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ADHD in the News 2019-05-09

Many adolescents have mental disorders at the time of transition into adulthood

A Danish nationwide birth cohort study showed that the incidence rates of any mental disorder, substance use disorders, depression and anxiety disorders increased substantially by adolescence. By the end of adolescence, 11 in 100 individuals in the cohort had received a mental disorder diagnosis, according to the findings published in Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.



For Those With One Disorder, What’s the Risk of Another?

Mental disorders are often interconnected, though previous research has only traced a few strands of the tangled web. But a new study has outlined the complicated paths in unusually comprehensive detail, revealing hidden relationships between the chances of having one mental disorder and developing a second. For the study, published in JAMA Psychiatry, scientists analyzed the mental health records of nearly 6 million people in Denmark from periods of up to 17 years.



Ecological Momentary Assessment of Patients with ADHD

Ecological momentary assessments are often used in clinical psychology to measure participants’ behaviors and experiences in their natural environment and in real time. For example, research participants or patients can complete rating scales to note their cognition, affect, behavior and symptoms soon after experiencing them.



Twice exceptional, doubly disadvantaged? How schools struggle to serve gifted students with disabilities

Parents say it’s often impossible to find schools to educate bright kids who have disabilities. Now some are fighting to change that



Canadian schools adapt to children with ADHD

The Canadian province of Quebec has decided to adapt its education system to the increasing number of children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Doctors in Canada recognise ADHD as a neurological disorder and treat it with medication, as well as advising to cut sugary foods and screen time. Our correspondents report on how schools and universities in Quebec are helping to support those affected by ADHD. [video]



Many Kids With Chronic Illness Are Still Happy: Study

Researchers found that among more than 1,200 5- to 9-year-olds, those with some of the most common childhood ills were no less happy with their lives than other kids. They said the findings highlight an important point: Kids aren't "defined" by their medical issues.



FDA Drafts Guidance for Developing Drugs to Treat ADHD

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday released draft guidance for sponsors developing stimulant drugs for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in pediatric and adult patients. FDA explains how ADHD is a common neurobehavioral disorder with onset in childhood. Stimulant drugs (e.g., methylphenidate, amphetamine) are the most commonly prescribed medications for treatment of ADHD, the agency said.



Offices Can Be Hell for People Whose Brains Work Differently

Work spaces today come with strong smells, harsh light, lots of chatter, and constant messages on email or Slack. For neurodivergent people, this can be a big ask.