ADHD ‘Inextricably’ Linked to Substance Abuse

New study says parents beware

Abstract:  http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/134/1/e293.abstract

The journal Pediatrics published a study (June 30) which found that children with ADHD are 2 times more likely to meet diagnostic criteria for alcohol abuse or dependence and more than 2.5 times more likely to develop a substance use disorder (SUD). Additionally, ADHD children are twice as likely to develop cocaine abuse or dependence.

Is there any good news? The researchers noted that stimulant medication may reduce the risk for trying drugs and developing an SUD. Prior studies both contradict and confirm this.

The study’s authors warn, “Individuals with co-occurring ADHD and active SUDs require a careful, individual risk/benefit assessment regarding the safety of prescribing a stimulant medication. Longer acting preparations of stimulant medication, the prodrug formulation of dextroamphetamine, and nonstimulant medications for ADHD all have lower abuse potential than short-acting preparations of stimulant medication and, thus, their use should be strongly considered if there is a high risk of misuse, diversion, or abuse of stimulant medications.”

“Misuse and diversion of stimulant medications are more widespread problems than abuse or addiction,” the report states. What is diversion? Diversion is your child not using the medication as prescribed, but rather selling it to someone else.

The report indicates that prior research suggests that between 16% and 23% of school-aged children are approached to sell, buy, or trade their stimulant medication.

Surge in women taking drugs for ADHD

Surge in women taking drugs for ADHD
What’s behind this?

From Newsday: http://www.newsday.com/news/health/surge-in-women-taking-drugs-for-adhd-1.7372481

“The number of Americans taking attention deficit hyperactivity disorder medicines rose 36% in 2012 from 2008, led by a surge among women, according to drug-benefits manager Express Scripts Holding Co.

Use of the medications grew 85 percent in 2012 from 2008 for women ages 26 to 34, and women 19 and over now outnumber men in use of the medicines, according to the report released yesterday. Boys 12 to 18 years old are the most heavily prescribed, with about 9.3 percent on ADHD drugs in 2012.

Almost 4.8 million privately insured people were on ADHD medicines in 2012, the report said. Those with the disorder have problems paying attention, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.”

How does one explain the incredible increase in ADHD medication use especially among women ages 26 to 34? Is it due to increased stress? The demands of home and work? Better marketing among these women? Can a pill fix these problems?

Your opinions are welcome.

Toddlers Being Prescribed ADHD Meds

Toddlers Being Prescribed ADHD Meds

Read more: http://www.inquisitr.com/1259397/cdc-finds-shocking-number-of-toddlers-medicated-for-adhd-medicaid-recipients-especially-vulnerable/

The Centers for Disease Control reports that Medicaid claims in Georgia reveal 1 in 225 toddlers are medicated for ADHD – that’s 760 cases in the state alone. The CDC estimates that more than 10,000 toddlers may be taking ADHD medications.

Dr. Lawrence H. Diller, a behavioral pediatrician in Walnut Creek, Calif. and author of The Last Normal Child said, “People prescribing to 2-year-olds are just winging it. It is outside the standard of care, and they should be subject to malpractice if something goes wrong with a kid.”

Dr. Ed Hallowell, a noted child psychiatrist and ADHD expert appeared on Fox and Friends. He said it’s “crazy” that toddlers are being given drugs like Adderall and Ritalin.

“People are looking for a quick solution to the age-old problem of rambunctious little toddlers,” he said. “The solution is not to give them medication. The solution is to play with them, to be with them, to take care of them. Not to give them a pill in the hopes
that’ll quiet them down.”

Prescriptions for toddlers are being granted despite the fact that ADHD medication has not been studied for this group. Indeed the American Academy of Pediatrics does not even broach the subject of ADHD medication in toddlers (children under 4 years old).

Two year olds are notably rambunctious. Most experts agree that it’s far too early to diagnose ADHD at age 2. Your opinions are welcome.

Max Passed the Gifted Test!

Max Passed the Gifted Test!

Play attention helped my son Max (age 11) to improve his short-term memory and processing speed — the two important characteristics that kept him from from passing the gifted test. In spite of the the general opinion that short-term memory is something given and inherited, I was looking for ways to work on it. It was our goal to get Max into the gifted program at school.

I was lucky to find Play Attention and its variety of games that help kids to get focused, stay focused and ignore distractions.

See the full story at: http://www.playattention.com/max-passed-gifted-test/

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How to Get a 504 or IEP for Your ADHD Child

What is the difference between the 2 plans?
Does your child qualify?
What can you request?

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The educational maze can be a confusing one for certain! It is important that you know your child’s rights so he can get the help he needs.

An IEP defines the individualized objectives of a child who has been found with a disability, as defined by federal regulations. The IEP is intended to help children reach educational goals more easily than they otherwise would.

504 plans are developed by school teams and parents to support the educational needs of a K-12 student with a disability that “substantially limits one or more major life activity” such as: learning, speaking, listening, reading, writing, concentrating, caring for oneself, etc. A 504 plan is a good option for a K-12 student if:

*The child has an identified learning disability (LD) or Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) but does not meet the requirements of IDEA for special education services and supports.

