ADHD News

Anti-Anxiety, Sleep Drugs to Teens Comes with Abuse Risk

November 25th, 2014
New research discovers prescription of an anti-anxiety or sleeping medication to a teen comes with a risk of illegal abuse of medications by the teen. Experts say the findings suggest substance abuse assessments should be performed before the drugs are prescribed. University of Michigan ...

Can Training to See Words in Colors Boost IQ?

November 24th, 2014
A new UK study has shown for the first time that people can be trained to "see" letters of the alphabet as colors in a way that simulates how those with synesthesia experience their world. Synesthesia is a neurological condition in which some ...

Study Probes Neuroscience of Bipolar Risk-Taking

November 10th, 2014
Researchers are beginning to discover some of the reasons why bipolar disorder can cause people to engage in risky behavior. The condition involves fluctuating depression and mania. In the manic stage, the patient often feels intense excitement and irritability, which can trigger ...

Breathing Dirty Air During Pregnancy May Hike ADHD Risk

November 6th, 2014
A new study suggests exposure to dirty air during pregnancy increases the risk of odds of behavior problems associated with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. Researchers at the Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health at the Mailman School of Public Health discovered prenatal ...

Canadian Study: Rates of Mental Illness Steady in Children and Teens

November 4th, 2014
A large study of Canadian youth discovers symptoms of mental illness in children and adolescents do not appear to be increasing. The finding, as published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal), suggests a different mental health trajectory compared to some media reports. "Popular media ...

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 ...