ADHD in the News 2020-06-25

Major Depression Later in Life May Be Linked to ADHD Genetic Liability

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is associated with depression in young adulthood, and some evidence suggests that ADHD genetic liability may have a causal effect on major depression in later life, according to an article published in Psychological Medicine.

Accurately Diagnosing ADHD

ADHD experts share information for diagnosing adult ADHD correctly, and encourage clinicians to look at the history of symptoms as well as for other conditions that may be present. Helpful diagnostic scales are provided, and the prevalence of adult ADHD along with the problems of missed diagnosis in childhood are discussed.

Challenges With Diagnosing ADHD

ADHD experts discuss the challenges with diagnosing ADHD in adults especially when other conditions are present.

Study finds link between hoarding and ADHD

Researchers have discovered a link between hoarding disorder (HD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) among UK adults...Led by Dr. Sharon Morein of Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), the research compared adults with ADHD, recruited through an NHS Trust, with similar individuals without ADHD, and found that approximately 20% of people with ADHD reported clinically significant levels of hoarding.

A shorter IQ test for children with special needs

For decades, neuropsychologists have used the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children test as the gold-standard intelligence quotient (IQ) test to determine the intellectual abilities of children with special needs. However, this comprehensive test can take up to 2 hours to complete, and many children with special needs have a difficult time participating in such long tests.

Can Playing Video Games Improve ADHD?

In previous posts, we explored how kids show far fewer symptoms of ADHD (loss of focus, fidgeting, and disorganization) while engaged in screen-based technologies. But can playing video games improve ADHD?

Akili’s ADHD digital therapy approved in Europe

The European Commission has granted a CE mark for the game called EndeavorRx, allowing the product to be marketed in Europe although it is not yet available. Akili’s focus in the near term is a US launch following FDA approval earlier this month, but said it is “exploring expansion opportunities” in Europe.