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ADHD Likely Reduces Estimated Life Expectancy by Young Adulthood

Nearly 15 years ago, suggestive evidence began to arise that ADHD may have a detrimental impact on life expectancy. Such opinions were based on what were then new findings from a longitudinal study at Stanford university initiated by Terman of gifted children followed their entire lifespan. The findings by Friedman and colleagues (2002) indicated that […]

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9 Questions to Ask When You Suspect Your Preschooler May Have ADHD

This post originally appeared on Cincinnati Children’s blog. (or copy and paste the link: http://blog.cincinnatichildrens.org/healthy-living/child-development-and-behavior/9-questions-suspect-preschooler-adhd/) Typically, ADHD is diagnosed during the school years, particularly around age 7. But it is possible to diagnose it as early as four years old. However, it is a difficult diagnosis to make at this young age. All preschoolers, by nature, are […]

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Females with ADHD: Can we increase diagnostic accuracy by shifting our conceptual model?

Until 2013, ADHD was still grouped with the Disruptive Behavior Disorders of Childhood in the DSM-IV. Early clinic referrals revolved around the management of hyperactive, impulsive young boys. Treatment focused on minimizing the negative impact of their behaviors on others. Over time, criteria were modified and exemplars constructed in efforts to reflect the changing literature. […]

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CCHMC Center for ADHD

Established in 2005, the Center for ADHD at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) is composed of a multi-disciplinary team of investigators across several divisions including Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, and General and Community Pediatrics. Our Center is one of the largest centers in the country devoted entirely to improving […]

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Study Finds Traumatic Brain Injuries, Even Mild Ones, Increase Risk of ADHD

The brain is a plastic organ that changes and reacts to its environment. In recent years, researchers have become increasingly interested in how brain injuries can affect development well into adulthood. More than 300,000 children are treated for traumatic brain injuries (TBI) each year. Two new studies point to a link between childhood TBI and […]

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The Earlier, the Better: Diagnosing and Treating ADHD in Preschoolers

The presence of mental health disorders in preschool children, such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and ADHD has been documented more frequently in the past 10 years (Luby, 2017). However, despite recent evidence that early detection of mental health disorders may help in decreasing the severity and even the development of such conditions, child psychiatrists […]

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The Central Mystery of ADHD

Despite the many differences among children and adults with ADHD, there is one similarity shared by virtually all of them. Although they have considerable chronic difficulty in getting organized and getting started on many tasks, in focusing their attention, sustaining their efforts, and utilizing their short-term working memory, all of those diagnosed with ADHD tend […]

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Side Effects of Psychosocial Treatments

(A blog from the Psychosocial Sub-Committee of APSARD) Medications approved for the treatment of ADHD are required to list documented side effects. Some of these may be relatively mild and well-tolerated and are far outweighed by the benefits of the medication for symptom reduction and overall well-being. On the other hand, for some individuals these […]

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Managing ADHD: What is Your Implementation Plan?

As part of the mission of the APSARD Psychosocial Treatment Committee, the committee members will share blogs related to issues relevant to non-medical treatments for ADHD. Implementation intentions stem from a line of self-regulation research focused on the observation that a purely goal-focused approach to behavior change does not inexorably produce actions necessary to achieve […]

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