In a new book, The ADHD Explosion, Stephen Hinshaw, PhD, and Richard Scheffler, PhD, recipients of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research, examine the overall marked increase in ADHD diagnosis over the past decade, along with significant regional differences in the number of ADHD cases diagnosed. They find that education policy could be a major factor fueling the trend.
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“Competition in today’s global economy is fuelling the dramatic increase in the use of ADHD medications, especially in the United States,” says Richard Scheffler, a health economist at UC Berkeley. A study co-authored by Stephen Hinshaw, a psychologist at UC Berkeley, showed that gains among students who took ADHD medications were not enough to close the test-score gap.
Richard Scheffler (2008 Awardee) was quoted in “The Selling of Attention Deficit Disorder” which appeared in the New York Times, December 14, 2013.
Authors of one of the most influential studies that first trumpeted the effectiveness of ADHD medications in the 1990s say they worry the results over-sold the benefits of using the drugs alone, without other forms of therapy.
Twenty years ago, more than a dozen leaders in child psychiatry received $11 million from the NIMH to study an important question facing families with children with ADHD: Is the best long-term treatment medication, behavioral therapy or both?
After more than 50 years leading the fight to legitimize attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Keith Conners could be celebrating.
Between the fall of 2011 and the spring of 2012, people across the United States suddenly found themselves unable to get their hands on A.D.H.D. medication.
As a young mother, Robin Richeson was overwhelmed by her son Aaron’s boundless energy. Richeson chalked up his behavior, which included climbing tall trees, running away and an inability to focus in school to boys being boys.
As the ranks of kids diagnosed with ADHD in this country continue to swell—to 12% of school-age children and as many as 20% of teenage boys, according to the CDC’s latest count—it becomes more and more urgent to look at what forces might be driving this phenomenon. The new CDC survey, in addition to measuring […]
Children with attention deficit problems make bigger academic gains if they are taking stimulant medications compared to similar kids who aren’t receiving drug therapy, a new study shows. The findings, from a five year study of nearly 600 schoolchildren from across the country, are believed to be the first to offer an objective measure of […]