ADHD Isn’t Real

ADHD Isn’t Real
Pediatric neurologist claims ADHD is a sham

Read More: http://www.examiner.com/article/pediatric-neurologist-richard-saul-claims-adhd-does-not-exist-upcoming-book
A controversial upcoming book by Pediatric Neurologist, Dr. Richard Saul, is titled, “ADHD Does Not Exist: The Truth About Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder.”

ADD was first appeared in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual(“DSM”) in 1980. Its name was changed to ADHD in 1987 and diagnoses have skyrocketed to reach all time highs. Dr. Saul claims that ADHD shouldn’t even be in the DSM.

“ADHD makes a great excuse,” Saul notes. “The diagnosis can be an easy-to-reach-for crutch. Moreover, there’s an attractive element to an ADHD diagnosis, especially in adults — it can be exciting to think of oneself as involved in many things at once, rather than stuck in a boring rut.”

Dr. Saul bases his conclusions on his many years of treating patients. He concludes that ADHD is nothing more than a collection of symptoms and not a disease. ADHD is often called a ‘garbage pail’ diagnosis as many different symptoms are often dumped together to make the diagnosis.

Dr. Saul sought out different causes for his patients’ symptoms. He found that by searching deeper into his patients’ specific situations, he could make a proper diagnosis and resolve their problems. For example, Dr. Saul treated a young girl who was unruly in school, but it turned out to be that she couldn’t see the blackboard and only needed glasses. Another example he cites was a 36-year-old man who thought he had ADHD was simply drinking too much coffee and not getting enough sleep.

Dr. Saul lists other causes that are associated with what he considers a wrongful ADHD diagnosis:

Tourette’s
OCD
Fragile X Syndrome (a genetic mutation linked to mental retardation)
Autism
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Learning disabilities
Substance abuse
Poor hearing

Not every case needs to be diagnosed concludes Dr. Saul. For example, Saul treated a female adult who was convinced she had ADHD and who had been prescribed stimulants. Saul realized she was not coping with her life because she was greatly overwhelmed. He simply advised her to return to regular exercise and cut back on her work schedule.

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ADHD Meds Linked to Priapism

FDA Warning & Label Change
Read More: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/817936

Methylphenidate, also marketed as Ritalin, has been noted to cause tics, heart problems, weight loss, and sleep problems. It has now been linked to a rare risk for priapism in males taking the stimulant for the treatment of ADHD according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The FDA disclosed in a press release that the stimulant may in rare instances cause prolonged and sometimes painful erections (priapism). In light of this, the FDA has updated drug labels to alert the public to this rare but serious side effect which may lead to permanent penis damage. The FDA warns (similar to Viagra) that patients who take methylphenidate and develop erections lasting longer than 4 hours should seek immediate medical treatment to prevent long-term problems with the penis.

The FDA also warns that nonstimulant ADHD drugs like atomoxetine (Strattera) have also been associated with priapism in young children, teenagers, and adults. Priapism appears to be more common in patients taking atomoxetine than in patients taking methylphenidate, so one has to cautiously consider atomoxetine products as alternatives to Ritalin.

Should We Be Alarmed by Current ADHD Trends?

A surprising answer from an international expert

We should be alarmed. Very alarmed. This comes from Dr. Keith Conners who has led the fight to legitimize ADHD over the last 50 years. His diagnostic checklists are still used today.

“The numbers make it look like an epidemic. Well, it’s not. It’s preposterous,” Dr. Conners, a psychologist and professor emeritus at Duke University, said in a subsequent interview. “This is a concoction to justify the giving out of medication at unprecedented and unjustifiable levels.”

Early Risk Factors Between Boys and Girls

New study squashes previous findings
To read more: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_143061.html

 

If you’ve worried that your pregnancy may have caused ADHD in your child, take a breath of relief. A new study of nearly 13,000 ADHD children finds that low-birth weight, fetal distress, and post-term pregnancy are not factors for ADHD.

And although boys are often diagnosed 2 to 1 over girls (often greater), the researchers say that the risk factors were similar between boys and girls.

Published in December’s online issue of Pediatrics, the study finds that ADHD is very heritable; it is often passed genetically.

Oddly, the researchers did find a correlation to to ADHD when a mother had a urinary tract infection during pregnancy. Other correlations were found if the mother was younger, single, or smoked during pregnancy.

ADHD was more prevalent in mothers who had induced labor. This correlation lacked explanation.

