Research has shown that up to seven of every 10 children with ADHD have clinical sleep disturbances. This is important because disturbed or inadequate sleep can exacerbate the symptoms of ADHD including hyperactivity, impulsivity, or irritability. Here are a number of steps parents can take to help a child with ADHD get a better night’s sleep.
A new study shows there is a significant rise in the diagnosis of ADHD in adults. It confirms a growing recognition in the medical community that ADHD is not a condition that individuals necessarily grow out of when they become adults. The implications are significant as a diagnosis of adult ADHD is linked to a near 13-year reduction of estimated life expectancy.
Many individuals with ADHD also suffer from rejection sensitivity dysphoria (RSD) – an extreme emotional sensitivity and emotional pain triggered by the perception—not necessarily the reality—that they have been rejected, teased, or criticized by important people in their life. RSD can negatively impact social interactions, relationships and job performance.
Recent research conducted at Florida International University has estimated that on average, families of kids with ADHD spent $15,036 per child—not including medication or therapy—and families of kids without ADHD spent $2,848 over the course of a child’s development. The study aims to alert parents to the importance of early diagnosis and treatment to help reduce the impact on the family.
A study conducted in Finland is demonstrating how ADHD symptoms can persist from childhood into adulthood with negative consequences if left untreated. It is a rare look at the progression of ADHD symptoms. The study findings underscore the importance of diagnosing and managing both childhood and adult ADHD.
Getting started in the morning can be difficult for anyone, but it can be especially challenging if you have ADHD. This can be a stressful and chaotic time, and a bad start can make the rest of the day difficult as well. Here are some tips that experts recommend to help you and your family get your mornings under control.