ADHD in the News 2020-01-14

Autism may share inherited variants with other psychiatric conditions

Some of the inherited variants implicated in autism also increase the odds of other conditions, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a new study1. The results come from an international effort called the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium, which involves more than 800 scientists.

Exposure to Greener Environment at School Lowers Risk for ADHD in Children

A study published in JAMA Open Network found that greater levels of greenness in the school environment may be associated with significantly lower odds of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in school children.

Campus Recreation Supports Mental Health

Over the past 30 years, student mental health issues have increased, and fitness and physical activity levels continue to fall. Campus recreation is positioned to address these trends because regular exercise improves mental health.

Language, Self-Awareness, and Coping Skills: The Building Blocks of Emotional Regulation

Many children and teens with ADHD struggle with emotional regulation, or the ability to recognize and control emotions and associated behaviors...The ability to regulate our emotions isn’t something we’re born knowing how to do but rather a set of skills that must be learned. Here are some tips on how to help your child develop the necessary skills to manage big emotions.

No Evidence of a Common Genetic Link Between Schizophrenia and Cannabis Use Disorder

Polygenic risk scores (PRS) did not predict the development of cannabis use disorder (CUD) in patients with schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders, according to results from a study published in Psychological Medicine...In contrast, the PRS for ADHD did predict CUD in controls (HR, 1.27; 95% CI, 1.08-1.50).

When Both a Child and Partner Have ADHD but You Don’t

A concerned mom from a family with two ADHD and two non-ADHD family members recently wrote to me about how confusing it is for her to support wildly different needs to keep her family happy and healthy...My own family has a similar construct. I don't have ADHD. My husband does. My eldest child does. My younger child does not. Here is what I found helped:

Addicted Michigan: doctor says Adderall is more addictive than most people think

Christopher Briggs, a clinical psychologist who works at Skywood Recovery and the Western Michigan University psychology department, said Adderall is not the only solution for kids with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

How to Survive Sunday Mass with an ADHD 6-Year-Old

A mom on a discussion forum posed an age-old question: How do I get through Mass despite my ADHD 6-year-old’s superpowers for creating catastrophic chaos?...Here is the method that worked for our family — and by “worked” I mean not only “no homicides” but an approach that eventually led to a young adult who exhibits a healthy attitude toward all things church and continues to practice the faith, independently of the parents.