Clinicians and researchers have long known that individuals with ADHD are more prone to engaging in risky behaviors such as smoking, gambling, substance abuse and unprotected sex. New studies show that adults with ADHD may engage in more risky behavior because of an exaggerated sense of benefit and a lessened ability to understand the consequences.
Learning Challenges are Over-represented in the Juvenile Justice System According to the National Center on Education, Disability and Juvenile Justice, more than 125,000 youth are in custody in nearly 3,500 public and private juvenile correctional facilities in the United States. … Read More
A new study released by Massachusettes General Hospital shows that girls taking stimulants to treat their ADHD are signficantly less at risk to start smoking, drinking alcohol or using drugs than girls with ADHD who don’t. This study is one … Read More
As the days grow shorter, it’s easy for all of us to get less active. If you think about it, how much more time do you spend on-line or watching TV during the winter, when in the summer you would … Read More
Did you know that you’re not fully grown up until you’re 25? That’s right! Your brain keeps growing well past the time you reach your full height. Studies by the National Institute of Health and UCLA show that the … Read More
If you are attending college, you probably don’t realize that just a few short years ago gambling was not part of everyday American life. Today gambling is as common as alcohol in college life. There are gambling opportunities everywhere: Vegas vacations targeting the spring break crowd, state-run lottery tickets at every corner store, Native-run casinos just up the road, slot games can be joined from every computer, and dorm room card games are a Friday night ritual. Students with ADHD are especially at risk for developing a gambling addiction. In fact ADHD students have an even higher rate of problem gambling than other college students – as many as 19% (nearly 1 in 5) college students with ADHD have a problem with gambling.
It can be surprising to find out that people with ADHD are prone to obesity. Several key characteristics of ADHD can contribute to the development of an eating disorder. In this post, we talk with Dr. Dukarm about the links between ADHD and eating disorders. She is the founder and director of the Center for Eating Disorders, an outpatient treatment center that specializes in the overlap between disordered eating symptoms and attention problems.
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has long been associated with poor grades, poor reading and math test scores, and being held back. But despite billions of dollars spent on special education programs, the number of ADHD students dropping out of high school … Read More