ADHD Diagnosis on the Rise

Diagnosis of Pediatric attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD) is on the rise. Currently, diagnosis is up 31% from 2010 to 2017 among Americans age 2 to 18 years old. This information is from a study conducted by Blue Cross Blue Shield Association reported recently in an Diagnosisarticle published by ADDitude Magazine.

This study was completed over eight years and found that age, gender, and geography influenced the likelihood of an ADHD diagnosis. The highest rate of diagnosis included 9% who were middle school students and boys were twice as likely as girls to be diagnosed. Unfortunately, girls are often undiagnosed because they do not have the behavioral competent that boys often exhibit.  This means they are often overlooked or classified as "just a daydreamer". To learn more about Why ADHD is Often Overlooked in Girls, visit our website blog post on this topic. Additional...

Why your ADHD Teen Should Be Getting More Sleep.

Teenagers have a lot working against them when it comes to getting enough sleep. They often have after-school activities, heavy loads of homework, and addiction to catching up on social media before bedtime. Teens with ADHD are also struggling with executive function.  This can make it difficult to get homework done and manage time.Teen Sleeping 2

A new study, conducted by the American Physiological Society, reported that the teens who got less sleep in their study showed significant deficits in executive function. The volunteers in this trial were asked to restrict their sleep to 6 ½ hours per night for a full week.  They then extended their sleep up to 9 ½ hours per night for a week. The subjects were tested after each week to determine how the shift in their sleep schedule affected their executive function. This is the first study to display how sleep affects executive function in teens...

IEP and 504 Plan Accommodations Are Not Benefiting Kids with ADHD

A study published in Learning Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal reviewed students with ADHD who have an IEP, 504 plan, or informal school accommodations.  It was discovered that accommodations such as extended test time, regular breaks, having the test read aloud, calculator use and reduced Boy Student 300x201distractions in the exam rooms are not working.

The study observed 96 Maryland students with ADHD in grades 3rd-8th. Test scores were evaluated from the Maryland School Assessment (MSA), as well as, individually administered cognitive tests. These tests and observations were all linked to the five testing accommodations listed above. When the study participants were compared to ADHD students who did not receive these accommodations, it was found that none of the five testing accommodations were associated with better scores on any of the tests.

Lead author of the...

ADHD Meds May Cause Psychosis

Potential side effects of ADHD medication is a concern for many people struggling with attention difficulties.   A recent study published by The New England Journal of Medicine looks further into whether certain ADHD medications may cause psychosis in teens. The large study was conducted by Meds DocHarvard Medical School and McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts.

The study specifically looked at the use of the stimulants methylphenidate and amphetamine for the treatment of ADHD.  Prescriptions for these particular medications have been increasing annually. The study used data from two commercial insurance claim databases to review information from patients 13-25 years old who received a diagnosis of ADHD and were prescribed methylphenidate or amphetamine between January 1, 2004 – September 20, 2015. The study consisted of over 220,000 patients.  Within those...

New lullaby album sings your ADHD mind to sleep

Sleep problems are common for children and adults with ADHD. Getting to sleep can be difficult due to restlessness, medication side effects, or a busy mind. A Moonsleeprecent study, funded by the National Institute of Health, found that 57% of parents with ADHD children got less than six hours of sleep every night.

Many articles recommend using background noise such as a fan, a sound machine, calming music, etc. These options might be helpful.  However, there is a new lullaby album that was created just for ADHD.

Bryan Wisda is a local resident and law enforcement officer in the Desert Foothills of Arizona. A news article by The Foothills Focus talks about how an injury on the job lead to his patented method that helps children with ADHD fall asleep quickly. His ten-year-old son struggled to fall asleep due to the side effects of stimulant medication. While Bryan was in recovery, he...

Can Playing Outside Cure Your ADHD?

Spring gives us the opportunity to play outside and get our green time. By green time, we mean outside activities with lots of grass and trees and very few buildings.Family With Kite

Studies have shown that spending time in green environments can help improve ADHD symptoms in both children and adults. One study, conducted by Taylor and Kuo, indicated that hyperactive children showed the most improvement in open green spaces like soccer fields. Occasional exposure might be helpful.  However, regular green time showed the most improvement in ADHD symptoms, even if the green time is just 20-minutes at a time.

It may sometimes be difficult to remember the importance of spending time outside.  We can all get caught up in our daily schedules.  Time management is especially challenging for adults and children with ADHD. To get your daily green time, schedule an event in your calendar so it’s...