ADHD in the News 2018-02-08

Preventing ADHD in Pregnancy?

Could screening and management of lipid profiles during pregnancy help prevent ADHD? Findings from a large, multicenter team associated with Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore seem to suggest so.1 The findings also shed light on why boys are more vulnerable to ADHD acquisition than girls.

Methylphenidate Improves Academic Productivity More Than Accuracy

A new meta-analysis of more than 3 decades of research on methyphenidate (Ritalin, Novartis, others) treatment in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) found the medication improves academic productivity more than accuracy, and has greater effect on performance in math than reading or spelling.

Novel genetic variants for ADHD linked to educational attainment

A study published in the February 2018 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP) reports that five novel genetic variants associated with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have been identified by exploiting genetic overlap between ADHD and educational attainment."

How Do Patients With ADHD Stay Organized About Medication? Texts Can Help

For patients with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), getting and staying organized and maintaining focus on the right things at the right time is a challenge. Some solutions are touted at the start of every year in the form of “getting organized” with the latest planners, smartphones as well as smart home devices like Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home.

Clinicians Provide Perspective on Treating Adults with ADHD

Josh Geffen, MD, psychiatrists in Brisbane, Queensland AustraliaJosh Geffen, MD An invitation to publish a clinician's perspective on diagnosing and treating adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) prompted a well-referenced assessment of the prevalence and presentation, along with an impassioned call for clinicians to recognize and help remediate a condition that impairs daily functioning and quality of life.

Decoding the overlap between autism and ADHD

Autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder often coincide, but the search for common biological roots has turned up conflicting evidence...Until about five years ago, the American Psychiatric Association’s diagnostic bible held the two conditions to be mutually exclusive: Only in 2013, with the debut of the current “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders” (DSM-5), did a dual diagnosis become permissible. But in fact, autism and ADHD often coincide.

ADHD Delays Autism Diagnosis

Did you know children with autism who also have ADHD tend to be diagnosed with autism at a much later age? Now, researchers at Duke University want to know why, and how to provide better treatment for better outcomes.

Guanfacine Adjunct for ADHD Improves Executive Function

The addition of guanfacine to treat children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms not adequately improved by psychostimulant medication resulted in an increase in executive function, including goal-directed behavior and self-regulation.

Parents Are Realizing They Have ADHD Once Their Kids Are Diagnosed

As parents read up on ADHD to support their children, many of their own daily challenges begin to make sense...“It’s very common for adults with ADHD to learn about it through their kids,” Russell Barkley, PhD, author of “Taking Charge of Adult ADHD,” told Healthline.

12 Powerful Quotes from Parents of Kids with ADHD

These quotes from parents of kids with ADHD will make you rethink parenting. Mark Griffin, PhD, an expert and a former headmaster of a school for kids with learning and attention issues, offers a professional's take on these trying situations.