ADHD in the News 2021-03-11

The Stroud Foundation and CHADD Partner Up to Improve Virtual Learning for Children with ADHD

The Stroud Foundation, a Washington, DC-based foundation dedicated to DC-area kids with learning differences and their families, and CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder), the leading national nonprofit organization supporting the ADHD community, are pleased to announce that Professor Andrea Chronis-Tuscano, PhD, and her team at the University of Maryland ADHD Program, have received a Stroud Foundation grant to study online learning interventions for children with ADHD.

Dissecting the Role of Sleep Disturbances in Children With ADHD

A systematic review recently published in the Journal of Attention Disorders examined the presence and impact of sleep disturbances in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Below, lead author Upasana Bondopadhyay, MPhil, and co-author Andrew Coogan, PhD, from the University of Ireland, Maynooth, explain how the study was designed, their most significant findings, and a surprising gap in existing research that they found.

Adult-Onset ADHD Raises Questions

Four recent studies may have turned what we know about attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) on its head. By following large cohorts from early childhood to adulthood, they claim to have discovered that ADHD can start in adults who did not have the disorder before the DSM-5 cutoff of 12 years. However, before we rewrite the DSM and start prescribing stimulants to every adult who cannot concentrate, it is important to take a closer look at this research.

Q&A: High Comorbidity Rate of Bipolar Disorder and ADHD “Not by Chance”

Co-occurrence of adult bipolar disorder (BD) and attention/deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is heterogenous and “much higher than expected by chance,” according to a meta-analysis published online in Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews. Clinicians should be aware of this overlap, which can have important implications for diagnosis and potentially treatment, researchers wrote.

ADHD: Aggressive behavior is genetically coded

An international collaboration headed by researchers from iPSYCH has found genetic variants that increase the risk of aggression in children with ADHD. In the same study, the researchers also discovered that the genetics which increase aggression in some children with ADHD, are the same genetics that affect aggression in children without a diagnosis...The results have been published in the scientific journal Nature Communications.

Children With Hypermobile EDS Prone To Autism And ADHD

In fact, researchers now say children with hypermobile EDS (hEDS) or hypermobility spectrum disorders (HSD) may be more susceptible to attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder or autism spectrum disorder. The recently published study appeared in the February 2021 edition of Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment. For the study, Swedish researchers tracked 201 children who received treatment between 2012 and 2018.

Resting state functional connectivity in adolescent synthetic cannabinoid users with and without attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder

Synthetic cannabinoids (SCs) have become increasingly popular in recent years, especially among adolescents. The first aim of the current study was to examine resting-state functional connectivity (rsFC) in SC users compared to controls. Our second aim was to examine the influence of comorbid attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptomatology on rsFC changes in SC users compared to controls.

How to be more inclusive of staff with ADHD

People with ADHD often possess qualities and skills that make them valuable assets to any organisation, but sometimes face significant challenges at work. Katherine Kindersey outlines how employers should be supporting them.

DMA Publishes ADHD Employer Guidance

UK – The Data & Marketing Association (DMA) has developed guidance to improve employers’ understanding of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in the workplace.

As Many Parents Fret Over Remote Learning, Some Find Their Kids Are Thriving

Bobby has ADHD and sometimes gets seizures...This means that the 11-year-old often needs to take breaks from class, whether it is because of a seizure or just because he wants to walk around the room to get some of his energy out. Even though he already had some accommodations when school was in-person, online learning makes it easier for him to accommodate his own needs.

What to Expect When Your Patients With ADHD Are Expecting

A new study provides guidance for clinicians discussing the risks of ADHD medications with their pregnant patients...The study population included data from 364,012 Danish singleton pregnancies with a live fetus at 12 gestational weeks (determined by ultrasound) and onwards between the dates of November 1, 2007 and February 1, 2014.

How to Switch Stimulants: A Dosing Guide for ADHD

Patients with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) often need to change stimulants, but there are a few things to know to get the dose just right when converting.