Why You Should Be Concerned about ADHD

Academic performance suffers
For more information: http://health.usnews.com/health-news/news/articles/2013/11/22/1-in-10-us-children-now-has-adhd-cdc-says

# The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reports the national average of ADHD children is now 11 percent which grew from 7.8 percent in 2003.

# Some states such as South Carolina have far greater diagnoses and rank among the top five with nearly one out of six children labeled ADHD.

# 50% of young ADHD students repeat a grade.

# 46% get suspended.

# 11% are expelled.

# ADHD students are 8 times more likely to drop out.

What can you do? Be their greatest advocate. They can learn and will learn, but someone has to teach them the skills they need to thrive and succeed.

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Does Your Cereal Cause ADHD?

A bombshell of a book says YES!

For more information: http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwbooks/article/Dr-David-Perlmutters-GRAIN-BRAIN-Hits-1-New-York-Times-Bestseller-20131126

Neurologist Dr. David Perlmutter’s book, Grain Brain, says that
grains can cause ADHD, dementia, depression, and headaches.The Florida based neurologist has skyrocketed to the New York Times bestseller list.

Perlmutter asserts that carbs are the enemy. This opinion has been espoused before by Dr. Atkins and others who have made a lot of money on diets associated with carb reduction. But Dr. Perlmutter goes further than Atkins; he also asserts that every time you eat a slice of bread, eat a bowl of pasta or cereal, you are killing your brain. He calls wheat, carbohydrates and sugar “the brain’s silent killer.”

Gluten free diets have made claims about damaging effects to the body. But Dr. Perlmutter’s claims exceed simple damaging effects and include mental disorders like anxiety and ADHD. He also claims that the human requirement for dietary carbs is “none – none whatsoever.”

To optimize brain performance and lead a healthier life, Perlmutter is quite similar to Atkins in recommending a fat-rich, low-carb diet. By omitting carbs and eating good fats like omega 3s, Perlmutter asserts that one can effectively improve one’s brain health. He advocates eating salmon, olive oil, avocados, nuts, and some cheeses. Contrary to the government recommended food pyramid, Perlmutter suggests excluding sugar, gluten, and of course grains such as wheat, oats, rye, and barley.

Perlmutter differentiates himself from Atkins by saying that all
fats are not necessarily good; grain fed meets are full of omega-6 trans fats which are not good for us because they tend to interfere with the health benefits of omega−3 fats. Dr. Perlmutter suggests that we eat grass fed meats, free range fowl, and fish that are wild caught.

Tips for the Thanksgiving Table

Make the Thanksgiving table special!

More ideas: http://add.about.com/od/parentingadhdchildren/a/Helping-Your-Child-With-Adhd-Through-The-Holidays.htm
Holiday excitement can make it difficult for your ADHD child to adjust his/her behavior. This is a great opportunity to provide your child with some special responsibilities.

Make setting the dinner table your child’s Thanksgiving job. Giving him this very important job will keep him occupied and give him something to be proud of. It also provides an opportunity to practice skills such as planning, organization, and memory!

Steps to help you plan ahead:

1. Discuss. Start talking to your child about his Thanksgiving job a week before Thanksgiving – no surprises on Thanksgiving Day!
2. Brainstorm. Make a list together outlining everything that will be his responsibility to place on the table.
3. Display. Post the list somewhere that is easy for him to find and read.
4. Arrange. Make certain your child’s items are easily accessible.
5. Rules. Make certain your child has guidelines to follow. You must follow the list. Cross items off the list after you have placed them on the table. If it is not on your list, then it is not your responsibility.
6. Praise! Make certain family and friends provide your child with lots of positive reinforcement for a job well done!

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Making Friends, What’s the Secret for ADHD Kids? Part 4

Making Friends, What’s the Secret for ADHD Kids?
A few good tips (part 4)
More Info: http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/2538.html

ADHD girls have just as much trouble with social dynamics and friendships as ADHD boys. Boys may aggressively display their frustration. Girls often hide their frustration even though they feel the pain of rejection as much or more than boys.

Rejection can be experienced at school, but with the advent of the internet, girls can be social bullies as well. Instances have been reported where a young girl has been bullied via social media to the point of suicide. So, it’s critical to monitor your child’s social media and communicate openly with her about her friendships.

Just like boys, girls with ADHD overlook social cues. This, in turn, may cause their friends to reject them. While not often physically aggressive like boys, they may be verbally aggressive when rejected. This can cause other female peers to ostracize them.

