ADHD in the News 2018-08-16

Study identifies distinct origin of ADHD in children with history of brain injury

According to a study in Biological Psychiatry, physical brain injury in children contributes to the development of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), distinct from genetic risk for the disorder.

Obesity, diabetes in pregnancy may raise kids’ risk of psychiatric disorders

Pregnant women who have both severe obesity and diabetes may be more likely to have children with autism, ADHD and other psychiatric disorders than mothers who don’t have either condition during pregnancy, a new study suggests...the results offer fresh evidence that the combined impact of obesity and diabetes on offspring may be worse than either condition on its own, the authors write in Pediatrics.

Opioid Use Rising in ADHD Patients on Stimulants

More frequent long-term opioid use was seen among adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) if they were taking stimulants, an observational study of Medicaid prescription data found. Opioid use (>=30 days) was seen among 16.5% of those who used stimulants, compared with 13% of those who did not, reported Yu-Jung Jenny Wei, PhD, of the University of Florida in Gainesville, and colleagues.

When You Can’t Afford ADHD Coaching

ADHD coaching can be incredibly transformative. It can help you better understand yourself, identify and harness your strengths, achieve your goals and build a meaningful, satisfying life. But depending on your budget, it also can be pricey. It’s absolutely worth the investment, but you might not have the funds available right now. So what can you do?

When Can Overcompensating for ADHD Become a Problem?

Many people with attention-deficit hyperactivity (ADHD) learn to use various tools or other methods to compensate for the areas in which they struggle. Sometimes these methods can work well. They are often a great asset that has limited consequences. But in some situations, people may use tools or methods at the expense of efficiency.

Eight things I wish teachers knew about my child with ADHD

Some classroom interventions are helpful and others only make things worse. Parents can be a valuable resource...I made it my mission to ensure Nick’s teachers knew what interventions were working at home and what could help at school. Here’s what I’ve learned, and what I think every teacher should understand, too.

ADHD Drugs: Calls to Poison Control

A recent study [1] amalgamated data from the National Poison Data System, which gets information from regional poison control centers, to evaluate annual rates of exposure to ADHD drugs, along with describing any trends from 2000-2014...This study highlights the need to focus on proper medication storage and disposal when we prescribe medications to families.

Is Nutrition Linked With ADHD Symptoms in Children?

In this occasional feature, members of the Psych Congress Steering Committee answer questions asked by audience members at Psych Congress meetings. QUESTION: Can you describe any research on links between nutrition and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms in children?