ADHD in the News 2023-08-10

‘Brain Zap’ Therapy Shows Promise in Quieting Childhood ADHD Without Meds

Key Takeaways: -- Noninvasive brain stimulation eased the symptoms of ADHD in a small, preliminary trial -- Fifty-five percent of children who got brain stimulation showed improvements, while only 17% of kids in the placebo group did -- But experts said the treatment is not yet ready for prime time, and the results will need to be replicated in a larger trial.

More adults than ever have been seeking ADHD medications – an ADHD expert explains what could be driving the trend

As a woman in my 30s who was constantly typing “ADHD” into my computer, something interesting happened to me in 2021. I started receiving a wave of advertisements beckoning me to get online help for ADHD, or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

Why Everyone’s Worried About Their Attention Span—and How to Improve Yours

Seemingly everyone is concerned about concentration these days. Margaret Sibley, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine, specializes in working with adolescents and adults who have attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Can social robots and brain-computer interface video games help manage ADHD?

In a systematic review published in the journal Brain Sciences, scientists have discussed the utility and usefulness of social robots and brain-computer interface video games in treating young people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Childhood ADHD and sexual abuse identified as potential predictors of later engagement in sex work

Childhood sexual abuse between ages 9 to 15 and having a childhood diagnosis of ADHD might be linked to later involvement in sex work, according to preliminary research published in the Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma. The findings suggest that targeted interventions addressing these risk factors and promoting education and access to medication may help support young women at risk of engaging in sex work.

“If You Finished College, Then You Can’t Have ADHD”

KEY POINTS: There are many myths about adult ADHD that interfere with people who are struggling getting help. A thorough adult ADHD evaluation is necessary to determine whether of not someone has ADHD. There are empirically-guided facets of a competent adult ADHD evaluation to look for.

The Rx Crisis: The Impact of Ongoing ADHD

According to the National Community Pharmacists Association, 97% of independent pharmacy owners reported shortages of Adderall in early 2023. As these shortages continue, here's how you can best support your patients with ADHD.

What Parents Should Know About L-Theanine

Step away from the supplement aisle — there are better ways to help your kid feel calm.

Can We Develop a Brain Test for ADHD?

KEY POINTS: Researchers have examined how electrical activity of the brain relates to attention. The ratio of slow waves to fast waves at the front of the brain, called the Theta Beta Ratio (TBR), is key. TBR has been related to trait levels of attentional control and drive to pursue goals, and to mind wandering. TBR cannot distinguish between people with and without ADHD, but it may help us understand attention better.

Strattera vs. Adderall: What’s the Difference?

Strattera (atomoxetine) and Adderall (dextroamphetamine and amphetamine) are prescription medicines used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).[1][2] Although both are effective for treating ADHD, Strattera and Adderall differ in how they work in the body, their associated side effects, their potential for dependency, and more.

ADHD sufferers self-medicating with cannabis due to NHS delays, warns charity

The condition, which affects behaviour, concentration and attention-span, has been diagnosed in more than 2-and-a-half million people in the UK.