ADHD in the News 2023-05-11

Mother of 6-year-old who shot Virginia teacher says son has ADHD

Deja Taylor, the mother of a 6-year-old boy who allegedly shot his first grade teacher in January, says she is willing to take responsibility for the incident, and that her son's actions can be linked to his ADHD diagnosis.

The US Covid Emergency Ended Today. Here’s What That Means For You.

A quick download on everything from access to ADHD meds to the end of free, mail-order Covid tests.

ADHD in Teenagers: Age of Stimulant Medication Initiation, Duration May Impact Drug Misuse

KEY POINT: The age at which teenagers with ADHD start taking prescription stimulant medications and the duration of use of these drugs may impact the development of substance use disorder.

MHA releases analysis of its online mental health screens taken in 2022; 6.3M global screenings taken, nearly 500k took new ADHD screen

Alexandria, VA – More than 6.3 million people worldwide in 2022 took a mental health screening using the Mental Health America (MHA) Online Screening Program, a nearly 138% increase from 2020 and a 19% increase from 2021. Rates of depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts remain at the high 2021 levels, and more people screening at risk for mental health conditions are struggling the most with body image or self-image and relationship problems.

Stimulant Prescriptions for Older Adults Are on Rise: A Guide for Safe Prescribing

Because older adults have a greater risk for cardiovascular events associated with stimulant prescribing, clinicians should initially screen and then monitor patients’ blood pressure and heart rate.

A Fifth of Young Patients With ADHD Take Tolerance Breaks From Their Medication

One in 5 young patients self-report nonadherence to ADHD medications, citing reasons such as built tolerance, disliking the general feeling of the medication, and forgetfulness, among others.

City police to screen suspects for undiagnosed ADHD

City of London Police has become the first force in the UK to screen people being held in custody for undiagnosed Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The pilot aims to help people get a quick referral for diagnosis and support, the force says.

What Role Does ADHD Play in Eating Disorder Treatment?

KEY POINTS: Studies show that people with ADHD are more than three times as likely as the general population to develop an eating disorder. Understanding ADHD symptoms that may be associated with the onset and maintenance of an eating disorder can be key to recovery. A thorough assessment provides valuable information that can clarify a personal path to recovery by taking any comorbidities into account.

This Couple Went Viral After Sharing Their System For Dividing Up Household Chores, And This Is Genius

If you've ever lived with a significant other, you've probably had a handful of conversations about how to keep the house clean. And if you relate to that, then you may want to hear how this couple, Cass (They/she) and Alexa (She/Her) — together known as @twofemmegems — went viral on Instagram by finding a thoughtful way to manage their household chores on a weekly basis that not only works with Cass's ADHD but also Alexa's chronic pain.

How To Tell Your Child That They Have ADHD

Help your child understand that the way their brain works is a difference that can also be a strength.