ADHD in the News 2023-06-29

Maternal ADHD and postpartum depression risk

In a recent study, women diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder were at a 24% increased risk of postpartum depression.

ADHD Medications Prescribed at Similar Rates During Telehealth and In-Person Visits

Key Findings: We observed no significant difference between ADHD medication prescribing rates for initial care delivered through telehealth or at an in-person office visit.

Cracking the code: machine learning models predict ADHD symptoms in youth

Scientists at the University of Michigan have developed machine learning models to predict childhood attention-deficit hyperactivity (ADHD) disorder symptoms from neurocognitive testing and child characteristics. The study is published in the Translational Psychiatry Journal.

BCBSA grants Boys & Girls Clubs of America $10M to help stem tide of youth mental health problems

[Excerpt] The announcement comes on the heels of research released last week by BCBSA based on claims data that find diagnosed rates of anxiety for that age group rose between 2017 and 2021, while rates of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and depression grew about 50% to 60% in the same period.

Clinical Instability and Severity May Be a Marker for Psychiatric Hospitalization

KEY POINT: CGI-S scores are a useful predictor of psychiatric hospitalization risk.

Kyle Jones, PMHNP: The Future of Telehealth for ADHD

Telehealth likely will have a major place in psychiatric care in the future.

Report: Heavy metals still found in many popular baby foods

[Excerpt] The report said long-term intake of heavy metals may increase the risk of a variety of health and developmental problems in young children, including a lower IQ and behavioral issues, as well as ADHD, autism, and other issues.

Use these parenting strategies to help kids with ADHD thrive in the summertime

School’s out, and summertime is here. Let the water gun fights and bubble blowing begin. But the newfound freedom children get as the final bell for the school year rings can be difficult, especially for kids with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, which affects 5%-8% of school-aged children and includes symptoms like lack of concentration, disorganization and restlessness.

Psychiatry on TikTok: Providing Education to Teens in an Ethical Manner

84% of 500 TikToks offered inaccurate or potentially damaging medical advice. How can you address TikTok as a mental health professional?

What’s the buzz? The benefits and risks of ‘brain zapping’

Key Takeaways: In a growing trend, some people are using at-home devices that initiate transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS)—also known as "brain zapping"—in order to reap a range of purported neural and psychological benefits. Patients are using these devices in hopes of improving mood, memory, creativity, and learning, and also to combat symptoms associated with COVID-19, ADHD, and Alzheimer's disease. Experts say there are risks involved in using tDCS, and as the devices are not yet approved by the FDA to treat specific conditions, they should be considered a “recreational” device as opposed to a medical device.

You might have heard ADHD risks being over-diagnosed. Here’s why that’s not the case

At the same time as it has attracted support and understanding, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has invoked passionate debate in recent years. One hot topic is whether ADHD is being over-diagnosed.

ADD Treatment is Not Just for Kids Anymore

For more than 40 years, Annie Cooper has practiced psychiatry. For many years, she has been a staff psychiatrist at Piedmont Hospital and maintained an active private practice. During her long and very productive career, she has had ADD, attention deficit disorder.