Exercise should be part of ADHD treatments

by Stacy Hsu – A group of Taiwanese researchers has established a link between routine physical activity and improved self-control for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), expressing hope that exercise might one day replace medication for the common childhood behavioral disorder. The head of the research team, National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) Department […]

Each child learns to manage their ADHD differently

by Lisa Aro – ADHD is not a one-size-fits-all disorder. While all of my ADHDers may struggle with one symptom or another, the ways it manifests in their daily lives and the ways they handle it are certainly different. For example, while one may obsess over details and worry about forgetting, another lives in complete […]

Kids need movement, not an ADHD diagnosis

by Valerie Strauss – A perfect stranger pours her heart out to me over the phone. She complains that her 6-year-old son is unable to sit still in the classroom. The school wants to test him for ADHD (attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder). This sounds familiar, I think to myself. As a pediatric occupational therapist, […]

Study highlights gaps in ADHD drug trials

by Carey Goldberg – If we’re going to keep putting millions of American children on ADHD drugs, we really need to study the meds longer and better to pick up rare and late-onset side effects. That’s my takeaway from a study just out from Boston Children’s Hospital. It found that in many cases, ADHD drugs […]

Kids get summer camp and ADHD treatment in one

by Gregory Trotter – Tyler Bardak soared to the sky, seemingly higher with each arc of the swing, at Camp STAR, a Highland Park camp where he is one of 40 kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. For the past two summers, Tyler, 7, has tried more typical summer camps with disastrous results, said his […]

Study links child temperament to three ADHD types

by Rachael Rettner – There are three distinct types of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) that match up with children’s personalities, some researchers suggest. What’s more, looking at these ADHD types is better than the current diagnostic methods in predicting which children will go on to develop further mental-health problems, the researchers said in the new study. […]

People want a blood test for ADHD

by Tricia Brick – More than one in 10 American children have been diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a New York Times analysis of new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)—an estimated 6.4 million kids, or 11 percent, up from 7.8 percent a decade ago. The figure soars to 19 percent among […]

How traumatic stress creates learning disabilities

by Rebecca Ruiz – Dr. Nicole Brown’s quest to understand her misbehaving pediatric patients began with a hunch. Brown was completing her residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, when she realized that many of her low-income patients had been diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). These children lived in households and neighborhoods where violence […]

Diet is not a cure for ADHD

by Kelly Babcock – On Wednesday I published a post in which I said that you can’t cure ADHD with diet. RonH commented, “Actually, it may be possible to cure ADHD with diet. ADHD is not a disease, but a set of behavioral symptoms. If you are lucky enough to have a doctor who will […]

Treat ADHD by reducing stress

by Kelly Babcock – There are lots of treatments for ADHD out there. Sadly, lots of them are drek! There are the mental exercises that I like to call “mind games” because that’s pretty much all they are. I don’t deny that they help you. They may make you more capable and confident and that’s […]