ADHD in the News 2021-07-01

Drug relieves persistent daydreaming, fatigue, and brain sluggishness in adults with ADHD

Tests of a drug known to stimulate brain activity have shown early success in reducing symptoms of sluggish cognitive tempo in 38 men and women with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD.)...Researchers at NYU Grossman School of Medicine and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai who led the study say the stimulant lisdexamfetamine (sold as Vyvanse) reduced by 30 percent self-reported symptoms of sluggish cognitive tempo.

Managing attention deficit disorder by training the brain

Scientists explored a technique called 'neurofeedback,' which enables ADHD patients to train their attention, based on instant feedback from the level of their brain activity. The team of neuroscientists found that not only did the training have a positive effect on patients' concentration abilities, but also that the attention improvement was closely linked to an enhanced response from the brain -- the P3 wave -- which is known to reflect integration of information in the brain...The findings are open-access and have been published in the journal Clinical Neurophysiology.

Personalized at-home neurofeedback compared to long-acting methylphenidate in children with ADHD: NEWROFEED, a European randomized noninferiority trial

For the treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), one of the promising interventions is neurofeedback. In NEWROFEED, a prospective, multicentre, randomized (3:2), reference drug-controlled trial, researchers assessed the noninferiority of personalized at-home neurofeedback (NF) training vs methylphenidate in the treatment of children with ADHD...Read the full article on Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

Participation in after-school activities decreases ADHD severity

An analysis of data from the National Survey of Children’s Health for about 4000 children revealed that in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), participation in after-school activities is associated with decreased ADHD severity and less school absenteeism.

FDA Approves Updated Prescribing Information for Extended-Release ADHD Drug

Methylphenidate hydrochloride (Adhansia XR) was originally approved in 2019 for ADHD patients at least 6 years old. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved updated prescribing information for methylphenidate hydrochloride (Adhansia XR) extended-release capsules CII as a treatment for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

It’s game on for Akili as it launches digital campaign for first FDA-approved ADHD video game

Akili’s newly launched treatment for ADHD is a prescription—but not a drug. It's a video game. And the company is taking a fittingly digital approach to launching the first-of-its-kind FDA-approved product. The company's consumer marketing campaign for the EndeavorRx game centers on social media, while its distribution relies on a digital-first model. The consumer campaign, “Made for the Mind You Love” is debuting on Instagram, Facebook and TikTok, while the company considers Snapchat and other paid media.

Ending the mental health stigma in the tech community

Michael Freeman, a psychiatrist and former CEO who serves on the faculty of the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, investigated the prevalence and characteristics of mental health conditions among entrepreneurs. He concluded founders are twice as likely to suffer from depression, six times more likely to suffer from ADHD, three times more likely to suffer from substance abuse and twice as likely to have suicidal thoughts than a demographically matched comparison.

What to do if a child with ADHD cannot sleep

The relationship between ADHD symptoms and sleep problems can create a cycle that is challenging for children and their parents and caregivers. However, many strategies can help kids with ADHD have better sleep. In this article, we look at the relationship between ADHD and sleep, techniques for improving sleep, and when to seek support from a doctor.

Single people with ADHD describe what it’s like to date when your brain is wired differently

For singles with ADHD, dating can be a difficult process. Some people with ADHD can become easily distracted, forgetful, and impulsive. Some also experience an extreme negative reaction to rejection. Therapy and medication can help.

Increased risk of ADHD at short and long interpregnancy intervals in a national birth cohort

Researchers sought to explore the connection between interpregnancy interval (IPI) and diagnosis with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) utilizing a large case-control study nested within a national birth cohort in Finland...Read the full article on Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology.