ADHD in the News 2022-09-22

CHADD Announces New Chief Executive Officer

Laurie Kulikosky, CAE, Will Join the Leading Nonprofit Organization Serving the ADHD Community LANHAM, Md., Sept. 20, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder)―the leading resource for children and adults with ADHD, their families, educators, and healthcare professionals―is proud to announce the appointment of Laurie Kulikosky, CAE, as the organization's new Chief Executive Officer, effective October 17, 2022.

When Employers Help Employees with ADHD Succeed, Everyone Wins

According to the World Health Organization, adults with untreated ADHD lose on average 22 days of productivity per year. Employees with ADHD are 30% more likely to have chronic employment issues, 60% more likely to be fired from a job, and three times more likely to quit a job impulsively than their non-ADHD counterparts. Why should employers care about these realities?

Adderall Shortages in US Spread to Two More Drug Suppliers

Two more pharmaceutical companies are having difficulty supplying Adderall to US patients with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder as shortages plague the market. Lannett Co. and Par Pharmaceuticals, part of Endo International Plc, are the latest companies with limited supply of some doses of generic extended-release Adderall, according to a website updated Monday by the University of Utah’s drug-information service, which tracks drug shortages.

People With ADHD Are Struggling To Get Adderall Amid A Shortage And TikTok Stigma Is Not Helping

“I’m constantly nervous that I won’t be able to get my medicine, and I’ll get fired and not be able to find another job and turn back into a gross depressed garbage monster who hates himself for not being able to do his laundry.”

Children exposed to Hurricane Sandy while in womb show higher rates of depression, ADHD: study

While city officials were able to calculate the physical destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy years ago, experts are still grasping the scope of the mental anguish it caused city residents — even those who were in the womb when it happened nearly a decade ago. In a study published Wednesday in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, researchers found that children who were in the womb during 2012’s Hurricane Sandy were more likely to develop depression, anxiety, and attention deficit/disruptive behavior disorders compared to children who were not.

Gene mutation discovered that causes language impairment, ADHD and myasthenia

Two studies have revealed that certain disorders of the CAPRIN1 gene have significant consequences for people. First, the research team showed that insufficient production of the protein CAPRIN1 in the brain can lead to developmental differences, including autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and language disorders. Furthermore, the scientists identified a specific mutation in the CAPRIN1 gene (CAPRIN1P512L) that leads to an abnormal accumulation of proteins, causing unsteady gait and muscle weakness (myasthenia). The two studies have been published in the journals Brain and Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences.

Serdexmethylphenidate/Dexmethylphenidate Improves Sleep in Children With ADHD

Serdexmethylphenidate/dexmethylphenidate (SDX/d-MPH) has been shown to improve sleep measures among children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to study results presented at Psych Congress 2022 held from September 17 to 20, 2022, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Human gene variant in ADHD, autism exposes sex-dependence of neuronal signaling mechanisms

The prevalence, age of onset, and clinical symptoms for virtually all neuropsychiatric disorders differ between men and women. Among the disorders with pronounced sex bias are Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), where the ratio of males/females diagnosed is approximately 4 to 1. Whether this skewed ratio arises from roles played in brain development by sex-specific DNA sequences or hormones or reflects the way that biological mechanisms and environmental influences elicit behavioral patterns differently in males and females, remains an area of open investigation.

Mom ADHD More Common Than You Think

The number of adult women who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) will probably surprise you. Women who make it to motherhood with undiagnosed ADHD have been unknowingly suffering from it their entire lives and are just trying to manage their symptoms on their own the best they can. Moms with this condition often have a difficult time organizing their lives and the lives of their children. They can feel like they have no control over anything and can't totally figure out how to get it together.

Preventing Autistic Burnout and ADHD Burnout

KEY POINTS: Autistic and ADHD burnout can present as a child reaching meltdown more easily, as well as increased reactivity. In order to treat symptoms of autistic and ADHD burnout, the child's environment needs to be accommodated to be more in sync with their needs. To support future generations, it is important to practice from a neuro-affirming and neuro-biologically informed approach.

Rise in adult ADHD increases demand for treatment

Key Takeaways: Studies demonstrate that the number of adults with ADHD is rising, which could be due to many factors including overdiagnosis. Specialists should be on the lookout for “conscious exaggeration” of ADHD symptoms to secure stimulants for diversion or disability accommodations. Behavioral strategies are helpful in adult ADHD patients, including time and task management.

What is the relationship between ADHD and Parkinson’s?

There may be a link between attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Parkinson’s disease, as they both affect the same parts of the brain. Parkinson’s may also have an association with ADHD medications.