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Thanet ADDers Newsletter

Volume 5, Number 4, June 2004

Important, Please Note

This is a copy of our local group's paper newsletter sent out to members of Thanet ADDers. For our main online homepage click here for Much will have happened since this newsletter was sent out, so check for up to date information.

New Medication for ADHD Launched

The licensing of the first non-stimulant treatment for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in the UK is announced today. Strattera® (atomoxetine HCI) is a once daily medication that can provide effective 24-hour relief from the symptoms of ADHD in children and adolescents. It has been shown to be as effective in relieving the core symptoms of ADHD as the stimulant methylphenidate (sometimes known as Ritalin®), the only other class of licensed ADHD treatments.

Information from the Press releases follow:

"Therapeutic indications

Strattera is indicated for the treatment of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children 6 years of age and older, adolescents, and adults. Diagnosis should be made according to DSM-IV criteria or the guidelines in ICD-10.

Treatment must be initiated by or under the supervision of a physician with appropriate knowledge and experience of childhood and/or adolescent behavioural disorders (for example, paediatrician or child/adolescent psychiatrist)."

For more information please get in touch with us here at Thanet ADDers.

Art Competition

At the recent ADDISS Conference all of the Delegates were asked to vote for their favourite entry in the "Celebrating the Talent Within" Art Competition.

We have just found out that there was a press release in April announcing the winner.

The winner was Darcy Easton aged 11 years from Broxburn, West Lothian.

His picture "The Scream: My Life with ADHD", was based on Edvard Munch's famous work of 1893.

The local papers where Darcy lives, The Edinburgh Evening News, Herald & Post West Lothian and a National Journal - Practice Nurse all ran stories of this great achievement and Darcy's mum is quoted in The Edinburgh Evening News saying: "We are delighted Darcy has won this prize, that his talents have been recognised and rewarded"

Darcy won a day trip around London's art galleries, and his picture will also be exhibited at Great Ormond St Hospital.

There were around 25 entries to the Competition and was open to all young people up to the age of 16 years who had been diagnosed with ADHD.

Andrea Bilbow, founder and executive director of ADDISS, said: "Because ADHD is under-recognised and under-treated, young people with ADHD are often confused, angry, frustrated and have low self-esteem.

"However, they are also extremely creative, talented and rewarding to work with.

"It was great to see their talent shining through in our competition. Many delegates were extremely moved by the art on display."

I was at the Conference and I can say I was really impressed with all of the entries and to be honest I wished I could have voted for all of them.

One of our members submitted a picture to the competition and it was a really lovely picture.

An extra special well done from us to Matthew. Matthew is 8 years old.

Night Time or Slumber Milk

This may sound like a very strange heading I agree however we have recently been getting a number of messages on our Website Forum Boards about these brands of Milk.

Both are particularly high in a naturally occurs substance which we all produce to help us with sleeping. However a lot of people and especially those with ADD/ADHD seem to have some deficiency in this and therefore have more problems with sleeping.

This is called Melatonin and some children are actually given this in tablet form by a doctor if they have sleep problems.

Both Night Time Milk which is sold in Sainsbury's and Slumber Milk which is sold In Waitrose as I said have a higher Melatonin content and a number of people who regularly post on our Forum Boards have had some success when they have given their child some of one of these brands of Milk in the evening and the child has slept better.

So we thought we would pass this on to you so if you wish you can give it a try - to be honest if anything helps our children have a better night's sleep everyone benefits the following day!

Sixth International ADDISS Conference

I attended this conference in March and it was a wonderful event.

The conference started off with around 400 delegates from all over the globe assembling in the main hall of the conference rooms of the Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool.

There were loads of wonderful speakers again from all over the world and a lot also from here in the UK. All were very inspirational and I am sure that everyone there took away so much information on the latest research and treatments and also that they were so inspired they will have all gone back to their positions as Doctors, Health Visitors, Nurses, Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Teachers, Educators and Parents alike with renewed vigour to work together to improve the lives of all of those with ADHD.

A fantastic event which will have a lasting effect on all who attended.

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