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  1. ADHD Linked to Later Substance Abuse

    Aug. 18, 2003 -- Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) -- especially those with severe symptoms -- are more likely to smoke and abuse drugs and alcohol as teens, a new study shows. Overall, the risk is similar to that of a child of an alcoholic, which is considered strongly p

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  2. Adult ADHD, Bipolar Disorder May Overlap

    July 11, 2003 -- New data may settle an old debate. An adult with bipolar disorder can also have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, better known as ADHD. That's what Timothy Wilens, MD, and colleagues at Massachusetts General Hospital found after careful study of 51 adults diagnosed with ADHD

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  3. New Drugs Help Child ADHD, Adult ADHD

    May 21, 2003 -- Inattentive, hyperactive, and uncontrollably impulsive -- that's attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Literally millions fight a daily battle against it. For years, Ritalin and other stimulant drugs were the only drugs that quelled the symptoms -- the difficulty focusing,

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  4. Placebo May Augment Effects of ADHD Meds

    May 5, 2003 -- A new study shows some kids with ADHD may do just as well with half as much medicine when a placebo is added to their treatment -- and may have fewer side effects. Is it an effect of "body conditioning" or a sign that behavioral treatments may allow kids to take less medication? Speci

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  5. Sleep Disorders Mimic ADHD Symptoms

    March 3, 2003 -- A child who is overtired or snores loudly during sleep may display some of the same behavioral problems caused by attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). A new study suggests that common sleep-disordered breathing such as snoring may lead to hyperactive behavior that easily

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  6. Behavior Training Helps ADHD Kids

    Feb. 13, 2003 -- Teaching kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) proper behavioral and social skills significantly improves their symptoms, according to new research. ADHD affects approximately 3-5% of children in the U.S., making it one of the most common childhood behavioral dis

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  7. ADHD Drugs Don't Lead to Drug Abuse

    Jan. 6, 2003 -- Contrary to fears of some parents -- and doctors -- children who take medication to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) face no greater risk of future substance abuse, according to a new study. Researchers say this study, published in the Jan. 6 issue of Pediatrics,

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  8. Non-Stimulant Approved for ADHD

    Nov. 26, 2002 -- The FDA today approved Strattera, the first non-stimulant drug for treating kids, teens, and adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). There are already several drugs that control ADHD symptoms. All, however, are stimulants, such as Ritalin, Adderall, and Cylert.

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  9. ADHD Kids May Have Bipolar Disorder, Too

    Oct. 29, 2002 (San Francisco) -- Distractibility, hyperactivity, and talkativeness are all hallmark signs of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), as any parent of a child with ADHD can tell you. In a minority of children, though, they can also be signs of childhood-onset bipolar disorder

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  10. ADHD Kids May Have Bipolar Disorder, Too.

    Oct. 29, 2002 (San Francisco) -- Distractibility, hyperactivity, and talkativeness are all hallmark signs of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), as any parent of a child with ADHD can tell you. In a minority of children, though, they can also be signs of childhood-onset bipolar disorder

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