U.S. Department of Education Releases Guidance On Civil Rights of Students with ADHD

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) today issued guidance clarifying the obligation of schools to provide students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) with equal educational opportunity under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. “On this 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, I am pleased to honor Congress’ promise with guidance clarifying the rights of students with ADHD in our nation’s schools,” said Catherine E. Lhamon, assistant secretary for civil rights. “The Department will Read More

The False ADHD Controversy

More kids are being diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) than ever before, according to the Centers for Disease Control. 8.8% of children were diagnosed in 2011, compared with 7.0% in 2007. An uptick was also witnessed in the number of parents choosing to medicate their children with stimulants such as Ritalin. That proportion now sits at two-thirds. ADHD is perhaps childhood’s most common neurobehavioral disorder. It’s characterized by an array of symptoms, including Read More

ADHD Linked To Inner Ear Problems; Could Studying Poor Hearing Lead To New, Innovative ADHD Treatment?

According to Discovery Fit & Health, an inner ear dysfunction in children could cause neurological changes that lead to behavioral abnormalities related to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Therefore, adolescents who suffer from inner ear problems could be at risk of developing ADHD, according to a recent study. Findings published online in the journal Science reveal that children and adolescents with severe inner ear problems could develop behavioral problems, such as hyperactivity. When a Ph.D. Read More

Six SmartPhone Tips for People with ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a condition where a person has problems paying attention or concentrating. Following directions is difficult and patients are easily bored or frustrated with tasks. Although it is most often diagnosed in children, adults have it too, wreaking havoc on both our professional and personal lives. Adults with ADHD have trouble with time management, organizational skills, goal setting and employment. They may also have problems with personal relationships, self-esteem and addictions. Read More

Talking about children’s mental health

It can be difficult to tell whether your teen is just moody or if there’s actually something more going on there and, if there is, what can be done. Renowned Canadian adolescent mental health specialist Dr. Stanley Kutcher provided answers to questions for a room full of curious parents and caregivers at the Oakville Conference Centre last week as part of Children’s Mental Health Week (May 6-12). There were a variety of concerns brought up Read More

ADHD Drug Shows Promise for Binge Eating

A stimulant drug, lisdexamfetamine dimesylate (Vyvanse), nearly abolished eating binges in adult patients who had experienced such episodes four times a week, a researcher said here. In a randomized, placebo-controlled trial, 11 weeks of treatment with the drug, which is currently approved for attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), cut the mean rate of days with binge eating to as little as 0.1 week, said Susan McElroy, MD, of Lindner Center of HOPE in Mason, Ohio. Patients Read More

ADHD: I’m Down the Rabbithole. Again.

Ok. That’s it. I’m down the rabbithole again. The more I learn about ADHD, the more complex and interconnected everything gets. I’m totally overwhelmed by the plethora of theories, webinars, tools, and tricks of the trade. Not to mention the amazing, fascinating, infuriating, and fabulous personalities representing a myriad of contrasting, conflicting, and concurring opinions available through blogs, articles, Twitter peeps and peeping twits (including those who randomly steal and re-post my writings without so Read More

Monitor your child’s mental health

Mental illness is a broad category that encompasses many different disorders. The most common conditions include attention deficient hyperactivity disorder, attention deficit disorder, anxiety/panic disorders, depression, bipolar and schizophrenia. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and attention deficit disorder (ADD) symptoms often present themselves in childhood but continue into adulthood. The troubling symptoms permeate and cause problems at home, school, work, and in relationships. Some experts suggest that ADHD can occur in eight to 10 per Read More

Is mental health seasonal?

Spring has sprung, at least for most of us, which means sundresses, seersucker and boozy croquet parties on the front lawn. Goodbye happy lamp, hello mimosa. But it’s not just champagne that’s lifting our spirits and banishing the wintertime blues. According to Google (and a team of researchers from the University of Southern California, Harvard and Johns Hopkins) mental illnesses — such as obsessive compulsive disorder, depression and anorexia — are far more seasonal than Read More

ADHD Can Often Persist Into Adulthood

Children with ADHD often grow up to be adults with ADHD, a new study suggests. Researchers found that of the 232 young adults in the study who had childhood attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, 29 percent still had it at an average age of 27. What’s more, 57 percent had at least one other mental health issue, such as alcohol abuse, depression or chronic anxiety. "This shows us [ADHD] is a serious, chronic condition that’s not being adequately Read More