ADHD in the News 2021-05-20

Breathing exercises improve focus in children with ADHD

Yoga and breathing exercises can improve attention and decrease hyperactivity in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). A team of psychologists at Ural Federal University also found that after special exercise training, children with ADHD could engage in complex activities for longer without getting tired.

What to know about exercise and ADHD

Both cardiovascular and noncardiovascular exercise show some promise as treatments for ADHD symptoms. However, regular exercise does not automatically mean that a person will see improvements in all aspects of the condition. In this article, we look at whether exercise can help with ADHD. We also explain how often people should exercise and suggest some activities for people to try.

Study: Children with autism or ADHD can mask consistently

Children with autism spectrum disorder or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder participating in a summer treatment program were able to wear face coverings effectively, researchers at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle report today in JAMA Network Open.

Viloxazine Is a New Option to Treat ADHD in Children

Nonstimulants are also recommended for those that do not see the full benefit from stimulant medications...Vviloxazine (Qelbree), is a new treatment option, approved in the United States in April 2021. This drug is a norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor indicated for patients aged 6 to 17 years.

Government urged to give ADHD patients branded medication

Calls for Concerta medication grow amid reports of Xenidate side effects...Patients with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and psychiatrists are once again calling on the government [of Malta] to revert to branded medication as the current treatment is having a detrimental effect on some children and adults.

Diagnosing ADHD in the Future: Sweeping Away Old Concepts

KEY POINTS: ADHD is defined by clinical characteristics, as there are no definitive other tests. There should be new criteria that reflect changing ideas about ADHD like considering the context of electronic distractions and comorbidities. Family history should always be part of the assessment.

How to Recall Coping Skills for Adult ADHD

KEY POINTS: Many adults with ADHD struggle to remember to use coping skills at the point of performance, when they are needed most. Catchy reminders or mantras, such as "count to 10," are useful tools to help activate coping strategies or at least to recall coping options. A five-step list for adults with ADHD serves as a reminder of coping strategies to overcome avoidance and engage in tasks. Some steps for overcoming avoidance include being specific when it comes to defining tasks and being accepting of discomfort.

How Do You Help a Sluggish Child?

KEY POINTS: Problems with attention problems, mind-wandering, and energy have led to the controversial construct Sluggish Cognitive Tempo (SCT). There is debate as to whether this condition is part of ADHD or a distinct diagnosis. No medications are currently approved to treat SCT. Potentially relevant drugs may include Strattera, Ritalin, and antidepressants.