ADHD in the News 2020-01-02

Parents pay thousands for ‘brain training’ to help kids with ADHD and autism. But does it work?

Some families say they’ve seen transformative benefits from programs that claim to rewire the brain. But many researchers say the evidence is thin...Brick-and-mortar training centers like Brain Balance Achievement Centers...and LearningRx...are just one piece of a $2 billion global brain technology market that is increasingly going around the medical industry and marketing directly to consumers.

A randomized controlled trial of interventions for growth suppression in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder treated with central nervous system stimulants

In this investigation involving 230 children (aged 5 to 12 years), researchers analyzed the effect of central nervous system (CNS) stimulants on the growth of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), as well as tested the effectiveness and feasibility of weight recovery interventions on growth.

Researchers Used Brain Imaging To Predict Later Development Of ADHD And Depression Among Children

For a team of researchers at the University of California at Berkeley, the theory of predicting the development of psychiatric disorders in children later in life through brain imaging was implemented and published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry. According to the findings, brain imaging could in fact aid in identifying children at risk of common psychiatric disorders, like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and major depressive disorder, strengthening the use of preventive treatments.

Teen Hyperactivity Tied to Maternal Anxiety In Utero and In 1st Years of Life

Children who are exposed to maternal anxiety in the womb and during the first few years of life are twice as likely to have symptoms of hyperactivity at age 16, according to a long-term study of more than 3,000 children. Interestingly, the researchers found no significant link between maternal anxiety and other attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms, such as inattention.

Which Factors in Pregnancy Affect Babies’ Brains?

In February, we reported on the association between low birth weight and subsequent mental health disorders, including depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and autism...Several other studies in 2019 contributed to a growing body of literature suggesting that fetal exposures of various kinds can have long-term effects on children's mental health.

Study calls attention to cost of air pollution-related conditions in kids

A review published in Environmental Research summarized per-case cost estimates for six air pollution-related childhood health conditions — estimates that may be used for benefit assessments for air pollution regulations and climate change policies, the authors said.

Adolescent depression is unrelated to adult cannabis use among those with a history of ADHD

Adults tend to use cannabis more frequently if they had elevated depressive symptoms in adolescence, but this does not appear to be the case among adults with a history of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to new research. The findings have been published in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology.

How to Overcome Your Need for Perfection

ADHD and perfectionism tend to go hand in hand. But why? Often the need to be perfect is driven by a deeper desire to avoid judgment and criticism. Additionally, many people with ADHD convince themselves that they must be in just the right mood to begin a task or that if it can’t be done perfectly, there’s no point in even trying.