ADHD in the News 2023-12-14

Updates From the National Academy of Sciences Conference on Adult ADHD

CONFERENCE REPORTER: Tuesday, December 12 saw a historic meeting at the National Academy of Sciences addressing one of the nation’s most pressing mental health issues, the crisis in adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Bringing together the nation’s researchers, educators, and clinicians, including representatives from the American Professional Society of ADHD and Related Disorders (APSARD), and individuals with lived experience from Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and the Attention Deficit Disorder Association; this meeting was held in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Widespread shortages of key prescription drugs spark concern

From depression medication to life-saving cancer treatments, some Americans are having a hard time finding their prescription medications due to widespread drug shortages stemming mostly from quality problems at manufacturing facilities. NBC’s Christine Romans reports for TODAY.

Study explores accuracy of computerized ADHD test

A new study cautions against using the QbTest as a standalone diagnostic or screening tool for ADHD. Researchers from the Universities of Southampton, Nottingham, Cardiff, and King's College London explored the accuracy and clinical utility of a widely used computerized test for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), called the QbTest. They found that, when used on its own, QbTest is not good enough to diagnose ADHD.

Early ADHD Medication Discontinuation is Common Among Young Adults

Early medication discontinuation in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is common across countries, particularly among young adults, according to new data published in Lancet Psychiatry. Additionally, treatment persistence is lowest among adolescents and young adults.

ADHD Medication Adherence Interventions Positively Impact Adherence and Symptoms

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medication adherence interventions have a positive impact on both medication adherence and ADHD symptoms in children, according to a study published in the Journal of Attention Disorders.

Children born moderately early are at an increased risk of developmental disorders, meta-analysis finds

Children born between 32 and 38 weeks' gestation are more likely to have developmental disorders—such as language delay, cognitive impairment, ADHD and Cerebral palsy—compared with children born at full term, according to a major new study.

Cannabis Treatment Linked to Improving Quality of Life in ADHD Patients

In a new study, patients with ADHD on cannabis-based medicinal products had significant improvements for anxiety, sleep quality, and health-related quality of life.

Key gene linked to male bias in autism, Tourette’s, and ADHD uncovered

Research has documented a strong male sex bias in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and Tourette syndrome (TS). Among males, the hemizygous nature of chromosome X (Chr X) has been a known vulnerability factor. Still, the characterization of rare genetic variation in Chr X has not been conducted in large-scale studies. Addressing this gap in research, a recent Nature Communications study exploited informative recombinations seen in simplex ASD families to highlight the risk-prone regions on Chr X.

Strong connection found between ADHD and hoarding disorder

A recent study has uncovered significant findings regarding the relationship between attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and hoarding disorder. The study, published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, found that individuals with ADHD have a markedly higher prevalence of hoarding symptoms compared to those with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and healthy individuals.

Individuals with ADHD tend to be more sexually adventurous but less satisfied with their partners, study finds

A study comparing the sexual interests and practices of individuals with and without Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) found that individuals with ADHD are more likely to engage in a variety of sexual activities, including riskier behaviors, and have higher rates of homosexuality or bisexuality. Females with ADHD especially tend to have more sexual partners and lower satisfaction in romantic relationships. The study was published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

Understanding the Adult ADHD Diagnostic Process

If you’re an adult wondering if you have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), you’re not alone. While ADHD is considered as a neurodevelopmental disorder that typically presents in childhood, people may experience symptoms of ADHD and not receive a diagnosis until later in life.

Dopamine menus: the science behind the trend – and how it might help people with ADHD

Menus are usually something you’d expect to come across in a restaurant. But one social media influencer went viral recently for sharing a different kind of menu – a “dopamine menu” or dopamenu. The dopamine menu concept comes from a 2020 YouTube video by Jessica McCabe (How to ADHD). In her video, she suggests that dopamine menus are a tool that people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can use when they find they need stimulation – but may be at a loss for what to do.