How do you know if your child's behaviour is normal or a sign of ADHD? The answer is not so clear cut. And now we have the evidence to show the consequences.
Symptoms related to ADHD have increased during the pandemic, but they don’t necessary point to ADHD. Cabin fever has many similar symptoms, and social isolation also has negative effects on brain functioning.
After a year of COVID-19 lockdowns, lack of focus, irritability and restlessness don't necessarily point to an ADHD diagnosis. Consider some of these common causes of these symptoms, and ways to cope.
Phthalates can be found in many common products and types of plastic packaging.
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Scientists issued an urgent call for better federal regulation of these endocrine-disrupting chemicals. Here's what you can do to reduce your family's risk.
Mike Keller, a 13-year old boy with autism, uses a keyboard and iPad to communicate with his mother, Lori Mitchell-Keller.
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Some parents of kids with disabilities are doubling as specialized teachers, occupational therapists, speech therapists and psychologists during the pandemic.
Transgender and gender diverse people are more likely to be autistic.
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Latest study confirms robust link between transgender and gender-diverse people and autism.
It’s been 75 years since the birth of Ritalin.
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An audio version of an in depth article on the history of Ritalin, and what the future holds for the drug.
The first personalised medicine trial for a nutritional supplement has just reported its results.
A student cramming for exams. Some college students take stimulants to cram for exams, but studies suggest that has little positive effect.
Students looking to gain an academic edge by taking stimulants such as Adderall fail to do better on tests and also mess up their sleep. A neuroscientist explains why.
The biography of a mercurial medicine.
Caesarean delivery alone does not contribute to the odds of a child developing autism or ADHD.
A new study has found a link between being born by caesarean section and having a greater chance of being diagnosed with autism or ADHD. But there's no evidence caesarean sections cause them.
America’s space race with Russia revealed an education system that was not up to the task, with many children diagnosed with ADHD.
In identifying a failing education system as it trailed the Russians, America discovered many low-achieving youngsters had ADHD.
Around 14% of children aged four to 17 have a mental health disorder.
Those least likely to get professional help for their mental health conditions were girls, younger children, and children from non-English-speaking backgrounds.
Toxoplasma gondii only reproduces sexually in cats.
The parasite Toxoplasma gondii infects hosts, causes cysts in the brain and changes the behavior of the host. But is the microbe changing the hosts behavior or is the immune system to blame?
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helped some families secure fake learning disability diagnoses. Here he exits U.S. federal court in Boston after he pleaded guilty to charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal, March 12, 2019.
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Abuses of disability diagnoses cheat students with disabilities who are now more likely to face skepticism about their diagnoses.
Around 5% of children are diagnosed with ADHD.
Rates of ADHD medications prescribed for children have gone up by 30% in three years. But our research found only one in four children who meet ADHD criteria are taking medication.
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Art is no cure all. But it can open up new spaces for us to ask new questions.
You can’t test for autism with a simple blood test or scan, which can make the diagnostic process difficult and dependent on the skill and experience of the clinician.
Current rules about who meets the eligibility criteria for autism support services are patchy and inconsistent, meaning those with the greatest need don't necessarily have the greatest access.
Being inattentive and unable to focus rather than disruptive means that ADHD in girls is going undiagnosed.
Hyperactivity and inattentiveness doesn’t mean you have ADHD.
While the study found a link between high rates of digital media use and inattention and hyperactivity, it didn't find that one caused the other. Nor did it look specifically at clinically diagnosed ADHD.
For every girl diagnosed with ADHD, up to seven boys are diagnosed. Researchers looked at risk factors, the role of genetics, and mental health for clues.