ADHD in the News 2016-01-19

Adult ADHD Often Disabling: Study

Adults with symptoms of ADHD but no formal diagnosis have impaired quality of life, productivity, and functioning compared with those who don't have such symptoms, researchers reported here. In a case-control study matched from a national survey, those with ADHD symptoms had significantly worse quality of life than those without symptoms...according to Regina Grebla, PhD, of Shire plc's Lexington, Mass. office, and colleagues.

ADHD Still Affects People into Adulthood

Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) doesn't go away, even in the latest decades of life, Dutch researchers reported here. About 3% of adults over age 60 in The Netherlands still had ADHD, reported Sandra Kooij, MD, PhD, of the European Network of Adult ADHD, and colleagues at the American Professional Society of ADHD and Related Disorders (APSARD) meeting.

Can’t Focus? It Might Be Undiagnosed Adult ADHD

When Cathy Fields was in her late 50s, she noticed she was having trouble following conversations with friends...Fields was worried she had suffered a stroke or was showing signs of early dementia. Instead she found out she had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD...Her doctor ruled out any physical problems and suggested she see a psychiatrist. She went to Dr. David Goodman at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, who by chance specializes in ADHD.

Liquid Stimulant Eases ADHD Symptoms in Autism

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) had improvements in their symptoms with a liquid formulation of methylphenidate (Quillivant), researchers reported here. In preliminary findings from a small trial, patients given the drug had significant improvement in Clinical Global Impression (CGI) scores after 6 weeks compared with baseline, reported Mark Stein, PhD, of Seattle Children's Hospital, and colleagues reported at the American Professional Society of ADHD and Related Disorders (APSARD) meeting.

Ameritox Data on ADHD Stimulant Prescriptions Uncovers Significant Rates of Illicit Drug Use and Potential Nonadherence to Drug Regimen

AmeritoxSM, a national leader in medication monitoring solutions, presented new research showing that in one out of three samples of patients prescribed stimulants to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity (ADHD) disorder the prescribed drug was not detected. Members of Ameritox's Medical Affairs team prepared the data for attendees at the American Professional Society of ADHD and Related Disorders (APSARD) Annual Meeting, held in Washington, where conference organizers highlighted the Ameritox report for attendees.

How to Tell If Your Relationship Problems Are Actually Due to Undiagnosed ADHD

On my birthday last year, my husband sweetly suggested we meet for lunch at a museum. “I only have an hour,” he said. “Please, be on time.” Of course, I assured him. I planned my whole day around it … and got there exactly 15 minutes late to an exasperated husband who thought I didn’t value our date. We were only able to spend 45 minutes together, and we spent half of that time bickering.

ADHD and your circadian rhythm

The natural ""cycle"" of darkness to daylight amazingly coordinates your body's biologic and ""circadian"" rhythms and your sleep-wake cycle...But, the light-dark cycle doesn't always go as it should in some children and adults with ADHD or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to [UAB Professor of Psychiatry, Dr. Rachel Fargason]. Her team's research revealed ADHD's strongly linked to... delayed ""circadian rhythms"" and delayed circadian rhythm sleep disorder.

Officials say ADHD partnership still in works

Louisiana has one of the highest rates of ADHD prescription drug use in the country, according to the Department of Health and Hospital, and state officials are creating a strategy to conquer ADHD in the classroom. The Department of Health and Hospitals, Louisiana Department of Education and the Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, a volunteer support and advocacy group, decided to partner together in October to train Louisiana educators to identify effective techniques to address ADHD behaviors in their classrooms.