ADHD in the News 2017-01-05

Adding Better Mental Health Care to Primary Care

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has adopted a new coverage policy for Medicare. On January 1, 2017, CMS will begin paying primary care clinicians separately for Collaborative Care services that they provide to patients who are being treated for a mental or behavioral health condition. There are other ways a primary care provider can integrate mental health services, but this policy change emphasizes Collaborative Care, including services from a primary care provider, a behavioral health care manager, and consultations with mental health specialists.

Video Game to Treat Depression in Older Adults

Emerging research suggests a new video game interface that targets underlying cognitive issues may be an effective intervention for depression. The game-based app targets an individual’s neurological ability to process multiple streams of information, thereby focusing on the cause, rather than just the symptoms, associated with depression.

Those With ADHD Might Make Better Entrepreneurs. Here’s Why.

When Dr. Johan Wiklund was diagnosed with ADHD in 2012, the professor of entrepreneurship at Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management formed a hypothesis: People who have ADHD might gravitate toward entrepreneurship and the flexibility it offers. Further, they might be successful as entrepreneurs not in spite of their ADHD, but because of it. He’s now in the midst of a series of systematic studies that seek to explore how ADHD may suit and benefit entrepreneurs.

ADHD and Out of Sync

A lot of the problems that come with ADHD have to do with time. People with ADHD often struggle with time management and regularly find themselves running late. So are people with ADHD just generally out of sync? According to one paper published recently in Medical Anthropology, the answer is yes. The paper’s author conducted a series of interviews with people who had ADHD and concluded that many of them experienced ADHD as “a state of desynchronization and arrhythmia.”

ADHD Time Management Problems and Solutions

Time can be tricky. Sometimes there’s too much of it. Sometimes there isn’t enough. To make things worse, people with ADHD tend to generally have problems planning ahead, and planning out how to use time is no exception. Still, some well-aimed coping strategies can bring a little order to the ADHDer’s schedule. Here are some common problems people with ADHD have trying to manage time and some potential fixes to try.

ADHD in Girls: Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that 11 percent of 4-17-year olds in the United States have attention deficient hyperactive disorder (ADHD). The CDC also estimate that in the U.S., boys are almost 3 times more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD than girls are. This has led to the mistaken belief among many parents, caregivers, and teachers that ADHD is a "boys' disorder" that rarely occurs in girls.

Psychiatric, behavioral conditions linked to future long-term opioid use

Preexisting psychiatric and behavioral conditions and psychoactive medication use are associated with subsequent claims of prescription opioids, according to a study published in Pain. The preexisting psychiatric and behavioral conditions include substance use disorders (SUDs), opioid use disorders (OUDs), suicide attempts and other self-injury, depression, and motor vehicle crashes.