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CHILDHOOD PREDICTORS OF ADOLESCENT SUBSTANCE USE IN CHILDREN WITH ADHD

ADHD and Substance Use

David Rabiner, Ph.D.
Duke University

Attention Research Update

Although it was previously believed that most children with ADHD would "outgrow" the disorder by adolescence, several longitudinal studies have provided clear evidence that ADHD often persists into adolescence and adulthood.  Prior research has also established that childhood ADHD is associated with a number of negative outcomes during adolescence, with school-related difficulties being especially prominent.

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Brain Scans Shed Light on Attention Disorder

Thu November 20, 2003

LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists said on Friday they have uncovered new clues about the underlying cause of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), which affects up to six percent of children in the United States.

Using high-resolution magnetic resonance imagining (MRI) scans, Elizabeth Sowell, a professor of neurology at the University of California Los Angeles, and her colleagues found differences in areas of the brain linked to attention and impulse control in children with ADHD.

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CHILDHOOD PREDICTORS OF ADOLESCENT SUBSTANCE USE IN CHILDREN WITH ADHD

ADHD and Substance Use

David Rabiner, Ph.D.
Duke University

Attention Research Update

Although it was previously believed that most children with ADHD would "outgrow" the disorder by adolescence, several longitudinal studies have provided clear evidence that ADHD often persists into adolescence and adulthood.  Prior research has also established that childhood ADHD is associated with a number of negative outcomes during adolescence, with school-related difficulties being especially prominent.

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HOW DO CHILDREN WITH ADHD EXPLAIN THEIR PROBLEM BEHAVIORS?

How do children with ADHD make sense of their problematic behavior?  Do they feel in control of how they behave or believe that their behavior is often out of their control?  How bothersome do they believe their problematic behavior is to parents, teachers, and peers?  These are interesting and important questions about which relatively little is currently known.

Answers to questions like these would enhance our understanding of how children with ADHD experience themselves and their disorder, and may assist in the development of effective interventions.  Althou

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LISTENING COMPREHENSION DEFICITS IN BOYS WITH ADHD

by David Rabiner, Ph.D.
Duke University

The association between language deficits and behavior problems has been demonstrated in several prior studies.  In general, research in this area has revealed that poor expressive and/or receptive language skills are more common in children with antisocial behavior problems.  Verbal intelligence tends to be lower among these children as well.

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THE MISUSE AND ABUSE OF STIMULANT MEDICATION: WHAT DO WE KNOW?

by David Rabiner, Ph.D.
Duke University

(Note: Attention Research Update receives support from pharmaceutical companies who manufacture stimulant medication for treating ADHD.  I do not believe this has influenced the objectivity of the report below, but I want you to be aware of this relationship). 

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Transitions to College for Students with ADHD and/or Learning Disabilities

by Linda Hecker, Director of Educational Services

National Institute at Landmark College
email: lhecker@landmark.edu

"The road through college was filled with numerous mountains I had to climb. I discovered the average student had bumps in the road but my bumps resembled Mt. Everest." -R. Cary Westbrook "Learning Disabilities and College: Strategies for People that Rock our World"  

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Oral Flower Essences as a Treatment for ADHD

by David Rabiner, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist
Duke University

In the last month, several subscribers have contacted me to ask whether I was aware of a study on the use of oral flower essences as a treatment for ADHD.  They both indicated that they had heard about such a study, in which a placebo-controlled trial of oral flower essences were found to be an effective treatment.

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