ADHD in the News 2023-04-13

What’s Driving the Demand for ADHD Drugs Like Adderall

For at least the last six months, Adderall—the stimulant medication commonly used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)—has been in short supply in the U.S. That seems to be in part because demand is growing as more people are diagnosed with ADHD, a condition that can make it difficult to focus, remember details, control impulses, or sit still.

The Adderall shortage is still hitting Kansas City. Here’s what people with ADHD can expect

The FDA announced an Adderall shortage in October. Since then, Kansas City residents with ADHD have scrambled for alternatives as the shortage drags on with no clear end in sight. Raising five children — four of whom have ADHD — while dealing with the neurodevelopmental disorder herself, Jeremy Didier is acutely aware of how chaotic things can become without proper medication.

The Adderall Shortage Is Taking a Toll on These People

Patients with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and other conditions treated with Adderall and similar stimulant medications are struggling to fill their prescriptions. As of the week of April 10, six pharmaceutical companies that manufacture Adderall and its generics reported to the Food and Drug Administration that at least some immediate-release formulations were unavailable or in shortage.

Effort Underway to Develop First U.S. Guidelines for ADHD in Adults

The number of diagnosed cases of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have increased significantly among adults in the United States within the past decade, which could be due to many factors, including overdiagnosis. A recent JAMA study found that diagnoses of ADHD in adults are growing four times faster than in children. Other research tells another story: that clinicians misdiagnose or miss ADHD in adults and that fewer than 20% of individuals with ADHD are diagnosed and treated by clinicians.

Choice Between Treatment Modality Remains Weak for Pediatric ADHD and Sleep Disorders

Sleep interventions could increase sleep quality and quantity among children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Still, evidence remains limited for other sleep-related outcomes such as quality of life (QoL), sleep onset latency (SOL), sleep efficiency, and ADHD symptoms. Researchers from the School of Health and Welfare in the Department of Health and Care at Halmstad University, Sweden, published their findings in Sleep Medicine.

How to Assess ADHD Symptoms in Children — Zachary Blumkin, PsyD, says there’s no single test that can confirm or rule out a diagnosis

When evaluating individuals for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), it is typical to use multiple stages of assessment prior to a formal diagnosis. This typically involves a comprehensive evaluation of information gathered from a number of sources, including parents/carers, family members, teachers, or partners and colleagues, depending on the age of the individual.

Housing quality may affect kids with ADHD

Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is the most frequently diagnosed behavioral and neurodevelopmental disorder in childhood. Children with ADHD experience difficulty with one or more of its core symptoms—inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity.

Vitamin and mineral supplements may help reduce aggressive behaviors in children and youth

A systematic review published in the journal Aggression and Violent Behavior describes the effectiveness of nutritional supplements in reducing excessive aggression in children and adolescents.

Better Cardiorespiratory Fitness in ADHD Positively Related With Mental Health Status

KEY POINT: There is a link between CRF levels and mental health in patients with ADHD.

Brain training probably doesn’t help ADHD – new study

Drugs to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can be very effective, but they can come with a range of undesirable side-effects, such as increased anxiety, trouble sleeping and loss of appetite. It is not surprising that people have sought other treatments. Brain training – “exercising” your brain with attention and focus – is one such treatment.

Hyperfixation, Love Bombing: How ADHD Complicates Attraction

Experts say the constant search for novelty and stimulation can have both good and bad effects on people’s relationships.

Misuse of Adderall promotes stigma and mistrust for patients who need it – a neuroscientist explains the science behind the controversial ADHD drug

The nationwide shortages of Adderall that began in fall 2022 have brought renewed attention to the beleaguered drug, which is used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy. Adderall became a go-to drug for ADHD over the past two decades but quickly came under fire because of overprescription and misuse.