Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD) News

ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, is a neurological and behavioral disorder that is most often identified in children but that can continue into adulthood. The characteristics of ADHD include difficulty paying attention, impulsive behavior and, in many cases, hyperactivity. The negative results of the disorder can include difficulty getting good grades in school, trouble behaving well at home and difficulty interacting positively with friends.

Causes and Types of ADHD

Though researchers aren’t sure what causes one child to get ADHD while another one doesn’t, there does appear to be a strong genetic component to the condition. Having a low birth weight or being delivered prematurely, alcohol and tobacco use during pregnancy, brain injuries and toxic environmental exposures are other factors that might increase the risk for ADHD.

Many people believe that social factors in children's upbringing may also affect their risk for ADHD. These theories include things like watching too much TV, eating too many sugary snacks or growing up in a chaotic household. Though these factors could exacerbate the symptoms of ADHD, there is no scientific evidence that cause the condition.

Though attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is the standard classification for the condition, in reality AHDH manifests itself in different children in different ways. For example, some children may be primarily inattentive without the presence of hyperactivity. In others, hyperactivity is the primary symptom. And sometimes, the two symptoms appear simultaneously.

Treatment of ADHD

The old line of thinking on ADHD was that it improved and went away with age, but more recent research indicates that symptoms may persist into adulthood and continue to cause trouble in both working environments and relationships. For this reason, treatment of ADHD is typically recommended.

The specific treatment will vary based on the specific person with the ADHD diagnosis. Usually, treatment will involve some combination of therapy and medications.

SOURCES: Children and Adults With Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD); U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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11/17/2017
11/15/2017
ADHD and Family Dynamics

Cutting back on harsh discipline helps calm kids with ADHD, study finds.

10/30/2017
10/30/2017
Acetaminophen During Pregnancy

Long-term use of acetaminophen during pregnancy may increase ADHD risk, new study finds

10/16/2017
Nearly a Third of College Kids Think ADHD Meds Boost Grades

But adolescent health experts say there's no evidence to support that belief

9/4/2017
Back to School, Back to Planning for Kids With Autism, ADHD

Thinking ahead and keeping a calendar with important dates can help make transition smoother

7/24/2017
Treating ADHD May Help Curb Later Drinking, Drug Problems

For people with the disorder, meds like Ritalin linked to lower rates of alcohol, drug abuse, study finds

6/22/2017
When is Tourette Syndrome Actually Autism?

Repetitive behaviors, restricted interests occur in both disorders, make correct diagnosis tricky, researchers report

6/12/2017
Teens With ADHD Face a Higher Crash Risk

Study found they were 36 percent more likely to get in an accident than other adolescents

5/25/2017
Are All Those 'Fidget Spinners' Really Helping Kids?

Hot toy is probably more of a distraction than a help in the classroom, experts say

5/12/2017
Athletes With ADHD Favor Team Competition

They're more likely to play contact sports like football, lacrosse and hockey, study finds

5/10/2017
Car Crash Rate Falls When People With ADHD Take Meds

Hallmarks of the disorder -- including inattention, impulsivity -- raise accident risk, researchers say

5/3/2017
Are Smartphones Helping or Harming Kids' Mental Health?

More use is linked to attention and behavior problems, but also less anxiety, study finds

3/27/2017
Breast-Feeding May Not Lead to Smarter Preschoolers

But study suggests that children who were nursed may be less hyperactive at age 3

2/16/2017
Imaging Study Confirms Brain Differences in People With ADHD

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity should be considered a brain disorder, researchers say

2/14/2017
Low-Income Kids More Likely to Have ADHD, Asthma

Autism more often diagnosed among children in higher-income families, study finds

2/13/2017
Tiny Babies May Face Mental Health Problems Later

Review found greater likelihood of ADHD, anxiety and depression

1/30/2017
Dietary Habits and ADHD

A child's whole diet may play an important role in ADHD development, new study finds.

1/30/2017
Could the 'Mediterranean' Diet Help Prevent ADHD?

There's no solid proof, but encouraging healthy eating is a wise move, specialist says

1/26/2017
Kids With ADHD Make 6.1 Million Doctor Visits a Year in U.S.: CDC

Mental health specialist says study raises more questions than it answers

1/12/2017
Brain Deficits in Preemies May Start Before Birth

Study links weak brain wiring connections in fetuses with preterm delivery

1/9/2017
Exercise: An Antidote for Behavioral Issues in Students?

