ADHD in the News 2018-05-10

After-School Programs a Blessing for Kids With ADHD

After-school activities might be just what the doctor ordered for kids with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), researchers suggest. After analyzing records on more than 4,000 children with ADHD, the investigators found that nearly 72 percent of them took part in one or more after-school activities. And if they did, they missed fewer days of school and had less severe symptoms of the disorder.

Mydayis improves ADHD symptoms regardless of sleep issues

Dose-optimized Mydayis, a once-daily mixed salts of a single-entity amphetamine product, improved symptoms and executive function in adults with ADHD with or without sleep-quality impairments at baseline, according to a poster presented here. “[This] is the first study, to our knowledge, to inform clinicians of what they may expect in terms of stimulant treatment effects for ADHD when clients present with sleep complaints in addition to their ADHD,” Craig B. Surman, MD, of the department of psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital, told Healio Psychiatry.

Computerized test may help improve ADHD diagnoses

A new clinical trial published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry shows that adding a computerised test of attention and activity (QbTest) to standard care can reduce the time needed to make a diagnostic decision on ADHD, increase the likelihood of excluding ADHD when it is not present, and improve clinicians' confidence in their decision-making, without compromising diagnostic accuracy.

Dasotraline Treatment Effective for ADHD-Related Symptoms and Behaviors in Children

In pediatric patients with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), treatment with dasotraline 4 mg/day was effective in treating a range of ADHD-related symptoms and behaviors, according to research presented at the 2018 American Psychiatric Association (APA) Annual Meeting, held May 5 to 9, 2018, in New York City.

Over 2.5 Million US Kids Diagnosed With Anxiety and Depression Interview with: Rebecca H. Bitsko, PhD, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...In this study, we show that more than 1 in 20, or 2.6 million, US children aged 6-17 had a current diagnosis of anxiety or depression, by parent report, in 2011-12. We also found an increase of diagnosed anxiety in these children from 1 in 28 in 2007 to 1 in 24 in 2011-12.

Prenatal Pollution Exposure, Poverty Increase ADHD Risk in Children

A study from researchers at the Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health (CCCEH) showed that prenatal exposure to environmental neurotoxic and carcinogenic combustion-related air pollutants (i.e., polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons [PAH]), in addition to socioeconomic disadvantage (i.e., poverty) and its associated psychosocial stress, increase the risk of ADHD symptoms and behavior in children.

7 Surprising Signs You Actually Have High-Functioning ADHD

When most people thinking of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), they may picture someone who is fidgety or someone who gets easily distracted. But some people can have ADHD without even realizing it, and some of the signs of high-functioning ADHD can actually be surprising. The disorder can involve more than just the inability to focus on one thing at once, and it can affect areas of your life that you might not realize.

For some adults with ADHD, it’s fuel for entrepreneurial success

After struggling to cope with symptoms as children, some business-savvy adults say their condition pushes their career forward

Too often, poverty is treated with pills

A new study by researchers at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy reveals high rates of psychiatric diagnosis and medication use among poor, very young Americans. The study, which was published in JAMA Paediatrics, a medical journal,looked at 35,244 children born in an unidentified mid-Atlantic state in 2007 and followed them until the end of 2014, when they were seven years old.

Assistive Technology to Help Children with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Succeed Academically

Teachers who are growing weary of the constant motion and redirection required for students with ADHD might want to investigate some of these breakthroughs. Assistive technology could help these students find greater academic success than ever before.