ADHD in the News 2023-05-04

ADHD Treatment: Many Kids May Be Falling Through the Cracks — Few children with parent-reported ADHD received mental health care, medication

Many kids with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may not be getting the treatment they need, a cross-sectional study suggested. Of 1,206 children with parent-reported ADHD, only 26.2% ever received any form of outpatient mental health care, reported Mark Olfson, MD, MPH, of Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute in New York City, and colleagues.

Infants’ Health Record Data May Improve Early Autism Screening

[Excerpt] Using documented medical diagnostic codes, the research team identified children who were later diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or other neurodevelopmental conditions.

Study highlights risks for self-harm events in children and adolescents

The United States is in the midst of a mental health crisis with rising rates of hospitalization for suicide and self-harm events among children and adolescents. A study, "Characteristics Associated with Serious Self-Harm Events in Children and Adolescents," set to be published in the June issue of Pediatrics, looked at how best to determine which children are at elevated risk for self-harm.

Worse lung function seen for CF children with ADHD symptoms

Children with cystic fibrosis (CF) who also have symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may experience worse lung function, according to a new study from Israel and Spain. But the study also spotlighted a potentially far-reaching impact from ADHD on CF symptoms and care for children and adults who may have both disorders.

Akili’s therapeutic video game improves ADHD symptoms in 83% of adults: study

Though it’s currently cleared by the FDA to lessen attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms only in children between the ages of 8 and 12, Akili Interactive’s EndeavorRx digital therapeutic may actually be even more effective among older users.

Alarming increases in the numbers of American children requiring special education services

In a recent publication released by PubMed, American scientists led by Dr. Dufault at the Food Ingredient and Health Research Institute, reported alarming increases in the numbers of children requiring special education services. While student enrollment in US schools remained stable from 2006-2021, the percentage of children receiving special education services increased 10.4%.

ADHD in China: how women with the condition are stigmatised and dismissed, and can’t find help

Women with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are being failed by the Chinese healthcare system, with many self-diagnosing through social media

ADHD on TikTok: Raising awareness or driving inaccurate self-diagnosis?

ADHD is massive on TikTok. Creators who've taken the hashtag to more than 20 billion views say they've helped to spread awareness and normalise the condition. But some worry that the flood of content on our feeds and For You pages is also perpetuating stereotypes and encouraging potentially inaccurate self-diagnosis.

Do you have ADHD? This web browser is designed to make it easier to focus

Sidekick was created by Dmitry Pushkarev, who says he was frustrated with the UX of common web browsers like Safari and Google Chrome.

Neurodivergent Gamers Are Getting a Seat at the Tabletop

Designers and players are pioneering ways to make role-playing games more welcoming for people with ADHD, autism, and other social needs.