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ATTENTION DEFICIT/HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER
You will find information and links to resources for ADHD on this page. At one time it was believed that ADHD was a childhood issue and that we would somehow "outgrow" the condition. We now know that that is not the case: adults frequently have symptoms of ADHD. However, as adults, we often have better strategies for coping with the symptoms and that's why the symptoms may not be as obvious. Whether you need information for your child, for yourself, or a partner who you believe may have ADHD, there is probably some information here for you.
Adult ADHD: A serious issue
Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder can experience significant problems in their private and professional functioning. Being distractable, disorganized, “flighty”, disruptive, argumentative, lacking attention to detail and starting but not finishing tasks are typical symptoms of ADHD. Many will also have children diagnosed with ADHD! (Yes, it runs in families!)
Do you think you may have symptoms of ADHD?
The screens below are in PDF format. Print them out if you wish to take them.
Caution! A screen is not an evaluation! Solution Resources EAP has counselors specializing in ADHD assessment and treatment. If your self screen indicates you may have ADHD, and if you have concerns about your functioning at school or work and in your private life, contact Solution Resources EAP for an assessment. You may want to bring a print-out of the screen with your responses to the appointment. Visits with the counselor are free for employees of contracting companies. To learn more about EAP services, click on the "services" menu button above.
ADHD Drugs Become a Family Affair
Parents of children taking ADHD medications are about nine times more likely to also use the drugs than parents of children who aren't on these medications, according to a prescription drug analysis out today. The new study by Medco Health Solutions suggests that many adults start taking ADHD medicine after they see its effects on their children, or they get prescriptions for their children after trying the medications themselves.As Reported by USA Today (Sept 28, 2006)
Editor's comment: The above report highlights the importance of a proper evaluation for the presence of ADHD. It also is additional evidence that ADHD tends to run in families. Often children are first diagnosed with the condition, and during the assessment parents discover that they, too, have many of the symptoms of ADHD but have never been diagnosed. Before taking any medication, you should always have a proper diagnosis!
Ritalin Boosts Learning by Increasing Brain Plasticity
Doctors treat millions of children with Ritalin every year to improve their ability to focus on tasks, but scientists now report that Ritalin also directly enhances the speed of learning. In animal research, the scientists showed for the first time that Ritalin boosts both of these cognitive abilities by increasing the activity of the neurotransmitter dopamine... Please click here for the full story in PDF format.
Weight Loss and ADHD
It is estimated that 5-10 percent of all children may have ADHD. Many are not diagnosed. Those that have the diagnosis may be on stimulant medication like Ritalin, Concerta, Adderall or others. One of the more common side effects of stimulants is that children either do not gain weight (as they should when they are growing), or actually lose weight. Find out what one expert suggests on how to deal with this issue. Read about it here.
ADHD Drugs do not increase risks of heart problems
Ritalin and similar medicines that millions of children, teens and adults take to curb hyperactivity and boost attention do not raise their risk of serious heart problems, the largest safety study of these drugs to date concludes.
Heart attacks, strokes and sudden death were very rare and no more common in children on the drugs than in kids not taking them, the federally funded study found. That was true even for children and young adults with a higher risk of heart problems a group doctors have long worried about when prescribing these drugs.
"Parents should be very reassured," said Dr. Laurel Leslie, a pediatrician at Tufts Medical Center in Boston who had no role in the study but served on a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel examining drugs for ADHD, or attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder.
Researchers used medical records from four big health plans covering more than 1.2 million people ages 2 through 24. They found 81 cases of serious heart problems from 1998 through 2005 among all people in the study. Those on ADHD medicines were no more likely to suffer a heart attack, stroke or sudden death than were non-users or former users of such drugs. More than half of children and young adults taking ADHD drugs used methylphenidate €a “generic Ritalin€” and researchers saw no increased risk from that specific drug either.
While the above summary is about the part of the study focusing on children, the study also confirmed the same results for adults.
You have been diagnosed with ADHD and your health care professional is suggesting you try medication. You hesitate because you “don’t like to take meds...” (Yes, we hear this all the time!)
But read this testimony from one of our clients before you make a final decision.
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