66% of Kids On ADHD Meds Don’t Have ADHD, Says Scientific American

According to the American Psychiatric Association, about 5 percent of American children suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), yet the diagnosis is given to some 15 percent of American children, many of whom are placed on powerful drugs with lifelong consequences. This is the central fact of the journalist Alan Schwarz’s new book, ADHD Nation. Explaining this fact—how it is that perhaps two thirds of the children diagnosed with ADHD do not actually suffer from the diso … [Read more...]

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Physical Exercise May Be Best Treatment for ADHD

The Atlantic reports on a new study published this morning in the journal Pediatrics....kids who took part in a regular physical activity program showed important enhancement of cognitive performance and brain function. The findings, according to University of Illinois professor Charles Hillman and colleagues, "demonstrate a causal effect of a physical program on executive control, and provide support for physical activity for improving childhood cognition and brain health."   Physical … [Read more...]

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Only 1 in 4 Kids with ADHD Is Getting the Right Treatment–Is Yours?

Evidence shows that children with ADHD do better and can take lower doses of stimulant medications when they receive behavioral therapy along with ADHD drugs. "Treatment of ADHD in children generates lots of controversy, primarily because of potential for overuse and abuse of stimulant medications," said Dr. Walid F. Gellad, the study's lead author and an adjunct scientist at RAND, a nonprofit research organization. "We wanted to find out among those who receive ADHD medications, how many are … [Read more...]

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Inconsistent Home Life/Common Family Problems May Increase Risk of Brain Disorders by Up To 60%

Because parents don't have enough to worry about, two new studies point to the impact of a child's home life on brain development.The first study looks at how common family problems like lack of affection, poor communication, parental arguments and the like actually resulted in children developing a smaller cerebellum than children who did not experience the same type of common family problems.The study led by Dr Nicholas Walsh, lecturer in developmental psychology at the … [Read more...]

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Got Milk? Breastfeeding May Prevent ADHD, Study Says.

Researchers found a clear link between rates of breastfeeding and the likelihood of developing ADHD, even when typical risk factors were taken into consideration.Children who were bottle-fed at three months of age were found to be three times more likely to have ADHD than those who were breastfed during the same period.  The ADHD group was comprised of children that had been diagnosed at the hospital, the second group included the siblings of the ADHD patients, and the control group i … [Read more...]

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Treating ADHD without Meds

In response to yesterday's post on the Pontifical Council for Healthcare Workers' conference on the effectiveness and ethics of stimulant treatment for ADHD a number of readers asked, "if not meds, then what?"I want to say up front that I don't personally believe that medication treatment for ADHD is completely useless or should be avoided altogether.  I do think that people are being oversold on the effectiveness of ADHD meds for the reasons listed in the article I posted yesterday.  Rit … [Read more...]

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The Vatican’s Been Talking About ADHD and the Ethics of ADHD Meds.

Apparently some Cardinals have been having a hard time paying attention in long curial meetings.Kidding aside, although I am aware that the various Pontifical Councils regularly host scientific conferences on a variety of current medical and social problems, even I was surprised to learn of the large discussion on ADHD and medication that was recently hosted by the Pontifical Council for Healthcare Workers.One of the presenters has a very interesting summary of reactions to his … [Read more...]

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