ADHD in the News 2021-04-01

Mindfulness App Improves ADHD Symptoms in Children and Teens

Children and adolescents with ADHD who practiced brief mindfulness exercises using the Headspace app in combination with evidenced-based ADHD treatments showed significant improvements in overall symptoms at 4 months, according to a poster presented virtually by Stephanie M. Key, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC, at the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners Annual Meeting (NAPNAP 2021).

Managing Sleep Problems Could Improve Overall Outcomes in Youth With ADHD

Successfully managing sleep problems in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may help improve behavioral and cognitive outcomes, according to authors of a systematic review recently published in the Journal of Attention Disorders. In part 2 of this Q&A series, study lead author Upasana Bondopadhyay, MPhil, and co-author Andrew Coogan, PhD, from the University of Ireland, Maynooth, discuss the clinical relevance of their findings, gaps in research that they found, and a related upcoming project.

Late-Onset ADHD: Recent Research and Remaining Questions

ADHD Section Editor and Psych Congress Steering Committee member Vladimir Maletic, MD, MS, discusses recent research developments regarding late-onset ADHD and questions that remain unanswered. Dr. Maletic is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Greenville.

How Adults with ADHD Can “Manufacture” Motivation

Dopamine is the neurotransmitter most linked to ADHD. Dopamine insufficiency in regions of the brain associated with self-control (via a suite of skills known as the executive functions) is documented in research on adult ADHD.

Analysis of structural brain asymmetries in attention‐deficit/hyperactivity disorder in 39 datasets

Researchers herein used 39 datasets of the ENIGMA consortium to perform the largest ever analysis of brain left‐right asymmetry in attention‐deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). A total of 1,933 people with ADHD and 1,829 unaffected controls were assessed for analyzing asymmetry of subcortical and cerebral cortical structures.

Fidgeters, Rejoice: Why the Vice is Actually Good for the Brain

This week, the study team announced preliminary results. While the study was designed to evaluate the brains of people with ADHD, they found fidgeting increased blood flow in the brains of participants with and without the condition. This increased blood flow was found in the executive decision-making region of the brain: the prefrontal cortex.

Akili presents more positive trial data for ADHD gaming therapy

Akili Interactive has published data from its STARS-Adjunct trial supporting the efficacy of EndeavorRx, its attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) video game therapy for kids, in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Digital Medicine.

When High IQ and ADHD Collide

Children with exceptionally high IQ scores can also have ADHD. Both of my sons qualified for the Gifted/Talented program in school based on their high intelligence test scores. Both were also given the diagnosis of ADHD.

Girls have ADHD too – this is why we may be missing them

Asked what they know about attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, many people will likely tell you that it mostly affects children, and mostly boys. However, research has shown that neither of these perceptions is entirely true.

Can You Diagnose Yourself With ADHD? Yes, But Should You?

Similar conversations — an insistence on not self-diagnosing accompanied by countless responses doing just that — are playing out in the comments of videos about anxiety, trauma, narcissistic personality disorder, autism, and more...How rampant TikTok-related self-diagnosis is — and whether it’s even a bad thing — is up for debate.