ADHD in the News 2020-06-11

Risk of ADHD diagnosis lower in children who follow healthy lifestyle recommendations, study shows

The risk of a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can be significantly lowered by following healthy lifestyle recommendations, according to new research from the University of Alberta and Dalhousie University. Children who met seven to nine of the recommendations had a 58 per cent lower risk of being diagnosed with ADHD than children who met only one to three recommendations, the researchers reported.

Early childhood intervention programs may reap benefits across generations

Youth programs designed to prevent drug use and delinquency and support healthy development can reap lasting benefits not only for participants, but also for their kids, according to a decades-long study published June 8 in the JAMA Pediatrics.

For some students with learning disabilities, distance learning has been a disappointment

Distance learning can be a particular challenge for students with learning disabilities, especially students with ADHD, or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, said Martha Moriarty, executive director of Learning Disabilities Association of Minnesota...Students with attention deficits may struggle more than others, she said.

Academic Accommodations May Rise Following Pandemic, according to the Cognitive Assessment Group

Educational accommodations, in which children with learning disabilities, ADHD, autism and other diagnosed psychological conditions receive individualized educational services to maximize their success, have long been a crucial lifeline for families. Now, as parents find themselves in the unprecedented position of having children stay at home and attend school remotely during the COVID-19 crisis, many are noticing learning obstacles they had not detected before, said Dr. Wilfred van Gorp, a neuropsychologist who directs the Cognitive Assessment Group in New York City and Chicago.

Race and ADHD

Discussions of ADHD, like discussions of mental and behavioral conditions generally, often are “race blind," yet race, along with culture, ethnicity, and social identity, is an important consideration in understanding ADHD.

Stigmas Identified in Nurse Practitioners’ Attitudes Toward Managing Mental Health Conditions

The early recognition and treatment of mental health disorders can improve quality of life outcomes and reduce lifelong disability. However, stigmatizing attitudes have been found among nurse practitioners (NPs) who care for patients with anxiety and/or depression, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and substance use disorder (SUD), according to a study published in the Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Caring and Prescribing for Children With ADHD Who Have Other Comorbidities

Dawn Lee Garzon Maaks, PhD, CPNP-PC, PMHS, FAANP, FAAN, the Immediate Past President of NAPNAP and the Associate Professor at the University of Portland in the School of Nursing, discusses caring and prescribing for children with ADHD who have other comorbidities.

How to Cope with Impulse Control Issues in Kids and Adults

Impulse control issues refer to the difficulty some people have in stopping themselves from engaging in certain behaviors. Common examples include: gambling, stealing, aggressive behavior toward others. A lack of impulse control may be associated with certain neurological disorders, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).