ADHD in the News 2021-11-24

What Is ADHD Stimming and How Can You Manage It?

ADHD stimming, or self-stimulatory behavior, is when a person with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) repeats certain movements or sounds. The reasons for stimming may vary depending on the person and their environment.

Diet changes brain activity in children with ADHD

Children whose ADHD symptoms were drastically reduced after following a few-foods diet showed increased activity in a specific part of the brain. The more significant the change in behavior, the more the activity in this part of the brain increases. In finding this, researchers of Wageningen University & Research have, for the first time, shown a relationship between a decrease in ADHD symptoms and increased activity in the brain after a diet.

What to Do if Your ADHD Medication Messes With Your Appetite and Body Image

Stimulants like Adderall can affect hunger and weight, which in turn can take a toll on mental health. Here's how to take care of your body and mind.

‘Are People with ADHD Smarter?’ Why Linking ADHD and IQ Needs Myth-Busting

People with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can have difficulty with attention and memory. To some people, this may make them seem less intelligent than average. On the other hand, they can also appear smarter that others because of their enhanced powers of observation and the ability to hyperfocus on topics of interest. However, even though ADHD and IQ are two separate qualities, they can sometimes impact each other.

Psychiatric Comorbidities in Pediatric ADHD

Theresa R. Cerulli, MD: The other challenge in diagnosing ADHD [attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder] is that the comorbid psychiatric conditions are so high. If you have ADHD, 75% of the time there’s a comorbid condition with it. In other words, straightforward ADHD exists alone in only 25% of your patients with ADHD. Seventy-five percent of the time there’s a comorbid psychiatric condition, and 60% of the time there are 2 or more comorbid psychiatric conditions with ADHD.

Substance Abuse in Pediatric ADHD

Theresa R. Cerulli, MD: The question around stimulants and substance abuse is in the front of all our minds. These are real risks. Obviously, the stimulants carry black-box warnings regarding risk of abuse and dependence. As much as would like to say that this is just an issue with our adult patients, it’s an issue with our kids and adolescents as well.

Development of a risk calculator to predict attention‐deficit/hyperactivity disorder in very preterm/very low birth weight newborns

ADHD prediction was made on the basis of the following seven parameters: late-onset sepsis confirmed by blood culture, necrotizing enterocolitis, neonatal seizures, periventricular leukomalacia, respiratory distress syndrome, length of hospital stay, and number of maternal ADHD symptoms.