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11% of Youth Have Received ADHD Diagnosis
11% of Youth Have
Received ADHD Diagnosis

11% of Youth Have Received ADHD Diagnosis

Study author says better awareness, more treatment opportunities are behind the increase

(Newser) - The latest data shows 11% of US children ages 3 to 17 have been diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD—an "expanding public health concern," according to the CDC. Some 7.1 million children had received a diagnosis as of 2022, up from about 6 million in 2016,...

ADHD Is Brutal. Our Adderall Shortage Makes it Worse

Jason Diamond writes a first-person account at 'Esquire'

(Newser) - When Jason Diamond was diagnosed with what we now call ADHD as a kid, doctors told him he'd grow out of it. Nearly 40 years later, he's still waiting for that to happen. But as he writes at Esquire , his ability to overcome the disorder as an adult...

ADHD May Have Been Evolutionary Advantage
ADHD May Have Been
Evolutionary Advantage

ADHD May Have Been Evolutionary Advantage

Study involving online berry-picking suggests ADHD is 'adaptive specialization for foraging'

(Newser) - Traits associated with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can include difficulty concentrating, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness. Though such traits are often viewed negatively, it really depends on the environment. Research has backed the "evolutionary mismatch" theory that argues traits of neurodivergence, though perhaps disadvantageous in our hyperstimulated modern world, provided an evolutionary...

Mother of Boy Who Shot Teacher Hit With More Charges

Deja Taylor now faces federal charges as well

(Newser) - The mother of the 6-year-old Virginia boy who shot his first-grade teacher has been charged in federal court with using a controlled substance while in possession of a handgun, a felony. The charge against Deja Nicole Taylor relates to pot, which is legal in Virginia but remains illegal under federal...

Patients Griped About It. Now the FDA Confirms It

Agency makes it official: There's a nationwide Adderall shortage

(Newser) - There've been rumblings for months at some US pharmacies on difficulties obtaining Adderall. Now, official word from the Food and Drug Administration: There's a US shortage of the medication used to treat ADHD, reports NBC News . In a Wednesday release , the FDA announced the dearth of the drug,...

Behind Da Vinci's Genius: ADHD?
Researcher Poses Theory
About Da Vinci's Genius
in case you missed it

Researcher Poses Theory About Da Vinci's Genius

Study suggests it was fueled by ADHD

(Newser) - As an artist, mathematician, and inventor, Leonardo da Vinci was without doubt a master. But "his contemporaries could never understand or forgive his lack of discipline," write researchers in the journal Brain . Indeed, as da Vinci jumped from task to task, he left plenty of works unfinished—even...

Most Kids With ADHD Grow Out of It
 Most Kids With ADHD 
 Grow Out of It 

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

This One Decision Could Boost Kids' Self-Control
This One Decision Could Boost Kids' Self-Control
study says

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...

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...

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...

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....

1 in 13 Kids on Behavioral Meds
1 in 13 Kids on
Behavioral Meds
study says

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...

Meet the New ADHD Diagnosis
 Meet the New 
 ADHD Diagnosis 

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...

Mental Illness Risk Linked to Father's Age
 Older Dad? 
 Mental Illness 
  Risk Goes Up 

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...

New Reason to Fear Acetaminophen: ADHD

 New Reason to Fear 
 Acetaminophen: ADHD 
new study

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...

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