ADHD in the News 2018-06-14

Researchers identify 3 novel etiological pathways underlying impairments in adolescent and adult ADHD

Researchers have identified three partially separable pathways leading to cognitive-neurophysiological impairments in adolescents and young adults with persistent ADHD—or ADHD first diagnosed in childhood, as detailed in a recent study in the Journal of Attention Disorder.

Spotlight on special education: Who’s included in Berkeley’s ‘full inclusion’ program?

Berkeley Unified has taken an unusually ambitious approach to serving students with special needs. Has the district done enough to ensure its success? In a special two-part series, Berkeleyside is examining BUSD’s special-education model, as the district evaluates its own program and prepares for departmental changes.

Antipsychotic Drugs for ADHD Increase Risk of Obesity and Diabetes in Children, Study Says

It has been known among psychiatrists and other medical professionals that taking antipsychotic drugs makes younger patients prone to gaining weight. However, a recent study has revealed that such medications also put them at a higher risk of becoming diabetic. These are the same drugs used to treat children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

10 Surprising Facts About Sleep and Preserving Our Mental Health

Poor sleep habits have been linked to problems like depression and anxiety, increased risk for heart disease and cancer, memory issues, reduced immune system, and weight gain. It’s no wonder sleep issues account for an estimated $16 billion in medical costs each year. That doesn’t even include indirect costs due to lost productivity.

Company prescribes fun to help kids with ADHD

Like countless companies in the Boston area, Akili is in the midst of the long, drawn-out and a little nerve-wracking process of submitting its lead product to the FDA for approval. But unlike the challenges facing other pharma giants and biotech startups, Akili’s product is not a pill, an injection, a salve or a balm. Instead, Akili is asking the FDA to approve a video game.

5 Ways of Being Supportive to Someone With ADHD

How should you treat someone with ADHD? Really, just the way you’d treat anyone else – with respect and empathy. Don’t be a jerk and you’ve already done 90 percent of the hard work! But if you want to go the extra mile in being sensitive to the challenges of your friend, partner or coworker with ADHD, here are some good places to start.

How to Treat ADHD with Essential Oils — 10 Ideas

There hasn’t been enough research done by the medical and scientific community to fully understand how and if essential oils can be used to help those with ADHD. However, many swear by them in their personal experiences. You should talk to your doctor before using any form of essential oils as they may have some drug interactions. You should only use essential oils as directed. Essential oils can have some side effects, especially if used incorrectly.

How jewelry can help someone with anxiety or ADHD

At first glance, the rings, bracelets and necklaces that are considered to be “fidget jewelry” look like any other...As Forbes reported on the benefits of fidgeting and fidget tools like these in 2017, there are “theories but limited concrete scientific evidence” as to why this helps. One of those theories is the act of fidgeting occupies parts of your brain that would otherwise be full of distracting thoughts. In other words, it helps you focus.