ADHD in the News 2023-03-16

Best Online ADHD Therapy to Help Manage Your Symptoms

Best ADHD Therapy of 2023
  • Most Comprehensive: Teladoc
  • Best for Group Support: ADDA Virtual Support Group
  • Best for Children: Thriveworks
  • Best for Diagnosis: Amwell
  • Best for Chat Therapy: BetterHelp
  • Best Medication Management: Talkiatry
  • Best for Flexible Scheduling: Talkspace
  • Best for Multiple Diagnoses: Doctor on Demand
  • Best for College Students: Mantra Health
  • Best Directory: Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)

Opioid Settlement Hinders Patients’ Access to a Wide Array of Drugs

An agreement between attorneys general and major drug distributors increased scrutiny on medications for A.D.H.D., addiction, anxiety and pain.

An Adderall shortage hasn’t let up. Here’s why.

Telehealth made access to ADHD drugs easier for many. But a shortage has put the spotlight on virtual prescribing and supply chain issues.

Why ADHD Is Missed in Women

KEY POINTS: ADHD in women and girls is often misdiagnosed and misunderstood, with more focus on anxiety and depression. Most research about ADHD centers on males and externalizing symptoms instead of internalizing symptoms seen more in females. Many girls and women with ADHD struggle with making and keeping friends. They often miss social cues and feel excluded. Hormonal shifts in the menstrual cycle affect the symptoms of ADHD, increasing distractibility, mood changes, and forgetfulness.

Nationwide Adderall shortage has prescribers, pharmacists and physicians waiting for relief

When Kara's Adderall supply ran short, she started making calls. She'd call every pharmacy in her area until she found one that could fill her prescription. Sometimes when she arrived, there would already be a group of people there, having also made desperate calls in order to get the medication.

How ADHD Is Passed on From Parents to Children

KEY POINTS: Genetic transmission vs. genetic nurture may explain links between parental characteristics and their children’s ADHD traits. Based on data from 19,500 Norwegian families, there is evidence of genetic transmission but little evidence of genetic nurture. Parents’ own ADHD, education, cognitive abilities, and smoking may be linked to children’s ADHD traits due to the genes they share. Genetic nurture may partly explain the association between mothers’ neuroticism and children’s ADHD traits.

Childhood ADHD, Internalizing Difficulties Contribute to QOL in Early Adulthood

KEY POINT: Having ADHD symptoms during childhood and internalizing difficulties negatively impacted functioning and QOL as an adult.

Music Therapy Helps Ease Depression in Children, Adolescents With ADHD

A study found that music therapy has positive applications as an alternative treatment for depression in children and adolescents with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). In the study, the authors determined that participants experienced positive psychological and neurophysiological effects because the music therapy activated serotonin (5-HT) and improved participants’ ability to cope with stress.1

The top 10 drugs losing US exclusivity in 2023

[Excerpt] Takeda is defending its key brands on multiple fronts this year, but it’s the loss of exclusivity on Vyvanse—the Japanese pharma’s third best-selling product—that’s going to hurt the most. First approved back in 2007 to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Vyvanse—known generically as lisdexamfetamine dimesylate—will likely face its first copycat competitors after the drug’s last U.S. patent runs its course in August.

Pick a Card, Any Card: Undergrad Startup Combines Flashcards with Augmented Reality for Neurodivergent Students

In traditional classrooms, young students might spend the day sitting still for extended periods while listening to teachers talk, sometimes too fast. It’s not a system that works for all, often leaving behind those who learn differently, such as neurodivergent students with conditions like dyslexia, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or autism. Justin Nappi ’24 (CLAS) and Sudiksha Mallick ’23 (CLAS) hope to change that.

A perilous prescription: The dangers of unregulated drug ads

During the COVID-19 pandemic, as many stayed home, direct-to-consumer prescription drug advertising—already big business—boomed. Websites, social media, streaming services, and other on-demand platforms became ideal real estate for drug manufacturers, start up clinics, telemedicine practitioners, and others to market drugs, whether they were FDA-approved or not.