ADHD in the News 2020-08-13

Comorbid ADHD, Insomnia Associated With Poorer Mental Functioning, Productivity

Co-occurring attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and insomnia were associated with poorer mental functioning and lower productivity, per study data published in Psychological Medicine. These results emphasize the importance of screening for sleep problems in patients with ADHD and vice versa.

New study suggests ADHD- like behavior helps spur entrepreneurial activity

Many people have experienced a few nights of bad sleep that resulted in shifting attention spans, impulsive tendencies and hyperactivity the next day -- all behaviors resembling ADHD. A new study found that this dynamic may also be linked to increased entrepreneurial behavior...The results of the study published today in the journal Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice complement previous research that links sleep deprivation with lower productivity, lethargy and the hindrance of the longer-term success by suggesting that unhealthy sleep may have a limited upside.

Infant Attention Associated With ADHD Symptoms in Early Childhood

Attentional behaviors observed in babies at 12 months of age appear to predict behaviors related to attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) at 4.5 years of age, according to a study published online in the Journal of Attention Disorders.

Experimental Nonstimulant Effective, Fast-Acting for ADHD

The experimental nonstimulant medication viloxazine extended-release, known as SPN-812, reduced symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as soon as 1 week after dosing and was well tolerated in a randomized, placebo-controlled phase 3 study that included more than 400 children.

ADHD Drug Overprescribing Raises Concerns Over Future CV Events

Despite evidence that prescription stimulants used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) raise blood pressure and resting heart rate, the literature is unclear with regard to the long-term CV risks of using them, according to a review paper...While there are upsides for many users, such as better concentration in school or work, they are not benign therapies.

Kids Exposed to Cannabis In Utero Face Higher Risk of Autism

Mothers who used cannabis while pregnant had a 50% higher likelihood of having a child with autism (adjusted hazard ratio 1.51, 95% CI 1.17–1.96), reported Daniel Corsi, PhD, of Ottawa Hospital in Ontario, and colleagues. Hints of increased risk of intellectual and learning disabilities and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) were also seen, according to their paper in Nature Medicine.

Body dysmorphic disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

Although not yet recognized in the scientific literature, the relationship between attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is worthy of attention. As a specialist in treating patients with BDD, as well as an ADHD expert, I have observed how ADHD can have a negative impact on body image.

How I Got My Daughter to Take Her A.D.H.D. Pill

My 10-year-old daughter Norah didn’t want to take her medication for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder a few months ago...What was clear, however, was that when she takes her medication, pandemic distance education goes a million times smoother for her and for my wife and I...She needed to know there’s no shame in taking medication for mental illness.

3 Ways to Motivate Your ADHD Teen with Distance Learning

In this post, I will introduce you to 3 strategies to help improve your teen’s level of motivation and productivity with his distance learning. The strategies are: creating an plan with your teen, creating incentives, and allowing your teen to fail.