ADHD in the News 2022-11-10

Does stimulant medication for pediatric ADHD affect adult height?

A recent review found that multiple clinical trials indicated a reduction in adult height potential for children with long-term use of stimulant medication for treatment of ADHD, but other studies conflict with this data.

ADHD treatment should be changed if ineffective

In a recent study, children and adolescents with ADHD often had to change treatment in instances of ineffectiveness or complications.

Pine Bark Extract May Improve Pediatric ADHD Symptoms With Fewer Adverse Effects

In children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), French maritime pine bark extract (Pycnogenol, Horphag Research) significantly improved ADHD symptoms with fewer adverse effects than methylphenidate, according to results from a randomized trial published in the Journal of Functional Foods.

How families and schools can support girls with ADHD

ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is one of the most common childhood disorders. It affects 6% of Hawaiʻi children. They may have problems with focusing and impulsive behavior. And while it is often diagnosed in boys, it also affects girls. Sungalina Lee, the K-8 principal of Assets School, began working with neurodiverse youth because she found them bright and quirky — and found her own interests could meet their needs.  

How to Manage After-School Meltdowns With a Neurodivergent Child

By the time your child gets home from school, there’s a good chance they are ready for a class after-school meltdown. Also known as after-school restraint collapse, these meltdowns often happen because a child has been exerting an extraordinary amount of effort to behave during the school day, only to lose their control the moment they reach a place where they feel safe.

Is Tylenol safe during pregnancy? Expert raises alarm about possible link to autism, ADHD.

Roberta Ness is on a mission to warn pregnant people to use less acetaminophen. The epidemiologist who helped convince jurors that baby powder likely causes ovarian cancer is now equally convinced of the dangers of frequent acetaminophen use during pregnancy. Most researchers think the science isn't yet conclusive, but Ness doesn't want to wait.

Optimizing Adult ADHD Treatment: An All-Day Affair

CONFERENCE REPORTER: “Can adults have ADHD?” Andrew J. Cutler, MD, laughingly asked at the beginning of his 2022 NEI Congress session on optimizing adult ADHD treatment. Approximately 80% of adults with ADHD go undiagnosed and untreated, Cutler shared.[1] Furthermore, 87% of adults with ADHD have at least 1 comorbid psychiatric condition, like major depressive disorder (60%), substance use disorder (57%), and anxiety (56%).[2-4]

Adult ADHD: Substance Abuse Challenges

Novel Delivery Systems Utilized in the Treatment of Adult ADHD - Episode 6. Theresa Cerulli, MD, and Anthony Rostain, MD, MA, discuss challenges with substance abuse related to pharmacologic interventions for adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) treatment.

ADHD: Bottom-Up Triggers of Social Anxiety

KEY POINTS: Neuro-biologically informed methods engage the safety system of the brain and tune into neuro-biological needs. A neuroception of safety is helpful for social engagement behaviors. Neurodivergent individuals are susceptible to emotional contagion.

Misconceptions About ADHD

ADHD, or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, is one of the more misunderstood mental health conditions in popular culture. It’s not a simple matter of frenetic children running around, and people who have ADHD don’t necessarily find it impossible to concentrate on anything. In the latest episode of Misconceptions, Mental Floss video producer Bethel Afful discusses her own experiences with ADHD and gets into some of the scientific literature documenting our evolving understanding of this tricky neurodevelopmental disorder.