ADHD in the News 2019-08-08

ADHD associated with increase risk for premature death

Longitudinal data revealed that individuals with ADHD were at higher risk for all-cause and cause-specific premature death, which may increase depending on the number of psychiatric comorbidities. “Improved understanding of the potential contributions by psychiatric comorbidity for associations between ADHD and premature death could substantially facilitate surveillance, intervention and prevention efforts,” Shihua Sun, MD, from the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, and colleagues wrote in JAMA Psychiatry.

6 pitfalls to avoid in managing ADHD

Pediatricians need to be not only cognizant of the diagnostic criteria, clinical mimics, comorbidities, and complications of ADHD, but also be comfortable with managing a whole host of complications and other issues, such as stimulant abuse and diversion, that can be very subtle. This article will review the diagnostic criteria for ADHD and discuss 6 pitfalls that may face the treating pediatrician.

Stimulant Adherence Rates Low in Youth With ADHD

Rates of stimulant medication adherence were low among children and adolescents with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to study results published in Psychiatric Services.

1 in 17 children takes melatonin at least once a week

Findings of a cross-sectional study published in JAMA Pediatrics suggested that approximately 6% of children — or one in 17 — are given melatonin for sleep problems.

Children with ADHD have differences in part of brain controlling movement

Children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may have differences in the brain that limit appropriate responses to "stop cues," according to a study published online July 17 in Neurology.

Always Late? Try These 5 Tips for Better Time Management

Time can be a tricky thing when you have ADHD. That’s because many ADHDers experience what is referred to as time insensitivity or time blindness...While time blindness can’t be “cured”, it can be successfully managed with the right tools and strategies.

More ADHD Treatment Effort = More Sex

ADHD doesn’t necessarily create new struggles for couples, so much as that it exacerbates the universal struggles that every couple has to wrestle out—how do we balance each other’s different needs, preferences, and ways of doing things? The couples who handle this well tend to have more and better sex, since it’s hard to really open oneself up sexually when there are too many unresolved conflicts.