ADHD in the News 2023-07-06

Treating childhood ADHD with stimulant meds not associated with increased substance use later in life, study finds

Summary: Children taking a prescription stimulant to manage ADHD symptoms are not at a higher risk of substance use disorder as adolescents or young adults, according to new research.

You Often Feel Distracted. Do You Actually Have ADHD?

More people are aware of adult ADHD, often thanks to videos and posts about it that they see on TikTok and Instagram. Doctors say that’s helped more people get treatment, but not everyone who feels distracted has ADHD.

Some People With ADHD Are Taking ‘Medication Holidays’ This Summer—But Is It Safe?

FAST FACTS: Some TikTok creators are touting the benefits of a “medication holiday” from ADHD medication. While there are instances where children may go off ADHD medication, experts note that adults should remain on their medication as prescribed. Experts recommend working with a trusted healthcare professional to find the ADHD medication and dosage that works for you.

ADHD Associated With Poor Health-Related Quality of Life in Children

Childhood attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) was found to be associated with a “substantially poorer” health-related quality of life (HRQoL). Findings from the systematic review and meta-analysis were published in the Journal of Attention Disorders.

Maternal Alopecia Areata Linked to Autoimmune, Atopic, Thyroid, and Psychiatric Disorders in Offspring

KEY POINT: Offspring exposed to maternal alopecia areata had an increased risk for autoimmune, inflammatory, atopic, thyroid, and psychiatric disorders.

Multi-disciplinary program shows promise for treating ADHD, post-concussion syndrome, and memory loss

The Journal of Alzheimer's Disease Reports published a paper today by nationally-recognized neurologist Dr. Majid Fotuhi, MD, PhD that details a multi-disciplinary program for patients with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), post-concussion syndrome (PCS), or memory loss.

What to Know About ADHD During or After Pregnancy

You may find that your symptoms are more pronounced during the first trimester or after childbirth, thanks to hormonal shifts.

ADHD and Stronger Executive Functioning Skills

KEY POINTS: Executive functioning skills describe the directive capacities of the brain. People with ADHD typically have more significant and numerous executive functioning challenges than others. While medication for ADHD can be an important part of treatment, pills don't teach skills. Improving executive functioning skills takes practice and patience so pick one skill to address at a time.

New tests available in S’pore to help assess adults for ADHD

SINGAPORE - Adults who suspect they have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can now undergo a new series of tests designed to provide a more scientific diagnosis. The process involves an infrared brain scan, an eye-tracker test and a continuous performance test – in addition to standard clinical interviews and self-report questionnaires.

ADHD Myths, According to People Who Actually Have It

Often misdiagnosed with other mental health disorders, adults with ADHD struggle to keep jobs and relationships and often feel misunderstood.