Kids with ADHD more likely to have certain eating disorder

It's called "loss of control eating syndrome" (LOC-ES) and it's similar to binge eating. The condition appears to be linked to ADHD and they share a biological mechanism.Although kids who take stimulant meds for ADHD tend to lose weight, experts say there's a strong association between ADHD and obesity (and being overweight). Why?One theory is that the impulsivity that is usually found in ADHD is the same cause of the loss of control over eating....more

These people changed their brains with neuroplasticity

Move over medicines and surgery! Professionals and amateurs alike are figuring out how to harness the power of neuroplasticity - the brain's ability to change in response to experience and stimuli - at ANY age.Case #1: (Parkinson's)...more

Study says kids with ADHD learn better when fidgeting

A study out of the University of Central Florida has found that kids with ADHD who are allowed to move frequently via fidgeting have increased information retention and abilities to work out complex cognitive tasks.There are several interesting issues/findings mentioned here, not all of which I can or would be willing to back up. Here are a few of my concerns:...more

Would you take your kid's ADHD drugs to be more productive?

Here's an interesting piece about adults misusing ADHD meds to get ahead in the workplace.In this case, a 20-something who used the name "Elizabeth," actually texted her "dealer" to bring pills to her apartment so she could work until 7 a.m. She took the pills to help her concentrate on a PowerPoint presentation that was due the next day.What's scary is that this is not uncommon. The article states that stimulant abuse is no longer just a college-related issue; now it's graduating into the work force....more

ADHD decreases at higher altitudes

I live in Colorado so I found this very interesting.Higher altitude states have lower ADHD rates. In Utah, for example, the rate of diagnosed ADHD is 50% of states at sea level.And for every one foot increase in elevation, the likelihood of being diagnosed with ADHD decreases by .001 %.Why?1. Higher altitudes mean more dopamine production. Decreased dopamine is linked to ADHD.2. It could also be partially due to regional disparities in diagnosing ADHD....more

Nicotine may soon be used to enhance attention and memory

My aunt just sent me an interesting article from Discover magazine. It's hailing nicotine as the next wonder drug, saying the stimulant may soon be used to help treat schizophrenia, Parkinson's, Tourette's memory impairments, attention deficits and other learning struggles. It's also been associated with weight loss.We're not talking about nicotine delivered through smoking. This is tobacco-free nicotine - like what's in gum or patch.So how did this come to be? ...more

Major study of data shows ADHD doubles risk of early death

Still need a reason to get your kid's attention skills strengthened? Researchers from Denark looked at data from 32,061 people with ADHD over 32 years. (26% were women). They also had a total of 1,922,248 people in the national database so they had a huge "control" population. They found:- When looking at "all-cause mortality rate" (death from all causes), people with ADHD died at a rate of 5.85 for every 10,000. Those without ADHD died at a rate of only 2.21....more

A Belated Holiday Letter for All the Late Bloomers

I was rifling through a stack of papers on the counter yesterday and came across a holiday letter that arrived in a card from some friends of ours around Christmas. Okay. I feel your sneer of judgment. Yes. I still have holiday mail on our kitchen counter. Guess what? We still have a broken, faux Christmas tree lying on the floor in the rec room too....more

If your child is on ADHD meds, read these 3 things ASAP

If your child or teen takes stimulant medication for ADHD, read these 3 articles. I'm giving a short summary with each link in case you're pressed for time:1. Use of ADHD meds in childhood leads to BMI rebound laterNew evidence indicates that the longer ADHD meds were taken and the earlier in childhood they began, the slower the BMI growth in childhood, but the more rapid the BMI rebound in l ate adolescence....more

Before I Had My Son He Was the Perfect Child

My son was a lot like the little boy from Jerry Maguire; he wore coke-bottle nerd-glasses, complete with an elastic strap to hold them onto his head. Although he was an introvert, he became a sagacious conversationalist in the presence of those who possessed the patience to wait for him to open up, which was like watching an evening primrose come into bloom: absolutely breath-taking....more