ADHD News

Sleep Disorders Often Missed in Toddlers With Psychiatric Disorders

October 26th, 2014
A new study has found that sleep difficulties, especially problems with falling asleep, are very common among toddlers and preschoolers treated for psychiatric disorders. These sleep difficulties are often underdiagnosed in children with behavioral and emotional issues, yet can greatly affect well-being, according ...

Seeing ADHD On A Spectrum, Not A Disease Category

October 16th, 2014
A new study suggests that there is a natural spectrum of attention function in the general population, with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) at one extreme. Accordingly, a genetic analysis may be able to predict children who will be a high risk for ADHD. If ...

Neglect Hinders Brain Development, Influences ADHD

October 15th, 2014
Emerging research suggests that when infants and children are raised in a sterile environment of psychosocial neglect, cortical development is slowed, increasing the risk for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Over the past decades, the world has observed tragic examples where the failure of ...

Study Points to Neural Basis for Social Deficits in ADHD Kids

September 29th, 2014
New research finds evidence of differences in brain function in kids with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) that may underlie problems recognizing emotion in facial expressions. Children with ADHD frequently exhibit inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. These behaviors may explain why they are often excluded from peer activities, according to ...

Just 1 in 4 ADHD Kids Gets Drugs Plus Psychotherapy

September 23rd, 2014
A new independent study finds that at best, only one-quarter of children treated with medication for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) also receive psychotherapy. RAND Corporation researchers reviewed utilization patterns among children with commercial insurance and discovered psychotherapy intervention is far lower in many parts of the ...

Workout Before the Bell May Reduce ADHD Symptoms in Class

September 10th, 2014
Before-school physical activity may help improve a child’s attention span in the classroom. A new study suggests offering daily before-school, aerobic activities to younger at-risk children could help in reducing symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in the classroom and at home. Michigan State ...

Study Finds Fast-Paced TV OK for Young Kids

September 8th, 2014
New research may help to dispel the fear that watching fast-paced television programs adversely affects young children’s ability to concentrate. In fact, the research suggests the programs may give children some additional benefit in performing other tasks. The study was presented at the British ...

Parent Training + Meds Shown to Help Kids with ADHD, Aggression

September 5th, 2014
A new approach that includes stimulant and antipsychotic medication, along with parent training on behavioral management techniques, has been found to reduce aggressive and serious behavioral problems in aggressive children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The approach is welcomed as finding a safe ...

Autism Risk May be Linked to Mother’s Depression, Not Medication

August 27th, 2014
The debate continues on whether prenatal antidepressant use increases the risk of autism among children. New research suggests prior findings that show an increased risk of autism after medication use, may actually reflect the known increased risk associated with severe maternal depression. The new ...

In Kids, Physical Disabilities Down But Others Are Up — Especially Among Rich

August 19th, 2014
Although physical disabilities have declined among U.S. children, there has been a sharp rise in mental and developmental problems, especially in those from wealthier families, according to a 10-year analysis published in the journal Pediatrics. Children from poor families, however, still bear the ...