ADHD in the News 2020-11-19

Psychopharmacology for primary care providers

In her presentation on psychopharmacology for primary care providers at the virtual 2020 American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference & Exhibition, Rebecca Baum, MD, pediatrician at Mission Children’s Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina, reminded practitioners of 3 guiding principles:

Review Assesses Pharmacotherapies for Adult ADHD

Few differences were observed between individual pharmacotherapies for the treatment of adults with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to the findings of a recently published systematic review and network meta-analysis.

Is It Possible to Outgrow A.D.H.D.?

The challenges of the diagnosis make it unclear whether the condition is outgrown or simply becomes better managed, experts say...There is no simple answer, said Thomas Power, director of the center for management of A.D.H.D. at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and the senior author of the study. He was one of eight experts I consulted, and while they fell into different camps on whether someone can outgrow A.D.H.D., they all agreed that the answer is complicated.

Why are so many women with ADHD or autism being misdiagnosed?

Much of what we have known about autism and ADHD is based on males, but as neuropsychologist Dr Hannah Korrel explains these disorders can manifest in different ways depending on your gender.

Can Lifestyle Interventions Reduce the Risk of Children Developing ADHD?

In this video, Psych Congress 2020 cochair Vladimir Maletic, MD, MS, discusses whether lifestyle interventions can help reduce the risk of children developing attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Dr. Maletic is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Greenville, and spoke at the Psych Congress 2020 psychopharmacology preconference on "ADHD Across the Lifespan: How Neurobiology Informs Our Treatment Choice."

SC pediatrician sees increase in anxiety, depression among young kids

A new report by the CDC finds children ages 5 to 11 are experiencing a 24% increase in mental health-related emergency department visits, and a South Carolina pediatrician says she’s seeing a similar trend. Researchers with the Center for Disease Control compared emergency department visits from April to October 2020 to the same time in 2019 using data provided by hospitals.

Loudoun Special Education Students, Parents Struggle with Online Learning

As many parents await the return to in-person learning for Loudoun County Public Schools, families with students with ADHD and other executive function disorders are wrestling with the complications and frustrations that come with virtual learning. That medication alone is rarely the solution; that a primary care provider (PCP) must act as a champion against misinformation; and that medication management is a team sport...

Misrepresentations of Biological Psychiatry: A New Report

A new report published earlier this month in the Harvard Review of Psychiatry suggests that research in biological psychiatry is often misrepresented to the public, leading to popular misconceptions about the nature of mental illness.