ADHD in the News 2020-05-21

Asthma, ADHD common among teens with vaping lung injury

Teenagers with asthma and a history of mental, behavioral or emotional disorders appear to be more prone to vaping-associated lung damage, according to an analysis published Monday by JAMA Pediatrics. Researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that EVALI -- e-cigarette or vaping-associated lung injury -- was up to four times more common among teens 13 to 17 with a history of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder than those without the disorder.

Telling The Difference Between Dementia and ADHD in Older Adults

We might see increasing forgetfulness in older age as a red flag of mild cognitive decline or dementia. But it turns out that some of the cognitive symptoms may be manifestations of a lifelong condition: attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). As psychiatrist at McLean Hospital Stephanie Collier writes for Harvard Health, while we often think of ADHD as a childhood disorder, it can also affect older adults. In fact, about three out of every 100 older adults has ADHD.

Tai Chi For ADHD: Training In Ancient Martial Art Lowers Hyperactivity In Children, Study Finds

The study, published in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, reports that taking weekly classes in the martial art helped a group of 34 children better regulate their ADHD symptoms. Researchers say two 60-minute tai chi classes a week helped to improve the children’s control over hyperactivity and impulsive or inattentive behavior.

FDA to Review Manipulation-Resistant Stimulant Med for ADHD

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted for filing the New Drug Application (NDA) for AR19 (Arbor Pharmaceuticals) for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in patients aged ≥3 years. AR19 is an investigational immediate-release, amphetamine formulated to prevent the manipulation of the pellets in the capsules for nonmedical use. The formulation is intended to deter misuse and abuse via non-oral administration methods (ie, intranasal, intravenous and smoking).

How women and girls with ADHD are given short shrift with treatment, other forms of help

“I couldn’t believe it,” Crawford said later. Two private therapists had already told her she had ADHD, she said. But her plan’s psychiatrist said it was company policy to deny diagnosis and medication if a patient had done well in school as a child.

I Think My Daughter Has ADHD

One of the biggest obstacles in diagnosing girls is that professionals often look for symptoms that are typical of boys instead of seeing the disorder through a fluid lens. Boys who have ADHD tend to exhibit a lack of impulse control, hyperactivity, loud voice tone, and a more extroverted personality type. Girls with ADHD, however, are more likely to be daydreamers and space cadets.

Optimizing Care for Patients With ADHD During COVID-19: Tips From Dr. Rakesh Jain

In this video, Psych Congress Steering Committee member Rakesh Jain, MD, MPH, shares 5 suggestions for optimizing care for patients with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) during the COVID-19 pandemic.

How to cope with ADHD during the COVID-19 pandemic

People with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) experience difficulties maintaining attention or controlling their physical energy and movement...The COVID-19 pandemic is causing a number of challenges for many people. Those with ADHD may be particularly vulnerable to stress due to the pandemic and may therefore display increased behavioral problems.

How Much Do Sleep Problems Underlie ADHD Symptoms?

Years ago, after I had given a presentation about ADHD to a group of health care professionals, an audience member wanted to make a comment. “You know that ADHD is really just people who don’t sleep well,” she said. I told her at the time that poor sleep can definitely make things worse but no, actually I hadn’t heard that, and would love to see the study that suggested this.