ADHD in the News 2020-09-03

Phthalate Exposure Linked to ADHD in Teens

In an analysis of 205 adolescents and teens, every two-fold increase in antiandrogenic phthalate concentrations measured in urine samples came with 34% increased relative risk for ADHD (adjusted RR 1.34, 95% CI 1.00-1.79), reported Jessica Shoaff, PhD, of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and colleagues in JAMA Network Open.

Consistency, structure key to ADHD students’ remote learning success

Children with ADHD often do better in the structured school environment, where there are consistent transitions and other students off which to model their behavior. They are also surrounded by educators who can help manage their behavior and provide social-emotional support. At home, parents can emulate this setting by carving out learning spaces in specific distraction-free zones that are easy to monitor.

Remote Learning’s Distractions Put Extra Pressure On Students With ADHD

COVID-19 forced Keriann Wilmot's son to trade his classroom for a computer. It was a tough transition for a 10-year-old with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder...Wilmot was much better prepared than most parents to help her son. She'd spent 20 years as an occupational therapist who specializes in helping children with ADHD and other learning disabilities. Even so, working with her own child was tough.

Special Education Advocate Says Coronavirus And Online Learning Made ‘A Complex Issue Even More Complicated’

The Colorado Department of Education has now issued guidance for IDEA-eligible students. That includes the recommendation that schools establish contingency learning plans for students with IEPs that describe how a school will continue to provide an appropriate education for students if the pandemic restricts or changes the services that they receive.

ADHD Appears Genetically Related to Narcolepsy

Attention-deficit/hyperactive disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy may share genetic links, according to an analysis of polygenic risk scores published online in the journal Translational Psychiatry... They looked for a possible genetic link between ADHD and narcolepsy traits in 876 mothers and children from the Japanese Hamamatsu Birth Cohort.

ADHD in the Age of Smartphones

Today, everyone has a smartphone in their pocket...For many of us, it’s getting more difficult to concentrate in our overly-distracted world. A University of Texas study found that our cognitive capacity, including attention and focus, is significantly reduced whenever our smartphones are nearby—even when they’re turned off.

Need Motivation to Cope With Adult ADHD?

Although the effects of isolated instances of procrastination, poor time management, disorganization, or any other of the “usual suspects” of ADHD are, in most cases, unremarkable, it is the cumulative effects of these facets of ADHD in adult life and functioning that create the number and magnitude of life problems that place ADHD amongst the most impairing conditions encountered in outpatient clinical psychology and psychiatry.

How to recognize the symptoms of ADHD in adults

About 10 million adults in the US have ADHD and many may struggle with work, school, or personal relationships. Adult ADHD can be a difficult condition to live with, but there are a variety of different treatment options available. Here's what you need to know about the symptoms of adult ADHD and how you can get them under control.