ADHD in the News 2019-01-31

People With ADHD Focus Better While Exercising

For people with ADHD, moving the mind and moving the body seem to be related...But what if we go further than just fidgeting – does breaking into outright physical exercise also make it easier for people with ADHD to pay attention? A new study published Frontiers in Psychology suggests that, unlike people without ADHD, people with ADHD do in fact seem to focus better while they’re exercising.

New Study Suggests Regular Cardio Can Improve Some Types Of Brain Function

Researchers from the Columbia University Irving Medical Center in New York published a paper this week titled “Effect of aerobic exercise on cognition in younger adults: A randomized clinical trial” in the latest online issue of the journal Neurology. While it might not sound like a page-turner, it’s an interesting step forward in looking for ways to reduce some types of cognitive decline and improve function in young people as well.

Therapeutic Video Game May Help Kids with ADHD and Autism

A new pilot study finds promise in a digital medicine tool designed as a treatment for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and co-occurring attention/deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The study by researchers at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) confirmed the acceptability, feasibility, and safety of Project: EVO, which delivers sensory and motor stimuli through an action video game experience.

Do Stimulants Really Make the Brain Work Better?

Stimulants like methylphenidate (Ritalin) and mixed amphetamine salts (Adderall) have clear benefits for those with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). But what about for those without ADHD: Do these drugs improve cognitive ability in otherwise healthy brains?

ADHD and ODD: What’s the Connection?

ODD is related to a child’s conduct and how they interact with their family, friends, and teachers. ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder. These conditions are different, but can occur together. Some seemingly defiant symptoms may be related to impulsivity in ADHD. In fact, it’s believed that about 40 percent of children with a diagnosis of ADHD also have ODD. Though, just like ADHD, not all children diagnosed with ODD have ADHD.

Risk for Instability Increased in Patients With Major Depressive Disorder and Comorbid ADHD

In patients with major depression, having a comorbid diagnosis of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is associated with bipolar diathesis, mixed features, multiple psychiatric comorbidities, and a more unstable disease course, according to a study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders.

Exploring the Powerful Link Between ADHD and Addiction

Teens and adults with ADHD often turn to drugs and alcohol. Experts weigh in on why — and what you need to know.

Childhood Injuries Can Be a Warning Sign of ADHD

When I was 12, I casually drove a sharp implement into the back of my hand...was nonchalantly impaling one of my own limbs a red flag that all was not as it should be as far as my attentive abilities were concerned? According to a new study from researchers in Turkey, the answer is probably yes.

Quebec doctors decry the province’s high rate of ADHD medication prescribed to youth

A group of Quebec doctors is sounding the alarm about the high rate of prescribed medication used to to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) among the province's youth. Patients between 13 and 17 are prescribed ADHD drugs at more than twice the rate of any other province, the doctors say.