ADHD in the News 2023-04-27

Adderall Shortage Exposes Adult ADHD Treatment Issues

As the Adderall shortage persists throughout the United States, Yasmin Tayag, staff writer for the Atlantic, sheds light on the increasing demand for the drug fueled by a boom of newly diagnosed ADHD adults.

Doctor speaks on ADHD medication shortage

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - More than 16 million Americans are diagnosed with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Right now, there is a nationwide shortage of medications used to treat ADHD. The Food and Drug Administration announced the shortage back in October, blaming manufacturing delays, but experts say the shortage is more about an increase in demand.

Amphetamines are often prescribed along with depression and anxiety medications

Drugs like Ritalin are being given off-label to counteract the side effects of psychiatric prescriptions, a study suggests.

ADHD medication abuse in schools is a “wake-up call”

(CNN) - At some middle and high schools in the United States, 1 in 4 teens report they've abused prescription stimulants for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder during the year prior, a new study found.

Problems with ‘pruning’ brain connections linked to adolescent mental health disorders

Problems with the brain's ability to 'prune' itself of unnecessary connections may underlie a wide range of mental health disorders that begin during adolescence, according to research published today. The findings may help explain why people are often affected by more than one mental health disorder, and may in future help identify those at greatest risk.

People with neurodevelopmental disorder have a slightly increased risk of testicular cancer

A new study by researchers at Uppsala University and Uppsala University Hospital shows that men who have a neurodevelopmental disorder, such as autism and ADHD, also have a slightly increased risk of testicular cancer, or seminoma. This is the first study to show such a link, with the results to be published in the British Journal of Cancer.

ADHD Medications Reduce Risk of Psychiatric Rehospitalization for Borderline Personality Disorder Patients

Treatment with benzodiazepines, antipsychotics, and antidepressants was associated with an increased risk of all-cause hospitalization or mortality, while mood stabilizer treatment did not have a statistically significant association with any of the predetermined outcomes and ADHD medications were linked to a lower risk of psychiatric hospitalization.

ADHD tied to higher fracture risk in children

Children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have higher risk of fractures than matched children without ADHD, according to a study published April 1 in the European Journal of Pediatrics.

In ADHD, Meeting 24-HMB Guidelines Decreases Risk for Cognitive or Social Difficulties

KEY POINT: Children with ADHD who followed all 24-HMB recommendations were less likely to have difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions and making or keeping friends.

Walnuts Linked to Improved Attention, Psychological Maturity in Teens

Walnuts have been associated with better cognitive development and psychological maturation in teens, new research shows. Adolescents who consumed walnuts for at least 100 days showed improved sustained attention and fluid intelligence as well as a reduction in symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) compared with matched controls who did not consume the nuts.

Psychometric Testing for ADHD and the Diagnostic Process — “Because it’s psychiatry, testing has not been more widely adopted,” says Benjamin Cheyette

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders in children. It's often first identified due to classroom disruptions from characteristic symptoms of the condition like inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. There is no single test that doctors can use to diagnose ADHD.

Some Melatonin Supplements Have Dramatically Different Dosages Than Advertised, New Study Says

People who take the over-the-counter supplement melatonin for better sleep may be getting more—or less—of the drug than they think, according to a new study published Apr. 24 in JAMA.

What is rejection sensitive dysphoria, and why does it impact people with ADHD?

RSD begins when a person has perceived rejection or has actually failed at a task. The awareness of their shortcomings is then emotionally internalized at a high intensity.