ADHD in the News 2017-06-01

ADHD: FDA OKs Strattera Generic

The FDA cleared the first generic versions of atomoxetine for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in both children and adults, the agency announced. Four companies got the okay to market the drug in multiple dosing strengths: Apotex, Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Aurobindo Pharma, and Glenmark Pharma. The branded product, Strattera, is made by Eli Lilly and was originally approved in 2002.

Adult ADHD Can’t Be Diagnosed With A Simple Screening Test, Doctors Warn

Diagnosing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder can be difficult...Which is why many people were excited when earlier this year a World Health Organization advisory group endorsed a six-question screening test that a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association reported could reliably identify adults with ADHD...some ADHD researchers say the six-question screening test is not necessarily the simple diagnostic solution its proponents hope it will be."

VIDEO: Evidence-based treatments for comorbid ADHD, cannabis use disorder

In this video, Frances Levin, MD, of Columbia University and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, reviews current research on treatment approaches for concurrent cannabis use disorder and ADHD. Levin recommends the use of medications “when appropriate” and “having the patient’s response guide treatment.”

Can ADHD Symptoms Get Better in Adulthood?

Once an an adult with ADHD, always an adult with ADHD? Not necessarily. There’s some new research out suggesting that adults with ADHD can experience improvements in their symptoms. The study, from researchers in Brazil, tracked the symptoms of 344 adults with ADHD over the course of seven years. They found that on average, the adults’ symptoms declined with age...For others, though, it turns out that ADHD symptoms can also get worse.

ADHD Infographic: Course from Childhood to Adulthood

Although ADHD was conceived as a childhood disorder, we now know that many cases persist into adulthood. My colleagues and I charted the progression of ADHD through childhood, adolescence and adulthood in our “Primer” about ADHD,

Are We Overdiagnosing and Overtreating ADHD?

While ADHD clearly places a significant burden on the individual, family, and society at large, there has been debate regarding its diagnosis and treatment...To address diagnostic and treatment concerns, it is critical to understand how ADHD is diagnosed.

expert reaction to review linking wireless technology to childhood development, autism and ADHD

A review paper published in Child Development claims that exposure to electromagnetic fields and radio-frequency radiation – via wireless technology – may be linked to neurodevelopmental problems in children...“About the paper itself: This publication does not present any new empirical data, it is primarily a position paper that sets out a hypothesis held by the authors. The authors try to weave together several threads of literature to come to their position. I think it is important to note that none of the evidence presented is directly related to autism or ADHD..."

How to help your adult child with ADHD leave home

Young adults in greater numbers are coming home to live with their parents again...What if these young adults’ lives were further complicated by ongoing ADHD issues? How would families be impacted by their return? These family issues were addressed in two recent articles in Attention, the science information magazine, published by the national ADHD organization, CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.)

Young woman with ADHD has message to mom: “Thanks for ‘drugging’ me”

A few weeks ago, Jessica McCabe wrote a letter to her mom and posted it on Facebook. "What I want to say to my mom, who 'drugged' me:" she began, "Thank you." The post has since been shared almost 3,000 times on Facebook.

What Adults Who Don’t Have ADHD Should Know About Adults Who Do

Julia Breur, a licensed clinical psychotherapist in Boca Raton, Florida, says it's important to clarify and even correct many false beliefs surrounding attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. "There are numerous myths and misconceptions about ADHD that are considered to be facts by those who do not appear to understand what ADHD exactly is," she says. If you're an adult who does not have ADHD, here are some things to keep in mind about other adults who do.

5 Lifestyle Hacks to Help Manage ADHD During Pregnancy

Most of the front-line medications used to treat ADHD in adults are category C drugs. That basically means that there’s insufficient research available to say whether or not the medication is safe to use during pregnancy and breastfeeding...Thankfully, there are lifestyle and behavioral changes that may help. This doesn’t mean that ADHD can or should always be treated without medication. But these alternatives may help improve ADHD symptoms until you deliver.