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Paying attention to Adult ADHD

Edited by Jill Wright,

paying attention to adult adhd

Teachers tend to flag children who are hyperactive and restless and/or easily distracted in the classroom environment. Often these children suffer from ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). ADHD affects about 5% of children and can persist into adulthood. According to the American Psychiatric Association in 2013, as many as one in 40 adults would be diagnosed with ADHD if they...

Understanding the Symptoms of ADHD

Edited by Jill Wright,

understanding the symptoms of adhd

ADHD is characterized by a persistent behavior of inattention, hyperactivity and/or impulsivity, which is stronger in presentation than what is usually observed in an adult or children of a normal development. These three factors: inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity, are the main forms of presentation that can vary in their symptoms and intensity. Those with ADHD find it difficult to not only...

Saving kids from ADHD drug trend

Edited by Jill Wright,

Nearly a million prescriptions for Ritalin and related drugs for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) were dispensed last year – more than double the number of a decade ago. The figures have prompted a damning indictment of the system from experts who claim that the running down of mental health services has led to children being misdiagnosed and inappropriately prescribed...

Wise advice for parents on ADHD

Edited by Jill Wright,

wise advice for parents on adhd

Dr Alma Golden, an experienced pediatrician at a Texas children's hospital offers some advice for parents whose child might have received a diagnosis of ADHD under the controversial guidelines contained in the [also controversial] DSM-5. Dr Golden carefully presents both sides of the argument - "some people feel that this will benefit children who need help, and some fear it...