ADHD in the News 2021-10-21

Most Kids Newly Diagnosed With ADHD Aren’t Getting Best Care

Preschoolers with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) rarely receive the gold-standard treatment recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) for their condition, a new study reports. The AAP recommends a behavioral therapy technique called "parent training in behavior management," or PTBM, as first-line treatment for ADHD kids ages 4 and 5.

Signs to evaluate a child for ADHD

Signs a child might need help include “challenges with attention, focus, processing, falling behind academically, feeling like they’re not able to catch up, having challenges with impulse control, calling out in class, acting out before actually thinking, being easily frustrated, very overwhelmed,” Patton-Smith said...A great resource for parents according to Patton-Smith is the Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) website.

What to know about ADHD and suicidal thoughts

A 2021 study that features in BMC Psychiatry shows a strong correlation between ADHD and suicidal thoughts. In addition, the authors note that when they adjusted for other variables, ADHD remained an independent risk factor. This finding suggests that ADHD may directly cause higher rates of suicidal thoughts. It is important to note that as all of the participants were medical students in China, the findings may not be generalizable to other populations. However, other research suggests that certain behaviors common in people with ADHD, such as impulsivity, could contribute to suicide risk.

Exploring the Link Between ADHD and Exercise

This article covers exercise’s effects on ADHD, including the effects of some specific exercises, and even my personal anecdote. Performing regular exercise plays a key role in promoting various areas of brain health, regardless of whether a person has ADHD. Let’s first review how exercise stimulates mental health.

Common problem with ADHD is sleep disorders

One of the common problems associated with ADHD are sleep problems. These problems range from insomnia to secondary sleep disorders. Recently, Dr. Alex Dimitriu and Danielle Pacheco from the Sleep Foundation wrote an article discussing the relationship with sleep problems and ADHD. People with ADHD are more likely to experience shorter sleep time, problems falling and staying asleep and a higher risk of developing a sleep disorder.

How culture affected my ADHD diagnosis

When most people think of ADHD, they picture a disobedient boy who can't sit still, talks back, and gets poor grades at school...How could the high-achieving Asian kid have a neurological disorder? As the child of a Vietnamese refugee and Malaysian immigrant, I grew up under the weight of impossibly heavy expectations.

The 10 Best Books for ADHD in 2021

With so many books to choose from, we carefully selected the best ADHD books for adults, parents, and kids based on the following criteria: reader reviews, consistently high ratings, author qualifications, pricing and accessibility, and recommendations from people with ADHD.