Psychologists seeking in-depth information on attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can tap a new government-funded information clearinghouse at www.help4adhd.org. The National Resource Center on ADHD (NRC) offers current research findings, information on diagnosis, treatment and interventions, and quality-of-life information about the disorder that is geared for health professionals, educators, researchers, parents and policy-makers.
The center was established by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), a national ADHD advocacy organization, in response to what the CDC considers to be a growing public health concern. According to a May 2002 report by the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics, 1.6 million school-age children have ADHD--approximately 7 percent of this population.
The NRC provides information on the educational rights of children with ADHD, as well as tips for helping teenagers with ADHD make a smooth transition to college. Also available are fact sheets on topics such as assessment of complementary or controversial interventions, a list of hospital and university ADHD centers, links to other ADHD Web sites, and information on navigating insurance companies, public benefits systems and the criminal and juvenile justice system with respect to ADHD.
The center is also developing a searchable database of books, reports, journal articles and other resources on ADHD for researchers.