ADHD in the News 2022-09-01

Adderall is hard to find at some pharmacies following a labor shortage at the largest U.S. supplier

Some pharmacies are having difficulty filling prescriptions of the attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder medication Adderall, following a labor shortage at the medication’s biggest U.S. supplier. Yet the Food and Drug Administration said that, based on its monitoring of the supply of ADHD medications from all manufacturers, no shortage has been detected overall.

“Scary easy. Sketchy as hell.”: How startups are pushing Adderall on TikTok

Nick C., a 25-year-old food service worker who lives in western Iowa, remembers coming across TikTok influencer Connor DeWolfe’s videos about a year ago. They showed up on his For You feed, which is effectively TikTok’s homepage. Almost all of DeWolfe’s videos were about attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. Nick recognized some of the symptoms described by DeWolfe as things he also struggled with.

Booming telehealth medicine is opening access to treatment for mental health: But surging prescriptions of stimulant drugs worry some

The success of TikTok, a social-media app, is built on its unpredictability. Open it up, and you might be shown a video of a clever machine in a food-processing factory, followed by somebody hawking a get-rich-quick scheme. In between, however, there are adverts. And these, at least for many young Americans in recent months, have been more predictable: many have focused on mental health.

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ADHD Combination Treatment Addresses Memory Deficits Better than Mono Treatment

Based on brain activity, d-methylphenidate and guanfacine show promise as a combination treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

Brain activity during sleep differs in young people with genetic risk of psychiatric disorders

Young people living with a genetic alteration that increases the risk of psychiatric disorders have markedly different brain activity during sleep, a new study shows.

Pediatric Patients With ADHD Show No Dual-Task Deficits

New data shows pediatric patients with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) do not suffer from dual-task performance deficits for functions like walking and texting compared to a healthy control group. A team, led by Tal Krasovsky, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Haifa Pediatric Rehabilitation Department, Sheba Medical Center, evaluated texting and walking performances between pediatric patients with ADHD and a control group, both indoors and outdoors, while also evaluating the role age and symptom severity play in dual-task performance.

Military service has transgenerational impact, study shows

A study in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP) reports that while children of veterans' families possess several socioeconomic advantages, including higher familial income, health insurance, and married caregivers, they also have higher rates of clinically recognized externalizing behavioral disorders, including ADHD and conduct problems, and adverse childhood experiences.

Adult ADHD diagnoses growing faster than kids’ cases

CALIFORNIA, USA — Adult diagnoses of ADHD are growing at a rate four-times faster than cases in children, according to study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. “Women were underdiagnosed for many years, and that's the group where we see the greatest increase in diagnosis,” Dr. Julie Schweitzer, professor of psychiatry & behavioral sciences at UC Davis, said.

5 Smart Ways to Help College-Bound Students With ADHD Succeed

Signing up for any accommodations the school offers, such as extended time on exams, can help college students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder excel.

Unplanned Pregnancy, Sexual Health, and Adult ADHD

KEY POINTS: Boys with ADHD tracked into adolescence and young adulthood have shown higher rates of partner pregnancies and STIs than those without ADHD. Studies of teens and young women with ADHD have found they have higher rates of early, presumably unplanned pregnancies before age 20. Sexually active young people with ADHD would do well to equip themselves with contraception with STI protection for themselves and their partner. Sexually active young people with ADHD can also coordinate appropriate contraception and STI protection with their partners to ensure their use.

ADHD symptoms are more prevalent in male weightlifters who use steroids, study finds

The use of anabolic androgenic steroids (AAS) can have negative health effects and the factors that predispose people toward AAS use are not well understood. New research published in Scientific Reports found that ADHD symptoms are more prevalent in male weightlifters who use or have used AAS in the past compared to those who have never used them.

“Celiac Fog” May Resemble ADHD, but Celiac Disease Doesn’t Raise ADHD Risk

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurological condition that can affect your ability to focus your attention and manage impulses, along with your energy levels. This condition can affect people of any age, though it’s most often diagnosed in childhood. Although the condition is common, experts don’t fully understand what causes it, which has led to widespread speculation about potential contributing factors.