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ADHD, a Pro Sports Drought, and the Art Car Parade: Houston Matters for Friday, May 9, 2014

Many Houston kids contend with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD. It’s typically diagnosed in children who struggle to focus, and are hyperactive and impulsive – symptoms that continue into adulthood for the majority of those diagnosed. Some parents and teachers worry ADHD is over-diagnosed, that some students medicated for attention deficit disorder don’t need to […]

Many Houston kids contend with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD. It’s typically diagnosed in children who struggle to focus, and are hyperactive and impulsive – symptoms that continue into adulthood for the majority of those diagnosed.

Some parents and teachers worry ADHD is over-diagnosed, that some students medicated for attention deficit disorder don’t need to be.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we’ll talk a Houston area teacher who has some concerns, and with the Medical Director from DePelchin Children’s Center about what we can and can’t confirm about ADHD in childhood. Then, we’ll talk about ADHD in adults, with a Houstonian who was diagnosed with ADHD after her children were, and with a Professor of Psychiatry who can help us understand the distinction between ADHD in children and adults. We’ll welcome your questions as well, along the way.

Also this hour: Area commencement addresses lack last year’s “star” power. A new study indicates more children die here in Texas than in any other state as a result of drunk driving accidents. After the NFL draft and the Rockets’ early exit from the NBA playoffs, it’s becoming clear our pro sports distractions in Houston are dwindling fast. All of these developments are fodder for our panel of “non-experts” on this week’s The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. On this week’s panel: Houston Chronicle writer and Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me! panelist Kyrie O’Connor, ComedySportz Houston’s Dianah Dulany, and Fred Goodall, author of the parenting blog MochaDad.com.

Plus, we preview this year’s Art Car Parade.

Houston Matters starts at noon. Join us on air: 713-440-8870 or talk@houstonmatters.org.

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