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Most Kids With ADHD Grow Out of It

Strong association between sleep problems and ADHD, and both are resolved in many young adults

(Newser) - Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder is often characterized as restless days followed by restless nights. In fact, the association between poor sleep quality and the disorder is so strong that scientists are now questioning whether lack of sleep is contributing to the rise in ADHD. The good news, researchers report in the Journal ... More »

An Overlooked Aspect of ADHD: Exceptional Focus

'Maldistribution' of attention

(Newser) - There's a largely unexamined component of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, a disorder most commonly characterized as a pattern of either inattention or hyperactivity/impulsivity, reports the National Institute of Mental Health . But those with ADHD often also experience "hyperfocus," and there is now a growing call for more... More »

Smartphones Are Giving Us ADHD-Like Symptoms

Participants were more anxious, bored, and inattentive during normal phone use

(Newser) - You may not have ADHD, but your smartphone could certainly be making you feel like you do, according to a study published this month. Researchers took 221 students at the University of British Columbia and split them into two groups. For one week, half the students turned their phones to... More »

Study: Workaholics More Likely to Have ADHD, Anxiety

Not to mention OCD and depression

(Newser) - Spending late nights at the office and missing a kid's piano recital or three might be a sign of a deeper psychiatric problem, according to a study published last week in PLOS One. Researches found workaholism was statistically linked with anxiety, depression, OCD, and ADHD. “Workaholics scored higher... More »

August Babies More Likely to Be Medicated for ADHD

1.73 times more likely

(Newser) - One's birthdate has already been linked to such things as temperament . Now researchers in Taiwan report in the Journal of Pediatrics that we can add ADHD to the list. When looking at 378,881 children ages 4 to 17 at some point between 1997 to 2011, they found that... More »

Study: 12% of US Kids Diagnosed With ADHD

But some experts say that's not a bad thing

(Newser) - More than one in 10 US children between the ages of 5 and 17 have been diagnosed with ADHD, according to a study published Tuesday in the Journal of Clinical Psychology. That means about 5.8 million kids have the most commonly diagnosed mental disorder for US children. The study... More »

This One Decision Could Boost Kids' Self-Control

Want your kid to focus? Delay typical start by a year, study suggests

(Newser) - Holding your child back from kindergarten could be a big boost to his or her mental health for years to come, according to a new study from Stanford University. "We found that delaying kindergarten for one year reduced inattention and hyperactivity by 73% for an average child at age... More »

5 Celebs Who've Struggled With Mental Health

And what they had to say about it

(Newser) - Drew Barrymore has been opening up about mental health issues recently, first revealing she struggled with postpartum depression after the birth of her second child, then later talking about her childhood, during which she was "institutionalized" at a hospital for the mentally ill at age 13. The Chive rounds... More »

Study: Why Kids With ADHD Need to Squirm

New study finds they perform better on cognitive tests when moving around

(Newser) - Parents and teachers who tell kids with ADHD to sit still and focus may have it all wrong. So report University of Central Florida researchers, who conclude in the latest issue of the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology that the kids they tested with ADHD performed better on cognitive tests... More »

Audra Didn't Need Meds? Well, My Kid Does

Belinda Luscombe on how helpful ADHD meds have been for her son

(Newser) - As she accepted her record sixth Tony , Audra McDonald thanked her parents "for disobeying the doctors’ orders and not medicating the hyperactive girl." Which didn't sit well with Belinda Luscombe. Luscombe has kids and she hopes they someday thank her, too. "Here’s the thing though.... More »

1 in 13 Kids on Behavioral Meds

Most parents think the drugs are making a difference, study says

(Newser) - A new survey provides a look at just how many kids in the US are taking medication for behavioral problems such as ADHD—figure about 1 in every 13, reports HealthDay News . The survey of 17,000 parents by the National Center for Health Statistics found that 7.5% of... More »

Meet the New ADHD Diagnosis

'Sluggish Cognitive Tempo' covers the daydreamers, though not all are buying it

(Newser) - You've heard of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, now diagnosed—and some fear overdiagnosed —in 6 million US kids. Now get ready for ADHD's daydreamy cousin, "sluggish cognitive tempo." The New York Times reports that the concept of SCT is gaining traction among researchers and drug... More »

Older Dad? Mental Illness Risk Goes Up

But study shouldn't discourage older dads, experts say

(Newser) - Are older dads more likely to have troubled children? A wide-ranging new study suggests yes, linking older fathers to an increased risk of a wide range of mental disorders as well as lower grades in school and a higher risk of drug problems. Children born to 45-year-old fathers were more... More »

New Reason to Fear Acetaminophen: ADHD

New study finds use during pregnancy is linked to 'ADHD-like behaviors'

(Newser) - The bad news about acetaminophen just keeps on coming: A new study finds that use of the drug during pregnancy is linked to "ADHD-like behavioral problems" in children, CNN reports. The Danish study looked at data from more than 64,000 children and found that those who had prenatal... More »

Rare Ritalin Side Effect: Painful Erections

FDA issues warning about attention-deficit drugs

(Newser) - Labels on Ritalin and other drugs used to treat ADHD will soon have a new warning: Beware long, painful erections. It seems that a chemical in the drugs called methylphenidate is a stimulant that can mess with the body's central nervous system, explains . It “may in... More »

Diagnosed With ADHD? You May Have Been Sold a Lie

Drug companies target parents through false advertising: report

(Newser) - The diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder has itself become hyperactive, with doctors handing out too many pills, ads creating unrealistic expectations, and drug companies downplaying side effects like insomnia and mood swings, the New York Times reports. "The numbers make it look like an epidemic. Well, it's... More »

More Than One in 10 Kids Has ADHD: US

Figure keeps increasing, says CDC survey

(Newser) - The number of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder continues to rise, health officials say. The latest survey says more than one in 10 children has been diagnosed with it. ADHD has been increasing for at least 15 years. Experts think that's because more doctors are looking for ADHD,... More »

Almost 20% of High School Boys Diagnosed With ADHD

Diagnoses shot up 53% in the last decade

(Newser) - Roughly 6.4 million American children aged 4 through 17 have been diagnosed with ADHD—or about 11% of all children, according to new figures from the CDC, which shows that diagnoses for the disorder have exploded in the last decade. The problem is particularly pronounced among boys, nearly one... More »

ADHD Diagnoses Up 24% in 10 Years

Rates increased most in minority children

(Newser) - In just a decade, the percentage of children diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder jumped by a big percentage itself: 24%, per a new study. It reviewed the health records of some 840,000 kids in California, and found that 2.5% received an ADHD diagnosis in 2001; by 2010, that... More »

My Son Is the Next Adam Lanza

Liza Long: 'These boys—and their mothers—need help'

(Newser) - Liza Long's little boy is a high-IQ math whiz who likes Greek mythology and Einsteinian physics. But when she tells the 13-year-old to change his pants, he can fly into a murderous rage: “You’re a stupid bitch," cries the boy—let's call him Michael. "... More »

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