ADHD in the News 2016-03-31

ADHD, Creativity, and the Concept of Group Intelligence

Two brains that work differently are better than two that work in the same way...In an experiment, inclusion of a person with ADHD greatly improved the problem-solving ability of groups, even though it led to more off-task behavior.

How simply moving benefits your mental health

While it is obvious that your feelings can influence your movement, it is not as obvious that your movement can impact your feelings too. For example, when you feel tired and sad, you may move more slowly. When you feel anxious, you may either rush around or become completely paralyzed. But recent studies show that the connection between your brain and your body is a “two-way street” and that means movement can change your brain, too!

Why does your partner feel so upbeat when you feel so sad?

It seems that ADHD adults have more than their fair share of woes, and research into the troubles they face supports that this isn’t just perception, but reality. Not everyone with ADHD loses their job or their driver’s license, for example, but they are more likely to do so than the general population. Yet through it all many (not all*) stay quite optimistic.

Are ADHD medications leading to bone loss?

A new study estimates that 38% of children and adolescents taking certain medications for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may suffer from bone loss. However, while there is evidence that these medications may result in “real and non-trivial” differences in the bone density of subjects taking ADHD medications compared to those that did not, researchers recommend additional studies before the findings are applied to clinical practice.

It’s Time To Stop Joking About ADHD

I’ve heard people joke about ADD/ADHD most of my life, but this was the first time it made me stop and think. I suddenly realized these people were joking about having “ADD” (which technically isn’t even the correct term anymore) and acting like it was a tiny little annoyance that occasionally interferes with their life.

How to Prioritize Your Life When You Have ADHD, Part 2

Following through on tasks is a big challenge for adults with ADHD, which is understandable, because it involves so many moving parts. It involves executive functioning, which is impaired in ADHD. So simply telling yourself (or having someone else say), “just do it” won’t work...The good news is that there are strategies — like the ones below — that help you work around these challenges.