ADHD in the News 2021-04-08

FDA OKs first new ADHD drug in over a decade for children

The Food and Drug Administration late Friday OK’d Qelbree (KELL’-bree) for treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children ages 6 to 17. It comes as a capsule that’s taken daily. Unlike nearly all other ADHD medicines, Qelbree is not a stimulant or a controlled substance, making it harder to abuse than older drugs.

An ADHD medication has been recalled after contamination by another drug was found

Apotex recalled three lots of Guanfacine, a drug used to treat ADHD, after finding one lot had trace amounts of a drug used to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression.

College Can Really Ramp Up Stress for People With ADHD

College is far more stressful for undergrads with ADHD than for their classmates, but it doesn't have to defeat them. New research finds that resilience seems to be an important buffer. "The results offer hope to students because each of the resilience factors can be strengthened at any point in life either on one's own or with the help of a counselor," said study author Shelia Kennison, a professor of psychology at Oklahoma State University.

Why teens with ADHD need more ZZZs to get to more As

“We found teens with ADHD to have two to three times more difficulties with sleep problems,” stated Stephen Becker, a Clinical Psychologist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Becker and his colleagues conducted a study in which they recruited 300 students, half with ADHD, half without. Twenty percent of the teens with ADHD got less than seven hours of sleep on school nights, compared to 10 percent of students without ADHD.

How Technology Can Help You Cope With ADHD

If managed well, and with help from a doctor, ADHD can present as the opposite of what most people think it is. Some people mistakenly believe that ADHD is a side effect of modern life and the rapid increase in handheld devices, but technology has gotten a bad (and factually incorrect) reputation as a cause of ADHD.

Undiagnosed ADHD in women poses extra barriers to remote learning

As the Winter 2021 semester comes to a close, many McGill students have reported a range of challenges in finishing the academic year. One challenge in particular affects some students more than others, and often does so without their awareness: An undiagnosed mental disorder.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Associates With Poorer Lifetime Occupational Success

Interventions to aide individuals with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) to increase lifelong occupational success should incorporate comorbid disorders and educational difficulties. These findings were published in PLoS One. Researchers from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden analyzed data from adolescents (N=1,221,453) who graduated from compulsory school in Sweden between 1998 and 2008.