ADHD in the News 2020-10-08

Navigating Complex ADHD in Children and Teens In Uncertain Times

I have seen firsthand that there’s more to ADHD than hyperactivity, impulsivity and inattentiveness and the path to diagnosis and proper treatment regimens is often not straightforward. In more recent years, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics have formalized this phenomenon by issuing guidelines addressing a new categorization of ADHD called complex ADHD,1 which can be particularly challenging to address, especially in younger populations.

Study: People with ADHD more likely to recover from COVID

Israeli team publishes findings that indicate that Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder could provide an evolutionary "edge," contradicting earlier findings that linked ADHD to COVID morbidity.

‘Abuse Deterrent’ ADHD Tx May Face Uphill Approval Path

An abuse-deterrent stimulant product for attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) got a skeptical review from FDA technical staff ahead of an advisory committee meeting later this week.

Strategies for Treating Patients With Both ADHD and SUD

In this video, Psych Congress 2020 presenter Timothy Wilens, MD, provides strategies clinicians can use when treating a patient with both attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and substance use disorder (SUD).

The Importance of Using Multiple Approaches When Treating Pediatric ADHD

In this video, Andrew Cutler, MD, debunks the myth that there is only one path to success when treating attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children. Multiple approaches are often needed, he says, because of different clinical presentations and impairments, comorbidities, and patients' varying individual needs.  

ADHD increases odds of diabetes independent of BMI

Likelihood of developing diabetes was increased by 50% among adults with diagnosed ADHD compared with those without ADHD, according to national health survey data published in the Journal of Diabetes.

Prenatal Acetaminophen Exposure Associated with Increased ADHD Risk

Higher levels of acetaminophen detected in meconium was linked to increased odds of developing ADHD by 6-7 years old...In this prospective birth cohort study, Brennan Baker, MA, and colleagues at Columbia University Medical Center and Mailman School of Public Health, assessed meconium samples for acetaminophen in newborns as well as further evaluated the same population for ADHD at ages 6-7.

School changes – helping children with ADHD

Many children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) struggle with school. Right now, children face a variety of changes in the way that they attend school. Some might be attending virtual classes; others might attend school in-person with many new rules. To help your child with ADHD adjust to these changes, learn about the resources available for parents.

What I Love About My ADHD Kid

While ADHD can cause troubles in some settings—like a quiet classroom during an exam, perhaps—in other scenarios, we know that ADHD can actually have some serious positives for our children. For example, maybe your child with ADHD surprises you with their out-of-the-box problem-solving, or their killer sense of humor.

Everything I want to tell my adult ADHD patients during the pandemic

An ADHD brain thrives with daily routines, and requires spontaneity and challenge to remain engaged in work, academics, relationships, and even leisure activities. ADHD is a performance issue and not one of intellectual understanding. It is not a problem of knowing what to do, but rather, difficulty doing it.