ADHD in the News 2020-12-10

New study finds link between gestational age and ADHD in children with Down syndrome

A new study by the UC Davis MIND Institute finds a connection between gestational age and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms in children with Down syndrome. The research, published in Scientific Reports, focused on children born at 35 weeks gestation or older. It found that earlier gestational age was linked to increased ADHD symptoms later in childhood. Gestational age is the length of time a fetus has developed since the beginning, or gestation, of a pregnancy.

ADHD Medication ODs Rising in U.S. Kids, Teens

Growing numbers of younger kids are overdosing on stimulant medications commonly used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a new study indicates. The researchers called for greater efforts to identify kids at risk for overdose, and more education on safe storage of prescription and over-the-counter medications for parents and caregivers...The report was published online Dec. 7 in Pediatrics.

Holidays During a Pandemic: Challenges Faced by Youth With ADHD

In this video, Adelaide Robb, MD, discusses the challenges faced by children and adolescents with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) during the 2020 holiday season, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Robb is Chair of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Children's National Hospital in Washington, DC. [video]  

Career thoughts and parental relationships in adolescents with ADHD

A new study published in The Career Development Quarterly looked for potential links between negative or dysfunctional career thoughts and the quality of parental relationships in high school students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

7 Most Common Mental Health Issues That College Students Face

Mental illness is very common among college students. The schools today are working on improving mental health services to help the students that are suffering from mental illness. What are the common mental illnesses in college campuses?  

How My ADHD Diagnosis Changed The Way I Live My Life As A Black Woman

Caribbean households are known for obscure nicknames. Growing up, mine was (and still is) 'Longers'. My dad says I was given this name because it took me ages to start doing anything and I was so forgetful as a child...At school, 50 minute lessons were torture. I didn't misbehave but I was chatty, disruptive and loud. Teachers assumed I had issues at home and I was given counselling.

Broomfield program helps teens with ADHD stay on track while learning remotely

Remote learning has been challenging for most students, but those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dyslexia, or other executive functioning challenges are struggling even more...Stride Learning pairs students in middle school, high school and college with mentors to help them organize their assignments and manage their time.  

Is Affordable Therapy a Mythical Unicorn?

Even with all the resources in the world, a good therapist can be hard to find. Add to this budget constraints, and it can feel harder than finding fur on a rattlesnake...The view that money should be no object in the quest for mental health is drastically out of touch with the financial realities of most of the world. Therapy should not be a source of undue financial hardship. Everyone deserves support regardless of their capacity to pay.

What You Should Know About Using CBD for ADHD

The use of CBD for ADHD to help with focus and attention is still questionable. Here's what the science says about treating ADHD symptoms with CBD...A handful of studies have looked at CBD in combination with THC for people with ADHD, and have suggested some benefit. But so far, there’s no evidence to support using CBD alone to help with ADHD symptoms.