March 26th, 2010
Last week I posted a study about a ADHD and ADD medications not shown to have long-term benefits. I just found a Canadian study from the late 90s showed that showed much the same. Researchers in this Montreal study looked at the long-term benefits of hyperactive children using ADHD medications and found that after a five-year span there was little difference between medicated and non-medicated children. The hyperactive children who were treated with stimulant prescription ADHD medications were found to be initially more manageable. Five years later, the medicated children had the same degree of improvement and emotional adjustment as the non-medicated control group of hyperactive children. ADHD medications can help people focus better and pay better attention. However, the effects wear off as soon as the medications wear off. If you are considering the use of prescription medications for ADHD, just know that in the long-run, these drugs might not give your child a leg up.
March 24th, 2010
A recent study found that in the long run ADHD prescription drugs are ineffective at best and, at worst, have negatively affects classroom abilities. This long-term research, published in February 2010, casts considerable mistrust on the positive factors of applying stimulant prescription medication to treat ADHD children.
Researchers at the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research in Australia monitored 131 boys and girls and found that stimulant ADHD prescription drugs like as Ritalin, Concerta and Adderall do not necessarily improve social or emotional well-being and actually harmed academic functioning.
In fact, using stimulant medications was found to substantially step-up the possibility of being identified as performing under age-level by a teacher. Kids who used stimulant medicines for ADHD were more than 10 times likely to be identified as performing below age-level when when compared to ADHD children who never used stimulant medication.
Scientists observed no substantial differences in depression, self-perception, and social-functioning based on medication-use at 14 years of age. Researchers noted a slight (but not statistically considerable) increase in depression and reduce in self-esteem in the 14-year-olds who had been treated with stimulant ADHD medicine. If you are considering the use of prescription medications for ADHD, just know that in the long-run, these drugs might not give your child a leg up.
March 22nd, 2010
Did you know that ADHD wasn’t even a disorder until 1987. Yep. The folks at the American Psychiatric Association voted it into existence and that was all she wrote. The number of people being diagnosed has skyrocketed ever since.
- In 1970 there were 150,000 people diagnosed with Attention Deficit.
- That number jumped to 500,000 a year after ADHD became an official disorder.
- There were 5 million people with Attention Deficit in 1997
- Fast-forward to today – about 7 million “have” Attention Deficit.
To be fair, there were many undiagnosed people thirty and forty years ago but I still maintain that Attention Deficit is now over-diagnosed. Most of those diagnosed today are children and most are on stimulant medication. To put this in perspective – combine the entire population of Chicago and then add the entire Los Angeles population. That’s the number of people currently diagnosed as Attention Deficit.
So, if you want to know what year ADHD was invented, it is more accurate to say that it became an official diagnosis in 1987.
March 16th, 2010
Because of Adderall’s ability to enhance performance as well as energy levels it has been increasingly abused by many athletes across the world. Adderall has even become popular with many Major League Baseball players such as Jason Kendall. Jason admitted to the using Adderall to improve his game. Although this drug has been shown to boost performance, Adderall not safe especially for athletes when you take into consideration it’s negative side effects to the cardiovascular system.
March 16th, 2010
There has been a fair amount of attention to the negative effects of video games on children. Those affects aren’t just limited to video games, but have expanded to electronics in general. Children are increasingly become better at multitasking. They can text their friends, listen to their iPods, and watch TV all while doing their homework.
On average most children spend a large amount of their day absorbed in some type of electronic media. This increase in our children’s exposure to media has had the benefit of creating a new generation of kids confident with the electronic world but has also destroyed many other skills important to their education.
Children today have a much poorer memories and attention spans. Kids have trouble understanding plots of older book and movies. The simplistic form of these stories is not comprehendible to those children who have grown up with their new aged way of thinking.
Many believe one way of changing the negative effect of video games on children, as well as the negative effects of electronics as a whole, is simply limiting the time spent with video games and electronics. Studies have shown that those who’s parents have set a limit on their media use show better school work as well as a happier attitude.
March 16th, 2010
ADHD and vision don’t seem to be related but a new ADHD and vision therapy shows promise. Parents who’s children have ADHD, autism spectrum disorders or dyslexia can have a very hard time finding their children the help they need to do well in school and everyday life. Parents can be provided with many options for their children but some may not be as good as they seem.
A new therapy offered to help relieve symptoms of conditions like autism has also been bashed by some who say this profitable product is simply just a bunch of snake oil. The therapy is used with both a low prescription eye glass, as well as prisms to change the sensory input.
Reviews of this form of therapy have said it to be an amazing break through and have helped their children in both reading and social skills. However the skeptics have insisted that not only is price for these therapies incredibly high, they have also had no studies proving their effectiveness.
March 13th, 2010
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Seek and Ye Shall Find
What you give your attention to, you will attract more of. What you look for, you will find. Catch your kids being good and you will likely find more good behavior in the future. A key element of positive parenting is to give attention to good behavior while paying less attention to negative behavior. That isn’t always easy, especially when your ADHD child’s negative behavior is so very noticeable and their “good” behavior is less obvious. Yet, these kids are the ones who need to be caught the most. Make a point of seeking out good behavior every day. Soon you will find more of the behavior you like to see. The point to remember is that expected behavior is “good.” You expect your child to put his toys away. When he does, make a point to recognize that behavior. “Hey, thanks for picking up your toys.” Praise is a powerful reward for children and these simply, split-second exchanges “teach” your child how to get the goodies. So be generous when handing out the rewards for good behavior and catch your child being good as often as you can. “You were nice to your sister a minute ago. She likes that.” “You are so focused on your Legos. And look how neat it’s turning out.” “You put your shoes away. Cool!” A hug, a smile, a touch on the shoulder or a wink of the eye work as effectively as words. These praise rewards will encourage good behavior far better than scoldings will.
March 13th, 2010
A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes.
March 8th, 2010
Are ADHD Medications Ineffective? Not only ineffective, but also detrimental, an Australian study found. Researchers at the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research in Australia found that stimulant ADHD medications such as Ritalin, Concerta and Adderall do not improve social or emotional well-being and actually harmed academic performance.
Using stimulant medications was found to dramaticallyincrease the likelihood of being identified as performing below age-level by a classroom teacher. Children having used stimulant medications for ADHD were 10.5 times more likely to be identified as performing below age-level when compared to ADHD students who never used stimulant medication.
Researchers found no significant differences based on medication-use were noted for the following measures taken at 14 years of age: depression, self-perception, and social-functioning. This long-term study casts serious doubt on the benefits of using stimulant medication to treat ADHD children.
March 5th, 2010
Parents ofÂ children/ preschoolers Attention Deficit Disorder may be relieved to know that many children will outgrow the condition. Chronic childhood health conditions like asthma, diabetes and Attention Deficit Disorder are not as permanent as once thought. A new study published in the “Journal of the American Medical Association” shows that about 40 percent of children outgrow these conditions.
Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children (Boston) conducted in-home interviews for 5,000 children. The researchers followed children every two years for six years from 1988 through 2000. The lead author of the study stated that although about half of all children will have a chronic health condition at some point during childhood, less than half of those will have the same conditions six years later.