ADHD in the News 2021-02-04

Delayed Recognition of Emotions Due to Mind Wandering Among Adults With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Individuals with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) had a slower ability to recognize emotions due to differing mechanisms. These findings, from researchers at King’s College London, were published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research.

Common variants link autism, ADHD, Tourette syndrome

Genetic variants that contribute to autism may also be involved in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Tourette syndrome, according to a new study...The work was published earlier this month in Biological Psychiatry.

Can Occupational Therapy Help People Who Have ADHD?

Because ADHD causes such wide-ranging difficulties, treating it takes a highly-individualized, multi-modal approach. If you haven’t yet considered including an occupational therapist (OT) on your treatment team, now may be a good time to investigate how an OT can help you manage symptoms and improve your quality of life.

Does Medicare cover Adderall?

Adderall is a prescription medication that doctors primarily use to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Medicare may cover Adderall or its generic form when it is medically necessary. Medicare usually covers Adderall under Part D, but Part A may sometimes provide coverage. In some cases, depending on the type of plan, Medicare covers the generic form of Adderall.

Doctors frustrated after patients face trouble filling Adderall prescriptions

The first month of the new year has come with unexpected challenges for thousands of people across the state [of Wisconsin] who take prescription Adderall, which is commonly used to treat ADHD. Doctors tell us a surprise change in Medicaid coverage created a ripple affect of problems for patients.

Students Who Turn To Adderall To Cram For Tests May Be Hurting Their Developing Brain

Students cramming for exams often turn to Adderall — a drug approved for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to a 2018 study that looked at how college students use the prescription drug. What students don’t realize is that this behavior can actually hurt their performance in the long-run, experts say.

ASU professor uses neurocognitive characteristics of ADHD to improve treatments

Lauren Friedman, a new assistant professor in the Arizona State University Department of Psychology, is working to better the lives of children with ADHD. “Even though ADHD is widespread, it tends to fly under the radar, and we don’t talk about it enough when we think about children’s mental health,” she said. “My research leverages what is known about the neurocognitive deficits and causes of ADHD when designing behavioral interventions to help kids who are struggling.”

10 Signs of ADHD in Adults—& Why It’s So Important to Spot, According to an Expert Who Has It Herself

Judy Katz, a pediatric occupational therapist in Chicago, has not only worked with families to support the subtle yet complex lives of kids with sensory processing issues and ADHD for years, but she herself has ADHD—and she only recognized it in adulthood.

Greater access to life-changing medicine for Australians with ADHD

Australian adults living with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) will soon have more affordable access to a life-changing treatment option, thanks to its expanded listing on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).

Samuele Cortese, MD: Bringing ADHD Researchers Together

Organizers for last month’s American Professional Society of ADHD and Related Disorders (APSARD) 2021 Annual Conference were able to present a slate of international attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) researchers...In an interview with HCPLive®, Cortese explained how important it is to bring an international class of researchers together in the virtual format to share data and discuss best practices in ADHD care. (Video)