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5 Must-Read Articles, and an Online Course, to Help Children with ADHD

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— Dr. David Rabiner, Research Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke Uni­ver­sity and founder of the Atten­tion Research Update.

Given the ongoing changes and controversies surrounding ADHD diagnosis and treatment, let us highlight 5 key articles written by Duke University’s Dr. David Rabiner to summarize recent scientific findings and their implications, plus a very relevant online course to help parents and professionals help children with ADHD.

1. Study finds large gaps between research and practice in ADHD diagnosis and treatment

  • Key insight: Evidence-based guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics on the evaluation and treatment of ADHD are frequently not followed. Many children are diagnosed with ADHD in the absence of clearly meeting DSM diagnostic criteria, and behavioral treatment is rarely recommended.
  • Key data point: Pediatricians prescribed ADHD medication to roughly 93% of youth diagnosed with ADHD. Documentation that behavioral treatment was recommended, however, was present in only 13% of the charts.

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Study: Don’t overlook sleep difficulties in children with ADHD; they may impair functioning as much as ADHD itself

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Problems with sleep are common in children with ADHD; in fact, past studies indicate that sleep problems occur in between 70 and 85%. Because of this, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that sleep difficulties should be assessed as part of a comprehensive ADHD evaluation. In some children, significant sleep difficulties may be an important contributor to apparent ADHD symptoms, and could contribute to a child being incorrectly diagnosed. For example, Read the rest of this entry »

Survey: Growing demand for digital psychotherapies to help veterans deal with substance abuse, depression, problem solving and insomnia

e-mental-healthVeterans go for digital psychotherapy (Healthcare IT News):

“Computerized psychotherapies, or CPTs, hold great interest for veterans receiving outpatient treatment, according to a study published in Telemedicine and e-Health. The study, relying on information provided by 151 veterans receiving treatment in a Veterans Health Administration substance use disorder outpatient clinic, showed veterans were Read the rest of this entry »

Why cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) should be first-line treatment for chronic insomnia

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Cognitive behavioral therapy offers a drug-free method for managing insomnia (Harvard Health):

“Many people with insomnia turn to sleeping pills, which often have unwanted side effects. Few of them know about an equally effective therapy that targets the root cause of insomnia without medications. Called Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Brain waves help predict stress-related sleep problems

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Brain waves predict risk of insomnia (UPI):

“During sleep, the brain produces a series of electromagnetic waves. The majority of these waves are generated deep in the brain from portions called thalamus and cortex. Research suggests the central purpose of these waves is to drown out potentially disruptive Read the rest of this entry »

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