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Irish Dad Protests School's Treatment of ADHD Son

A man from Northern-Ireland took to the streets this week in protest over a school's treatment of his son, who has been diagnosed with ADHD.

A Feb. 5 article in the Portadown Times provided the following information about Paul McConville's protest:
A dispute between the father of a pupil with learning difficulties and Drumcree College went public last week when Craigavon man Paul McConville protested outside the school gates.

Mr McConville, whose son suffers from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and behavioural problems, took up position last Thursday afternoon, the school's open day. The father of six was carrying a placard and also handed out leaflets to parents of prospective pupils.

The man's 14-year-old son, who is in third year in the learning support class, has been absent from school for a number of months after disputes between the family and Drumcree College over a range of issues concerning the treatment and education of his son. ...

Said Mr McConville, "The school knew my son had behavioural problems when they admitted him in the first place."

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Fathers Over 40 at Higher Risk for Children with Bipolar Disorder

A Swedish study found a link between bipolar disorder and older fathers. The risk of having a bipolar child began to increase once a father was 40 years old. Fathers over 55 years were 37 percent more likely to have a bipolar child than were fathers in their 20s.

Between one and four percent of children have bipolar disorder, which is characterized by mood swings ranging from deep depression to euphoric mania.

Previous studies linked schizophrenia and autism to older fathers, with the age of mothers not being a factor.

Researchers from the Karolinska Institute analyzed data from 13,428 people with bipolar disorder who had been born between 1932 and 1991.

This study appears in the Archives of General Psychiatry.

Labels: fathers, genetics, bipolar_disorder

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Including Dads

When University at Buffalo student Greg Fabiano started working with parents of children with ADHD, he noticed that many of the dads were missing. He tried to find some research that would explain why so many fathers were absent, but he found none - so he started conducting some research of his own.
"His new research program, designed for children 6-12 years of age, includes two formats: a control group of fathers and children who receive traditional, evidence-based treatments for ADHD families and another group that receives the same, plus a sports element - in this case, soccer games."
Fabiano says the results have been remarkable. Treatment drop-out rates for both fathers and children have decreased significantly and there's very little tension on the soccer field (which is unusual for kids with ADHD).

Therapeutic boarding schools, like Youth Care in Utah, offer help for families of troubled teens.

Labels: parents, fathers, treatment

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