ADHD in the News 2022-09-29

Preparing Students With ADHD for College

KEY POINTS: Because of its impact on executive function, ADHD creates unique challenges for college students. Creating appropriate supports and expectations ahead of time can help ease the transition into college. A student's acceptance of their ADHD—both the diagnosis and the need to develop adaptive habits—is crucial.

Acetaminophen use during pregnancy can impact kids’ behavior, researchers warn

Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Acetaminophen is widely taken during pregnancy, but a new study warns women that it may be linked to sleep and attention problems in children. They were discovered in kids at age 3. It's the latest research finding that the offspring of pregnant women who have taken the pain reliever -- also called paracetamol, but best known under the brand name Tylenol -- developed "neurobehavioral" problems.

Study shows birth weight could help identify children at higher risk of psychological issues

New research from RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences has found that babies with larger birth weights tend to have fewer mental health and behavioral issues in childhood and adolescence. These findings could help to identify and support children at greater risk of developing psychological problems. The study, published in European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, examined birth weights and subsequent mental health in thousands of children in Ireland.

Black Girls with ADHD Often Remain Undiagnosed—Here’s How to Spot the Signs

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a common childhood neurodevelopmental disorder, is typically first diagnosed when kids are 3 to 7 years old and can continue into adulthood. “Learning and thinking differences like ADHD are variations in how the brain processes information,” says Yvonne Cowser Yancy, Chief Administrative Officer and Head of Workplace at “It can affect skills such as reading, writing, math, focus, managing emotions, and organization,” she says.

Omega-3 fatty acids, and in particular DHA, are associated with increased attention scores in adolescents

Summary: Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is associated with a greater capacity for selective and sustained attention in adolescents, while alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) is associated with lower impulsivity, according to a new study. The results confirm the importance of having a diet that provides sufficient amounts of these polyunsaturated fatty acids for a healthy brain development.

New Study to Understand the Relationship Between ADHD and Suicide Risk

ADHD UK is delighted to announce a new research partnership with the University of Glasgow to explore the relationship between ADHD and suicide risk. Although people with ADHD are known to have increased risk of suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts and death by suicide, there are many gaps in our understanding of why and how they are at increased suicide risk. Over the next 18 months, we aim to explore the association between a range of psychological and psychosocial factors and suicide risk in people with ADHD.

4 Ways Teens Hurt Their Mental Health (Without Even Knowing It)

New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that “about 1 in 4 young adults are seeking mental health care.” We have to remember that teens with ADHD are trying their best. But, despite their best efforts to manage their own lives and exercise the independence they so desperately crave, I notice that they seem to repeat several habits that interfere with these desires.

Viloxazine Plus Caffeine Increases Insomnia Likelihood in Adults With ADHD

Using viloxazine extended-release (ER) capsules with caffeine among adults significantly increases the likelihood of insomnia, but may not increase the likelihood of experiencing other caffeine-related adverse events (AEs), according to study results presented at Psych Congress 2022, held from September 17 to 20, 2022, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Future of Adult ADHD

Around the Practice: Management of Adult with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) - Episode 6. Experts in psychiatry discuss the future of ADHD management as well as challenges when approaching treatment of adult ADHD.

How Women Can Manage ADHD When Anxiety Is Skyrocketing At Work

New guidance from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force warned this week that there is a critical need to lower American’s stress and anxiety, which wreaks head to toe havoc on our bodies. The government’s draft recommendation is that adults be screened for anxiety annually to preserve our mental health. They did not offer any immediate solutions.