Physical movement improves mental focus, memory, and cognitive flexibility; new research shows just how critical it is to academic performance.
Children whose parents are eligible for Medicaid are much more likely to be prescribed psychotropic drugs
The experts are finally admitting that medication isn’t the most cost-efficient way of dealing with ADHD after all. More recent studies have called into question whether the benefits from a pill last as long as behavioral therapy coupled with techniques to improve long-term academic and social functioning.
A spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics' ADHD Clinical Practice Guidelines Subcommittee says the group reviewed the recent "behavior first" research but didn't find the evidence strong enough to warrant a change in the guidelines.
However, both the academy and its critics agree that not enough children are currently getting adequate behavioral treatment.
There’s a new, candy-flavored amphetamine on the market.
Adzenys, as the chewable, fruity medication is called, packs the punch of Adderall and is geared toward children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Women are filling prescriptions for A.D.H.D. drugs like Adderall in growing numbers, government researchers report. The finding raises questions about an uptick in diagnoses once reserved only for children and adolescents.
The rise of A.D.H.D. diagnoses and prescriptions for stimulants over the years coincided with a remarkably successful two-decade campaign by pharmaceutical companies to publicize the syndrome and promote the pills to doctors, educators and parents. With the children’s market booming, the industry is now employing similar marketing techniques as it focuses on adult A.D.H.D., which could become even more profitable.
According to research, about 25 percent of adults who are treated for alcohol and substance abuse also have ADHD.
It's no longer shocking to hear of children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder—and others simply facing a big test—taking ADHD medicine to boost their performance in school. But new studies point to a problem: There's little evidence that the drugs actually improve academic outcomes.
Hands up if any of these things describes your kids, you as a kid, or kids you know: inability to wait for a turn; temper tantrums; fidgeting; inability to finish chores; being too loud; being too quiet.
At long last, the scientific research community is rethinking a 20-year old study about the benefits of medicating ADHD with stimulants like Ritalin.
Sanford Newmark, head of the pediatric integrative neurodevelopmental program at the University of California, San Francisco, makes the case that ADHD drugs are overprescribed. Harold S. Koplewicz, president of the Child Mind Institute in New York, argues that the notions of overdiagnosis and overuse of ADHD drugs aren't based in fact.
According to Natalie Colaneri, principal investigator for the study, and research assistant at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, it is vital to understand the moral as well as ethical implications of stimulant misuse not only in college, but also in high school where this trend may have its roots.
So it turns out that Lily's doctor was right all those years ago. ADD/HD medication won't help you if you don't have ADD/HD. Not exactly surprising. But what no one knew then is surprising, and has no doubt contributed to the current ADHD explosion; namely, there's a good chance you'll believe it does.
No wonder there is an ADD/HD epidemic.
The New York Times story was widely disseminated and sits atop the paper’s most emailed story list. However, the story does raise questions about Schwarz’s reporting.
Hackers tried to imply Simone Biles was doping. She used the leak to reduce ADHD stigma instead.
Boys aged between 14 and 16 years with ADHD had lower weight but were also significantly shorter than the control group, the study found.
The researchers also found that taking ADHD stimulant medication could affect the rate that boys progress through puberty.
By the time they reach high school, nearly 20 percent of all American boys will be diagnosed with ADHD. Millions of those boys will be prescribed a powerful stimulant to "normalize" them. A great many of those boys will suffer serious side effects from those drugs. The shocking truth is that many of those diagnoses are wrong, and that most of those boys are being drugged for no good reason—simply for being boys. It's time we recognize this as a crisis.
Overachievers are popping Adderall to get ahead. Is that a good idea?
The article perpetuates the idea that these drugs calm kids with ADHD down, but have a different effect on health people. Actually, the drugs do exactly the same thing in people whether they are hyperactive, have problems paying attention, or are healthy. They improve focus by increasing the levels of the neurotransmitters norepinephrine and dopamine in the prefrontal cortex, the front part of the brain that regulates attention and behavior. Basically, light that up and everything else gets controlled. But your heart still races.
Modafinil is one of an arsenal of drugs, which includes Adderall, Ritalin, and Concerta, that are increasingly used “off-label" by college students and adults seeking greater productivity.
The market for ADHD medications is so bloated that finding the right treatment feels impossible and overwhelming at times. Here, an ADHD specialist explains the options in terms we can all understand.
Reliable data to quantify how many American workers misuse stimulants does not exist, several experts said.
But in interviews, dozens of people in a wide spectrum of professions said they and co-workers misused stimulants like Adderall, Vyvanse and Concerta to improve work performance.
Adolescents and young adults being treated for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder may be at a higher risk of having a psychotic event if they are provided amphetamine medicines, such as Adderall and Vyvanse, instead of medications based on the compound methylphenidate, such as Ritalin or Concerta...
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.
Contrary to popular belief that ADHD is a childhood problem, it can continue in adolescence as well as adulthood.
However, it is not a problem without a solution. There are various treatment options available in the market for this unique mental health condition, but I would focus on the most effective one, “The Stimulant Drugs”.