ADHD in the News 2023-03-09

What ADHD Looks Like in Older Adults

Can grandparents have ADHD? You bet! Learn how this disorder is impacted by age.

Wellness Wednesday: Drug maker Eli Lilly announces price cap on commonly prescribed insulin

[Excerpt] Adderall is a popular drug used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Now it’s in short supply and the dearth is frustrating the millions of adults and children who rely on such drug therapy to manage their daily lives.

Some ADHD Medications Are in Short Supply. Schools Are Feeling the Fallout

In recent weeks, teachers have been forwarding emails from parents to Kelly Barlow-Eichman, the sole school nurse for the Shorewood, Wisc., school district, about possible behavioral struggles their children may be having in class. The emails, Barlow-Eichman said, read something like this: Hey, if you’re noticing some behavioral struggles, please know my child is not taking their medications. Or they are trying a different dose.

People With A.D.H.D. Claim Adderall Is ‘Different’ Now. What’s Going On?

Since the nationwide shortage started, some have said their medication no longer helps with their symptoms. But there could be other factors at play.

An ADHD diagnosis in adulthood comes with challenges and benefits

When Terry Matlen, a clinical social worker, was in her 40s, she was diagnosed with ADHD. “My entire life, there was something off,” Matlen said. This included significant anxiety as well as academic and behavioral issues, all of which started at a young age. Although Matlen was initially quite skeptical of her diagnosis, going so far as to seek out a second and third opinion, she eventually came to accept that she had ADHD.

Positive Top-Line Results Reported for Fed/Fast Study of Novel ADHD Treatment

Results show that the novel formulation of dexmethylphenidate can be taken either with or without food.

Once-Daily Stimulant for ADHD Safe, Effective at 1 Year

A once-daily oral stimulant medication for treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in individuals aged 6 years or older is safe and effective after 1 year of treatment, new research shows. Results from a phase 3, multicenter dose optimization, open-label safety study of Azstarys (KemPharm, Inc) found that most treatment-emergent adverse events (TEAEs) were mild to moderate.

The Development of BPD Among Young Adults with and without Childhood ADHD

The following is a summary of the “Developmental predictors of young adult borderline personality disorder: a prospective, longitudinal study of females with and without childhood ADHD,” published in the February 2022 issue of Psychiatry by O’Grady, et al. Among the many risk factors for developing borderline personality disorder (BPD) in childhood and adolescence, impulsivity and trauma stand out. Yet, there have been scant prospective longitudinal investigations of BPD’s causes and progression, much less those that took into account numerous risk factors simultaneously.

New study provides insight into the relationship between ADHD and school attendance problems in adolescents

Students with an attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) diagnosis are more vulnerable to student attendance problems and experience various comorbidities, including social and separation anxiety, depression, physical discomfort, and aggression. A study published in Frontiers in Psychology found that students with ADHD and comorbid symptoms were more likely to have school attendance problems than those with ADHD who had no additional symptoms.

Study Reassures on Asthma Med Use in Pregnancy and Kids’ Neuropsych Risks — Use of leukotriene-receptor antagonists not tied to risks of ADHD, autism, Tourette syndrome

Use of leukotriene-receptor antagonists (LTRAs) during pregnancy was not associated with significant risks of neuropsychiatric events in offspring, according to a nationwide cohort study from Taiwan.

How active learning affects STEM students with learning disabilities

Active learning is an instructional approach that involves engaging students with the learning process through group work, case studies, class discussions and other methods. This type of approach places a greater degree of responsibility on the learner. Students with disabilities may have unique experiences in active-learning STEM courses because most active-learning practices were designed with limited input from students with disabilities.

ADHD-Friendly Browser Looks to Curb Distractions Online

Sidekick, a new browser, is working to help internet users stay focused while navigating the web. An ADHD-friendly browser launched today and features tools to better help those easily distracted minimize the noise online. Dubbed a “productivity browser,” Sidekick protects the user’s data while also aiming to help focus their attention by making “the internet distraction-free.”

Activist Judy Heumann led a reimagining of what it means to be disabled

Judy Heumann was the first person I called when, in 1987, I reported my first story on disability rights. Judy, who contracted polio when she was 18 months old, gave me the quote that perfectly summed up that little-known civil rights movement. "Disability only becomes a tragedy when society fails to provide the things we need to lead our lives — job opportunities or barrier-free buildings, for example," she said. "It is not a tragedy to me that I'm living in a wheelchair."