ADHD in the News 2020-05-28

Factors That Predispose for ADHD

ADHD experts answer questions about ADHD prevalence in children and adults, gender differences in diagnosis, factors that predispose to having ADHD, genetic testing, and using neuroimaging for ADHD diagnosis.

Discontinuing Medication Slightly Decreases Quality of Life in Youths with ADHD

To determine the risk-benefit ratio of the long term use of ADHD medication, Noa Tsujii, MD, PhD, of the department of neuropsychiatry, Kindai University Faculty of Medicine, Osakasayama, Osaka, Japan, and colleagues used the PubMed, Cochrane Library, and Embase databases to identify studies that compared the outcomes of discontinuing versus continuing medication in patients with ADHD.

Does stimulant pharmacotherapy of ADHD affect height?

The use of stimulant medications has been an integral aspect for the pharmacotherapy of ADHD for more than 50 years. Numerous published studies have documented their efficacy to reduce symptoms of ADHD in children older than age 4 years. As with any medication, however, adverse effects occur, and these adverse effects must be balanced against the medication’s benefit for each individual patient.

Study links severe childhood deprivation to neuropsychological difficulties in adulthood

A team of researchers from the University of Southampton, the University of Bath and King’s College London have provided compelling evidence of the impact of adversity in childhood on neuropsychological functioning in adulthood. They also showed that neuropsychological difficulties may explain why early adversity is linked to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in later life.

How to help children with ADHD thrive in a virtual schoolhouse

When schools shut down because of the coronavirus, some parents of children with ADHD found themselves in a stressful predicament. Homeschooling is hard for any parent who's never done so before, but parents of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder face special challenges...There are ways parents can help their kids thrive in remote learning, balance homeschooling with a neurodivergent child while working from home and work through frustrations together.

How To Talk With Grandparents About Kid’s Mental Health

Many parents rely on others to help care for their kids...For parents who have a child with a mental or behavioral health challenge, it’s important for grandparents – or anyone who provides care – to understand: the nature of the challenge; the rules and structure at home; the details of any treatment plan; the ways different situations are routinely handled.

Graduating Seniors with ADHD

Instead of participating in typical end-of-the-year traditions, having meaningful goodbyes with friends, you’re closing your computers and sitting in the same room as before...You are part of a resilient generation who’s grown up during a time of great insecurity. Bouncing back and looking at your options from a different perspective is what so many kids with ADHD do best. Here are some tips for helping you figure out your next steps:

ADHD: Genomic analysis in samples of Neanderthals and modern humans

The frequency of genetic variants associated with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has decreased progressively in the evolutionary human lineage from the Palaeolithic to nowadays, according to a study published in the journal Scientific Reports.