ADHD in the News 2019-12-05

Lenard Adler, MD: Improvements in ADHD Screening

In the last decade, there have been several advances leading to better screening technologies for ADHD and other disorders, including a depression screener for DSM-5. Lenard Adler, MD, the director of the Adult ADHD Program and professor in the Department of Psychiatry at NYU Langone Health, explained in an interview with MD Magazine® what some of the major advancements in ADHD screening were and what the main difference is between treating adults and adolescents with ADHD.

ADHD and ADHD+ODD/CD: Two Different Analyses

It is estimated that half of patients with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) also suffer from oppositional defiant disorder/conduct disorder (ODD/CD)...In this study, separate structural profiles were evaluated for ADHD‐only versus ADHD+ODD/CD, including the indices subcortical and cortical volume, cortical thickness, and surface area.

Do ADHD Perceptions Affect Outcomes in Adolescent Patients?

While many studies have analyzed the causes and outcomes associated with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), data are lacking on the perception of the disease and how this representation affects outcomes among young patients diagnosed with ADHD. In a study, researchers applied the Common-Sense Model of Illness Representations to assess the illness representation of ADHD and how this perception correlates with quality of life (QoL), coping strategies, and treatment adherence.

Hair Essential Trace Element and Mineral Content and ADHD in Two Age Groups

In a study published in Biological Trace Element Research, researchers analyzed the relationship between hair essential trace element and mineral content and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in two groups of children: preschool (aged 4-6 years) and primary school children (aged 6-10 years).

Chronic pain more common in women with ADHD or ASD

Women with ADHD, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), or both report higher rates of chronic pain, which should be accounted for in the treatment received, new research shows. In some cases, treating the ADHD might lower the pain, reported Karin Asztély of the Sahlgrenska Academy Institute of Neuroscience, Göteborg, Sweden, and associates. The study was published in the Journal of Pain Research.

Adult ADHD is hard on a marriage, but there’s help for couples

When Denise and Chris Marino got married 21 years ago, they had no idea of the struggles ahead. Within a few years of the wedding, the young Downingtown couple were headed for divorce. Chris’ mood was all over the place for reasons he couldn’t explain. Denise thought that he was more interested in his latest home improvement project than he was in her...At age 30, Chris was diagnosed with ADHD.

When One of Your Kids Has ADHD and Your Others Don’t

ADHD affects the whole family. Here’s how to talk about it with your kids and how to help everyone form closer, happier relationships...Kids with ADHD demand attention—lots of attention. Not surprisingly, that often leaves siblings feeling overlooked, says Marit Appeldoorn, L.C.S.W., a Minneapolis-based child and family therapist specializing in ADHD.

Exemptions for ADHD drugs in MLB drop to lowest in decade

The number of major leaguers allowed to use otherwise-banned drugs to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder dropped to the lowest level since the sport started issuing annual reports in 2008. The results come in a report issued Monday by Thomas Martin, the Independent Program Administrator for the drug program of Major League Baseball and the players' association.

When Every ADHD-Friendly Organizing Tool and Trick You’ve Tried Hasn’t Worked

You feel like you’ve tried every technique, tool, and trick to get organized. But nothing seems to work. Tasks still go unfinished, and you still find yourself frustrated and stressed out. The problem? Maybe your systems have simply lost their spark. “The ADHD brain likes novelty,” according to Barb Hubbard, M. Ed, AAC, an ADHD specialist and life strategies coach.