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ADHD Awareness Month: Promoting awareness about ADHD within community

October 25, 2017 ADHD

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Misinformation and skepticism are two common words associated with awareness about attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). ADHD skeptics believe that the “so-called” ADHD-affected children need to be disciplined properly. Others believe that the disorder is a fabrication of pharmaceutical companies to help them sell stimulants. People also do not refrain from making scornful and mocking comments about ADHD in the workplace and within communities. Such behavior reflects the extent of the negative attitudes prevailing in the society about the disorder. Such misconceptions and prejudices impact both children and adults alike. Past research showed deep-rooted public stigma around ADHD-affected children, with nearly…

Teens with ADHD more likely to face road fatalities, finds study

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects the way an individual functions on an everyday basis. Discernible by a continuing pattern of inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity, the condition makes it difficult for an individual to concentrate on a certain task for long. ADHD often continues into adolescence, when the risk of motor vehicle crashes increases. With almost 12 percent U.S. children aged between 12 and 17 being affected with ADHD, it becomes necessary to examine the link between increased risk of motor crashes and adolescents with ADHD. Keeping this in mind, researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) conducted a study, which…

Challenges faced in bringing up a child with ADHD

January 3, 2017 ADHD

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Raising children is an uphill task since it brings in a lot of lifestyle changes that can be difficult to cope with. But, when it comes to parenting a child with attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), the situation can get even more challenging. A child grappling with ADHD demands constant attention and care which can take a heavy toll on the health of the near and dear ones. Although there are certain therapies that are known to alleviate the symptoms, managing the day-to-day chores can get very tedious for a child, as well as the parents.

Rise in mental health concerns among African American community

The recent confession by hip-hop artist Kid Cudi about his struggle with depression and anxiety and his admittance into a mental rehabilitation center brings to the fore the prevalence of mental illnesses among the African American community. In his letter on Facebook in October 2016, Scott Mescudi or Cudi informed his fans about his mental state and his long battle with depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts. The rapper also encouraged people with mental illness to seek professional help. As per the Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health, the African American community is 20 percent more likely to…

Understanding factors affecting prevalence of ADHD among adults

July 28, 2016 ADHD

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The problem of not being able to focus or exhibiting symptoms of constant restlessness or impulsive behavior among kids is usually considered as a normal childhood behavior. But if such a behavior shows no improvement, children are usually labelled as lazy, inattentive or undisciplined. However, one should not take this lightly and such symptoms should be checked to determine if the child is suffering from attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Study finds link between ADHD medication and lower bone mineral density in kids

A record number of children and adolescents are suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in the United States. It’s common for American children to be referred to mental health services due to the ADHD symptoms. According to the Mental Health America, approximately one in 20 children is afflicted with ADHD, which is more prevalent in boys than in girls. A 2013 report of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that an estimated 11 percent children aged four to 17 are diagnosed with ADHD at some point in their lives. Understanding effect of ADHD medication The prevalence…
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