ADHD in the News 2023-10-26

New distractibility ‘d factor’ may be linked with ADHD

In a study of different types of distraction involving more than 1,000 participants, researchers statistically derived a novel measure—dubbed the "d factor"—that could represent a person's general tendency towards distraction and may be linked with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Han Zhang of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and colleagues presented these findings in the open-access journal PLOS ONE on October 25, 2023.

Study challenges link between low birth weight and childhood neurodevelopmental issues

Several epidemiological studies have suggested a link between being born too small and abnormal neurodevelopment in childhood and later life. However, there is little evidence that these factors are causally related to a hostile intrauterine environment. A new study in JAMA Psychiatry discusses this topic in greater depth.

A Revolutionary Peek at the Noradrenaline System

Summary: Researchers have delved deeper into the brain’s noradrenaline system, revealing insights that can aid in understanding disorders like ADHD, anxiety, and depression. The study is notable for its innovative methodology: recording real-time chemical activity using routine clinical electrodes for epilepsy. The approach, a result of 11 years of refinement, now lets scientists observe brain activity previously hidden from view. This research marks a significant leap forward in understanding both the NA system’s functioning and broader brain chemistry dynamics.

Children with genetic predisposition to ASD and ADHD more likely to have longer screen time

A team led by Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine in Japan has investigated screen time in autistic (ASD) and ADHD children. Screen time refers to the amount of time a person spends on a device with a screen, such as a smartphone, computer, television, or video game system. The researchers found that children with a genetic predisposition to ASD were more likely to use screens for longer periods. Meanwhile, children with ADHD gradually increased their screen time as they grew older, even if their initial screen use time was short.

Adult ADHD may take a toll on the brain. Here’s what to know.

Adult ADHD is associated with a higher risk for dementia, but medications and lifestyle changes may lower risk.

Meet the People Who Used Meth to Treat Their ADHD

With the nationwide medication crisis, people are beginning to turn to the illegal street drug to treat their disorders—to devastating consequences.

What’s the Difference Between ADHD and Bipolar Disorder?

These disorders are quite different but share some overlapping symptoms.

Do you have ADHD or are you just a mom? Online tests blur the answer

Moms, in particular, are taking online quizzes to self-diagnose ADHD. But are they accurate?

ADHD and Effective Motivation Strategies

KEY POINTS: - Put the have-to task before the want-to task - Create meaningful incentives to begin, sustain and finish something - Break big tasks into smaller, more manageable ones - Motivation benefits from encouragement so notice your progress and accomplishments

Proven Ways To Help Kids With ADHD Succeed In School

How parents can help teens with ADHD overcome executive function challenges and succeed in school.

How Can Journaling Benefit Adults with ADHD?

Journaling can help you gain clarity, manage tasks better, and live a more organized life with ADHD. Here are some tips to get started.