ADHD in the News 2016-09-08

Heredity a major factor in ADHD, binge eating and alcohol dependence

It is mostly hereditary factors that lie behind adults with ADHD often developing alcohol dependence and binge eating, concludes new research. Since heredity plays such a large role, it is important that ADHD is treated at an early stage, and that measures are taken to prevent individuals developing these disorders later in life.

Genes Explain Much of the Overlap of ADHD With Binge Eating and Alcoholism

People with ADHD often have comorbid conditions like substance abuse, alcoholism and binge eating. According to some new research from a doctoral candidate at Linköping University in Sweden, a lot of the blame for this unholy alliance between ADHD and other conditions seems to lie in the genes.

Mental Health and Addiction Among Inmates

An interesting observation in the world of Corrections has been that a significant amount of inmates with addictions also suffer from undiagnosed mental health issues. We will examine this occurrence through two disorders that are frequently diagnosed amongst incarcerated individuals: ADHD and Anxiety."

ADHD Pathophysiology

The exact pathophysiology of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is not clear. With this said, several mechanisms have been proposed as factors associated with the condition...Although it remains unknown if these mechanisms cause or are consequences of the condition, they appear to be linked to the pathophysiology of ADHD and are evident in affected individuals. Their possible roles are discussed in more detail below.

Psychopharmacological intervention shows promise in treating children with dyslexia

A new study shows significant improvement in critical components of reading, including decoding and vocabulary, among children treated with atomoxetine compared to placebo. Atomoxetine treatment was also associated with significant reductions in symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children with both dyslexia and ADHD or ADHD alone, as reported in the study published in Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology.

Wondering about disparities in ADHD diagnosis and treatment

In a recently released article in Pediatrics, Dr. Tumaini Cokeret al. ( 10.1542/peds.2016-0407) examined the differences in rates of ADHD diagnosis and treatment among children of differing races and ethnicities. They surveyed a multi-site sample of over 4,000 parents of children attending public school over 3 waves (5th, 7th and 10th grades) from 2004 to 2011 and asked about ADHD symptoms, a history of doctor or health professional diagnosed ADHD, and use of ADHD medications.

ADHD and your child’s education

Schools must provide services to students with disabilities, including kids with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder...The majority of these young people [in Michigan] receive some form of treatment for ADHD, with 88 percent taking medication, 44 percent receiving behavioral treatment, and 36 percent who both take medication and receive behavioral treatment. If you’re the parent or guardian of a young person who has been diagnosed with ADHD or who may be showing some of the characteristics of ADHD, it’s important to be aware of your child’s educational rights related to this disability.