ADHD in the News 2017-12-07

For children with ADHD, a brief, school-based program can help dramatically with homework problems, study finds

Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder who took part in a brief, school-based program displayed significant improvements in their homework, organization and planning skills, according to a new study...led by Joshua Langberg, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Department of Psychology in the College of Humanities and Sciences.

This Video Game May Help Kids with ADHD

Akili Interactive Labs on Monday reported that its late-stage study of a video game designed to treat kids with ADHD met its primary goal, a big step in the Boston company’s quest to get approval for what it hopes will be the first prescription video game...The company plans next year to file for approval with the Food and Drug Administration.

Do ADHD and dyslexia make athletes more likely to get concussions?

Researchers first keyed into the relationship between learning disabilities and concussion in 1999, when a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that learning disability heightened the cognitive problems caused by concussion. The relationship was later underscored by research that found athletes with ADHD or other learning disabilities tend to sustain more concussions than athletes without.

Talking Back to ADHD

Research shows that people with ADHD tend to under-report their own symptoms compared to others, such as family members and teachers. It’s a vital difference to explore because you cannot completely address ADHD until you accept all that it does.

ADHD in Your Genes

Over on the AllPsych blog, I just wrote an article about how different psychiatric disorders can share the same genes. One of the studies I mentioned in the article found that there was significant genetic overlap between genes for ADHD and genes for depression. Here, I want to go a little more in-depth on the genetics of ADHD.

9 ADHD Symptoms That Can Look Different in Girls

People once thought of attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder as a problem for little boys. Today, however, experts agree that girls are just as likely as boys to have ADHD, and that girls tend to display different ADHD symptoms that may be less noticeable to parents and teachers.

Asian communities need to have a conversation about mental health

According to the National Latino and Asian American Study, Asian-Americans are three times less likely to seek help for their mental health problems than white Americans, and they're less than half as likely as the average American to use mental health services. These startling statistics can be attributed to distinct cultural values within the Asian-American community.

Can Social Media Help Improve ADHD Treatments?

Could social media use also shed light on people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder? Yes, according to researchers from the University of Pennsylvania who suggest that delving into social media habits – specifically the wording used online by people with ADHD – may provide people with the disorder and medical experts with a deeper understanding about related feelings and behaviors.