As with boys, coach your girl about personal boundaries and appropriate responses. Inappropriate responses should be examined with appropriate responses modeled.

Play dates for younger girls can be successful if you monitor. Older girls appreciate a fun day out with a potential friend. As with boys, begin with only one friend at a time; two or more may pair off leaving your child by herself.

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<p>Rejection can be experienced at school, but with the advent of the internet, girls can be social bullies as well. Instances have been reported where a young girl has been bullied via social media to the point of suicide. So, it's critical to monitor your child's social media and communicate openly with her about her friendships. </p>
<p>Just like boys, girls with ADHD overlook social cues. This, in turn, may cause their friends to reject them. While not often physically aggressive like boys, they may be verbally aggressive when rejected. This can cause other female peers to ostracize them.</p>
<p>As with boys, coach your girl about personal boundaries and appropriate responses. Inappropriate responses should be examined with appropriate responses modeled. </p>
<p>Play dates for younger girls can be successful if you monitor. Older girls appreciate a fun day out with a potential friend. As with boys, begin with only one friend at a time; two or more may pair off leaving your child by herself.

ADHD Children and Bowel Problems

Often noticed but ignored

Read more: http://www.webmd.com/add-adhd/childhood-adhd/news/20131021/kids-with-adhd-often-prone-to-bowel-problems-study

A new study published online Oct. 21st in the journal Pediatrics reveals that ADHD children are significantly more likely to suffer from chronic bowel problems. Does your
child complain of constipation or fecal incontinence? It’s seldom discussed but happens quite frequently. It may be related to ADHD.

Researchers studied more than 700,000 children and found that constipation nearly tripled and fecal incontinence increased six-fold among kids with ADHD. “We also
found that children with ADHD tend to have more visits to see a doctor, suggesting that these children have more severe constipation and fecal incontinence than other
children,” said lead researcher Dr. Cade Nylund, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

Could it be related to their meds? The researchers found that ADHD meds did not seem to affect the number of office visits for these bowel problems.The study was based in the United States. It notes that common issues in ADHD children such as hyperactivity, behavioral control issues, and problems focusing attention at will may be related to the increased risk for bathroom problems.

“Kids with ADHD may not respond properly to physical cues to go to the bathroom,” Nylund said. “They may have difficulty interrupting other or more desirable tasks they wish to engage in at that time.”

Fecal incontinence is a more severe form of constipation, Nylund said. “What happens is, kids have constipation for several years and then they lose normal cues to go
to the bathroom entirely. Then … they just overflow and leak into their underwear.” Parents who notice that their child is suffering from constipation should see their pediatrician, Nylund said. In addition, parents can prevent constipation by increasing fiber in their child’s diet, he said. “Parents need to be aware that this risk exists and hopefully prevent constipation from occurring,” Nylund said.

You can help your child by adding fiber rich foods to their diet including fruits and vegetables. Setting a regular schedule of bathroom times such as bedtime, before going to school, or going on a trip can be helpful. Asking your child’s teacher to make the restroom accessible at specific times may help too.

Oreo Cookies as Addictive as Cocaine?

The answer may surprise you

Read more: http://www.examiner.com/article/oreo-cookies-are-more-addictive-than-cocaine-according-to-new-study?cid=rss

With all the concern about our current obesity epidemic and that high fat, high sugar diets may contribute to ADHD symptoms, it’s no surprise that a study reports that “America’s Favorite Cookie” may be as addictive as cocaine.

Dr. Joseph Schroeder, the director of the Behavioral Neuroscience at Connecticut College, studied whether high fat, high sugar foods can be as addictive as morphine or cocaine. He performed his study on rats. Schroder’s research concerned the effects Oreos had on the pleasure centers of the brain.

“We found that the behavior they [rats] exhibited was equally strong for Oreo cookies as it was for cocaine or morphine. When we looked in the pleasure center of the brain, we found that the Oreo cookies activated the pleasure center more so than cocaine would activate the same center. Overall, it lent support to the hypothesis that high fat, high sugar foods can be viewed in the same was as drugs of abuse and have addictive potential. It could be used to explain why some people have a problem staying away from foods that they know they shouldn’t eat or that they know are addictive.”

This study, while preliminary, reflects previous research that tells us high fat, high sugar foods can be much more damaging to us than just causing obesity; they can cause brain changes that can be potentially harmful. Watch what you eat!