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ADHD in the News 2019-09-05

Merck Manuals Survey Reveals 70% of Americans Think ADHD is Over-Diagnosed in Today’s Culture

More than half of Americans (52%) say they personally know someone who has been diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a recent survey from the Merck Manuals...seven in 10 Americans overall (70%) somewhat or strongly agree that ADHD is over-diagnosed in today's culture. Moreover, 30% of Americans believe that prescription medication is the only way to manage ADHD in children.



ADHD Medication Associated With Reduced Unintentional Injuries in Youth

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medication is associated with a reduction in unintentional injuries in children and adolescents of both sexes, according to research published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry...Researchers used deidentified inpatient, outpatient, and filled prescription claims data from the Truven Health MarketScan Research Databases.



It Matters Which Romantic Partner Has ADHD

In heterosexual couples, it matters which partner has ADHD. According to new research that I have recently published, when the woman has ADHD, the two romantic partners are a little bit happier than when it is the man who has ADHD. More notably, they have sex 25% more often--73 vs 59 times per year. That seems like a difference you would feel.



Adult ADHD persistence may increase car crash risk

Individuals whose childhood ADHD persists into adulthood appear to be at increased risk for motor vehicle crashes, according to data published in Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.



Driving for teens with ADHD: What parents need to know

For all parents, it's a scary time when their teen starts to drive. For parents of teens with ADHD, it can be--and should be--even scarier...In a 2019 study published in Pediatrics, researchers looked at information about accidents, violations, and suspensions over the first four years of licensure for about 15,000 adolescent drivers. About 2,000 of these teens had ADHD. Here is what they found:



School Is Here: Helping Kids With ADHD Start Out Right

It's back-to-school time. Helping kids with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) start the year right and do well both at home and at school usually requires the combined efforts of school professionals and primary care providers. We asked Thomas Power, PhD, ABPP, a psychologist and director of the Center for Management of ADHD at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to share with us his tips for school interventions for children with ADHD.[1]



Sleep apnea in children may cause ADHD-like symptoms

Symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) may also be a sign of asleep apnea in children according to experts. An estimated one to four percent of children experience sleep apnea, according to the American Sleep Apnea Association. Many of the children who deal with this disorder are between the ages of two and eight.



Psychobiotics: An Emerging Concept in Mental Health Care

Psychobiotics are a recently characterized class of probiotics that affect brain function via immune, neural, and metabolic pathways...This post is offered as a concise review of essential concepts and recent research findings in the broad area of psychobiotics. (Readers can find a more in-depth discussion in Cheng et al 2019.)