ADHD in the News 2019-03-14

Differences in brain activity in children with anhedonia

Researchers have identified changes in brain connectivity and brain activity during rest and reward anticipation in children with anhedonia, a condition where people lose interest and pleasure in activities they used to enjoy. The study sheds light on brain function associated with anhedonia and helps differentiate anhedonia from other related aspects of psychopathology.

First double-blind controlled trial of TNS shows reduced symptoms in some children with ADHD

Researchers report trigeminal nerve stimulation, administered during sleep, is both effective and safe for treating ADHD in children. The study reveals the treatment helps to reduce behavioral symptoms of ADHD and increases activity in brain circuits that modulate hyperactivity.

How professionals with ADHD make their jobs (and life) work for them

’I feel like I can make connections in my mind a lot faster and more creatively than maybe people who don’t have ADHD’...If you think you have undiagnosed ADHD, or you haven’t disclosed your ADHD at work, here’s what to do:

What the Research Tells Us About ADHD Meds and Drug Abuse

But it turns out that research on this topic doesn’t support the idea treating ADHD with stimulants is the first step to a substance problem. In fact, the findings suggest that the opposite is true: that treating ADHD with medication puts people at lower risk for substance abuse.

Linking genes to ADHD by mapping connections in the brain

When it comes to Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), genetics do make an impact. "ADHD is as heritable as height," said Philip Shaw, Ph.D., a senior investigator at the Social and Behavioral Research Branch of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI). But, unlike some illnesses, which are determined by a single gene, ADHD is not easily pinned down.

Genetic research is the wrong way to make sense of ADHD

As we struggle to understand conditions such as ADHD, genetics can provide a tempting answer. But looking for genetic triggers raises as many problems as it solves.

Study shows vision is not always the cause for learning disorders

Learning difficulties in schoolchildren are not always associated with visual problems, since they may be neurobiological or derived from other alterations such as dyslexia or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This is the result of scientific work carried out by the University of Alicante Research Group...and a multidisciplinary team...from the Alto Aragón Polyclinicin Huesca.

Can Marijuana Treat ADHD?

Marijuana is sometimes used as a self-treatment by individuals with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)...Read more about what research has discovered about the use of marijuana in individuals with ADHD.

Dyslexia and ADHD: Which Is It or Is It Both?

For the third time in 10 minutes, the teacher says, “Read.” The child picks up the book and tries again, but before long she’s off-task: fidgeting, wandering, distracted. Is this due to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? Or dyslexia? Or a dizzying combination of both?

Why The College Admissions Scandal Hurts Students With Disabilities

Students with disabilities and disability rights advocates are among those angry — and feeling victimized — after the arrests in the college admissions and bribery scandal Tuesday. "Stories like this are why we continue to see backlash to disability rights laws," Rebecca Cokley, director of the Disability Justice Initiative at the Center for American Progress, said in a statement.

Autism diagnosis often followed by identification of other conditions

Behavioral conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) crop up in about one in three autistic people within 15 years of their autism diagnosis. About 20 percent of autistic people are diagnosed with anxiety in that time period. A study of nearly 6 million people reveals the onset and prevalence of nine such diagnoses that often accompany autism.