Increasing evidence suggests that children with ADHD do better with treatment throughout their life. A new study published in the Archives Journal of Psychiatry followed nearly 300 boys living in New York City for 33 years. The men with ADHD were recruited and joined at childhood by their teacher or a doctor. During this long-term study, the group with ADHD were compared to children turned men who were not thought to have ADHD.
There was a recent story in the local media, a young teenager girl from West Branch, Michigan, was tricked into believing that she was voted homecoming queen. Sadly, this was a prank designed to humiliate her in front of her classmates. The story received immediate attention and she received an outpouring of support. The young girl was amazingly courageous and went to the homecoming dance quite proudly.
Accurately diagnosing patients with ADHD is one of the most important things we do on a daily basis at the Rochester Center. Approximately 40% of our patients have ADHD alone. The majority of patients have other conditions that accompany their ADHD; these include anxiety, depression, chronic fatigue, and learning disabilities.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and along with a diagnosis of breast cancer comes some very strong psychological reactions. These affect the patient as well as family members. The initial reaction to a diagnosis of breast cancer can vary from individual to individual depending on coping styles, age of the patient, pre and post-operative expectations, and psychological functioning. Many patients experience reactions of anxiety, grief, hopelessness and helplessness.
The proliferation of the synthetic hallucinognes contuines. Although there has been recent legislation and initiative to limit availability of synthetic drugs, they continue to be seen in southeastern Michigan. There are reports, some confirmed, some not, of domestic violence associated with these substances. Spice is marketed under a number of different names including; K-2, Black Mamba, Red X Dawn, and Blaze. These drugs have been outlawed throughout the country and Michigan is following suit.
The Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry recently published a survey of 10,000 adolescents. The study found nearly one in five children meet criteria for a psychiatric disorder. Many times these disorders persist across their lifespan. The most common conditions were anxiety and behavioral disorders, closely followed by mood disorders. Nearly 11.4% had substance use disorders.
Did you know that the Rochester Center for Behavioral Medicine is an active clinical research site? Which begs the question…just what IS clinical research? Many potential participants may write it off due to a lack of understanding, which is unfortunate because clinical research is a valuable treatment offering and provides close attention and cutting edge care to those in need. Our medical director and primary investigator, Joel L. Young, M.D., is in charge of all medical care. Our staff of 4 clinical coordinators work closely with all study participants from the beginning to the end of the trial.
For many families, and certainly many students, the summer represents a time of relaxation and recharging your batteries. Indeed it should be. Still, summer is a perfect opportunity to work with your doctor to improve your child’s ADHD medicine. This is the time to optimize the dose, perhaps try new medications, or terminate medications. These changes might not be undertaken during the school year due to potential interference with academic performance or school behavior. Personally, I dislike starting or changing medications in late August or September because it interferes with the first weeks of school. July and August are great months to do this work.