ADHD in the News 2016-04-21

Undetected ADHD May Explain Poor SSRI Response in Depression

Adults who fail to respond to antidepressant therapy may have underlying attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and not treatment-resistant depression, as is often assumed, new research suggests...The research was presented here at the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) Conference 2016.

Efficacy and Safety of Amphetamines in ADHD

This is the Medscape Psychiatry Minute. I'm Dr Peter Yellowlees. Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common psychiatric conditions affecting children and adolescents. Amphetamines are among the most commonly prescribed medications to manage ADHD, yet despite their addictive potential, we really don't know how safe or efficacious they are.

ADHD and the Rock Star Gene

A genetic variant called DRD4-7R is linked to ADHD. Rock stars are, too...DRD4-7R, found in an estimated twenty-percent of the population, has been called “the restless gene” or “the nomadic gene.” It is also frequently associated with Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), a condition much in the news of late due to an unprecedented increase in diagnoses in school-aged children.

Adjunctive extended-release molindone effective for impulsive aggression in ADHD

Data presented at the American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting indicated certain dosages of extended-release molindone were effective for impulsive aggression in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder already receiving optimized stimulant monotherapy and behavioral therapy."

Help Your Child With Psychiatric Needs Prepare for College

Congratulations, parents, on your high school senior's upcoming graduation...Now a different kind of work begins – the preparation for starting college. You and your child will receive several checklists over the next few months...If you have a child who takes medication for Attention Deficit Disorder, anxiety, depression or any other mental health issue, you need an additional checklist, maybe your most important one. Let’s call it the college mental health checklist.

Bad idea to share ADHD medicine

62 percent of students with a valid prescription for ADHD medication say they have shared the pills with others who do not need the drug. That's according to a study from the Journal of Addictive Diseases. So you might think what harm can it do? If it helps one child focus, why wouldn't it help any child focus.

Stimulant treatment safe, effective for ADHD in epilepsy

Data presented at the American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting indicated stimulant medication was effective and safe for treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in children with epilepsy. “Youth with epilepsy are at risk for ADHD. Historically, physicians have been reluctant to treat ADHD in youth with epilepsy based on concern that stimulant medication may lower the seizure threshold,” Michelle Lally, MD, of the Medical University of South Carolina, and colleagues wrote.