ADHD in the News 2021-03-25

SNRI ‘Shows Promise’ for Comorbid ADHD, PTSD

Atomoxetine, a selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI), may improve outcomes for patients with both attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), new research suggests. A pilot trial of veterans with comorbid ADHD/PTSD showed that atomoxetine significantly reduced ADHD symptoms and moderately improved PTSD treatment outcomes and quality of life in comparison with placebo.

Navigating New Challenges in the Management of ADHD

Timothy Wilens, MD, a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, led a discussion regarding the multidisciplinary management of ADHD, the diagnostic and treatment obstacles during the coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19) pandemic, and the effect of medication abuse. This article recaps the key clinical pearls and takeaways from the conversation.

ADHD in Young Adults

Signs of ADHD usually start in early childhood and continue into adulthood. But sometimes, ADHD isn’t diagnosed until someone is a young adult. Adults’ symptoms might not be as obvious as those in children, but they’re similar. Young adults with ADHD usually don’t show as much hyperactivity as they did when they were kids. But they can be restless, with trouble controlling impulses and paying attention.  

Dueling Diagnoses: Do You Have ADHD, OCD, or Both?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) share some overlapping symptoms, and they can have similar effects on the way people function at school and on the job...It’s also possible to be misdiagnosed — one condition mistaken for the other. Here’s a look at what ADHD and OCD have in common, along with how you can tell the two apart.

Sugar and ADHD: What’s the Connection?

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common neurological condition that affects more than 6.1 million people in the U.S...In this article, we’ll explore what the current literature says about the relationship between ADHD and sugar, and what treatment options are available for symptoms.

Q&A: Bipolar Disorder and ADHD Co-Occurrence Rates Indicate Need For Screenings

The high co-occurrence rates of bipolar disorder (BD) and attention/deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) indicate clinicians need to routinely carry out screenings for adults with either condition, according to a meta-analysis published online in Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews...In part 2 of this Q&A series, lead author Carmen Schiweck, PhD, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany, discusses the surprising outcomes, practical applications for clinicians, and further research.

Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy Tied to Child Neurodevelopment

Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (HDP) are associated with modestly increased risks for autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and possibly attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in offspring, according to a study published online March 22 in JAMA Pediatrics.

Mary Rooney, PhD: The Challenges of ADHD During a Pandemic

In this edition of DocTalk, Mary Rooney, PhD, clinical psychologist and chief of the Child and Adolescent Psychosocial Interventions Research Program at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), explained how telehealth transformed ADHD care in 2020 and what the major concerns are moving forward for this patient population. [Podcast]

Neurodiversity offers huge pool of untapped finance talent

Finance teams must often solve complex business problems to help their organisations understand market opportunities, competition, and risk. To tackle such problems, companies can turn to nontraditional thinkers.

What to expect from ADHD in relationships

Depending on the person and the relationship, familiar ADHD-related difficulties may be present or new ones may arise. However, a person with ADHD and their partner can use a range of strategies to work around these challenges. Also, many characteristics of ADHD can be strengths in a relationship.....we explore the challenges, techniques that help, and possible benefits of having a partner with ADHD.

It’s time to stop saying words like ‘Schitzo’ and phrases like ‘I’m so OCD.’ Here’s why.

"I'm practically an alcoholic." "Kill me." "I'm so OCD." People say these phrases without thinking. But these words are potentially harmful for those with mental health disorders and those struggling with addiction...'I'm so ADHD/ADD': Same goes for using ADD and ADHD as a way to describe a difficulty focusing.