November 5, 2018 Mental Health News

Diagnosis of ADHD in children and adolescents increased to 10.2% in 2016.

The diagnosis of ADHD increased from 6.1% in 1997-1998 to 10.2% in 2015-2016 across age, gender, race/ethnicity, income and geography, but is notably twice as high in girls and Hispanic children and has more than doubled for Black children, according to a study just published in the JAMA Network Open.  (George, Cindy. September 7, 2018. ADHD on the rise in the U.S. Texas Medical Center News.)

Several Texas Medical Center experts said the analysis confirmed the trends they have observed over the last two decades.  “Many parents recognize that they have it, so they are willing to let their kids be diagnosed.” according to Memorial Hermann Health System child psychiatrist Carlos Guerra, M.D.


October 16, 2018 Mental Health News

ADHD Awareness Month is celebrated every October with events and activities around the world and on the Internet designed to educate the public.  The event is focused on sharing the most recent developments in best practices for dealing with ADHD based on the evidence of science and peer-reviewed research.

The 2018 “Setting the Record Straight” theme for 2018’s ADHD Awareness Month is designed to encourage children, families, adults and professionals to share what they want the world to know about their personal experience with ADHD through video, stories, art, and meme contests.  ADHD patients, families and friends are invited to help set the record straight and spread the facts, rebut the myths, and provide hope and help to adults and children with Attention Deficit Disorder around the world.  Anyone with a message about their experience with ADHD can share their story,  share a photo or image , or create a Internet meme that is funny, irreverent, witty, bold, or even ridiculous.

All submissions are entered into contests for prizes to encourage contributions to the effort to raise ADHD awareness, remove stigma, and empower people with ADHD so they can unleash their strengths and create a life they love.  You can also vote on the the videos already submitted that you think tell the best story about ADHD.  Each time you view a submission to the video contest you automatically register a vote for that video.

This annual effort to build awareness ADHD Coaches OrganizationAttention Deficit Disorder AssociationCHADD, The National Resource on ADHDabout people’s experience with ADHD is organized by a coalition made up of the ADHD Coaches Organization, Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA) and Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD).  This year’s ADHD Awareness Month culminates with the 2018 Annual International Conference on ADHD to be held November 8 – 11, 2018 in St. Louis, MO.

Many adults who live with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder don’t recognize it because its symptoms are often mistaken for a stressful life.  The World Health Organization developed an 18 question Adult ADHD Self Screener and a 6 question Checklist to help recognize the signs and symptoms of Adult ADHD.

These self-screeening tools are not meant to replace consultation with a trained healthcare professional. An accurate diagnosis can only be made through a clinical evaluation. Regardless of the questionnaire results, if you have concerns about diagnosis and treatment of Adult ADHD, please discuss your concerns with your physician, or contact the Beaumont Psychiatric online or call our office.

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