By MAGGIE KOERTH-BAKER
Published: October 15, 2013 258 Comments
Between the fall of 2011 and the spring of 2012, people across the United States suddenly found themselves unable to get their hands on A.D.H.D. medication. Low-dose generics were particularly in short supply. There were several factors contributing to the shortage, but the main cause was that supply was suddenly being outpaced by demand.
The number of diagnoses of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder has ballooned over the past few decades. Before the early 1990s, fewer than 5 percent of school-age kids were thought to have A.D.H.D. Earlier this year, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that 11 percent of children ages 4 to 17 had at some point received the diagnosis — and that doesn’t even include first-time diagnoses in adults. (Full disclosure: I’m one of them.)
The Not-So-Hidden Cause Behind the A.D.H.D. Epidemic full article
Posted by Claudia M Gold January 10, 2012 10:49 AM
Tears ran down Elena’s cheeks as she described being so overwhelmed and full of rage that she forcefully held her fully clothed 4-year-old son, James, under the shower when he wouldn’t go to bed. Later in the same 50-minute visit she revealed that she had suffered years of physical and emotional abuse as a child. As is typical of visits to my behavioral pediatrics practice, she had brought James because he was “defiant.” “Something must be wrong with him,” was followed by, “Tell me what to do to make him listen.” James’ preschool teachers, who were having trouble managing his behavior, had suggested that he might have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD.) They recommended to Elena that medication be considered. They knew nothing of this history. My wish in listening to this story is not to judge, but rather to understand the experience of both mother and child.
Is Our Society Prejudiced Against Children? full article
State aid follows students to online-learning district
By Jane Roberts
Posted July 17, 2011 at midnight
Denita Alhammadi has taken her son out of the Memphis City Schools and enrolled him in Tennessee Virtual Academy, a new online school that makes home the classroom and puts parents in charge.
State tax dollars for her son’s education will now flow 414 miles east of Memphis to Union County Public Schools, the tiny district in East Tennessee acting as fiscal agent for K12 Inc., the largest for-profit purveyor of online education in the nation.
Interest Grows in ‘Virtual’ Schools full article
Posted to Site, April 14, 2011
The iPad is a device that many lust after as a shiny new toy, but many people with disabilities can benefit from what it has to offer as a functional tool.
Students with learning disabilities can enhance and develop their communication skills, learn how to adapt to situations, and develop social skills.
Check out this collection of iPad apps that can make a difference in the life of a learning disabled
40 Amazing iPad Apps for the Learning Disabled full article
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
By Amina Zafar, CBC News
Schools in Canada’s three most populous provinces received failing grades in a national report on how their special education systems recognize and
support students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
The Centre for ADHD Advocacy Canada (CADDAC) released its report on inconsistencies across Canada in how students with ADHD are identified, understood and accommodated in school systems.
The group used interviews with ministries of education for the assessments.
Schools systems in Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec earned grades of unsatisfactory/fail.
3 Provinces Get Failing Grades on ADHD: Report full article
By Sarah Morayati
Published: July 18, 2010
Americans with Disabilities Act turns 20
The Americans with Disabilities Act became law 20 years ago this month. Its rules prohibiting discrimination and ensuring equal opportunity for people with disabilities focus on four key areas.
Wrong Attitudes: Need for Changes in Culture Seen full article
David Rabiner, Ph.D.
Associate Research Professor, Duke University
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Because many children with ADHD/ADD experience significant academic difficulties, it is very important for parents to be aware of the special educational services that public schools are required to provide. Unfortunately, many children with ADHD/ADD do not receive the services they are entitled to, and parents are often unaware of the assistance their child should be receiving.
Educational Rights for Children with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD) full article
Wednesday, January 6th, 2010
Note: For a Polish translation visit http://www.pkwteile.de/wissen/czy-adhd-ochronie-zgodnie-z-americans-with-disabilities-act
The answer to the question is somewhat long and complicated. So we will begin with writing that while someone with ADHD may qualify for protection under the Americans with Disabilities Act, not everyone with the diagnosis of ADHD will qualify. And that may include you or your child.
The Americans with Disabilities Act was established by Congress in 1990. The purpose of the Act is to end discrimination against persons with disabilities when it comes to housing, education, public transportation, recreation, health services, voting, and access to public services. It also aims to provide equal employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
The ADA was written to offer protections to individuals with disabilities, not individuals with any particular diagnosis. The Americans with Disabilities Act seeks to protect individuals with significant impairments in function.
