ADHD in the News 2021-08-05

Improving Engagement in ADHD Care

Optimal treatment of a child or adolescent with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) begins by establishing a collaborative care team consisting of the family, school personnel, primary care clinician (PCC), mental health and subspecialty clinicians, and other adults, such as tutors and coaches.1 To facilitate communication among care team members, a standardized, reliable system should be established to securely collect and share information about the child’s ADHD symptoms and functioning, medication side effects, receipt of ADHD treatments, family treatment preferences and goals, and educational resources.1

What to know about ADHD screening

The attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) screening test is an essential step in diagnosing the condition. Before treatment can begin, an individual needs a diagnosis. The condition, however, is challenging to diagnose.

Can Children Outgrow ADHD?

As the exhausted mother of a child with ADHD who sometimes feels desperate for one moment of elusive silence, I often wonder: can he outgrow this?...CHADD, a charity that offers support, information, and advocacy to people with ADHD, gave me the answer to the question I've asked myself so many times, even if it wasn't the answer I wanted to hear: symptoms of ADHD persist in 50 to 86 percent of adults who had ADHD as children. It just looks different later in life1.

How trauma informed care could help identify and treat ADHD

Many things can contribute to what we understand as ‘trauma’. For many, adverse childhood experiences (ACE's), whether this be neglect, abuse, a particularly bad split or divorce, a parent with an addiction or mental illness, can all lead to developing some kind of trauma disorder later on in life. ADHD is understood as a developmental neurodiverse disorder, but can trauma inform how we identify and treat it from an earlier age?

Adderall: A Drug to Watch as Schools Reopen

KEY POINTS: The return to in-person schooling may cause some college students to increase their drinking and drug use. Adderall is a prescription drug of choice for those students who choose to use it for nonmedical purposes. While potentially valuable for some students with ADHD, Adderall is not for everyone. It can even be habit-forming. There are both stimulant and non-stimulant options for students who need help managing their ADHD symptoms.

Researchers: Children of heavy drinkers at higher risk for health problems

Children of heavy drinkers are at increased risk for a mental health disorders, serious injuries or illnesses and criminal behavior, an analysis published Thursday by the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs found...Children whose mothers drink heavily are also at increased risk for mood disorders such as depression and for stress-related conditions such as anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder as well as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, the researchers said.

Can the Genetic Overlap of ADHD and Autism Guide Better Treatment?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) share certain genetic variants and genes. Additional research focused on these variants may help identify pathophysiological pathways and new treatment targets for these disorders, according to research findings published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

ADHD Time Blindness Contributes to My Impulse Spending

For me, the worst part of ADHD isn't being fidgety or hyper-focused; it's under-discussed symptoms such as time blindness and impulsive spending—both of which are wreaking havoc on my finances.

Health video games could change how we treat patients — but doctors still need to be convinced

An increasing number of startups are creating health video games. Video games can help treat conditions and acquire patient data. But skepticism about how well they work may prevent doctors from using them. This article is part of a series called "Future of Healthcare," which explores how technology is driving innovation in the development of healthcare.

Simone Biles’ ADHD medication is banned in Japan, but a Tokyo 2020 exemption allowed them for athletes

Simone Biles withdrew from both Olympic all-around finals over mental-health concerns. The superstar gymnast later said she was experiencing "the twisties," which cause disorientation. She takes ADHD medication that is not permitted in Japan, but an exemption likely allowed her to bring it.