Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder affects millions of children in the United States every year. While it is not yet known what causes the condition, scientists have pointed to a variety of risk factors.
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a brain disorder marked by an ongoing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development. According to the CDC, approximately 11% of American children 4-17 years of age (6.4 million) have been diagnosed with ADHD as of 2011, up from 9.5% in 2007 and 7.8% in 2003. Inattention and hyperactivity/impulsivity are the telltale behaviors of ADHD. Some sufferers only have problems with one of the behaviors, but most struggle with both inattention and hyperactivity-impulsivity. For an individual to be diagnosed with ADHD, the symptoms of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity must be chronic or long-lasting, impair the person’s functioning, and cause the person to fall behind normal development for his or her age.
Abuse of cocaine, alcohol and pills was the patient’s obvious problem, but at its root was undiagnosed ADHD
Abuse of cocaine, alcohol and pills was the patient’s obvious problem, but at its root was undiagnosed ADHD. Read more…
It is helpful to understand what is driving kids to become hyper, unfocused, disorganized and fidgety. Once you know what is at the root of these behaviors, you’ll be much more effective at helping your child with these issues.
Girls with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are at higher risk than girls without ADHD for multiple mental disorders that often lead to cascading problems.
Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are potentially more exposed to reproaches than typically developing children, explain researchers.
Public health officials have focused on the national plague of narcotic painkillers. But another scourge is looming largely unnoticed: The drugs used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in adults.
It is principally hereditary factors that lie behind adults with ADHD often developing alcohol dependence and binge eating. This is the conclusion of a doctoral thesis from Linköping University.
A large new study provides evidence that workaholism, along with harming wellbeing and health, also frequently co-occurs with clinical disorders like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety, and depression.
Individuals with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have disorder-specific and contrasting structural and functional brain abnormalities in comparison with individuals with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), an international team of researchers has discovered.
Exercise, even a small amount, can help alleviate symptoms of ADHD in adults, according to a new study. About 6 percent of American adults report symptoms consistent with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, which lead to anxiety, depression, low energy and motivation, poor performance at work or school and also increased traffic accidents.
Despite Official Recommendations, Young Children Are Still Receiving Drugs Instead of Therapy for ‘ADHD’
In 2011 the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued guidelines recommending therapy over stimulant drugs as the primary treatment for children diagnosed with ‘ADHD.’ New research from the CDC reveals, however, that children between ages 2 and five are still prescribed medications before receiving the recommended therapy or psychological services.
Drugs such as Ritalin make no difference to the long-term outcomes of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, who continue to struggle academically and mentally as they get older, early research findings suggest.
Explanations for the dramatic spike in ADHD cases range from increased awareness of the condition and improvements in how it is diagnosed, to the bottom-line bonanza for pharmaceutical companies and kids looking for pharmacological help to focus on standardized tests. Or it could be that the increase in school-accountability measures has led low-performing schools to Read more
Children with attention-deficit problems improve faster when the first treatment they receive is behavioral than when they start immediately on medication, a new study has found. Beginning with behavioral therapy is also a less expensive option over time, according to a related analysis.
It’s no secret that stimulant medications such as Adderall that are prescribed to treat symptoms of ADHD are sometimes used as “study drugs” aimed at boosting cognitive performance.
A new study has found links between a family’s ‘cycle of negativity’ and a child’s later trouble with work, relationships and crime.
Girls with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have their share of challenges. And new research suggests a tendency toward obesity may be one of them.
Goodman says he’s seeing more and more adults over the age of 50 newly diagnosed with ADHD. The disorder occurs as the brain is developing, and symptoms generally appear around age 7. But symptoms can last a lifetime. For adults, the problem is not disruptive behavior or keeping up in school.
Exposure to miniscule amounts of lead may contribute to ADHD symptoms in children who have a particular gene mutation, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.
Children in foster care are three times more likely to have been diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) than those in the general population, a new study reveals.
The study may help to understand how defects in the thalamus might underlie symptoms seen in patients with autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and schizophrenia.