ADHD in the News 2021-08-12

How Do I Know if I Have Adult A.D.H.D.?

Q: How common is adult A.D.H.D.? What are the symptoms and is it possible for someone who was not diagnosed with it as a child to be diagnosed as an adult?...The Attention Deficit Disorder Association, an organization founded in 1990 for adults with A.D.H.D, saw its membership nearly double between 2019 and 2021. In addition, Children and Adults With Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, or CHADD, reported that the highest proportion of people who call their A.D.H.D. help line are adults seeking guidance and resources for themselves.

Being young in a school class puts children at long-term disadvantage, study finds

New research from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King's College London, in collaboration with the Karolinska Institute and Orebro University, has found that 'young relative age' – being young in a school class – puts a child at a long-term disadvantage compared to their older peers. Researchers are now calling for greater flexibility about school starting age.

Big data and the future of diagnosing mental disorders

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—What if testing for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) were as simple as running a test for diabetes or heart disease? For Dr. Alvis Fong, associate professor of computer science, the future of diagnosing mental disorders looks closer to how we test for diseases than it does to the current model of behavioral observation.

How you can help your child learn to get organized, without yelling

My daughter has an anxiety disorder, and her play therapist has talked a lot about the relationship between anxiety and executive function...Her therapist and I came to the conclusion that my daughter couldn’t do what I was demanding. Not yet, not without help. The process continues to evolve, but this is the plan we put into place — and it’s led to calmer days and a happier, cleaner home.

Don’t Believe These ADHD “Facts” on TikTok

Then I explored “ADHD TikTok,” an ADHD information center created by folks with ADHD (and who study ADHD), and it was a LOT to process. There was some good information, some bad information, and some absolute garbage. Given my background and expertise in the subject, I saved you some trouble and separated the golden truth nuggets you might see on TikTok from the fake news on your For You Page.

The Late Show: Procrastination

KEY POINTS: Procrastination is a huge part of ADHD at any age. The consequences of procrastination worsen as people get older and have more responsibility. One part of reducing procrastination is learning how to start tasks.

5 Things Adults With ADHD Wish Their Parents Had Known

Given how easy it is for parents to misunderstand kids with the condition, I spoke to several adults with ADHD to ask them what it was like to grow up with ADHD and what they wish their parents had understood.