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If you think you have ADHD, getting a diagnosis can be a long, frustrating and often expensive process. But it can give you access to treatments and change how you see yourself.
By adulthood, ADHD symptoms may be more internalised but they can also cause grown up problems.
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We don’t laugh at people with bipolar disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder, so why is it OK to laugh at people with Tourette’s?
Nearly 100 scholars and health care professionals are urging women to limit their use of acetaminophen during pregnancy.
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Tylenol has long been considered a go-to medication for low to moderate pain and for fever reduction, even during pregnancy. But mounting evidence suggests that it is unsafe for fetal development.
A better understanding of ADHD in girls will enable earlier recognition, diagnosis and, importantly, treatment for girls, than currently exists.
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.
The frequency and intensity of repetitive behaviours vary between mild and severe, which is why it’s called a spectrum.
It’s been 25 years since autism was redefined and the surge in diagnoses and research began. But while we’ve come along way in our understanding of the spectrum, advances in drug therapies has lagged.
Autism is a lifelong condition, though some people who weren’t accurately diagnosed may lose their diagnosis.
The myth that children grow out of autism can prevent parents from seeing and accepting their child as the wonderful human being they are and recognising their strengths.
Rylie, age 10, is one of the nearly 1000 children diagnosed with Pitt-Hopkins Syndrome, a rare form of autism. Photo curtesy of Pitt Hopkins Research Foundation.
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The complexity of autism makes research difficult, but understanding even rare forms of autism is leading to greater insight into the biology of these disorders and potential new treatments.
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.
If youths with brain impairment had been identified and supported early, their entry into the justice system could have been avoided entirely.
New research assessing young people in WA detention found 89% were severely impaired in at least one area of brain function. One in three had fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).
For many parents, sorting the “normal” quirkiness of childhood behaviour from the symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can be anxiety provoking.
Early intervention is key to treating autism, but how is a family to know which quirky childhood behaviours might be symptoms? An educational psychologist explains.
Dyspraxia is more commonly associated with movement than emotions.
Developmental coordination disorder has only recently been recognised for what it is.
Dyspraxia is a neurodevelopmental disorder, meaning it affects brain function and unfolds as the person grows.
Most of us learn to tie our shoelaces, dress ourselves and eat with cutlery with relative ease. But for children with dyspraxia, these tasks are incredibly difficult to master.
Side effects of brain tumour treatment can impact upon academic learning.
Early intervention in neurocognition and communication can address communication and cognition difficulties in survivors of childhood brain cancer and increase their quality of life.
Future tennis champion? ‘He walked at eight months, ran at ten months and could catch a ball by the age of one.’
Milestone charts can be an effective tool in spotting developmental problems. But do they say anything about the future potential of children who are developing normally?
The majority of women stop drinking in their second trimester.
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Around 40% of Australian women drink alcohol while pregnant, despite medical guidelines recommending they don’t.
Mothers with genetic mutations not harmful to females may be passing them onto their sons.
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Boys are more likely to be diagnosed with neurodevelopmental disorders, such as autism, because girls need more extreme genetic mutations to develop them, according to a study published in the American…