ADHD in the News 2023-10-19

Adults with ADHD are at increased risk for developing dementia

Adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are nearly three times more likely to develop dementia than adults without ADHD, according to a Rutgers study. The study, coauthored by Michal Schnaider Beeri, director of the Herbert and Jacqueline Krieger Klein Alzheimer's Research Center at Rutgers Brain Health Institute (BHI) was published in JAMA Network Open. It followed more than 100,000 older adults in Israel over 17 years to examine if adults with ADHD are at increased risk for dementia, including Alzheimer's disease.

Craig Surman, MD: Sleep Drug Solriamfetol Can Effectively Treat ADHD

A new study found that solriamfetol, a medication approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for several sleep conditions like narcolepsy and sleep apnea, has properties that can treat ADHD symptoms. Craig Surman, MD, director of the clinical and research program in adult ADHD at Massachusetts General Hospital and associate professor at Harvard medical school, led the study. He also serves as co-chair of the professional advisory board of the nonprofit, CHADD, a resource aimed to educate people about the best practices to live with ADHD and how to get diagnosed and treated.

Overtalking may signal a mental health condition

Many of us overtalk, for instance, when we’re socially anxious or deeply interested in a topic. At other times, we’re baffled by people who repeatedly monopolize conversations. Rarely, though, do we realize that overtalking could be rooted in mental conditions.

Opinion: Moving forward with ADHD

October is recognized annually as the month for ADHD Awareness. The theme for this year is “Moving Forward with ADHD.” It is the intent of this effort to dispel myths, gain new information and awareness about this condition and move forward productively with this knowledge. It is hoped that through this effort, the community may grow to understand the challenges, issues and obstacles those with ADHD face on a daily basis.

One Year Later, Where’s All the Adderall?

The U.S. is facing a mystery of missing Adderall—one for which nobody has an answer. Oct. 12 marked one year since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s formal announcement that pharmaceutical companies were unable to produce enough Adderall, one of the common amphetamine-based medications for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Individuals with ADHD have higher risk of being involved in violence

New research has found that individuals with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are significantly more likely to be involved in violent incidents, either as victims or perpetrators. Specifically, these individuals had approximately 2.5 times higher odds of perpetrating violence and an 80% higher likelihood of being victims of sexual or intimate partner violence compared to those without ADHD. The study was published in Psychological Medicine.

Children With Non-US-Born Parents Less Likely to Receive ADHD Diagnosis

According to study results published in The Journal of Attention Disorders, children with caregivers born outside the United States (US) had a lower likelihood of receiving an attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) diagnosis. These findings may reflect the need for increased public health education regarding ADHD among this population.

ADHD Diagnosis, Recommended Therapy More Likely in Older Children, Boys

In children and adolescents, older age and male gender were factors associated with receiving a diagnosis of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as well as recommended ADHD therapy, according to a poster presented at the 52nd Child Neurology Society Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Greater ADHD Symptoms Reported by Adults With Adverse Childhood Experiences

Adults with greater adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) have higher attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptom reporting than those with fewer ACEs, according to study findings published in the Journal of Attention Disorders. Yet, higher ACEs did not contribute to other psychological symptoms or worse neurocognitive performances.

Barriers to ADHD Diagnosis in People with Epilepsy

According to study results published in The Journal of Attention Disorders, people with epilepsy face medical, social, and logistical barriers to getting a diagnosis of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Until these barriers are addressed, an efficient diagnosis of ADHD will continue to be a challenge in this population.

Sugar-sweetened beverages pose a potential risk of ADHD

In a recent study published in Nutrients, researchers investigated whether the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) was associated with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) symptoms among medical students in Thailand.

You’ve Been Diagnosed With ADHD as an Adult — Now What?

For some adults newly diagnosed with ADHD, their diagnosis can feel like a lot to process, while others may be relieved by the news. These 5 next steps can help you move forward.