ADHD in the News 2020-05-07

Genetic Links Found Between Childhood Psychopathology and Adult Depression

Researchers found strong evidence that polygenic scores (PGS) for adult major depression, subjective wellbeing, neuroticism, insomnia, educational attainment, and BMI are associated with childhood attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), internalizing, and social problems. The study, published in JAMA Psychiatry, comprised the largest childhood target sample to date (N=42,998).

Can COVID-19 Stress Have an Impact on Pregnancy?

Petra Persson, assistant professor of economics at Stanford University, and Maya Rossin-Slater, assistant professor at Stanford University School of Medicine, recently published an investigation that seems to predict that the future mental health of some children born to pregnancies at this time may have been at least partly determined by what happened over the last few weeks.

The question of medication: Life modifications might be an option for children with ADHD

There is no doubt some children need medication to quell their impulses and home them in on schoolwork, but why is it that comparable countries around the world have far fewer children on ADHD medication? What should parents do when they suspect their children’s lack of attention could be a problem in school? Before visiting a physician, parents should take a look at their child’s actions and environment. Examine their diet, activity and sleeping patterns.

Screen Time Doesn’t Hurt Kids’ Social Skills, Study Finds

A new study from The Ohio State University finds that despite the time spent on smartphones and social media, today’s young people are as socially skilled as those of the previous generation...Researchers compared teacher and parent evaluations of kids who entered kindergarten in 1998 (years before Facebook), with children who did so in 2010.

3 Women With ADHD Explain How They’re Coping During Coronavirus Lockdowns

By now, most of us are familiar with the struggles of coronavirus lockdown: the isolation, the Zoom call problems, the shortages at the supermarket. One group of people who are feeling added pressure are those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a condition that affects working memory, attention, and organizational skills.

Taking Care Of Family, Your Job And Yourself While Working From Home

While some people have thrived in such positions as “work from home parent” for years, this has not been the typical way of life for everyone. The coronavirus has completely changed regular routines for many. Figuring out how to do it all while staying at home has been a difficult adjustment, but there are certain things you can do to make all your at-home responsibilities a little easier to handle.

Often Overlooked Learning Disorder May Affect Millions of Kids

New research suggests nonverbal learning disability (NVLD), a poorly understood and often-overlooked disorder that causes problems with visual-spatial processing, may affect nearly 3 million children in the United States. A new study by led by Columbia University Irving Medical Center is the first to estimate the prevalence of NVLD in the general population. If accurate, the prevalence of NVLD makes it one of the most common learning disorders.

The hidden links between mental disorders

What are the roots of mental illness? In the hope of finding an answer, scientists have piled up an enormous amount of data over the past decade, through studies of genes, brain activity and neuroanatomy. They have found evidence that many of the same genes underlie seemingly distinct disorders, such as schizophrenia and autism, and that changes in the brain’s decision-making systems could be involved in many conditions.