If your child has been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), he or she is not alone. According to a new government study, 1 in 10 American children have ADHD. (more…)
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As we hit the midsummer check-up season, I am seeing a lot of my adolescent patients as they are getting ready for their freshman year in college. (more…)
As an adult, you already know how difficult it is to focus on even the simplest task when you haven’t had enough sleep. The same holds true for young adults, children and even kindergartners. According to a new study, preschoolers who do not get enough sleep are more likely to be hyperactive and inattentive in kindergarten, exhibiting ADHD-like symptoms. (more…)
For years, some parents of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) have believed there is a connection between artificial dyes in food, and their child’s behavior. Now, the Food and Drug Administration is beginning to take a more serious look at the link between the two. (more…)
I read an interesting, albeit somewhat alarming article in an issue of Pediatrics. The article is entitled “Adolescent Prescription ADHD Medication Abuse is Rising Along with Prescriptions for these Medications”. (more…)
This is the first full week of school for many students across the country and with just a few days of school under their belt, parents have already begun dialing and texting their pediatrician about their child’s attention issues and ADHD. (more…)
As the number of prescriptions for treating attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) continues to rise, so do the numbers of children abusing those drugs. New research published in the September 2009 issue of Pediatrics found the rate of ADHD medication abuse rose 76 percent from 1998 to 2005. At the same time, the rates for these prescriptions rose about 80 percent. (more…)
New research out shows that children given medication to treat attention-deficit-hyperactivity disorder symptoms score higher on math and reading tests than children with the condition who do not get medications.
The study tracked nearly 600 children diagnosed with ADHD from kindergarten through fifth grade. It found the 60 percent who where given prescribed drugs such as Ritalin and Adderall performed better on standardized tests than peers with ADHD who were not given medication. But the scores of children treated with drugs for ADHD still lagged children not diagnosed with the condition. The study is published in the journal Pediatrics. (more…)
Children with ADHD who are not receiving medication often have sleep disturbances characterized by difficulty falling asleep and short duration of sleep and of REM sleep, Canadian investigators have found.
“Clinicians have reported sleep problems in an estimated 25 to 50 percent of children with ADHD, and treatment of sleep problems has been shown to improve behavior and decrease the need for stimulant medication in children with ADHD,” lead author Dr. Reut Gruber at McGill University told Reuters Health. (more…)