ADHD in the News 2017-08-17

Now and Zen: Lower prenatal stress reduces risk of behavioral issues in kids

Expectant mothers may want to consider adopting today's trend towards stress management, in light of new research pointing to its ability to lower the risk of problematic behavior in their offspring. Researchers found that mothers who are exposed to high levels of stress during pregnancy have kids who are more than twice as likely to have chronic symptoms of hyperactivity and conduct disorder.

Read this before paying $100s for neurofeedback therapy

Update August 2017: In Lancet Psychiatry, a new triple-blind, randomised controlled trial of neurofeedback therapy for adult ADHD compared with sham neurofeedback (client thinks they're getting neurofeedback but they're not) or CBT-style therapy. All three groups showed improvements in symptoms. The neurofeedback group showed no greater improvements than the other groups.

Money Management Tips for Adults With ADHD

Who doesn’t want to save money, whether it’s for a vacation, emergency planning or retirement? It may sound easy, but for people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, handling finances may be more of a struggle than it is for a neurotypical person. “Managing finances can be a challenge for people with ADHD,” notes CHADD's National Resource Center on ADHD. “The symptoms of procrastination, disorganization and impulsivity can wreak havoc on your finances.”

Our Favorite Healthy Finds: ADHD Management Tools

Staying organized is often a challenge and an area where those living with ADHD might need more help than others. [Award-winning journalist and author of “Is it You, Me, or Adult A.D.D.?,” Gina Pera] shares her favorite tools for doing just that.

5 ways to help your partner cope with ADHD

A big challenge is when a partner misinterprets ADHD symptoms. Symptoms in adults differ from those in children, making diagnosis harder. A person might not even know that their spouse suffers from ADHD...If your spouse is diagnosed with ADHD, there are some practical tips on how to cope, according to Dr Renata Schoeman, our ADHD-expert and registered psychiatrist.

Helping Children With ADHD Beat Boredom

There have been a few studies looking at the correlation between ADHD traits and boredom. In the first study, researchers found that people who get bored easily are more likely to exhibit symptoms of ADHD, both in attention deficits and hyperactivity. The second study came up with similar results: those prone to boredom had increased symptoms of ADHD and depression as well as faring poorly on sustained-attention measures.

Is There a Link Between ADHD and Alcoholism?

You notice that someone you care about with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is drinking more alcohol than in the past, perhaps even exhibiting signs of addiction. Perhaps you’re gravitating towards this behavior yourself. Is this cause for concern? Could there be an association between having ADHD and alcoholism?

5 Back-To-School Tips for Your ADD or ADHD Child

The start of a new school year will be here before we know it—and for some ADD/ADHD kids and their parents, this time is often associated with added anxiety and stress...I’m here to tell you that school doesn’t have to be an exhausting re–tread of last year—rather, think of it as a chance to start off on the right foot with your child so he can have a more positive, productive year. Here are 5 back to school tips for you and your ADD or ADHD child to make things seem a lot smoother.

AMA’s stance on choline, prenatal vitamins could bring ‘staggering’ results

For quite some time now, I’ve been urging my colleagues to follow the science on the powerful impact of choline on the brain...In that same article, we highlighted the work by researchers at the University of Colorado at Denver, Aurora, proposing that a form of choline may prevent the development of autism, ADHD, and schizophrenia by an epigenetic mechanism involving a nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (Am J Psychiatry. 2016 May 1;173[5]:509-16).