Classroom behavior management apps raise privacy worries

DOJO

By Natasha Singer – For better or for worse, the third graders in Greg Fletcher’s class at Hunter Elementary School always know where they stand. One morning in mid-October, Mr. Fletcher walked to the front of the classroom where an interactive white board displayed ClassDojo, a behavior-tracking app that lets teachers award points or subtract […]

ADHD may, or may not be a disability in the workplace

by Sara Boyns – Q One of my employees is difficult to get along with. I’ve talked to her repeatedly about being nicer to her co-workers and working cooperatively, and she generally does her job well. I just gave her a poor performance evaluation based on her inability to get along with others, and she […]

Aggressive boys increasingly put on antipsychotics

by Alan Schwarz – Every time Matthias is kicked out of a school or day camp for defying adults and clashing with other children, his mother, Joelle Kendle, inches closer to a decision she dreads. With each morning of arm-twisting and leg-flailing as she tries to get him dressed and out the door for first […]

FDA requires generic ADHD drug companies to prove their effectiveness

by Robert Preidt – Two generic versions of the attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder drug Concerta may not work as effectively as the brand-name product does, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday. The agency analyzed available data and conducted laboratory tests on the two generic versions of Concerta (methylphenidate hydrochloride extended-release tablets) made by Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals […]

The creativity of students with ADHD is being wasted

Research now shows what many people who have Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder — or those who parent someone who does — have long since believed there is a huge link between ADHD and creativity, often referred to as the “upside of ADHD.” And according to an extensive report by Salon, in focusing solely on the […]

Missing ADHD symptoms is easy, specially in girls

According to a new survey released today, nearly 50 percent of mothers of tween girls who have been diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) reported that they had first attributed their daughters’ behavior to “normal” adolescent struggles, and 59 percent reported that they initially hesitated to seek help from a doctor for their daughter. Additionally, 60 […]

Distinguishing ADHD from major depression symptoms

by William Dodson, M.D. – To most people, depression means feeling blue or down in the dumps. This is an almost universal experience for people with ADHD. At some point in their lives, they feel down due to the frustration and demoralization of trying to fit into a neurotypical world that makes little effort to […]

Air pollution exposure in utero increases ADHD risk fivefold

by Anne Harding – Kids who are exposed to the highest levels of air pollution before birth have a greater risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms than their less exposed peers, according to new research. In the study, researchers looked at levels of compounds called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), which are a component […]

Schools still failing students with adhd

By Meredith Knight – After lunchtime in elementary school, I remember a handful of my fellow students would discretely visit he nurses office before heading back to homeroom. It was only a few years later when one of those students became my good friend that I learned they took medication for attention defect hyperactivity disorder, […]

We know what optimal ADHD treatment is but it’s not happening

by Dennis Thompson – Many pediatricians provide inadequate care for children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), relying too heavily on drugs and failing to thoroughly assess kids’ symptoms, a new study reports. Nearly one-third of pediatricians who diagnose children with ADHD do not consult the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, a necessary step in […]