Is ADHD Protected Under the Americans with Disabilities Act? full article
Pills for ChildrenShould we really be giving ADD & ADHD hyperactivity drugs like Ritalin to our growing boys and girls? Are we willing to take the risks of short term and unknown long term side effects or rather, are the kids willing? Have we stopped to care what emotional impact forcing these decisions on our children will have on their psyche?
ADD & ADHD Drugs War For Children full article
NTID News – June 24, 2009
“The Attention Deficit Scales for Adults: Sign Language Version” is now available from NTID. The DVD enables more accurate screening for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder for deaf and hard-of-hearing adults using sign language.”
A DVD that uses American Sign Language and English-based sign language to test for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in deaf and hard-of-hearing adults is now available.
NTID Develops Test for ADHD in Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Adults full article
Jun 12, 2009
In the midst of a swine flu epidemic, rising numbers of dangerously undiagnosed cases of lyme disease, and the daily threat of contaminated food, I laughed myself sick when I read the article in last week’s Nugget entitled, Regaining Focus.
It warned every Canadian to be aware they may have Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
We’ve All Grown Into Our Disorders – Patty Fedeli Column full article
By Claudia Gold
March 30, 2009
IMAGINE YOU live in a small town, and your son is found to have a brain tumor. Faced with such a devastating illness, you would not hesitate to find the means to get to a medical center, even if it were in a city more than an hour from your home. You probably would search for high-quality specialists to provide the best care possible.
But consider that your son has another serious illness affecting his brain, but one you cannot see on a scan. I am referring to serious mental illness. Rather than assuming that this child deserves to have access to the same specialized care, our culture has colluded in the belief that a primary care doctor will be an acceptable provider of care.
Backed Into a Treatment Corner full article
By Mary Tocco
March 18, 2009
Public awareness about problems associated with childhood vaccines is paramount. Concern is spreading like wild-fire. Parents across the country are not just going with the flow; they are questioning the issues of safety, efficacy and lack of long-term studies that the medical community continues to ignore.
Education About Toxic Vaccines is Sweeping the Nation full article
Monday, March 9, 2009
A new University of Central Florida study may explain why children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder move around a lot — it helps them stay
alert enough to complete challenging tasks.
University of Central Florida Study: Hyperactivity Enables Children With ADHD to Stay Alert full article
Reporting Kellye Lynn
COLUMBIA, Md. (WJZ)
If you think your child had ADHD or a learning problem, it could be a commonly misdiagnosed vision problem that glasses won’t fix.
Inattention, inability to focus, lack of interest in academic activities–they’re symptoms frequently associated with ADHD.
Common Vision Problem Often Misdiagnosed As ADHD full article
BCMA proposes recommendations to rectify this
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Marketwire – Feb. 23, 2009) – Less than half of British Columbia’s estimated 30,900 youth with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity
Disorder (ADHD) receives either an accurate diagnosis or regular medical treatment. As well, patients properly diagnosed with ADHD have found that demand
for effective health services greatly exceeds the supply. This can result in serious social consequences: crime, substance abuse, teen pregnancy, delinquency
and traffic accidents; and economic consequences: more than $500 million each year just to pay for direct health, education and justice related costs.
BC Medical Association: ADHD-The Sleeper Illness That Affects More People Than We Realize full article
Significant local and international variations
in the diagnosis and treatment of attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (
ADHD) stem at least in part from a “zone of ambiguity”–different interpretations of what is normal behavior and what level of impairment is required for a psychiatric diagnosis.
Furthermore, the long- term effectiveness of different treatments is unclear. These are among the conclusions of a new report by Hastings Center scholars published online in the current issue of
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health.
ADHD Diagnosis And Treatment Require Grappling With “Zone Of Ambiguity” And Incomplete Facts, Hastings Center Scholars Report full article
By Dr. Stephen C. L’Hommedieu
January 19, 2009
Random acts of violence are usually considered methods of the weak, but a long history of FDA political violence directed against public health safety and
our freedom to obtain dietary supplements reveals something more calculated and oppressive. The results of FDA actions are obvious: Our right to choose
safe health care alternatives and abstain from questionable medical practices is increasingly met with fierce opposition. The consequences are equally
obvious as we helplessly witness a relative epidemic of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) ravaging our
FDA pulls DMSA and hope from children with autism and ADHD full article
Updated Thu. Jan. 15 2009 8:15 AM ET
The Canadian Press
A Seattle pediatrician says television programs geared towards infants, like those popular “Baby Einstein” DVDs, may be doing your baby more harm than good.
Dr. Dimitri Christakis, who has reviewed 78 studies done over 25 years, says television with its quick edits, bold colours, sounds and flashing lights,
overstimulates kids under the age of two.
TV for tots may do more harm than good, MD says full article