ADHD in the News 2019-02-28

Fetal Nicotine Exposure Tied to Higher Risk for ADHD

Women who smoke during pregnancy may be increasing their child’s risk of developing attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a new study conducted by the Research Centre for Child Psychiatry at the University of Turku in Finland.

A gene involved in ADHD could be related to addictive substance use

Some variations in the gene LPHN3 -associated with the attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in kids and adults- could favour likelihood to smoke, consume alcohol, cannabis and other addictive substances, according to an article published in the journal Translational Psychiatry, from the Nature Publishing Group.

Saffron Shows Promise as ADHD Treatment

Saffron capsules appear to be as effective as methylphenidate for treating children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), researchers from Iran report. "My research group at Roozbeh Psychiatric Hospital has worked on the psychotropic effects of saffron since early 2000, and we have documented the antidepressant effects of saffron,” Dr. Shahin Akhondzadeh from Tehran University of Medical Sciences told Reuters Health by email.

7 Evidence-Based Insights About ADHD

ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by inappropriate levels of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity and occurs in children, adolescents, and adults. Scroll through the slides for the Psychiatric Times collection of evidence-based information to guide assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of ADHD across the lifespan.

ADHD and Medical Costs

There are a lot of ways ADHD can cost you money. It can derail your career, or it wreak havoc on your personal finance management. But the most direct way it can come for your pocket book is through medical expenses. How much you have to pay for the privilege of having a mental health condition treated depends on what country you live in and how its health insurance system works.

The Dangers of Vaping for Teens with ADHD

Before she began getting professional help, Leah (who did not want her real name used) turned to vaping as a way to alleviate her feelings of crippling anxiety. “It’s hard to stop vaping,” she said. “It’s just knowing you could use it” that serves as a comfort.

This Thread Explains ADHD In A Way Everyone Should Read

Yashar Ali, a freelance journalist who has contributed to HuffPo and New York magazine, took it upon himself to combat some of that stigma singlehandedly. Ali is an adult who lives with ADHD, and in a must-read Twitter thread, he explained some of the most common misconceptions about the illness, and how it affects his day-to-day life.