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Most children have short attention spans, but attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a more serious problem with inattention, impulsivity, and/or hyperactivity that affects a child’s ability to learn and get along with others.


  • ER Visits Linked to ADHD Meds Up Sharply

    U.S. emergency department visits involving attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drugs more than doubled from 2005 to 2010, with the largest hike occurring among adults, says a new government report. In that period, such ER visits rose from about 13,400 to 31,200, according to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). [...]

  • ADHD Can Cause Lifelong Problems, Study Finds

    By Serena GordonHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 10 (HealthDay News) — If children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, continue to have the condition in adulthood, a new study suggests that they may face an array of physical and mental health issues. The study, which spanned more than 30 years, found that people who had ADHD as teens and [...][...]

  • Oxygen Deprivation in the Womb May Raise ADHD Risk

    MONDAY, Dec. 10 (HealthDay News) — Children who were deprived of oxygen in the womb or during birth are more likely to develop attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a new study says. Kaiser Permanente researchers found oxygen deprivation may play a greater role in the prevalence of ADHD than other genetic or familial risk factors for the condition. [...][...]

  • U.S. Kids Might Not Be Over-Medicated After All

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 3 (HealthDay News) — A large new study challenges the notion that too many U.S. teens with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other mental health conditions are prescribed psychiatric drugs, when in fact only 14 percent of such adolescents receive them. Concerns that drugs like Ritalin have been inappropriately prescribed tochildren [...]

  • Youngest Kids in Class May Be More Likely to Get ADHD Diagnosis

    By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Nov. 19 (HealthDay News) — A new study from Iceland adds to existing evidence that kids are more likely to be diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder if they’re among the youngest in their grade at school. The findings suggest — but don’t prove — that some children are diagnosed with attention [...][...]