ADHD in the News 2022-12-22

ADHD in women: Symptoms develop in childhood, but the signs are often missed

A national shortage of the drug Adderall has spotlighted a spike in demand for medications that treat the disorder, especially among women. A growing number of adult women in the United States have been diagnosed with and are seeking treatment for ADHD, a development experts attribute to a long history of psychologists, parents and teachers overlooking symptoms in young girls.

Virginia Democrat urges DEA, FDA to act on shortage of ADHD drugs

Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.) has sent a letter to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA), urging both agencies to act on the recent shortage of ADHD drugs. In her letter to DEA acting Administrator Anne Milgram and FDA Commissioner Robert Califf, Spanberger asked the two agencies to collaborate on a comprehensive federal response to ensure access to Adderall and other ADHD medications for Americans who rely on the drugs.

Online Pharmacy Truepill Wrongly Filled Prescriptions, DEA Says

US drug enforcement officials are considering prohibiting online pharmacy Truepill from dispensing controlled substances after alleging that the company wrongly filled thousands of prescriptions for ADHD medicines such as Adderall.

Tidal Wave of Panic: The Impact of the Adderall Shortage for ADHD Patients

Some in the industry expect the Adderall shortage to possibly last until March 2023. With little warning, panic swept through many patients and families of patients with ADHD when they began to be less able to obtain prescribed medication this year—especially Adderall.

Child body weight has limited effects on mood and behavioral disorders

Summary: Childhood body mass index is unlikely to have a big impact on children's mood or behavioural disorders, according to a new study.

Comparison of Two Group Therapies for ADHD Adolescents and the Moderators of Long-term Treatment Outcomes

The following is a summary of the “Moderators of long-term treatment outcome when comparing two group interventions for adolescents with ADHD: who benefits more from DBT-based skills training?” published in the December 2022 issue of Psychiatry by Meyer et al. Although there has been a call for psychosocial therapies for teenagers with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) to address issues of emotional dysregulation and impulsive conduct, it is unclear whether a universally effective treatment exists due to the diversity of the population.

Does diabetes during pregnancy increase the risk of neurodevelopmental conditions in children?

New research published in Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology has revealed a link between maternal diabetes during pregnancy and a range of neurodevelopmental conditions in children—including autism, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), developmental delay, intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, and epilepsy.

Using a virtual reality game to objectively detect ADHD

Researchers have used virtual reality games, eye tracking and machine learning to show that differences in eye movements can be used to detect ADHD, potentially providing a tool for more precise diagnosis of attention deficits. Their approach could also be used as the basis for an ADHD therapy, and with some modifications, to assess other conditions, such as autism.

Genetic + Registry Data AI Model May Predict Mental Disorder Diagnosis

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 21, 2022 (HealthDay News) — A deep learning model that combines genetics and registry data can predict both mental disorder diagnosis and disorder progression in a clinically relevant, cross-diagnostic manner prior to clinical assessment, according to a study published online Dec. 7 in JAMA Psychiatry.

Sleep Duration Increased for Adolescents During COVID-19 Pandemic

The total duration of sleep increased from 9 hours 8 minutes prior to the pandemic to 9 hours 54 minutes during school closures in Taiwan. Certain sleep habits emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic for students in Taiwan during the COVID-19 pandemic, including delayed bedtimes and increased total sleep duration.

Bedtime strategies for kids with autism and ADHD can help all families get more sleep

Getting a good night’s sleep is important for children’s learning and development. When young people don’t get enough sleep, it can impact their mood, school performance, health, and behaviour.

How To Get Kids To Share Their Feelings About Living With ADHD

You ask your child how he feels and despite his grumpy tone, slamming things on the counter, and gruff demeanor, he says,”fine” [sic]. Your child gets off the bus and you know something happened at school as she retreats to the basement with headphones on.