Sacramento Bee (CA)

Lunch rush was over, but distractions remained numerous inside the La Bou cafe just off Highway 49 in Auburn. Through it all, Cass Brown Capel stayed focused — eyes locked on her interviewer. You would have no inkling that Capel, a 54-year-old psychologist from Auburn, has been diagnosed with the adult version of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder since 1991.

Adult Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder Can Be a Challenge to Diagnose

News Chief (FL)

Cass Brown Capel stayed focused - eyes locked on her interviewer, the need to interject random thoughts stifled, attention not straying to her daughter, Ariana, who was sitting placidly next to her. You would have no inkling that Capel, a 54-year-old psychologist from Auburn, has been diagnosed with the adult version of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder since 1991.

Adult Literacy Center Changes Lives of Adults, Volunteers

The Times Delphic (IA)

Through the Drake University Adult Literacy Center, volunteers can help adult residents of Des Moines improve their reading skills. Volunteers undergo at least nine hours of training. "We explain the background of dyslexia and why teaching those with dyslexia is different," said Anne Murr, coordinator of the center.

Adults Look for Ways to Handle Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder

Sacramento Bee (CA)

Lunch rush was over, but distractions remained numerous inside the cafe just off a highway in Auburn, Calif. Through it all, Cass Brown Capel stayed focused - eyes locked on her interviewer, attention not straying to her daughter, Ariana, who was sitting placidly next to her. You would have no inkling that Capel, a 54-year-old psychologist from Auburn, has been diagnosed with the adult version of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder since 1991.

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