ADHD in the News 2020-12-31

ADHD Raises Adult Suicide Risk, Especially for Women

Adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have a strikingly high prevalence of attempted suicide, with women being at particular risk, researchers say. The study of nearly 22,000 Canadian adults found that 14% of those with ADHD had attempted suicide. That was roughly five times the rate of adults without ADHD, at 2.7%.

Video game can identify attention deficit symptoms

Adapting a traditional endless runner video game and using a raccoon as the protagonist, researchers from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) and the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM, in its Spanish acronym), among other institutions, have developed a platform that allows the identification and evaluation of the degree of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and adolescents.

A pursuit of better testing to sort out the complexities of ADHD

The introduction of computer simulation to the identification of symptoms in children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has potential to provide an additional objective tool to gauge the presence and severity of behavioral problems, Ohio State University researchers suggest in a new publication.

Adult ADHD, Perfectionism, and Procrastination

How doing things perfectly may get in the way of starting AND finishing them...An interesting finding to emerge from the study of the mindsets of clinic-referred adults with ADHD was that perfectionism was the most frequently endorsed cognitive distortion.

Many Adults Are Living With ADHD — Are You?

Neil Swanson says his wife of 52 years was always trying to understand why a guy like him, who seemed so smart, had so much trouble keeping track of time and staying organized...He bounced from job to job...Finally, about 17 years ago, Swanson was diagnosed with attention-deficit disorder/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. “That was quite a revelation,” he says.  

Preschoolers With ADHD: Positivity During A Pandemic

Parenting a child with ADHD is tough. Your preschooler has a harder time paying attention, following directions, and waiting to take turns, among other things, says Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD). While they thrive on structure and stability, 2020 hasn’t offered much of that.

Doctors explain why abusing ADHD meds won’t help esports players

In the middle of an otherwise typical interview, professional CS:GO player Kory 'Semphis' Friesen had just admitted that his entire team took Adderall when they played. The interviewer treated this as the most ordinary thing in the world...The ESL did not consider this the most ordinary thing in the world. The organization instituted randomized testing for banned substances in 2015, and added Adderall to the list. Other esports leagues have not.

Cognition, Bipolar Disorder, and the Self

Patients with mood disorders often think that their cognitive problems are due to ADHD. About 15% of individuals with bipolar disorder have comorbid ADHD. However, if the symptoms began in adulthood and worsened with the mood episodes, it is unlikely that ADHD is the problem.