ADHD in the News 2022-09-08

New study questions effectiveness of ADHD medication for kids

About 6 million kids in the U.S. are diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD. Of those diagnosed, 90% are prescribed stimulant medications to help with their academic performance. But a new study reveals some surprising findings about these drugs’ effectiveness.

Pregnant women with obesity and diabetes may be more likely to have a child with ADHD

Children of women with gestational diabetes and obesity may be twice as likely to develop attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) compared to those whose mothers did not have obesity, according to new research published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

Patients With ADHD at an Increased Risk of Injuries

New research shows pediatric patients with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are at an increased risk of injuries and hospitalization because of the injuries. A team, led by Ming-Shang Pai, MS, Department of Psychiatry, Taoyuan Armed Forces General Hospital, evaluated the risk of injuries requiring hospitalization among pediatric patients with and without ADHD and assessed the effects of medication on the risk reduction of patients with ADHD.

Study Investigates Link Between Discrimination, ADHD, Suicide

The suicide rate among Black children is increasing, while the rate is falling among White children. A psychiatrist in Boston is wondering: Could suicide among Black children be related to ADHD stigma?

Suicide linked to genetic factors in youths

Suicide attempts (SAs) and suicide ideation (SI) may be linked to genetic factors that persist through an individual’s lifespan, according to a recent study.

Adult ADHD Affects Genders Differently, Study Finds

Adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects men and women differently and similarities should not be assumed, according to a systematic review published in the Asian Journal of Psychiatry.

Trending Clinical Topic: Brain Stimulation

New findings regarding the potential of brain stimulation to boost memory, improve attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms, and treat depression resulted in this week's top trending clinical topic. A new study in 150 adults aged 65-88 years found that transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS) for 20 minutes over 4 consecutive days had a lasting effect on memory (see Infographic).

Transcranial direct current stimulation vs sham for the treatment of inattention in adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder

Key Takeaways: Among adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) who were not taking stimulants, daily treatment with transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) at home for 4 weeks resulted in an improvement in attention.

Expert alarmed by mental health app Cerebral’s speedy sessions and prescriber qualifications

More users of Cerebral, one of the largest online mental health care providers, are reporting they have problems with Cerebral's quality of care. In June, CBS News reported on how some users were concerned about how the startup was treating people for conditions such as depression and ADHD. Since then, CBS News has heard from more patients and employees who are concerned about the way Cerebral diagnoses and prescribes medications.

Concerns as more turn to TikTok for ADHD and mental health self-diagnosis

More than a million people are currently waiting for community mental health care in England, and that’s left many people going online to seek advice. On Tiktok, videos about conditions like ADHD and obsessive compulsive disorder have been getting billions of views, although doctors say some, although well meaning, are spreading misleading information and lack context and nuance.

ADHD and Epilepsy Often Co-Occur — Here’s What Experts Know About the Link

Around 1.2% of people in the United States live with epilepsy, a neurological condition that causes recurring seizures. If you number among those 3.4 million people, you might be much more likely to have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) than the general population.