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How useful is Methylphenidate for treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and adolescents?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most commonly diagnosed and treated psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents. Young people with ADHD find it hard to sit still and concentrate and often do things without thinking them through; this can make it harder for them to do well at school and get on …

BBC commissions new series on unemployment and people with neurological conditions

Job opportunities and the employment prospects of young people with neurodevelopmental disorders are poorer than for their peers. This is the conclusion one is led to after reviewing research findings from both the UK and USA. For example Roux and colleagues (see study details below) found only just over half of young adults with an autistic …

Tourette’s Syndrome and the likelihood of experiencing other psychiatric disorders

Young people with Tourette’s Syndrome (TS) their parents and clinicians are all aware of how often TS is accompanied by other disorders such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Until recently evidence to support this idea has come mainly from small studies and anecdotal evidence. A recently published study (February 2015: …

Greater clarity about the evidence for non-pharmacological interventions for ADHD

For several years some CANDAL members have been working with the European ADHD Guidelines Group on a series of meta-analysis exploring the evidence base for non-pharmacological interventions for ADHD. The first review Songua-barke et al (2013) published in the American Journal of Psychiatry showed a very clear pattern of results across three psychological interventions ( …

CANDAL annual conference highlights

Thanks to all who attended the CANDAL annual conference! For me, it was a really good example of what CANDAL is all about, with plenty of time devoted simply to talking and listening to each other. The highlight, for me, was the talk by Dr Barbara Houghton and Dr Jo Jones about their clinic for …

Welcome to CANDALight, the new blog for CANDAL

CANDAL aims to promote collaboration between researchers and our clinical partners into better ways of helping people with neurodevelopmental disorders. These disorders are conditions such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Tourette’s Syndrome, and autism (including  Asperger’s Syndrome), all of which may continue into adulthood, and quite often overlap in the same person. Unlike other …