ADHD in the News 2017-06-08

Link between stress in pregnancy and ADHD unfounded

"Stressed mothers-to-be face an increased risk of giving birth to a child who will develop ADHD or heart disease later in life," the Mail Online reports. However, the new study it is reporting on did not look at long-term outcomes in children, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), only at stress hormone levels during pregnancy.

ADHD – not OCD – called the key comorbidity in pediatric hoarding

Most of the pediatric hoarding literature focuses on hoarding accompanied by obsessive-compulsive disorder. But, “I want to highlight that [attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder] is across the board something that seems to come up in child hoarding behaviors quite a bit, mirroring the adult literature, which is that hoarding behavior may be much more strongly associated with ADHD than it is with OCD,” Jennifer M. Park, PhD, said at the annual conference of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.

The tricky business of diagnosing adult ADHD

It's difficult for doctors to diagnose adult ADHD, or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder...So, Dr. Jon Hallberg, MPR News' regular medical analyst, has a policy for adults who come into his clinic and think they have ADHD. First, his clinic refers them to a psychologist to undergo comprehensive testing. Then they can talk treatment if necessary...To hear more from Hallberg on adult ADHD, use the audio player above.

Driving school offers a safe way to get special-needs kids behind wheel

Safeway Driving is the only privately operated driving school in Houston to offer a program specifically for people with special needs, according to Rick Nussle, owner of the school's Katy location in Cinco Ranch...Safeway uses a program through Social Motion Skills, a consultant for businesses that deal with autism. The program offers students with special needs extra content while training, in-car acclimations, added one-on-one time and options for added training.

Is a Chaotic Household Linked to Risk of Children Having ADHD?

In some ways, it’s a “which came first, the chicken or the egg?” question that parents may wonder about. The answer, according to Dr. Daniel Coury, professor of pediatrics at The Ohio State University and a developmental-behavioral pediatrician at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, is that "it’s a bit of both.”

What role does asthma medication have in ADHD or depression?

Asthma medications comprise several drug classes, including leukotriene antagonists and steroid-based inhalers. These drugs have been implicated in behavioral changes, such as increased hyperactivity, similar to symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and oppositional defiant disorder (ODD)1; this scenario is more of a concern in children than adults. This raises the question of whether these medications are physiologically linked to behavioral symptoms because of a suggested association with serotonin.2,3 If this is the case, it is necessary to identify and evaluate possible psychiatric effects of these asthma agents.

How Do ADHD Symptoms Manifest Differently in Girls and Women vs. Boys and Men?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, surveys have shown that boys are more likely than girls to ever be diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder – 13.2 percent to 5.6 percent, respectively...The reason for this, [Dr. Jeffrey Newcorn] explains, boils down to differences in the way ADHD symptoms – inattention, hyperactivity or a combination of both – are typically exhibited between the genders.

7 Ways to Clear Out Clutter When You Have ADHD

Clearing out clutter is tough for most people. It can be especially tough when you have ADHD...Many conventional organizing tips aren’t helpful for adults with ADHD (e.g., it’s better for you to start with something pleasant or relatively easy). Below, Mincu, founder of the coaching practice Thrive with ADD, shared excellent, creative clutter-busting suggestions specifically tailored to people with ADHD.

How Is Adult ADHD Treated With Medications?

There are numerous medications that can effectively treat Adult ADHD including stimulants, non-stimulant medications, antidepressants, and narcolepsy medications. This article will discuss the classes of FDA approved medications, their potential side effects and safety profiles.