ADHD in the News 2021-07-29

Study: Patients with ADHD, Other Psychiatric Diagnoses Stop Treatment More Often

A recent study has found that individuals with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other psychiatric diagnoses are more likely to stop taking their ADHD medications. The study is the largest of its kind to date, according to the authors, and the results were published in the American Journal of Psychiatry...Investigators collected data from 9133 patients diagnosed with ADHD and their prescriptions for medications in Denmark since 1995.

Study clarifies the benefits of neurofeedback for children with ADHD

A study in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP), published by Elsevier, reports on a review of nonpharmacological treatments for ADHD, specifically electroencephalogram (EEG biofeedback, or neurofeedback), which shows a large improvement of inattention at the end of the trial, but without a significant difference between the two treatments.

Micronutrients for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in youth: A placebo-controlled randomized clinical trial

Researchers investigated the benefits, if any, of providing micronutrients (vitamins/minerals) to a North American pediatric sample for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and irritability...Findings indicated global benefit of micronutrients over placebo by blinded clinician rating, but not by parent-report CASI-5 composite rating in this population.

Multiple Risk Factors Tied to Childhood Suicide

The study analyzed data from the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS). The child suicide decedents were between ages 5 and 11 years, and suicides occurred between 2013 and 2017 in 37 states...The authors found that a third of these children had a specific mental health concern identified prior to their suicide, most commonly attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), depression, and other comorbid disorders.

Cyclic Alternating Patterns in Pediatric ADHD With Sleep Disorders

Children with and without attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) do not have significantly different cyclic alternating pattern (CAP) analyses and interval distributions. They present with high CAP rates, which is normal for peripubertal children, according to study results published in the Journal of Sleep Research.

The Link Between ADHD and Overstimulation

If you have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), some clothing or food textures can cause sensory overload...When sensory overload happens, your brain is overwhelmed with information from your five senses and can’t process it correctly.

ADHD Explained: The Core 4

KEY POINTS: ADHDers are not motivated by importance, rewards, and consequences as neurotypicals are. ADHDers operate with a high-octane, interested-based nervous system. The intense emotionality that can accompany ADHD is often misdiagnosed as a mood disorder. Hyperactivity is an outward expression of the hyperarousal on the inside, and is often present in ADHDers without the "H" as well.

Can’t Remember What You Discussed in Therapy?

KEY POINTS: Many therapy clients report that they're having trouble remembering what they talked about in their recent therapy session. Sleep deprivation, ADHD, anxiety, depression, or the pandemic itself are all possible causes. On top of prioritizing sleep and exercise, practicing creativity and making sure to socialize can help reduce monotony and improve memory.