ADHD in the News 2023-07-20

A ‘perfect storm’ led to an ADHD medication shortage. Here’s why

After nine months of difficulty finding and filling prescriptions for Adderall, ADHD patients are now facing shortages of other medications, leaving millions who rely on the drugs with uncertainty, frustration and bureaucratic hassles.

Months Later, Stimulant Shortage Persists

The FDA announced a shortage of Adderall in October that has only worsened across the country. The shortage is made worse by additional burdens such as prior authorization that prevent patients from speedily accessing the stimulant medications that are available.

Teens are using social media to diagnose themselves with ADHD, autism and more. Parents are alarmed

(CNN) — Some people browse TikTok and Instagram for recipes, memes and colorful takes on the news. Erin Coleman says her 14-year-old daughter uses these apps to search for videos about mental health diagnoses.

A new study shows the benefits of an accurate ADHD diagnosis — so why can’t women get one?

Ten years ago, when Emily Stoddard was in her late twenties, she asked her therapist if they thought she might have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD.)

The link between ADHD and trauma

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common neurodevelopmental disorder that often begins in childhood. Studies have found that trauma occurring in childhood may exacerbate or predict some ADHD symptoms.

What You Need to Know about ADHD Tic and Stimming Behaviors

KEY POINTS: Approximately 20% of children with ADHD develop a tic disorder. Tics are involuntary movements in response to an urge. Stimming is a way of self-soothing and may be beneficial in children with ADHD.

Longitudinal study highlights bidirectional relationship between childhood maltreatment and ADHD symptoms

New research provides evidence of a bidirectional association between maltreatment in childhood and ADHD symptoms. Infants who are more easily upset and fussy are more likely to have ADHD symptoms when they get older.

Adolescent girls with ADHD show higher levels of impairment and depression, despite boys exhibiting more ADHD symptoms

Girls with ADHD tend to experience higher levels of impairment and depressive symptoms as they progress through puberty, despite boys having higher levels of ADHD symptoms, according to new research published in Research on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology.

Individuals with ADHD are more likely to participate in politics, study finds

A study conducted in Israel before the national elections in 2019 found that individuals with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more likely to participate in politics than individuals without ADHD symptoms. The findings held even after the researchers controlled for age, sex, education, political orientation, therapy for ADHD symptoms, and several other factors. The study was published in PLOS One.

Significant rise in ADHD diagnoses in the UK

Both ADHD diagnoses and prescriptions for ADHD medication have increased significantly over the past two decades, except in children under five, finds a new study by UCL researchers.

ADHD and Epilepsy in Adults: What to Know

July 13, 2023 -- About 20 out of every 100 adults with epilepsy may also have attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, and new research shows the more un-controlled seizures a patient has, the higher risk that patient has of having ADHD as well.