ADHD in the News 2023-09-07

ADHD: A risk factor for serious mental health issues, research finds

The hyperactivity disorder, usually referred to as ADHD, is an independent risk factor for several common and serious mental health issues, finds research published in the open access journal BMJ Mental Health. It is associated with major depression, post traumatic stress disorder, the eating disorder anorexia nervosa, and suicide attempts, the findings show, prompting the researchers to recommend vigilance by health professionals in a bid to ward off these disorders later on.

Generic drugmakers start shipping copies of Takeda’s ADHD drug Vyvanse

Aug 31 (Reuters) - Drugmakers have begun shipping copycat versions of Takeda Pharmaceutical's (4502.T) drug Vyvanse, which is expected to offset the ongoing shortage of the ADHD medicine in the United States.

ADHD drug shortage stresses families during back-to-school season

(CNN) — Earlier this year, Clara Pitts got the news she was hoping for: She had been accepted to her dream school, Brigham Young University. It was a feat made all the more joyful for Clara and her family because of what she overcame to get there: a diagnosis with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, and in the last year, difficulty accessing medication for it.

Social support and good family functioning help well-being of children with ADHD, but have little effect on their educational attainment

An analysis of data from the longitudinal Dutch TRAILS study showed that children with ADHD often don’t get as much help from teachers and classmates, and the functioning of their families tends to be poorer. Having better family functioning and more support from others appears to help these kids feel better mentally, but it doesn’t seem to make their school performance better. The study was published in Research on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology.

Counterfeit Pills Fuel Rising Number of Fatal Drug Overdoses

FRIDAY, Sept. 1, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- A growing number of overdose deaths in the United States involve counterfeit pills, health officials reported Thursday. Overdose deaths involving counterfeit pills were twice as common in the latter half of 2021 as they were in the last six months of 2019, accounting for about 5% of overdose deaths, according to a new study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In Western states, those rates tripled during the same period. The drugs are made to look like prescription opioids or stimulants to treat ADHD.

Study Explores Effects of Sleep Robot Intervention on Patients With ADHD and Insomnia

The study explored the intervention’s effects using both quantitative and qualitative methods.

Family says Catholic medical clinic denied transgender girl care

[Excerpt] Sitting on the back deck of her home, overlooking the chicken coop on her family’s farm near Ann Arbor, Tiffinny recalled coming out as transgender to her mom at age eight. “I was just like, ‘OK, I don’t really feel like I’m a boy. I feel like I’m a girl. And like, how I look doesn’t represent how I feel. So I want to change that.’” As an honor roll student with a packed schedule, she juggles music, art and sports. Lately she and her parents have wondered whether she might have ADHD.

Research: Gender affects when someone is diagnosed with ADHD

We talk with a psychologist about their lived experience with ADHD and learn about the factors that contribute to differences in diagnosis based on age and gender.

EU regulator recommends pregnant women not use epilepsy drug topiramate

Sept 1 (Reuters) - The European Medicines Agency's safety committee, on Friday, recommended pregnant women not use topiramate-containing medicines to prevent migraine or manage their body weight as their newborns could have a higher risk of neurodevelopmental disorders.

Seeing the invisible: Learning to accommodate neurodivergence at work

When lawyer Nicki Vander Meulen was sworn in as a Madison Metropolitan School District board member on Autism Awareness Day in 2017, a legislator told her she “must not be that disabled” if she had a law degree. “He meant it as a compliment,” she told the Cap Times. Vander Meulen, 44, has faced obstacles throughout her life because of a lack of awareness about and accommodations for her autism, ADHD, cerebral palsy and chronic fatigue syndrome.