ADHD in the News 2018-04-19

What’s the Best Way to Treat Mental Health Problems in Kids?

The U.S. does not have a broad pediatric mental health system in place, but the vast majority of young people do go to the pediatrician. A new health care field is emerging called integrative behavioral health care, where behavioral interventions are delivered in primary care settings, such as the pediatricians’ office. But what’s the evidence say on the effectiveness of this approach?

More than medication’ needed to treat ADHD

Families of children with ADHD are warning that too often medication is the only option they are offered to manage the condition. A survey of parents across Scotland found evidence of delays in diagnosing ADHD and inadequate support afterwards.

The Dope on Dopamine

For the past several decades scientists have been investigating possible connections between ADHD and one of the main chemical messengers in the brain, dopamine...The simplest explanation seemed to be that the medications work by helping to fix a broken dopamine system in the brains of ADHDers. When it comes to biology, however, the simplest explanation is not always correct - and the issue is not so easy to settle.

Bat echolocation could help us understand ADHD

While hunting for dinner, the big brown bat must hone in on flitting insects and keep track of its surroundings to avoid crashing into them. Now, scientists have taken a peek at what’s going on in these bats’ brains while they swoop and dive.

ADHD and Depressive Disorders More Frequently Diagnosed in Transgender Youth

Transgender and gender-nonconforming youth are diagnosed with mental health conditions much more frequently than young people who identify with the gender they are assigned at birth, according to new Kaiser Permanente research published today in Pediatrics.

ADHD Symptoms Can Go With Both Binge Eating and Restrictive Eating

ADHD symptoms have a direct relationship with disordered eating behaviors including binge eating and restrictive eating, according to a new study published in Frontiers in Psychiatry.

How did Israel become the ADHD capital of the world?

ADHD is a hot topic in Israel, for good reasons. The country has the world’s highest rate of ADHD diagnoses, according to one recent survey. I didn’t find that news all that surprising, considering the personalities of most of the Israelis — and Jews — I already knew.

Ph.D. with ADHD brings can-do focus to science, life

Jennifer Kotler is a doctoral candidate in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. She developed severe ADHD at age 8, and learned to use her disability as a benefit, eventually focusing on public engagement and education around sexual violence.