ADHD in the News 2020-04-30

Study Supports Using WURS and ASRS Jointly to Assess Adult ADHD

The findings of a study of adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) published in Brain and Behavior have demonstrated the validity and diagnostic accuracy of the Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale (ASRS) and the Wender Utah Rating Scale (WURS)...The ASRS, the official screening instrument of the World Health Organization, was developed as a brief screening instrument to identify potential ADHD symptoms...The 25-item version of the WURS evaluates childhood symptoms by asking the participants to retrospectively recall the frequency and severity of ADHD symptoms and related problems in childhood.

COVID-19 gives Akili’s digital ADHD treatment an early debut in US

Boston, US-based Akili, an affiliate of UK group PureTech Health, is still in the process of seeking FDA approval of the digital therapy as a prescription treatment. However, it has been able to offer it to children with ADHD and their families early because the FDA has relaxed regulations covering digital health devices for psychiatric conditions during the COVID-19 outbreak.

ADHD and Emotions: What the DSM-5 Doesn’t Tell Us

Across eight double-blind adult ADHD clinical trials encompassing 1,490 patients, a presentation of ADHD with emotional dysregulation symptoms was present in as many as 25 to 73 percent of participants. Furthermore, previous studies have shown that emotional dysregulation symptoms in adults with ADHD have been shown to significantly respond to both methylphenidate and atomoxetine, medications that are traditionally used in the treatment and management of ADHD.

ADHD breakthrough using artificial intelligence set to revolutionise diagnosis time

Thousands of people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are set to benefit from swifter diagnosis using artificial intelligence. Six English universities in the northern region of Yorkshire are working with the country’s National Health Service develop the technology, which will cut months off waiting times.

At-home schooling for children with ADHD: Creating a successful learning environment

Dr. Greg Mattingly is the founding partner of St. Charles Psychiatric Associates in St. Louis, Missouri. He also serves on the board of directors for APSARD-The American Professional Society of ADHD and Related Disorders and is a certified evaluator for the NFL regarding ADHD and head concussions. He joined NewsChannel 7 at 4 on Friday to provide some simple, easy-to-implement strategies parents can use to help create a better learning environment for their ADHD children at home.

Should You Give Your Kid CBD?

More Americans are using the hemp (or marijuana) extract on their kids, but experts aren’t sold on its efficacy...“When you’re desperate, you want options,” said John Mitchell, clinician at Duke ADHD Clinic in Durham, N.C. “I’m a parent myself. I get it.” But, he cautioned, for now the enthusiasm is running ahead of the science. “I’m very hesitant to say anything promising about it. It’s an open question.”

Study finds early ADHD diagnosis risks ‘negative impact’

A study has found that young people with an ADHD diagnosis at age nine were faring worse by age 13 than others who also appeared to have the condition but did not have a formal diagnosis. The analysis of data from the Growing Up in Ireland longitudinal study indicated that as many as half of the children with an ADHD diagnosis at age nine did not have any specialist mental health supports despite confirmation of the condition.

Aspergers or ADHD? The Answer Will Suprise You

Recently a flurry of articles about academic overachievers appeared in scientific journals. Specifically, the research found that people with a diagnosis of Autism were more frequently high achievers in school. And people diagnosed with ADHD were more frequently low achievers in school.

I Never Suspected ADHD Could Be Linked to My Childhood Trauma

If there’s one thing I know, it’s that trauma has an interesting way of mapping itself out on your body. For me, the trauma I endured ultimately showed up as “inattentiveness” — bearing a striking resemblance to ADHD.

Pandemic Emotions: Stage 2

Learning as the weeks have gone by, couples are finding ways to address issues around the changes in their lives that the pandemic has brought. In addition, some couples have found that fewer outside the home distractions have created more opportunity to connect. This is a big deal in relationships in which an ADHD partner may normally be too distracted to focus on the other.