ADHD in the News 2015-12-22

Making bicycling safer for kids with ADHD

Researchers hope new avenues of study about why children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder have more accidents while crossing the street on their bicycles will help parents teach their children to better navigate busy intersections"

ADHD May Hamper Social Relationships Early in Life

Young children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may experience more problems socializing with their peers, which can then contribute to worsening symptoms, a new study from Norway suggests. But the cycle between symptoms and social problems seems to diminish as children grow older, the study authors said.

Distractibility trait predisposes some to attentional lapses

People vary according to different personality traits, such as extraversion or conscientiousness, and new research suggests that they also vary according to a particular cognitive trait: distractibility.

More adults prescribed ADHD meds, but access often a problem

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is not just a childhood condition, with many adults reporting that the hyperactivity, impulsivity and inattention of the disorder can continue into adulthood. But a new report finds that many Canadian adults are finding it difficult to access the medications that can help manage their symptoms and bring them better quality of life.

Top 5 ADHD stories of 2015

As 2015 comes to a close, took a moment to review the top stories regarding attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder throughout the year. They include studies on pharmacologic treatment for ADHD, onset of the disorder in adults, connections between ADHD and obesity, FDA news and more.

ADHD in Adults

Most likely you’ve heard of ADHD, but you might not realize that the condition can affect adults as well as kids. In fact, many adults have ADHD but do not know it. In the United States, ADHD affects 4.1 percent of adults, with 41.3 percent of those cases classified as “severe,” according to the National Institute of Mental Health.

At 28, he’s an adult with ADHD

Although Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is not as visible in adults, its consequences are more serious. “A child forgets to hand in homework. An adult loses a job,” says one psychiatrist. Matt Turcotte, 28, has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and is learning how to live with the disorder.

23 surprising facts about Adderall

By most measures, rates of both legal and illegal prescription stimulants like Adderall, Ritalin, Concerta, and Vyvanse continue to rise or remain stable for everyone from young children to adults in the workplace. For people with ADHD, these drugs can be lifesavers. But before you jump on the bandwagon, here are some facts about Adderall and other stimulants you should know.