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Children with ADHD at Risk for Bullying and Self Harm

Children with ADHD at Risk for Bullying and Self Harm ADHD experts have long known that children, teens and adults with ADHD are at increased risk for bullying at school, work and even at home. Unfortunately, a recent study showed children bullied by peerswhen they are younger are up to three times more likely to harm themselves in adolescence.” Researchers followed 1,116 sets of twins from 1994 to 1995 until their twelfth birthday and discovered almost 8% of those who were victims of frequent bullying deliberated tried to harm themselves. In contrast, only 2% of those who were not bullied tried self-harming behaviors. Observed self-harming behaviors included: Attempted suicide by strangulation Cutting arms Biting body parts Banging their head against walls And pulling out clumps of hair. In our practice, we have seen kids who deliberated excessively tattooed parts of their body as a result of the stress of being bullying. One teenage girl told me she had done so in hopes her tormentors would leave her alone because they would think she was crazy. Another bully-abused teen in our practice explained he tattooed his arms to keep from “slicing and dicing them with my knife.”  His tattoos… Read the rest

Diabetes Risk in ADHD Children Treated with Atypical Antipsychotics

ADHD children treated with atypical antipsychotics and antidepressants for depression or other behavior disorders are at greater risk for developing diabetes mellitus. While atypical antipsychotics are traditionally used to treat schizophrenia, I’ve found more and more doctors using them to treat bipolar disorder, agitated depression, anxiety associated with depression, major depressive disorder, oppositional behavior disorder, conduct disorder, and obsessive-compulsive behavior disorder. It’s currently estimated in excess of 40 children per 1000 children in the U.S. are being treated for one of the above behavior problem diagnoses using second generation (atypical) antipsychotics. This number has increased dramatically since 1996 at which point only about 9 out of 1000 kids ages 5 to 18 years were exposed to these drugs. Unfortunately, with increasing use of atypical antipsychotics and antidepressants, significant side effects of these medications are starting to pop up-the most concerning being diabetes mellitus or sugar diabetes. A new study released in the December issue of the medical journal Pediatrics showed a four-fold increased risk of diabetes among children exposed to atypical antipsychotics and a little less in those treated with antidepressants. While the study doesn’t well-define the exact number of children, who develop diabetes as a result of exposure… Read the rest

ADHD Diagnosis: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Mimics ADHD

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is often mistaken for ADHD and misdiagnosed as ADHD! Children who have suffered any type of trauma-personal harm or witnessed a death related event, or a major natural disaster often show symptoms similar to ADHD. It’s not unusual for children who are victims of child abuse, kidnapping, bullying or witness an accident involving loss of life; who get caught-up in a tornado, earthquake, or hurricane, or who become a part of a terrorist attack; to have impulsivity, poor attention span-inattentiveness, and sometimes-hyperactivity. If less than age 16 years, many of these children will have a really hard time understanding the circumstances about which traumatic events have occurred; especially if the event includes someone dying, being bodily deformed or mangled -they just don’t understand –can’t figure out what has happened. They are often confused and left to fill-in the blanks about what has happened and their interpretation is many times inaccurate-creating anxiety, depression, and panic attacks-all of which may mimic ADHD. Based on these facts, it’s no small wonder that PTSD can mimic ADHD-act just like ADHD-look just like and be misdiagnosed as ADHD. How can a parent decide whether it’s ADHD or PTSD… Read the rest
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