ADHD in the News 2018-07-26

ADHD tied to increased concussion risk for kids

Children, teens and young adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may be more than four times more likely to sustain traumatic brain injuries than other youth, a Taiwanese study suggests. Researchers examined national health insurance data on more than 72,000 youth with ADHD who ranged in age from 3 to 29 years, as well as a control group of similar young people without ADHD.

ADHD More Common in Women with Fibromyalgia, Study Shows

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) seems to be more frequent in women with fibromyalgia than in those without this disorder, and those patients tend to have more occurrences of impulsive behavior. A study with those findings, “Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and impulsivity in female patients with fibromyalgia,” was published in the journal Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment.

Without ADHD, ‘study drugs’ may only make you feel smarter

ADHD drugs don’t improve cognition of college students who don’t have the condition, a small pilot study suggests. Not only that, but taking them could actually impair functioning, say researchers, who anticipated a different result. “We hypothesized that Adderall would enhance cognition in the healthy students, but instead, the medication did not improve reading comprehension or fluency, and it impaired working memory,” says Lisa Weyandt, a professor of psychology and faculty member at the George and Anne Ryan Institute for Neuroscience at the University of Rhode Island.

One Step Closer to a Brain Scan for ADHD

Being diagnosed with ADHD currently requires an interview to assess your symptoms and potentially neuropsychological testing. The result of this diagnostic process depends on how accurately you report your symptoms and the luck of the draw in who your doctor is. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just go in for a brain scan that told you with high probability of being correct whether you had ADHD?

ADHD diagnosis for adults ‘can take seven years’

Some adults wait more than seven years to be diagnosed with ADHD because of huge waiting lists, a [UK] charity has said. ADHD Action has lobbied the government to start recording adult ADHD figures, as it already does with autism. The Royal College of Psychiatrists said people with the behavioural disorder were more likely to commit crime or become suicidal.

Reinterpreting ADHD Self-Criticism

ADHD can throw a wrench into your ability to have a positive relationship with yourself. One reason is that if you don’t understand how your struggles relate to symptoms of ADHD (for example, if you haven’t yet been diagnosed), it’s tempting to interpret your experiences in terms of character flaws. You decide that the source of your problems is that you’re lazy, incompetent or not trying hard enough.

Do French Kids Get ADHD? Yes

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has become an increasing commonplace childhood malady, affecting somewhere between 5 to 9 percent of American children ever year. Back in 2012, a blog was written claiming it explained the reason “Why French Kids Don’t Have ADHD.” In the article, Dr. Marilyn Wedge made the astonishing claim that while American children suffered ADHD prevalence rates of around 9 percent, French children have a prevalence rate of “less than 0.5 percent.”