ADHD in the News 2017-09-14

Brain White Matter May Hold Clues to Autism, ADHD

Researchers say there may be a connection between abnormalities in the brain’s white matter and the severity of symptoms in autism and ADHD. Researchers at the New York University (NYU) School of Medicine have found a consistent connection between structural abnormalities in the brain’s white matter with the severity of symptoms in people with autism."

Tracking Tiny Eye Movements May Help Diagnose, Treat ADHD

Close observation of tiny movements in the eyes may help researchers better understand and perhaps eventually improve assessment of attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a new study published in the journal Psychological Science.

Antidepressant Use During Pregnancy Increases Risk for Offspring but Heredity Also Involved

A new Dutch study finds that the maternal use of antidepressants during pregnancy appears to increase the risk of the child developing a mental health issue. Risk increased for conditions such as autism, depression, anxiety, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Is There a Connection Between Gut Health and ADHD?

"Recent years have witnessed the rise of the gut microbiota as a major topic of research interest in biology," the journal Nature Reviews Neuroscience states. The journal notes that studies have shed light on how changes in gut microbiota composition can impact normal physiology and as such, play a role in health issues ranging from inflammation to obesity.

What to Do When Other Adults Suggest Your Child Has ADHD

“Wow, so that’s what ADHD looks like? Thank goodness my kid doesn’t behave like yours.” “Did you ever consider having your child tested for ADHD? My daughter has it, and it seems like yours might, too. Do you mind if I talk with you about this?” Whether said with hints of sarcasm or kindly mentioned based on genuine concern, these comments may be similar to what others have said to you, suggesting your child has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. When confronted with statements like these, what’s the best course of action?

The 5 Best Jobs for People With ADD and ADHD

A common scapegoat for the bored, forgetful, and disorganized, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) are referenced so frequently (and often flippantly) that a diagnosis can seem more colloquial than medical. But for roughly 4% of adults, it's a serious neurological condition. And the poor concentration, restlessness, and impulsivity that accompanies it can easily derail a career.

These Adults Have ADHD But Were Misdiagnosed For Decades

BuzzFeed News spoke to adults who learned that they have ADHD after being misdiagnosed for years with conditions including borderline personality disorder and bipolar disorder, with life-changing results.