ADHD in the News 2020-07-16

A Consensus From 55 Experts on Treating ADHD and Substance Use in Teenagers

There’s a new international consensus statement out on the topic of treating co-occurring ADHD and substance use disorder, specifically in teenagers. To put together the statement, 55 experts in 17 countries were polled to see whether they agreed with a variety of statements on the best practices for treating comorbid ADHD and substance use in teenagers.

Adult ADHD: Finding Coping Strategies That Work for You

This post focuses on a few unorthodox coping strategies tailored to adult ADHD, including a couple of innovative adaptations by clients themselves, that helped to personalize the strategies to meet their needs.

Procrastivity (a.k.a. Sneaky Avoidance) and Adult ADHD Coping

Part 1: Lessons learned that can help you turn procrastination against itself. Procrastination has been deemed the quintessential self-regulatory failure—putting off tasks despite knowing you will be worse off as a consequence.1 Seeing as ADHD itself is a developmental problem of self-dysregulation—a chronic, persistent delay in the acquisition and employment of the foundational self-regulatory capacities, known as the executive functions—it is no surprise that procrastination is among, if not the most commonly cited presenting problem faced by adults with ADHD seeking treatment.

Inside The World’s First Therapy Video Games and The Kids They’re Helping

Late last month, the Food and Drug Administration approved the marketing for the first prescription video game to treat ADHD in children, a game titled Endeavor RX from Akili Interactive. This is a monumental achievement but it also symbolizes a bigger push in this space to tackle learning disabilities ranging ADHD to Autism.

What Happens When You’re Disabled but Nobody Can Tell

The word “disability” evokes images of ramps, lower-positioned urinals, grab bars and other allowances in our architectural landscape. But an untold number of people have disabilities — from A.D.H.D. to addictive disorder to lupus — that aren’t necessarily helped by a reserved parking spot. A person who walks with a limp but uses no physical support may be jostled on the street like anyone else. An autistic person, or a person with a mental illness, will often be disdained or even assailed for peculiar or antisocial behavior.

Pritzker Targeting Mental Health Parity Violations Applauded

"We applaud Gov. JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Insurance for holding health insurance providers accountable who violate Illinois' mental health and addiction parity law," said Illinois Association for Behavioral Health CEO Jud DeLoss.

33 Helpful Resources for Anyone With Adult ADHD

Late-in-life ADHD diagnoses are distressingly common, especially in women, and by the time all the requisite testing and diagnosing was done, I felt, well, behind. I wanted to know more, as much as I could. So, like the typical Virgo I am, I started researching. I began with the homework my psychiatrist gave me and quickly fell down the rabbit hole of books, articles, YouTube channels, ADHD artists and creators, and more.

Science Update: Screen time before bed linked to less sleep in children with impulse control problems, according to NIH-funded study

Screen time before bed may affect kids differently, depending on whether they have a particular personality trait, suggests a study funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).