*The child is currently receiving informal accommodations or ongoing support at school.”

Avoid Summer Brain Drain!

How to avoid summer vacation cognitive loss

Summer vacation means sleeping late, staying up late, and doing very little except enjoying time out of school. However, did you know that the average student loses one to three month’s math and reading gains made over the prior year? Academic losses are so common among students that educators have given the phenomena a name: Summer Brain Drain.

This makes starting the following school year difficult.

Summer Brain Drain may even be worse for ADHD students already having trouble at school.

Going to school daily provides schedules and routines. The summer break means those routines aren’t there. Expectations are lowered or relaxed. Even sleep schedules are often totally abandoned.

Unfortunately, exercise is often replaced with computer time, watching movies, or playing video games with friends. That’s a bad idea. While there’s nothing wrong with playing video games or watching movies, sedentary activity must always be balanced with exercise. This is especially important for an ADHD student.

So here are some tips that should help prevent Summer Brain Drain:

• Take advantage of the summer months to start your Play Attention program (800.788.6786). Summer is a great time to start Play Attention because you will have the time to get a solid routine, begin strengthening cognitive skills, and work on eliminating distracting behaviors. Play Attention is the only program available that integrates feedback technology, attention training, memory training, cognitive skill training and behavior shaping. This guarantees you will have the most complete program available with the best possible outcomes.

• Organize your life and set a consistent routine with ADHD Nanny (www.adhdnanny.com). This is a fantastic online program for consistency, rewards, and taking the stress off mom!

• Read. Decrease reading losses by developing a fun reading plan with your child. Select reading level appropriate books and have fun discussing them and even acting out some scenes!

• Plan trips to the library for story telling, selecting a new book, or even just browsing the magazine selection.

• You’ll likely go to the mall, grocery store, or gas station over the summer. Make these math trips! Use numbers found at these locations to create on the spot games with prizes. Even you car’s trip meter can be of service for math problems.

• Set a routine. Sleeping late is fine as long as it’s balanced with proper exercise and proper bedtime. Remember your teen will need far more sleep than your 6 – 12 year old.

• Get outside…a lot. Working in the yard promotes better attention. No kidding! Being in a green environment has been shown to decrease attention problems, so get outside and play!

• Establish a balanced diet. The high fat, high sugar diet commonly consumed in the US has been shown to contribute greatly to attention issues as well as obesity. Avoid too much fast food even though it’s convenient. Dinner time at the table with a balanced meal promotes both family harmony and good health.

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How One Mom Can Tackle ADHD

How One Mom Can Tackle ADHD
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We talk to wonderful, hard working moms like you every day. We hear you. You are concerned. You want to help your ADHD child succeed in school, but you do not have a lot of extra time. You need a program that can help your child, but it has to be fun, easy to use, and fit your schedule.

For Mother’s Day, we’ll provide you with a brand new laptop loaded with Play Attention software so you can tackle ADHD with the Number One, tested, proven system. You will be assigned a personal support specialist to help you every step of the way. By starting now, we can help ensure a smooth transition into the next school year. We can do this together.

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NASA Features Play Attention

NASA Features Play Attention
NASA Spinoff magazine reveals Play Attention’s space connection

Play Attention was inspired by research done at NASA. Dr. Alan Pope’s experiments on astronaut attention provided the basis for Play Attention which enhanced NASA’s technology.

Play Attention’s founder, Peter Freer, made the technology easy to use for any family or professional. Play Attention is now the global leader in assistive technology for ADHD.

Read for full article here on page 86: http://spinoff.nasa.gov/Spinoff2013/pdf/Spinoff2013.pdf

A Little Play Attention Goes A Long Way

A Little Play Attention Goes A Long Way
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A Little Neurofeedback Goes a Long Way
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Concerta Placed on FDA’s Watch List

Concerta Placed on FDA’s Watch List
Read More: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/823917

Medscape reports that on April 21, 2014 the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has placed a generic drug that treats attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) on its latest quarterly list of products to monitor because of potential health risks, the agency announced today.

In the case of the ADHD drug — certain generic versions of methylphenidate hydrochloride (Concerta, Janssen Pharmaceuticals) — the issue is a possible lack of therapeutic effect, which may be linked to product quality issues, according to the FDA.

A drug’s appearance on the list, which grows quarter by quarter, does not mean the FDA has concluded that the drug actually poses the health risk reported through FAERS. Instead, the agency is studying whether there is indeed a causal link. If it establishes one, the FDA then would consider a regulatory response such as gathering more information to better describe the risk, changing the drug’s label, or mandating a risk evaluation and mitigation strategy.

The FDA also emphasizes that it is not suggesting that clinicians should stop prescribing watch list drugs or that patients should stop taking them while the jury is out.

More Drugs Added to FDA Watch List
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Members of a certain class of cancer drugs, as well as a drug treating ADHD, made the list on the basis of potential signals of health risks.