Study found use of 'cybercycles' reduced classroom problems for kids with autism, ADHD, other concerns

12/29/2016
Disabled Children Face Bullying Throughout School Years

More must be done to teach them how to respond to aggression, researcher says

11/15/2016
Guidelines May Have Helped Curb ADHD Diagnoses in Preschoolers

Still, too few with disorder receive behavior therapy, child psychologist says

10/17/2016
Foster Kids Face Higher Risk of Health Problems: Study

They were even more vulnerable than children in low-income, single-parent families

9/19/2016
Suicide Can Strike Children as Young as 5: Study

Overall numbers are low, but researchers say prevention efforts are needed

9/16/2016
Kids With Bipolar Disorder More Likely to Abuse Drugs, Alcohol: Study

And those who also have conduct disorder seem to face an even greater risk

9/16/2016
Tourette Threat Surges for Babies When Mom Smokes in Pregnancy

Researchers probe increased risk of chronic tics and other disorders due to prenatal nicotine exposure

8/23/2016
ADHD More Often Missed in Minority Kids

Study found disparities in diagnosis, treatment rates

8/18/2016
Could Diet in Pregnancy Raise Child's Odds for ADHD?

Study underscores importance of good prenatal nutrition

8/17/2016
Meds May Curb Risky Behaviors for Kids With ADHD

Study found drug abuse, STDs and injuries were lower among teens who take meds

8/15/2016
Acetaminophen During Pregnancy May Up Risk of ADHD in Kids

But only association found, and researchers say women should still take the painkiller if needed

8/12/2016
ADHD Common Among College Students Who Misuse Stimulant Drugs

Study says they're also more apt to have other psychiatric issues

7/15/2016
Do ADHD Medicines Boost Substance Abuse Risk?

Chances were actually lower the earlier stimulants were started, and the longer they were taken

7/13/2016
Epilepsy May Triple ADHD Risk, Danish Study Finds

It also found possible link between fever-related seizures and the behavioral disorder in kids

7/6/2016
Exercise May Help Ease Adult ADHD Symptoms

Activity won't replace standard treatments, but could be helpful add-on

6/10/2016
Are 'Workaholics' Prone to OCD, Anxiety?

Study suggests a link, but it's not clear how overwork, mental issues may be connected

6/8/2016
Sound Sleep Elusive for Many Kids With ADHD

Those with the attention disorder sleep less, take longer to fall asleep at night, study finds

6/2/2016
ADHD and Sleep

Do kids with ADHD have a harder time falling asleep?

6/1/2016
ADHD Meds May Pose Heart Risks for Some Kids

Study found slightly higher chance of irregular heartbeat shortly after starting methylphenidate

5/30/2016
Lifestyle May Be Key to Improving ADHD in Kids

Healthier habits related to exercise and diet could help many with the disorder, researcher says

5/23/2016
ADHD Diagnosis in Adulthood

What is late-onset ADHD and how is it affecting young adults?

5/18/2016
ADHD Can First Appear in Young Adulthood for Some, Study Suggests

Research in adult twins finds many had symptoms but no prior history of the disorder

5/3/2016
For ADHD, Start With Behavior Therapy, Not Drugs: CDC

Parents of hyperactive young children can help them improve through guidance, experts say

5/2/2016
More U.S. Kids Have Chronic Health Problems: Study

Low-income children are experiencing the biggest increases, researchers report

4/1/2016
Could ADHD Drugs Lower Kids' Bone Density?

Study raises questions about bone health of young people taking meds like Ritalin and Adderall

4/1/2016
Pediatricians Vary Widely in Diagnosing ADHD, Depression

5 years of data show 15 percent of kids diagnosed with mental health condition; most prescribed drugs

3/31/2016
Even Controlled, Epilepsy May Still Cause Problems for Kids

Study finds social and educational issues may be a concern as children get older

3/8/2016
Most Teens Who Abuse ADHD Meds Get Them From Others

Study finds 54 percent of kids surveyed use medications for non-medicinal purposes

3/3/2016
ADHD Meds Tied to Lower Bone Density in Kids

One-quarter of children in study had lower-than-normal readings, but reasons aren't clear