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ADHD in the News 2019-10-10

CHADD Hosts Summit to Address Impact of ADHD on Public Health

An esteemed group of heath care professionals, public health officials, health payers, and thought leaders convened in Washington, D.C., yesterday to discuss the considerable implications of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), when nonprofit organization CHADD hosted the ADHD Public Health Summit 2019.



Robust Treatment Options Remain Limited for Stimulant Use Disorder

Prescribers treating stimulant use disorders remain limited to off-label medication options at a time when stimulant use and overdose rates are on the rise. At Psych Congress 2019, UCLA Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry Larissa Mooney, MD, offered an overview of medication treatment choices that are considered promising but far from proven.



Does Seeing ADHD as a Continuum Decrease Stigma?

One of the things about mental health stigma is that you don’t even need to be open about your diagnosis to experience it. Just having symptoms that other people can observe is enough to make them treat you differently, even if they don’t know the “label” behind those symptoms. An example comes from a recent survey of 1,008 adults in Germany, the results of which were published this month in a paper titled ADHD, Stigma and Continuum Beliefs.



Current ADHD medications provide patients, clinicians with ‘exciting’ options

Tim Wilens, MD, chief of the division of child and adolescent psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, spoke about the “exciting area” of recent findings on ADHD across patient lifespan in a video interview.



PM Stimulant Eases Daily Life for Kids With ADHD

Three weeks delayed-release and extended-release methylphenidate (Jornay PM) treatment resulted in a significant improvement in ADHD symptoms versus placebo (least squares mean 54-point ADHD-Rating Scale-IV 24.1 vs 31.2, P=0.002), reported Steven Pliszka, MD, of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and colleagues.



This is what it’s like to be in a relationship with someone who has ADHD

It’s a condition that affects an estimated 3-4% of adults, but as many as 90% of people with ADHD go undiagnosed. That adds up to a lot of individuals - and couples - wondering… is this how it is for everyone else? As a woman with a ‘typical’ brain, 30-year-old Kari Biondi* reflects on the challenges she faced with her non-typical boyfriend.



Children With ADHD 40 Years Later

What will childhood ADHD symptoms mean forty years later? There aren’t a lot of studies that give us data on that question. For obvious reasons, doing a study that spans four decades is difficult. Still, that’s exactly what researchers in Finland did as part of a study that tracked hundreds of people from birth into adulthood.



I’m a CEO with ADHD, and it’s my biggest strength. Here’s why.

Joe De Sena is the founder and CEO of Spartan, the world's largest obstacle race and endurance brand. He is also the New York Times best-selling author of "Spartan Up" and "Spartan Fit," and recently released his third book, "The Spartan Way." As someone with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), De Sena has found it to be his greatest strength as an entrepreneur.



Why there is no such thing as a ‘normal’ brain

Having been diagnosed with ADHD at 38, Howard Timberlake went on a personal quest to discover whether any of us has a “typical” mind...The diagnosis has given me a better understanding and respect for the condition’s positive aspects, its limitations, and the coping strategies I’ve inadvertently created over the years to appear “normal”.



How Vaping Nicotine Can Affect A Teenage Brain

"Unfortunately, the brain problems and challenges may be things that we see later on down the road," says Nii Addy, associate professor of psychiatry and cellular and molecular physiology at Yale School of Medicine. Potential problems include attention disorders like ADHD, impulse control issues and susceptibility to substance abuse.



Bringing Sexy Back: The ADHD Redux

Healthy relationships and good sex are the result of emotionally present, confident partners. But confidence can diminish after years of dealing with the stigma and other difficulties of ADHD.