ADHD in the News 2022-03-03

ADHD linked to hoarding behavior

New research has found that people with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are significantly more likely to also exhibit hoarding behaviors, which can have a serious impact on their quality of life. The study, published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research and funded by the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust, found that almost one in five people with ADHD exhibited clinically significant levels of hoarding, indicating there could be a hidden population of adults struggling with hoarding and its consequences.

Having certain health conditions in adolescence may be linked with faster aging in adulthood, study says

Adolescents ages 11 to 15 who were obese, smoked cigarettes daily, or had a psychological disorder, such as anxiety, depression or ADHD, biologically aged nearly three months faster every year than their peers, according to a study published Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.

Why it costs a fortune to get the best test for disabilities like ADHD, autism, dyslexia

When Ann Civitareale’s father passed away in 2009, she little fathomed that she would spend thousands of her inheritance on medical and educational testing for her two sons...Costly independent evaluations have come to play an outsize role in the diagnosis and treatment of numerous disabilities, from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder to autism to dyslexia.

Attention! Brain scans can tell if you are paying it

Data from brain scans can now answer an age-old question asked by parents and teachers everywhere: Are you paying attention? Using a model of fMRI data collected from 92 individuals performing several types of attention-related tasks, the lab of Yale’s Marvin Chun successfully predicted how well those individuals would perform on the tasks based on their brain scans alone...The study was published March 3 in the journal Nature Human Behavior.

New study shows first FDA-cleared video game treatment for pediatric ADHD improves brain function

In the U.S., EndeavorRx has been cleared to help in improving attention function as measured by computer-based testing in children ages 8-12 years who have primarily inattentive or combined-type ADHD who struggle with maintaining attention. A study published in the medical journal PLOS ONE found that the EndeavorRx video game treatment from Akili Interactive Labs improved brain function for pediatric patients with ADHD, the company announced recently. Akili expects to launch the treatment in the second half of this year.

Children living in greener and less polluted areas have 50% lower risk of developing ADHD

Children living in areas with higher air pollution due to PM2.5 particles and very low levels of green space might have up to 62% increased risk of developing ADHD. On the contrary, children living in greener and less polluted areas have a 50% lower risk of developing the disorder. These are the conclusions of a paper published in Environment International with data from 37,000 children from Vancouver (Canada).

Study examines timing abilities of drivers with ADHD and ASD

Time perception plays a key role in safety while driving on the road...A recent University of Alabama at Birmingham study indicated that drivers with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder — when compared to a control group — showed no differences in timing abilities. However, drivers with autism spectrum disorder displayed some differences in their perception of time.

ADHD and Schizophrenia: Is There a Connection?

Research from 2015 suggests there may be some overlap between ADHD and schizophrenia. Yet there are distinct differences between the two conditions regarding symptoms, causes, diagnosis, and treatment.  

Adult ADHD and Criticism

KEY POINTS: A recent study asked adults with ADHD to describe the criticism they received from others. Inattention-related behaviors were the most criticized overall, and impulsive behaviors were most criticized in social settings. Criticism tied to typical features of adult ADHD eroded participants' sense of self-worth and overall well-being.