Category Archives: ADHD

Attention Deficit Disorder can be a very disabling disorder. There is very effective help for this problem.

ADHD: Not Just for Kids

Attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) aren’t just childhood problems. Many adults also struggle with attention deficit disorders even though they weren’t formally diagnosed as children. The same excessive inattentiveness, impulsiveness and hyperactivity that characterize ADD/ADHD in children are symptomatic of the condition in adults, although symptoms may present differently. The constant…

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Fidgeting Helps ADHD Students Succeed

Children seem to be in constant motion. Parents are forever admonishing their children to sit still. But for children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) the constant fidgeting isn’t in their parents’ imagination. Even when other children are able to remain focused and quiet, children with ADHD are compelled to fidget and twitch and squirm. Parents…

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More Sleep Can Improve ADHD Symptoms

A common behavior disorder that affects 8% to 10% of U.S. school-aged children, ADHD – attention deficit hyperactivity disorder — has been linked to children’s failure to get enough sleep. In a new study (see our April 29 post), researchers at the University of Helsinki in Finland found that children who typically received less than…

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ADHD Linked to Lack of Sleep in Kids

Lack of sleep in children increases their risk of developing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to new research published in the April 27, 2009 online edition of Pediatrics. In a study of 7- and 8-year-olds conducted by researchers at the University of Helsinki in Finland, children who received less than 7.7 hours of sleep…

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New Drug Approved for Adult ADHD

A new drug called Vyvanse was recently approved for use in adults.  It was approved in February 2007 for children 6-12.  Why is this significant?  Vyvanse is a “prodrug” meaning it’s the precursor to the stimulant dextroamphetamine (Adderall, Dexedrine).  As a prodrug, it has to be metabolized by the digestive system to become active.  This…

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Mother’s Depression May Produce Child’s ADHD

A study out of the University of Manitoba conducted by Ann Guevremont MEd. and Marni Bromwell PhD. concluded that depression in a woman occurring at anytime between one year before and nine years after birth is a risk factor for the child later developing ADHD. They also found the chances of the child developing ADHD…

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Ritalin Helps Drivers with ADHD

Dr. Joris C. Verster at University of Utrecht in the Netherlands conducted a study and discovered that Ritalin significantly improved the driving skills of patients with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). They used a pool of 18 people ages 21-30 and compared their driving skills on and off of their medication. Off medication, they were…

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Adult ADHD Leads to More Divorces?

I saw an advertisement in one of the psychiatry news journals with the capture line “Broken Promises.”  It was an advertisement for ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) medication.  The ad went on to state “Adults with ADHD were nearly 2x more likely to have been divorced.”  That got my attention.  Of course, I wanted to…

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