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    1. ADHD Drugs: Sudden Death Risk Higher?

      June 15, 2009 -- A new study suggests that children and teens who take stimulants like Ritalin for ADHD have an increased risk for sudden cardiac death, but the FDA says the study has major limitations and should not change the way the drugs are used. There have long been concerns that the stimulant

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    2. Got Adult ADHD? Get Organized!

      Some of the hallmarks of adult ADHD include forgetfulness, distractibility, chronic lateness, and general disorganization. This can make life miserable for you -- and the people who live and work with you. But ADHD coach Nancy Ratey, EdM, author of The Disorganized Mind: Coaching Your ADHD Brain to

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    3. ADHD Medications Help Kids in School

      April 27, 2009 -- Kids with ADHD usually struggle in the classroom, but new research offers support that medication can help them achieve in school. In the study, grade school-aged children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) who took medication performed better on standardized math

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    4. ADHD Drugs: Hallucinations Not Uncommon

      Jan. 26, 2009 -- Treatment-related hallucinations and other psychotic symptoms in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may be more common than previously thought, FDA officials report in the latest issue of the journal Pediatrics. In an earlier investigation, FDA researchers

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    5. ADHD Drugs Don't Cause Genetic Damage

      Nov. 19, 2008 -- Ritalin, Adderall, and Concerta do not appear to cause genetic damage in children who take them for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a new government-funded study concludes. The findings should reassure parents concerned that the stimulant drugs used to treat ADHD ma

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    6. Divorce More Likely in ADHD Families?

      Oct. 24, 2008 -- Married couples who have a child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are nearly twice as likely to divorce by the time the child is age 8 than are couples who do not have children affected by the disorder, according to a new study. "We've known that ADHD kids can be

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    7. Sharing a Diagnosis: When You and Your Child Have ADHD

      Your son or daughter was just diagnosed with ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. And as you sat there in the office, listening to the doctor tick off the symptoms - the attention problems, the disorganization, the fidgeting - you recognized yourself. Suddenly, you wonder: Could I have

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    8. Adult ADHD Therapy: Finding the Right Therapist

      For adults with ADHD, the standard treatment is medication. But experts say that ADHD therapy -- and other psychosocial treatments -- can play a key role alongside drugs. “I think for many adults with ADHD, therapy is essential,” says David W. Goodman MD, assistant professor of psychiatry at the Joh

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    9. ECG Not Required for Kids With ADHD

      July 30, 2008 -- Before a child goes on stimulant drugs to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, they don't necessarily need to get an electrocardiogram (ECG) to screen for heart problems. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Heart Association (AHA) say it's "reasonabl

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    10. Minimize School Morning Mayhem for ADHD Children

      Getting any child up and out the door in time for school can be a trying experience, but if a child has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), this process can make you want to pull your hair out. Think about all that can go wrong: The backpack may not be where it was supposed to be or the

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